Health and safety review

The University is carrying out a comprehensive review of how we manage health and safety. This will lead to changes that will make our staff safer - as well as our students and visitors to the University. They include a new long-term system for health and safety management.

We’re doing this because we want you to feel confident about the safety of your working environment. It's also important that our health and safety performance reflects the University's position as a world leader in research and teaching, and that we manage effectively the risks our staff work with on a daily basis.

The University has been working with the Health & Safety Executive to make sure the review achieves our aims. There have been two parts to the review:

  • An assessment of our safety culture through a Safety Climate Survey of all staff in early 2020, followed by a series of staff focus groups
  • A comprehensive evaluation of governance, leadership and management

The HSE has now completed its assessment of the University's safety culture using its ASCENT model.

The resulting changes we plan to make will focus on improving leadership, engagement, competency, networking, reporting and systems. Importantly, staff will be directly involved in creating the changes needed to improve our safety culture.

Council is considering the Review's recommendations during Michaelmas term and we will be sharing more details in early 2022. In the meantime, we want everyone to start talking about safety - to their managers, supervisors, colleagues and team members - and to share any safety concerns, ideas and needs.

The Review team ran a session about action-orientated safety at the Professional Services Conference on 21 September 2021. You can view a recording of the session here  

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Contact us


If you have any questions, or would like further information, please contact us at the email address below:
 

 hsreview@admin.ox.ac.uk