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Unit Heads Safety Management
The staff of the Health and Safety Office provide advice and assistance on workplace health and safety matters to Heads of Units. This is to assist and support the Heads to manage the health and safety of their staff in their area of responsibility and to comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 and associated legislation.
What are the main Safety Management Requirements that Heads of Units in NUI Galway must carry out?
All Heads of Units must:-
- Prepare and annually review their Unit Safety Statement. This includes the Unit Safety Statement Policy and all the Unit’s risk assessments . The policy and risk assessments will require more frequent review where the risks, changes or other factors necessitate more regular attention.
- Ensure that all risk assessments are completed. Certain regulations require specific assessments e.g. manual handling, Pregnant staff, Computer/DSE workstation assessments, etc., and these must be updated where necessary.
- Identify and plan Unit Health and Safety Training, in accordance with the relevant risk assessments, to ensure that all appropriate training is attended by all Unit staff including the Head of Unit, new staff and refresher training.
- Local management of emergency procedures and fire drills.
- Liaise and co-operate with Safety Representatives.
- Ensure necessary Accident Reporting and investigation procedures are in place and followed.
These responsibilities are more fully set out in the NUI Galway Safety Statement Policy Part 2.
Does the Head of Unit need to inspect or audit safety management in their Unit?
Each Head of Unit needs to periodically assess it's Unit’s own safety standards (See Audits and Safety Reviews for more detail). This is required at least annually or more frequently where there are higher risks or any specific concerns have arisen.
As a Head of Unit (or Safety Co-Ordinator) where can I get further information?
Unit Safety List of Heads and Safety Co-Ordinators lists the NUI Galway Units, their respective Heads and Safety Co-Ordinators.
Unit Safety Briefings: material from previous and current Unit briefings (1-hour) targeted to Unit Heads (and Safety Co-Oordinators).
Audits and Safety Reviews: Head must ensure that safety is audited at least annually
Please contact your Head of Unit/Safety Co-Ordinator for local safety information and the Health and Safety Office for general information