Safety, Health and Environment

Date of last approval: January 2018
Approved by: Vice-Chancellor & Chair of the Board of Governors
Date of next review: December 2018 (annually)
Department/Post responsible: Health & Safety Team
First adopted: 2007

Safety, Health and Environment are no longer issues which any employer can afford to ignore.

Safety, Health and Environment is a key matter for the University. It is well established that sound policies and a good culture with regard to safety, health and the environment secures efficient and effective management, a motivated workforce, good staff morale and productivity.

Since the introduction of the enabling 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act, great progress has been made in the improvement of workplace conditions. Subsequent EU health and safety legislation, first introduced from 1 January 1993, has greatly emphasised the necessity for employers to recognise the value of safe systems of working and consideration for the welfare of their employees as well as visitors to their premises. Indeed subsequent legislation continues to champion the significance of health, safety and fire at places of work. Environmental law has been more significant with the Environmental Protection Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

All institutions of higher education are in a position to influence future managers and should therefore always endeavour to demonstrate by example best practice in matters concerned with health, safety, fire and the environment.


This guide is for information to all staff, but particularly to those who have specific responsibility for and/or the implementation of Health, Safety, Fire and Environmental issues within the University. However, every employee has responsibility for the health and safety of his or herself and others that they may affect.

  • The following information sets out in some detail, issues related to Health, Safety and Fire. It is appreciated that some of the information may not be applicable to all, but the sections and index are designed to help personnel easily and quickly target the information they need to address.
  • Every new member of staff receives a general introductory health and safety talk. However, it is important that all staff appreciate the significance of the contribution that they can make to the safety culture of the institution, particularly with regard to issues which are specific to their location and job functions.
  • Although ultimate responsibility for health, safety and fire lies with the Vice-Chancellor and the Board, the day to day functioning of individual Departments/Schools and their staff members is the responsibility of Departmental/School managers. In this context health and safety awareness, training for staff should form a routine element of every manager's role.
  • The University Health and Safety Committee, as a Vice-Chancellor's Committee, meets at regular intervals to review policy and monitor performance. It also acts as the main forum to discuss safety issues and to put forward recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor.
  • The Health and Safety Committee is chaired by the Director of Human Resources and has membership of all senior managers, plus certain staff representatives as ex-officio members, and representatives from both the officially recognised staff trade unions and the Student Union.
  • Members of staff who have a concern about health, safety or fire issues should approach their line manager in the first instance. Such matters will then be channelled through their Area Safety Manager who will co-ordinate action and/or seek advice. Local concerns can often best be dealt with at School Board level.

The Guide

Safety Structure

Monitoring Risk and Risk Assessments

Workplace Conditions

Travel and Visits

Medical Matters

Work Equipment And Contractors

Fire Strategy

Information for Disabled Staff and Students

Training Materials


First Aid Provision

The number to call for the emergency services from University premises is 9-999. In the rest of the UK you can dial either 999 or 112.

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Contact Details

You can contact us at:

Safety, Health and Environment Office,
Bath Spa University
Stable 101, Newton Park
Newton St Loe
Bath, BA2 9BN.

Telephone: (01225) 875762.