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Committees

Details of various health and safety committees.

The Health & Safety Committee Structure Chart [PDF document] provides a visual summary of the University's Health & Safety Committees.

  • Biological and Genetic Modification Safety Committee

    Purpose

    The Biological and Genetic Modification Safety Committee is a sub-committee of the University Health & Safety Committee.  It monitors and reviews relevant teaching, research and support activities and advises management, staff and students on relevant health and safety aspects of the work.

    Quorum

    One half of those members eligible to attend, including representation from each department involved in biological or genetic modification work.

    Membership

    • A competent person nominated by the Health & Safety Committee (Chair)
    • University Biological Safety Adviser
    • Three members of staff with relevant expertise from each department involved in biological or genetic modification work

    In Attendance

    • University Head of Health & Safety
    • Health & Safety Unit Administrator (Secretary to Committee)

    In addition, occasional advisers to the Committee will be called on as required.

    Meetings

    • The Committee will meet as often as necessary, but not less than twice per year.
    • Minutes of Committee meetings will be sent to the University Health & Safety Committee.

    Terms of Reference

    • Advise staff and students carrying out biological and genetic modification work, on the health and safety aspects of this work.
    • Advise on the drawing up of local rules to cover work involving biological and genetic modification.
    • Review systematically and in detail, every proposal involving genetic modification and advise on risk assessment.
    • Advise on training needs, containment categories and need for health surveillance.
    • Review laboratory practice in biological and genetic modification work with regards to safety.
    • Advise the Engineering & Science Faculty Operating Group on accident and incident reports relating to biological and genetic modification work, when requested.
    • Advise on statutory notifications to be made to enforcing authorities.

    Approved by the University Health & Safety Committee 5 March 2014

    Reviewed July 2018

  • Health & Safety Consultative Committee

    Purpose

    The Health & Safety Consultative Committee is a sub-committee of the University Health & Safety Committee.  It consults, considers and make recommendations on campus-specific health and safety arrangements, particularly those affecting common and shared areas and activities.

    Quorum

    One half of those members eligible to attend

    Membership

    • Head of Facilities Operations, Estates & Facilities Directorate (Chair) (1)
    • Chairs of Faculty/Directorate Health & Safety Committees &/or nominated Health & Safety Managers (14)
    • Campus Facilities Managers (or Deputy)(3)
    • Trades Union Safety Representatives (up to two Representatives per Trades Union)(8)
      • UCU
      • UNISON
      • GMB
      • Prospect
    • Greenwich Students' Union (GSU) and Greenwich & Kent Students' Unions (GK Unions) Representatives (2)
    • Any other persons with useful input into the Committee's discussions may be asked to attend for specific agenda items as required. For example, another Trades Union Safety Representative may attend for all or part of the meeting

    In Attendance

    • University Head of Health & Safety (&/or Deputy)
    • University Fire Safety Officer
    • Estates & Facilities Compliance Manager

    Meetings

    • The Health & Safety Consultative Committee will meet at least three times per year
    • Minutes of each Health & Safety Consultative Committee meeting will be sent to the University Health and Safety Committee

    Terms of Reference

    The Health & Safety Consultative Committee will consider and make recommendations on:

    • Fire precaution arrangements including reports on fire evacuation drills
    • University First Aid arrangements
    • Reports of significant accident and incident investigations carried out, which could have an impact University wide, such as stairs, corridors, car parks etc
    • Reports of premises related health and safety issues
    • Codes of practice, standard operating procedures and best practice which could have an impact University wide
    • Relevant items considered at the request of the University Health & Safety Committee
    • Relevant items considered at the request of the University Head of Health & Safety
    • Relevant items considered at the request of Members of the Committee

    Approved by the University Health & Safety Committee 4 November 2015

    Last reviewed May 2017

  • Faculty and Office Health & Safety Committees

    Each Faculty and Directorate must have a forum for discussion of health and safety matters.  This should be a health and safety consultative group reporting to the Faculty or Directorate Management Committee.  For small groups, it may instead be appropriate for health and safety to be a standing item on the Faculty/Directorate Management Committee.

    Purpose

    Each Faculty and Directorate must have a forum for discussion of health and safety matters. This should be a health and safety consultative group reporting to the Faculty or Directorate Management Committee. Depending on the level of risk, size or complexity of a group it may be appropriate to have alternative committee arrangements.

    Membership

    • Faculty Operating Officer or Director of Professional Service (Chair)
    • Health & Safety Manager(s)
    • Health & Safety Local Officer(s) and other named responsible persons (e.g. Display Screen Assessor)
    • Trades Union Safety Representative, if appointed
    • Student representatives, where appropriate

    In attendance

    • University Head of Health & Safety/Safety Advisor (where appropriate)
    • University Fire Safety Officer (where appropriate)

    Meetings

    • Meetings to be held at least three times per year, including a meeting to review the Faculty or Office Safety Statement before submission to the University Health & Safety Unit 

    Terms of Reference

    • Receiving and discussing reports from the Health & Safety Manager, Health & Safety Local Officer, Display Screen Equipment Assessor and any other nominated health and safety persons
    • Receiving and discussing reports from the University Health & Safety Unit, enforcing authorities and professional organisations etc
    • Receiving reports of safety audits, inspections, risk assessments and injuries/work-related ill health/near misses
    • Monitoring the effectiveness of local arrangements for health and safety
    • Assisting in the development of local codes of practice, induction and training materials
    • Reviewing and updating the Faculty or Directorate Safety Statement annually
    • Making recommendations to the Head and Management Committee of the Faculty or Directorate
    • Producing minutes or notes of meetings for dissemination to staff, and to students where appropriate
    • Reviewing the Faculty/Directorate risk register bi-annually
    • Reviewing the progress against health and safety strategic plan and key performance at each meeting

    Approved by the University Health & Safety Committee 6 November 2013

    Reviewed March 2017

  • University Health and Safety Committee

    The University has created the University Health & Safety Committee to discharge its obligation under section 2(7) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Its function is to keep under review measures taken by the University to ensure the health, safety and welfare of University employees and students. The Committee is chaired by the University Secretary and receives Minutes from its sub-committees. The Committee makes an annual report to Court.  Minutes of meetings of the University Health & Safety Committee are available on the Intranet Health & Safety Pages.

    Purpose

    The University created this committee to discharge its obligation under section 2(7) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.  Its function is to keep under review measures taken by the University to ensure the health, safety and welfare of University employees and students.

    Quorum

    One half of those members eligible to attend.

    Meetings

    The Committee will meet at least three times a year.

    Membership

    • University Secretary (Chair)
    • Chairs of Faculty/Directorate H&S Committees
    • Chair of Health & Safety Consultative Committee
    • Four Trades Union Representatives

    In Attendance

    • University Head of Health & Safety
    • Health & Safety Adviser
    • Fire Safety Officer
    • Estates & Facilities Compliance Manager
    • Chief Executive of the Students' Union or nominee

    Terms of Reference

    1. To advise the Court on matters of University health, safety and welfare policy, performance and management.
    2. To receive incident report summaries, accident and other statistics so that any deficiencies may be identified and recommendations made to improve the working environment.
    3. To receive safety audit reports and the corporate health and safety risk register.
    4. To consider reports from the Health and Safety Executive and other outside bodies.
    5. To assist in the development of safe systems of work taking note of any changes in relevant legislation.
    6. To provide advice to the appropriate Officers and Committees on general training needs and on the effectiveness of safety training.
    7. To provide advice on the adequacy of the measures taken to communicate and publicise relevant safety information throughout the University.
    8. To establish sub-committees and working groups as necessary to deal with specific matters and to receive reports from these Committees and groups.

    The Committee will make an annual report to the Court.

    Last reviewed November 2017