Health & Safety

Health & Safety

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 along with other regulations and approved Codes of Practice secure the health, safety and wellbeing of not only employees of the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, the School of Psychology and the wider University community, but also students and visitors and other Institutions beyond Glasgow. It is recognised that this Research Institute and the School are located in a number of buildings namely, Graham Kerr Building, Hillhead Street, and the Boyd Orr building etc. This policy and subsequent health, safety and wellbeing systems have been put in place to take account of the geography and other occupants of these places of work.

The Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology and the School of Psychology, in conjunction with the University's Health, Safety and Wellbeing policy (copies of which are available on the University Web Site) is committed to the provision of a safe and healthy workplace and environment. In addition to meeting statutory requirements this Institute and School will strive to continually improve on standards of health, safety and wellbeing and as such this document enhances the University's policy by describing the organisational structure in place for safety in the Institute and School and indicating potential hazards and the precautions required to prevent accidents and ill health.

The successful management of health and safety at work requires active participation of every member of staff within the Institute and School. Although the Heads of Institute and School have delegated responsibility through the Head of College and ultimately the University Court for the establishment of suitable and sufficient arrangements for health, safety and wellbeing for every one working or visiting within Institute and School property, all staff, students and registered visitors have a duty to ensure that they behave in a manner that will not affect the welfare of colleagues.

Every level of management within the Institute and School is accountable to their line manager and at the same time responsible for the health, safety and wellbeing of those reporting to them. Supervisors should lead, motivate and encourage their staff to report on hazards and to discuss all matters relating to health and safety.

The Safety Policy is made and safety performance monitored by the Institute and School Management under the guidance and advice of the Institute and School Safety Committee comprising staff representatives from various locations, plus interested and associated groups.

The Institute and School recognises that safety requirements enacted by law set only a minimum standard. It is also recognised that safety standards are dynamic in nature and this underlines the importance of our commitment by constantly reviewing safety standards. As far as conditions and resources permit, the Institute and School are committed to continual and progressive improvement in standards of safety.

All staff, students and registered visitors are required to observe the health and safety rules and standards and adhere to the Institute and School Health and Safety Policy Statement.

Deliberate deviation from the established rules and standards may result in disciplinary action.

This policy statement will be reviewed by the Safety Committees of the Institute of Neuroscience and School.

To implement this policy, the Institute and School are committed to maintaining and enhancing the Health Safety and Wellbeing of all staff, students and registered visitors. This will be achieved by:

  1. Maintaining an appropriate framework for the consultation on effective measures for continual development and the promotion of health, safety and wellbeing.
  2. Continuing to develop and implement procedures and codes of safe working practice.
  3. Ensuring effective management of risks by assessment, implementation of systems and review.
  4. Providing training in safe working methods with the opportunity for all to participate.
  5. Forming a health, safety and wellbeing committee with participation at all levels.
  6. Developing Institute and School guidelines to ensure adherence to statutory regulations and University of Glasgow polices.