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Safety Committee

Details of membership of the committee

Safety Committee

Any safety issues can be reported to any member of the Departmental Safety Committee and they will be raised at their regular meetings. The Committee reports directly to the Head of Department and the termly Staff Meeting. Recommendations on the implementation of policy arising from these issues will be made to the Management Committee by the Safety Committee. The committee will meet once per term under normal circumstances with extra-ordinary meetings when necessary.

The Departmental Safety Committee consists of:

  • DSO (Dr Eileen Cheng),
  • HoD (Prof. Andrew Barry)
  • Computer Support (Ajay Chauhan)
  • Research/Facilities (Maria Rodriguez)
  • Deputy DSO (Nick Mann)
  • Radiation Officer (Dr. Handong Yang)
  • Senior Fire Evacuation Marshal (Miles Irving)
  • Labs and fieldwork/Physical Geography (Dr. Viv Jones)
  • Human Geography (Prof. Tariq Jazeel)

and whenever possible

  • the UCL Safety Services, Area Safety Officer (Steve Tidmarsh tel: 58614)

If there are any safety issues that you would like to raise, please contact one of the above committee members.

The remit of the committee is:

To assist and advise the Head of Department on planning, prioritisation and implementation of measures to manage the risks of departmental activities, the Head of Department should constitute a Departmental Safety Committee or management group whose size and constitution should be commensurate with the magnitude of the risk and complexity of departmental activity. Where appropriate,and especially in smaller departments, health and safety matters should be considered regularly at departmental management meetings. The role of the committee will cover the following:

  • Ensuring significant risks are being managed effectively
  • Developing actions to meet corporate and departmental safety objectives
  • Developing a programme of active monitoring (visits, checks and inspections) and the recording of significant findings and improvement actions.
  • Establishing communication and consultation arrangements with staff, including where appropriate, local union safety committees.
  • Establishing effective communication and co-operation arrangements with other parties in shared workplaces.
  • Monitor and review health and safety performance through quarterly reporting which should include:
    • progress against health and safety action plans
    • accidents and incidents trends, investigations and lessons learned
    • work related ill-health statistics and trends
    • analysis from active monitoring including schedules, responsibilities,
    • training and risk assessments
    • contractors and partners performance
    • key risks and issues
    • health and safety training needs and completion of courses
    • issues to be escalated to other forums