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The University has a responsibility for your health, safety and welfare while you are lawfully on University premises and business (see https://www.socsci.ox.ac.uk/services/health-and-safety). Meanwhile, members of the University have a responsibility to comply with university policies and procedures, as set out in the University policy on Health and Safety management responsibilities. The Social Sciences Division has a full-time Divisional Safety Officer, whose job is to advise and assist departments in discharging their Health & Safety responsibilities and to have an overview of relevant matters across the division.

Each department has a:

  • Departmental Safety Officer (DSO) who acts as a point of contact and advice on Health and Safety matters. This responsibility is sometimes undertaken by the Head of Administration, and sometimes by another administrative or academic colleague.
  • Statement of Safety Organisation which set out local responsibilities. Contact your DSO if you do not have access to a copy.