Departmental safety advisory committees

All departments must provide a forum for the discussion of health and safety matters. The University expects all major science, clinical and arts departments, as well as major museums and libraries to set up a functioning departmental safety advisory committee. The forum must provide for input from all levels of employee and student representatives.

There is a legal duty for heads of departments to consult with both the recognised trades union safety representatives and with non-trades union representatives on local matters. Departmental safety advisory committees fulfil this need. However, their deliberations do not remove the day to day responsibility for health and safety from the head of department. Guidance on the role and function of departmental safety advisory committees is provided.