This section contains a collection of "checklists" related to the main health and safety issues affecting the University. The intention is that these may be used by Schools to self-check their performance in these areas. Although the indicators are not exhaustive for each topic they do cover the principal aspects of statutory requirements or University safety policy. Consequently, satisfactory responses to the issues contained within the compliance indicator for any particular topic should be a strong indication that a good standard of performance is being achieved in this area.
For some topics it may be necessary to refer to more than one compliance indicator. For example if examining performance in managing machinery safety noise control could be an issue which in turn could relate to personal protective equipment issues for hearing protection issued.
The checklists contained in the Executive Summary should be used as compliance indicators for the management of health and safety.
It is intended that the range of compliance indicators will be expanded over time. In particular the coming into force of significant new regulations or developments in safety policy will be supplemented with a compliance indicator.
The principal documents are:
If all the above are answered positively, the School has an adequate management system in place for this issue.
Personal Protective Equipment includes clothing and equipment which is worn to protect against a risk to health and safety.
Clothing includes aprons, lab. coats, chemical suits, gloves, safety footwear and safety helmets, thermal clothing and high visibility jackets. It also includes clothing to protect against environmental hazards such as adverse weather where this is to ensure health an safety but not comfort. Uniforms, ordinary working clothes or clothing to protect the product rather than the wearer are not items of PPE.
Equipment includes eye, hearing and respiratory protection, life jackets, safety harnesses, underwater breathing apparatus.
NB a "pressure system" is a system which contains a relevant fluid and comprises either a rigid pressure vessel and its associated pipework and protective devices; or the pipework and devices attached to a transportable gas container. A relevant fluid is either steam, a gas at a pressure exceeding 0.5 bar, or a liquid having a vapour pressure exceeding 0.5 bar when in equilibrium with its vapour at either the actual temperature of the liquid or at 17.5 degrees Celsius (i.e. typically a liquefied gas held at high pressure but would also include pressurised hot water held above its boiling point - loss of pressure would cause the water to vaporise).
The term "work equipment" includes machinery, appliances, apparatus, tools and assemblies of components. It includes hand tools, laboratory apparatus, lasers, overhead projectors, engineering machinery and grounds maintenance vehicles. There are separate compliance indicators for some specific types of work equipment such as machinery, electrical equipment, lifting equipment and pressure systems.
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