Heads of School, and managers of other equivalent autonomous units, are responsible, through Heads of College, to the University Court for the management of health and safety matters within the area of the University under their control.
Besides the Heads of academic School, the term is taken to include Heads of administrative and service departments, senior wardens of the halls and houses and managers of any premises administered by the University Court. Heads of Schools (or equivalent), together with senior members of staff and school safety advisers, where appointed, are expected to take the initiative in promoting and monitoring the health and safety of all persons liable to be affected by school activities under their control.
A model list of duties for a Head of School is available below.
The Training and Audit Co-ordinator can provide induction training for new Heads of School with regard to their health and safety responsibilities.
The Health and Safety Department has produced a Heads of School Training CD which outlines their responsibilities which they can view at a time suitable to themselves. This is available on request.
The Director / Deputy Director are also available for informal one to one discussions with Heads of School about their health and safety responsibilities.
This article was published on Feb 4, 2011