Safety Office

Safety Policy

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Statement of the University’s General Policy on Health and Safety at Work

As a leading research based University, this institution is committed to the achievement of a high quality of provision in all aspects of its activity. The University recognises that health and safety is an integral part of this. Consequently the University will ensure that the health and safety aspects of its activity are given equal consideration with the other aspects of its activity in order that the health and safety of its employees and all other persons who use its premises, including students, visitors and contractors, may be protected.

Workplace injuries and ill health can be prevented by the application of an effective risk control strategy. The success of this depends upon the full participation of all members of the University in ensuring that the health and safety implications of the work for which they are responsible, at whatever level, has been accounted for.

The University, through its organisational structure, will seek to ensure that the risks arising out of its activities are identified and that the necessary controls, physical or procedural, are provided, along with the training and supervision needed to support them. The effective functioning of its safety organisation will be audited by the University. The University will participate in consultation, which it recognises as part of the means for achieving a co-operative effort at all levels of the organisation in securing effective control over health and safety risks.

The University Council, as employer, carries the ultimate responsibility for safety in the University. The Registrar has been appointed by Council to be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the University Safety Policy.

Safety is a line management responsibility in which Faculty PVCs have
overall responsibility within their faculties whilst the immediate responsibility for safety within any work area is borne by the appropriate Head of School or Professional Services Department. These individuals are responsible for ensuring that arrangements for safe working within their areas have been set up and published. These local arrangements form part of the University Safety Policy.

The University expects all of its staff and students to follow the ethical behaviours set out in the Nolan Principles. Those are: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. These Principles underlie the University’s Ethical Framework and are incorporated into this policy.

Dr P Greatrix,


Safety Office

Pharmacy Building - Lower Ground Floor
University Park
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Telephone: +44 (0)115 951 3401