South West

Commitments

Safety, Health and Environment Code of Practice.

Themes

  • Acting Together
  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Sharing Our Success

Activity

In collaboration with framework contractors who deliver flood risk management and other major construction projects, we have developed a code of practice that establishes clear and mutually agreed expectations about safety, health and environment (SHE) risk management standards that they will achieve on-site. Standards are often set well above legal minimum standards.

Timing

Ongoing. The document continues to evolve and improve as we learn lessons, share experiences and identify new best practice.

Impact

Newly introduced construction frameworks incorporate the code of practice, give the framework contractors ownership and a voice in the development of health and safety standards they are expected to achieve.

Update

Ongoing.

Commitments

We developed a new health surveillance programme for all ill-health risks including new occupational health systems in 2016.

Themes

  • Managing Risk Well
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Health surveillance webpages being created. Increased local publication of key actions from risk assessment for employees to understand link between standard operating procedures, personal protective equipment and their health. All manager briefing on health and safety principles and purpose. Programme of reassessment prioritising high/medium risk areas.

Timing

  • April 2017
  • March 2017
  • Dec 2016
  • June 2017

Impact

  • Target: 1000 visits in first year.
  • Toolbox talks held in top 10 risk areas.
  • Risk assessment of high/medium risk areas completed with progress made in at least top 10 areas.

Update

MSDs

Exercises are being developed by physiotherapists to be shared with staff be encourage use these prior to any physical work. All ground staff tasks have been assessed with a focus on ensuring risks associated with manual tasks are reduced. This will then be rolled out to other areas once the is trail completed.

HAV

Grounds Staff have been made aware of the risks associated with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome and the need for eye and ear protection through Tool Box Talks, and posters/leaflets displayed in key areas. All equipment has been tested to ensure staff are aware of what equipment may cause harm. Managers are working towards ALARP to ensure risk of exposure to all staff is reduced through planning and balancing activities. The Safety Team have been working with Occupational Health to come up with programme that will ensure to we take all elements of the HSE Campaign “Go Home Healthy” for MSD and Occupational Lung Disease into practice.

Commitments

To produce Masters graduates who are ready to deliver the most up-to-date proportionate health and safety approaches in their future practice.

Themes

  • Keeping Pace With Change
  • Managing Risk Well
  • Tackling Ill Health

Activity

Students are provided with learning materials that include the latest information linking to HSE strategy topics. These include case studies, topical news stories and direct connections with practice. Learning takes place on campus and online using innovative technologies that replicate real-life situations to enhance student experience. Summative assessment incorporates these principles.

Timing

Academic year 2016 -17.

Impact

Short-term impact: incorporate strategy concepts within 2017 assessments and evaluate the results; these represent internal ‘smart’ goals. Long- term impact: focused on employability, feedback from external examiners and student experience.

Update

Ongoing.