Health and Safety Policy: Responsibilities of Senior and Junior Members
The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1992) lay clear responsibilities upon the Official Fellows (as employers) and the College's employees (all administrative and domestic staff) to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure a safe working environment. As full compliance with the regulations requires the co-operation of everyone who works or resides on the College's premises, the Governing Body looks to all senior and junior members to assist them in carrying out their obligations.
Specifically, this means that all senior and junior members are expected to:
- follow instructions in the safety rules or notices displayed on College property
- comply with any code of practice which may apply to their work or workplace
- take reasonable care for their own health and safety as well as the health and safety of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
It should be noted that fire regulations are now an integral part, albeit a discrete sub-set, of health and safety regulations and that the Governing Body requires all College members to respond promptly to a fire alarm, to the discovery of a fire, or to a fire drill, in the manner prescribed in the various fire notices displayed on College premises and summarised in the College Handbook 2008 (page 49, Undergraduate Handbook and page 59, Graduate Handbook).