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Update regarding Departmental Safety Officer role – interim and permanent

Following Ian Slack’s departure in December, the following interim arrangements are in place while we recruit a new permanent Departmental Safety Officer (DSO).

Laura Turner, Health & Safety Coordinator, will be acting Departmental Safety Officer, ensuring that the Safety Office continues to operate and support the Department as follows:

  • monitoring the implementation of safety policy locally;
  • advising on the effectiveness of the local arrangements and the adequacy of the control measures;
  • reporting on safety;
  • supporting Local Safety Coordinators and / or Senior Technicians in identifying hazards and controlling risk through the preparation of risk assessments;
  • identifying health and safety training needs and arranging Health & Safety Inductions for new students and members of staff; and
  • other activities associated with the day-to-day operations of the Safety Office.

Matt Greenhalgh, Facilities Manager, will be acting Departmental Fire Officer. His responsibilities include:

  • monitoring and recording implementation of University Fire Safety policy locally; and
  • advising the Head of Department on the effectiveness of the local fire safety provisions and the adequacy of control measures.

Any issues or concerns with any of the matters above can be escalated to Rachel Williams, Head of Building and Estate Services.