Health and Safety
Welcome to the Health and Safety pages of the School of Design. To our staff and students, please browse these pages at your leisure and do not be too overwhelmed by all the information. If there is anything that concerns you and you can not find it here please just contact the School Safety Supervisor.
It is intended to constantly update these pages as and when is necessary, if you feel there is a lack of information on particular issues please contact the School Safety Supervisor.
Safety policy documents
The School has its own Health and Safety document. It is imperative that all staff and postgraduates read this document. A copy of the latest revision of the School of Design Safety Manual 2013 can be downloaded here.
The University of Leeds safety policy document can be found at the Health and Safety Services webpage.
Our Mission Statement
The School of Design endeavours to achieve a safe working environment recognising the demands of the multi-disciplinary activities within the School. Our aim is to provide a place of work where risks are eliminated/properly controlled for the benefit of the health and safety of all its students, staff and visitors. This safe environment will be achieved by monitoring and assessing equipment and facilities, working practices, and developments in Health and Safety legislation.
Our Commitment to Health and Safety
We have a safety committee comprising members selected from across the whole of the schools activities. This committee is there to discuss all health and safety issues relating to the school, its students and staff. We are here to implements all safety procedures and policies received from the University of Leeds via Health and Safety Services or the Faculty Health and Safety committee.
Safety committee meetings are held 3 times a year and Health and Safety is an item on the agenda of the School Management Board.
Your commitment to Health and Safety
All employees are governed by the legislation, Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, in particular.
General duties of employees at work.
“7. It shall be the duty of every employee while at work
- to take reasonable care for the health and safety of himself and of other persons who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work; and
- as regards any duty or requirement imposed on his employer or any other person by or under any of the relevant statutory provisions, to co-operate with him so far as is necessary to enable that duty or requirement to be performed or complied with.”
Referenced from the Health and Safety Executive web site, current version of act Sept 2006. The full Health And Safety At Work Act 1974 can be downloaded from this link http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/hswa.pdf
See it Sort it policy
This is a very common phrase used by people in the safety industry. What does this mean to us in the School of Design? If you see a problem do not just ignore it, get it sorted and report it. This does not mean you personally have to get out your toolbox out to fix the problem, report it to the person in charge. If there is not an obvious person to report it to, then go to the general office or School Safety Supervisor to report it.
Here is a simple example of a problem that you can easily resolve with the see it sort it principle.