Health and Safety POLICY
18. MONITORING OF SCHOOL HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
The School's Health and Safety Policy is reviewed annually and updated
on a regular basis.
To monitor the effectiveness of the health and safety
policy Internal Self-Inspections (Safety Audits) of the School take place at
least once annually. These inspections are carried out by the H&S
Manager accompanied by the H&S Assistant and an appropriate
member of the academic or technical staff familiar
with their particular work area.
A written record of each inspection and subsequent
remedial action is kept in the Safety File and is
available for scrutiny.
Additionally, informal checks of the workplace are undertaken on a
regular basis by H&S Staff including checking of means of escape,
fire doors, fire
extinguishers and safety notice boards.
Temperature surveys (to measure
both high and low temperature levels)
are carried out on request with the aid of a temperature logger.
Formal and informal inspections as well as checks of high risk areas such as
workshops are carried out regularly by the H&S Staff to ensure that all
working procedures detailed in the guidelines and risk assessments are
followed e.g. the use of guards on the machines, the use of
personal protective equipment. Noise surveys are carried out in the
workshop areas to ensure compliance.
Systematic inspections of plant and equipment take
place at appropriate
intervals to ensure the effective operation of workplace precautions.
Examples of these
inspections include: engineering examinations of lifting equipment, air
receiver pressure testing, Inspections of LEV equipment, PAT Tests,
formal and informal inspections of ladders.
Periodic examination of documents such as risk assessments and training
records are carried out on a regular basis to ensure they are kept up to
date and that training requirements and needs are
The School is subject to external audits by the University’s Insurance
Brokers, Aon Risk Services. These audits mainly focus on a detailed
examination of the systems that are in place to effectively manage
health and safety within the School and also to check compliance with the H&S
Policy by carrying our a tour of selected (by the Auditor) areas within
Fire Risk Assessments are carried out annually by the University Fire
Safety Officer to examine the fire safety procedures and measures required in the
buildings. The full evacuation procedure in each building is rehearsed
at least once a year in the form of fire drills in order to identify
any weakness in the evacuation strategy.
The Health and Safety Plan
is used to identify health and safety objectives and provides a
timetable to ensure that these objectives are met. The plan is
monitored by the Health, Safety and Security Committee.