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Health and Safety

The University has a responsibility for your health, safety, and welfare while you are lawfully on University premises and business. Members of the University have a responsibility to comply with university policies and procedures.  Responsibilities are set out in the University policy on Health and Safety management responsibilities. The University Safety Office has more information on a wide range of Health and Safety matters including a list of University Safety Policies and training courses.

arrangements in the Social Sciences Division

Statement of Safety Organisation
Every department has a Statement of Safety Organisation which set out the responsibilities of health and safety within the department. You should have been provided with a copy of this, for example it might be in your departmental handbook or on your Intranet. Ask your Departmental Safety Officer if you do not have access to a copy. 

Departmental Safety Officer
Each department has a Departmental Safety Officer (DSO) who acts as a point of contact and advice on Health and Safety matters. Your DSO co-ordinates Health and Safety issues for your department on a day-to-day basis.  They will usually carry out this role alongside other duties.

Divisional Safety Officer
The Social Sciences Division has a full time Divisional Safety Officer Dr Chris Williams. Chris’ job is to advise and assist departments in discharging their Health and Safety responsibilities and to have an overview of relevant matters across the Division.

Overseas travel including fieldwork
Fieldwork is any practical work carried out away from University premises by University staff or students for the purpose of teaching and/or research. More information can be found on our fieldwork pages

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Other University contacts

University Safety Office


Telephone: 01865 (2)70811