The Health and Safety Office is responsible for advising on all aspects of health and safety in the University of Sussex.
The role of the Office is to:
- provide a specialist advisory service to all university personnel on all matters concerning health, safety and welfare at work;
- keep the University up to date on relevant health and safety legislation, codes of practice and guidance;
- provide appropriate advice and support so that the University remains compliant with legislation to ensure the safety and health of its staff, students and visitors;
- promote health, safety and welfare awareness as good practice for all members of staff and students;
- advise the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on the implementation of the University's Health and Safety Policy document;
- implement the University Health and Safety Management system to ensure it supports Schools, and create procedures and guidance to assist on the effective application of the safety management system.
- Advise on and implement schemes to ensure health, safety and welfare at work
- Maintain accident/incident records to monitor trends and statistics
- Carry out investigations of serious accidents and dangerous occurrences
- Advise on safety and fire precautions in the design and use of buildings, plant and equipment
- Advise on, and undertake health and safety training
- Carry out periodic inspections to identify any unsafe practices, equipment or premises
- Carry out audits to monitor the health and safety management and arrangements within individual schools and services
- Formulate and provide codes of practice and guidance documents relating to matters of health, safety and welfare
- Liaison with key external organisations such as Health and Safety Executive, Local Authority, Environment Agency, Fire and Rescue Service
Director: Marion Richards
Marion has over 20 years' experience in the development and application of health and safety management systems in higher education institutions and the NHS.
Marion is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and is currently studying for an MSc in risk and crisis management.