Safety at work in the School of Physics and Astronomy

Safety at work in the School of Physics and Astronomy

 The School of Physics and Astronomy recognises that its work can potentially be hazardous if proper precautions are not taken. It is the philosophy and belief of this School that the maintenance of good health and safety standards will improve overall performance and cost effectiveness. Also, successful management of health and safety can only be effectively achieved through the concerted effort and active participation of every staff member. Its success relies entirely on the contribution each person makes towards health and safety.

The Head of School is responsible for putting into place effective arrangements for ensuring the health and safety at work of all School staff and students so far as such matters are within his/her control. It is his intention that the health and safety of staff and students will not be compromised for the sake of expediency.

Each level within the School is accountable to its respective senior and at the same time responsible for its subordinates. Supervisors should lead, motivate and encourage their staff to report on hazards and to discuss openly all matters relating to safety.

Safety Policy is made and safety performance is monitored by the Head of School under the guidance and advice of the School's Safety Committee, comprising staff representatives from the various sections.

The School recognises that safety requirements which are required by law set only a minimum standard. Safety standards are dynamic in nature, and the School underlines the significance of its commitment by constantly reviewing its own safety standards.  As far as conditions and resources permit, the School is committed to continual and progressive improvement in safety standards.

All staff in the School are required to observe health and safety rules and standards, and senior staff are to set a good example. Deliberate deviation from the established rules and practices may result in disciplinary action.

This Policy Statement will be reviewed at least annually by the School's Safety Committee.

Full details of the School Safety Policy are to be found in the Safety Manual 2017.