Health & Safety Review

The University is carrying out a comprehensive review of health and safety. We expect this will lead to changes that will make our staff safer - as well as our students and visitors to the University - and to a new long-term system for health and safety management. 

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

The University is working with the Health & Safety Executive to make sure the review achieves our aims. It has two parts: first, an assessment of our safety culture through a Safety Climate Survey of all staff, which we carried out during February, and secondly a thorough evaluation of governance, leadership and management. 

The Safety Climate Survey asked what you think about health and safety at work, your ideas for improvements, and what training and support you want. Due to the impact of Covid-19, we had to delay sharing the results of the survey but are now discussing these initially with divisions and departments during Michaelmas term.

Many thanks to everyone who took part – it is vital that our staff are involved in the review and the changes we will make. To ensure  that staff across the University can continue to play a full part in sharing good practice and identifying where we can do better, we are planning a series of staff focus groups to explore in more depth the issues raised in the survey. 

In the meantime, the review project team is progressing work on the governance, leadership and management workstream.

We expect the Review to be completed in early 2021.

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

 hsreview@admin.ox.ac.uk