Safety Executive Group Guidance Notes

The University's Safety Executive Group (SEG) has approved the following Guidance Notes, which have been formally adopted into Health & Safety Policy.

This sets out the agreed operating principles for the Safety Executive Group (SEG). The purpose of SEG is to provide effective leadership for the safety management system and safety culture.

The agreed organisation and operating principles operationalise the governance and reporting structure proposed following the Health and Safety Review. GN01 presents the principles under 10 headings, including the purpose of SEG, its membership, decision-making and delegation, the frequency of meetings, agenda themes and the safety management system at five levels.


This builds on the information in S2/13 – Safety Representatives and sets out the role of the Consultative Committee for Health and Safety (CCHS) in supporting the safety management system and culture.

It describes how the terms of reference for CCHS will work in practice, outlining four important contributions to the health and safety arrangements. GN02 also clarifies the role of Trade Unions in CCHS, as well as what support is available to the Committee.


This sets out what the Safety Network is, how it will function and how it links with the Safety Executive Group (SEG) and Consultative Committee for Health and Safety (CCHS).

It outlines the work undertaken by the Safety Network, the systems that are key to its success and how you can get involved as a member. It helps clarify how work is commissioned into the Network, in support of the EveryDaySafe programme, and how assigned work will be collaborated and communicated to relevant members of the Network.

A one-page summary encapsulates the main learnings of GN03.


This sets out the principles underpinning an emphasis on everyone taking appropriate action to keep themselves and others safe.

It is expected to improve the overall effectiveness of the University’s safety arrangements, leading to higher levels of compliance. It will also be a key driver of our evolution from a passive safety culture to one that is action-oriented, in line with the EveryDaySafe mission, vision and values.

A series of checklists setting out actions for individuals, supervisors/managers and health and safety advisers is available here.


This sets out the role of existing University Committees (e.g. Building and Estates Subcommittee, Personnel Committee, Research Committee etc.) in contributing to the safety management system and safety culture.

It helps clarify the governance and reporting structure of safety decisions, where the agendas of these ‘aligned committees’ include relevant issues impacting on health, safety or environmental issues.


This sets out the actions for those managing safety of high containment facilities. It describes the inspection regimes and training requirements for work in these facilities. It builds upon actions described in Biorisk Management safety policy statement S5/09.

High containment facilities are ACDP & DEFRA Containment Level 3 laboratories. They are also laboratories where SAPO licensed work takes place. It includes more information on these terms, linking to the HSE’s Biosafety guidance.