Our aims and objectives.
The continuance of the CHASTE Project into a second phase is intended to:
- build upon the foundations laid during the initial three years.
- put processes in place to support the identification and dissemination of best practice.
For colleges and universities, we will primarily provide a resource for guidance, advice, development and training.
- respond reactively according to sector demands.
- act proactively by development and introduction of strategic alliances with key stakeholders across both sectors.
Such a cross sector service takes account of the variances in positioning and demand in terms of the primary issues apparent in each sector.
The objectives for the Project have been approved by the reconstituted Steering Group.
Cross Sector Objectives
- To support the Scottish Funding Council with advice and management information regarding the application of the Scottish Government ‘Scottish Action Plan for Health and Safety’ and supporting both colleges and universities in that regard.
- Facilitation and provision of guidance, support and development on effectiveness, by helping to raise standards of health and safety in universities and colleges.
- Provision of training, information and support to Senior Management across both sectors (including Courts and Boards of Management where appropriate).
- Facilitate a series of seminars on relevant subjects for both sectors.
- Support interface between Health and Safety and Human Resources services across both sectors, with related key topics such as absence management, occupational health, health promotion, bio-security etc.
- To initiate and develop a health and safety community of practice for colleges in Scotland.
- Introduce, develop and manage a system of benchmarking incidents and occupational health statistics, incorporating a web-based approach.
- Provide a service of support in terms of advice.
- Identify issues of best practice and direct development and implementation.
- Provide support to the professional development of health and safety staff in the Sector.
- Advise on the development of appropriate occupational health and safety management standards.
- Support Human Resource services in colleges on the application and effective delivery of appropriate occupational health services.
- Support Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) in terms of training and advice to Inspectors regarding occupational health and safety elements of Inspections.
- Form strategic alliances with particular universities on individual topics, such as stress, occupational health, contingency planning etc. with the aim of disseminating best practice.
- Pioneer innovative training inputs, such as behavioural training to address aspects of health and safety culture, influencing senior managers towards change and development etc.
- Encourage and support universities to form alliances and interface with colleges in their own geographical areas.
- Promote an ethos of more effective interaction between health and safety professionals and other key stakeholders in universities, such as Estates Departments, Human Resources Services, Finance Directorates etc.
This article was published on Apr 30, 2009