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STATEMENT OF SAFETY POLICY
     Revised March 2001




FOR EMERGENCY PROCEDURES SEE INSIDE
           FRONT COVER
                          ACTION IN THE EVENT OF FIRE
If you discover a fire:

Close doors and windows to the room.
Break the glass of a fire alarm call point.
Dial 999 and give details to the Security Officer.
Leave the building and go to the assembly point.

Important:      You may tackle the fire with an extinguisher but only if it is safe to do
                so.

If you hear the fire alarm:

Close doors and windows to the room.
Leave the building and go to the assembly point.

Important:      Do not stop to collect belongings.
                Do not use the lift.
                Do not re-enter the building until the Fire Service have declared it
                safe to do so.
                If you are disabled or in any way unable to use stairs, move to a
                stairway enclosure and ask
                a) someone to inform Security that you are awaiting rescue
                and
                b) someone to remain with you.
                In this position you will be safe until Security and the Fire Service
                arrives.

                              ACCIDENTS AND FIRST AID
If you have an accident at work:

Report it immediately to your Supervisor or Line Manager.
Make sure an accident report form (available from your Area Safety Officer or Porter)
is completed.

Familiarise yourself with the name of your local first aider and the location of the first
aid box.

If you need first aid:

Contact a first aider or ask someone to do it for you.
The names of first aiders are listed under "First Aid" in the internal telephone
directory.
If you cannot quickly locate a first aider, dial 999 and give details to the Security
Officer.

                              ANY OTHER EMERGENCY
Dial 999 and give details to the Security Officer.
                                 CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION                                                     1

STATEMENT OF INTENT                                              3

ORGANISATION FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY                               4

   University Council and Vice-Chancellor                        4
   Heads of Academic, Administrative and Service Departments     4
   Academic Staff                                                5
   Employees                                                     5
   University Safety Office                                      6
   Occupational Health                                           6
   Area Safety Officers                                          6
   Departmental Radiation Officers                               7
   Biological Safety Officer                                     9
   Trade Union Safety Representatives                           10

ARRANGEMENTS FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY                              11

   Statement of Safety Policy                                   11
   Manual of Safety                                             11
   Departmental Safety Handbooks                                11
   Safety Training                                              12
   University Health and Safety Committee                       13
   Departmental Safety Committees                               13
   Consultation on health and safety matters                    13
   Information for employees                                    14


APPENDIX - HEALTH AND SAFETY LAW                                15
INTRODUCTION

1   Section 2 of the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974 requires the University
    as an employer:

    "to prepare and, as often as may be appropriate, revise a written statement of his
    general policy with respect to the health and safety at work of his employees and
    the organisation and arrangements for the time being in force for carrying out that
    policy, and to bring the statement and any revision of it to the notice of all his
    employees".

    Regulation 5 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
    further requires the University:

    "to make and give effect to such arrangements as are appropriate, having regard
    to the nature of his activities and the size of his undertaking, for the effective
    planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and
    protective measures".

    The University is required to maintain these 'preventive and protective measures'
    by following a set of principles, which are:
         to avoid risks
         to evaluate the risks which cannot be avoided
         to combat risks at source
         to adapt work to the individual
         to adapt to technical progress
         to replace the dangerous by the non-dangerous or the less dangerous
         to develop a coherent overall prevention policy which covers technology,
          organisation of work, working conditions, social relationships and the
          influence of factors relating to the working environment
         to give collective protective measures priority over individual protective
          measures and
         to give appropriate instructions to employees

2   This, the fifth revision of the University's Statement of Safety Policy, outlines the
    steps which will be taken to ensure compliance with the Health & Safety at Work
    etc. Act 1974, with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
    made under that Act and with the supporting Approved Code of Practice.

    The document comprises three parts. The first is a statement of intent from the
    Vice-Chancellor outlining the basic objectives to be achieved by the Safety Policy
    Statement. This is followed by a description of the organisation for health and
    safety, which designates the personnel responsible for carrying out the Policy.
    The third part contains a description of the arrangements in force in the
    University for ensuring that the preventive and protective measures required are
    put into effect.

    In addition to the 3 parts described above, the document also includes, as an
    appendix, the leaflet on Health and Safety Law that is required to be given to all
    employees.
    The policy applies to all staff and students of the University and to all sites owned
    or leased by, or otherwise under the control of, the University.

3   The University has a number of different designations of senior managerial posts
    which, in the context of the organisation of health and safety, are regarded as
    synonymous. For the purposes of this Statement of Safety Policy, "Head of
    Department" includes the designations "Dean", "Director", "College Principal" and
    any other similar senior manager. Similarly, "Department" includes the terms
    "Library", "Faculty", "College", "School", "Centre", "Unit", "Institute", etc.
PART 1: STATEMENT OF INTENT

4   It is the policy of Lancaster University to ensure, so far as is reasonably
    practicable:

    4.1    the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees.

    4.2    that those not employed but who may be affected by the University's work
           activities, such as students, visitors and contractors, are not exposed to
           avoidable or unacceptable risks to their health and safety.

    4.3    that articles and substances are used, handled, stored and transported
           safely.

    4.4    that appropriate health and safety information, instruction, training and
           supervision is provided.

    4.5    that safe plant and systems of work are provided.

5   Further, it is the policy of Lancaster University:

    5.1    to provide and maintain appropriate procedures for action to be taken in
           case of fire and other emergencies, including injuries and dangerous
           occurrences, and for their effective reporting and recording.

    5.2    to provide and maintain procedures for consultation with all employees on
           any measures at the workplace which may substantially affect the health
           and safety of employees.

    5.3    to develop and maintain a high degree of safety consciousness and
           positive attitudes to health and safety throughout the University.




Professor Paul Wellings
Vice-Chancellor
October, 2003
PART 2: ORGANISATION FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY

6   The University Council and Vice-Chancellor

    The Vice-Chancellor, as Chief Executive Officer of the University, has overall
    responsibility to the University Council for the health and safety of all persons
    using University land or buildings for legitimate purposes. The University
    Secretary will normally act on his behalf. In addition, the Vice-Chancellor may
    delegate the authority for carrying out the health and safety policy to senior
    members of staff.

7   Heads of Academic, Administrative and Service Departments

    7.1   Heads of Department are responsible for ensuring that the preventive and
          protective measures required by the University Safety Policy and Manual
          of Safety are implemented locally and that any measures required over
          and above those contained in the Policy and Manual of Safety are drawn
          up and similarly implemented.

    7.2   In addition, Heads of Department are responsible for ensuring:

    7.2.1 that all staff in their department, but particularly new and temporary
          employees, are aware of the locally established health and safety
          arrangements in force as regards fire and other emergencies, first aid, and
          the reporting of accidents and hazards.

    7.2.2 that suitable and sufficient assessments of the risks to the health and
          safety of staff, students and other persons in their department are carried
          out.

    7.2.3 that, in entrusting tasks to staff, account is taken of their capabilities as
          regards health and safety.

    7.2.4 that all staff are provided with the necessary instruction, information,
          training and supervision to enable work to be carried out safely.

    7.2.5 that all staff are provided with the necessary safety training as outlined in
          Section 19 of this policy.


    7.3   In some larger departments, it may be necessary administratively for
          Heads to delegate the authority for implementation of health and safety
          arrangements to other senior managers in control of individual areas
          within the department.

    7.4   Where facilities used by departments are shared with other departments,
          the appropriate Heads must determine between themselves the means by
          which risk assessments of those facilities are carried out and any remedial
          action so identified is implemented. Examples of such facilities are
          "mixing" areas used for photocopying and other joint departmental
            activities, machinery jointly funded by one or more departments, and
            common stairways and corridors, where the procedures for reporting, for
            example, defects and hazards must be clearly defined.

8   Academic Staff

    Academic staff are responsible for ensuring that an equivalent standard of health
    and safety is afforded to their students as is afforded to University staff generally
    (see Section 7 above).

9   Employees

    9.1      Whilst the overall responsibility for health and safety rests at the highest
             management level, all employees at every level have to accept degrees
             of responsibility for carrying out the policy.

    9.2      It is the legal duty of all employees whilst at work:

    9.2.1    to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and other
             persons who may be affected by the way in which they carry out their
             work.

    9.2.2    to co-operate with supervisory staff to enable them to carry out their own
             health and safety duties.

    9.2.3    to report to supervisory staff any situation, working practice or procedure
             which they may suspect is potentially hazardous.

    9.2.4    to report accidents to supervisory staff.

    9.2.5    to use, but not misuse, protective clothing, equipment or materials
             provided.

    9.2.6    to comply with the health and safety instructions, both verbal and written,
             which are issued to them.

    9.2.7    to use machinery, plant or equipment only with the appropriate guards or
             safety devices in position.

10 University Safety Office

    10.1     The Safety Office, comprising the University Safety & Radiation
             Protection Officer, Assistant Safety Officers, and support staff, has been
             established to co-ordinate the health and safety function across all
             departments and colleges of the University.

    10.2     The role of the University Safety & Radiation Protection Officer includes
             the following:
   10.2.1 liaising with the enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with legal
          obligations.

   10.2.2 providing advice and information on health and safety to employees and
          students directly or via training, instruction or the Manual of Safety.

   10.2.3 assisting, where appropriate, in the drawing up of local rules and codes
          of safe working practice.

   10.2.4 servicing of the University Health and Safety Committee.

   10.2.5 acting as Radiation Protection Adviser to the University in matters
          involving the use of ionising radiations.

   10.2.6 auditing departmental health and safety arrangements.

   10.2.7 taking action to suspend any work which in the opinion of the University
          Safety & Radiation Protection Officer poses an imminent risk of serious
          personal injury.

11 Occupational Health

   The University has access to an Occupational Health Adviser to provide advice
   on occupational health matters.

12 Area Safety Officers

   12.1    Area Safety Officers are appointed by the University Secretary on the
           recommendation of the appropriate Head of Department in consultation
           with the University Safety & Radiation Protection Officer. The Area
           Safety Officer is usually the first point of contact locally in a department
           on matters of health and safety and is able to provide appropriate
           information and advice. The Area Safety Officer will, in addition, liaise
           with other departments of the University or with the University Safety &
           Radiation Protection Officer to effect remedial action where a hazard or
           unsafe working practice has been notified, although the responsibility for
           health and safety within the department rests with the Head of
           Department, as detailed in Section 7 of this policy.

   12.2    Additional functions of Area Safety Officers are:

   12.2.1 to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the provision of a safe
          working environment within the department and compliance with the
          appropriate safety legislation and local codes of safe working practice.

   12.2.2 to provide safety advice and information to staff and students.

   12.2.3 to arrange safety training where appropriate.
   12.2.4 to ensure that the appropriate notifications of accident or hazard are
          made to the University Safety & Radiation Protection Officer.

   12.2.5 to receive notifications from staff and students of unsafe or unhealthy
          working conditions and to effect remedial action.

   12.2.6 to liaise with the University Safety & Radiation Protection Officer.

   12.3    Where the Area Safety Officer's department uses rooms or areas in
           buildings occupied and controlled by other departments, the Area Safety
           Officer's jurisdiction will extend to those other rooms/areas.

   12.4    Where the Area Safety Officer's department contains rooms or areas
           occupied and controlled by other departments, the Area Safety Officer's
           jurisdiction will not extend to those rooms/areas.

   12.5    A current list of Area Safety Officer appointments is available from the
           Safety Office.

13 Departmental Radiation Officers

   13.1    Departmental Radiation Officers are appointed by the University
           Secretary for those departments which carry out work which is subject to
           the legislation controlling work with ionising radiations. The function of
           the Departmental Radiation Officer is to ensure, so far as is reasonably
           practicable, that staff and students using ionising radiations do so safely
           and without risks to health, although, as with the post of Area Safety
           Officer, the responsibility for health and safety within the department
           rests with the Head of Department.

   13.2    The Departmental Radiation Officer will normally oversee the activities of
           one or more Radiation Protection Supervisors who are similarly
           appointed by the University Secretary. The function of the Radiation
           Protection Supervisors is to ensure compliance with the ionising
           radiations legislation in individual geographical locations of the
           department. This involves a knowledge and understanding of the
           requirements of the regulations and local rules, the command of sufficient
           respect from persons doing the work as will allow the necessary
           supervision of radiation protection, and an understanding of the
           precautions to be taken and the extent to which those precautions will
           restrict exposures.

   13.3    The functions of the Departmental Radiation Officer include the following:

   13.3.1 to keep up to date records of the acquisition, transfer and disposal of
          radioactive materials in line with current certificates issued by the
          enforcing authorities.

   13.3.2 to arrange for the secure storage and supervised issue of radioactive
          materials.
   13.3.3 to keep up to date records of any controlled or supervised areas, and to
          oversee the arrangements for dose assessments of all persons who may
          be exposed to ionising radiations.

   13.3.4 to oversee the arrangements for routine contamination monitoring within
          the department.

   13.3.5 to arrange for the annual testing of radiation and contamination
          instruments in association with the University Safety & Radiation
          Protection Officer and for the biennial testing of sealed sources where
          appropriate.

   13.3.6 to draw up, and periodically revise when appropriate, the departmental
          Local Rules for work with ionising radiations, which include the
          procedures to be followed in case of an emergency.

   13.3.7 to act as Laser Safety Officer, where appropriate, and to supervise the
          use of any other non-ionising radiations in the department, eg. ultra-
          violet, microwave and radio-frequency radiations.

   13.4    A current list of Departmental Radiation Officer appointments is available
           from the Safety Office.

14 Biological Safety Officer

   14.1    A Biological Safety Officer has been appointed, by the University
           Secretary, in the Division of Biological Sciences. The function of the
           Biological Safety Officer is to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable,
           that staff and students working with biological agents and genetically
           modified organisms, plants or animals do so safely and without risks to
           health. As with the post of Area Safety Officer, the responsibility for
           health and safety within the department rests with the Head of
           Department.

   14.2    The functions of the Biological Safety Officer include the following:
   14.2.1 to provide advice to the Division of Biological Sciences on matters of
          biological health and safety.
   14.2.2 to liaise with the Area Safety Officer and other departmental safety staff,
          as appropriate, and with the Safety Office over the implementation of the
          University health and safety policy as it relates to biological health and
          safety.
   14.2.3 to co-operate with specialists inside and outside the University on
          biological health and safety matters.
   14.2.4 to advise officers in charge of the design and construction of new
          buildings and the modification of existing buildings on matters affecting
          biological health and safety.
   14.2.5 to co-operate with the University Occupational Health Adviser in the
          provision of occupational health surveillance and monitoring where
          necessary.
   14.2.6 to advise, in collaboration with the University Safety and Radiation
          Protection Officer, on
           waste disposal
           the design of biological work areas
           the preparation of schemes of work and local rules
           COSHH assessments
           the management of Legionella risks
           the acquisition of any required licences or authorisations
           the establishment/authorisation of a health and safety committee for
              genetic modification where required
           the maintenance of, in consultation with the University Occupational
              Health Adviser, a list of workers under the Genetically Modified
              Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations and any other relevant
              statutory provisions
   14.2.7    to oversee and co-ordinate the provision of biological health and safety
             training.
   14.2.8    to keep staff conscious of the problems of biological health and safety
             and their responsibilities for the health and safety of those who work or
             study under or with them.
   14.2.9    to undertake or assist with periodic inspections of University premises
             where a biological health and safety input is required.
   14.2.10 to audit and monitor departmental biological health and safety
           arrangements.
   14.2.11 to investigate any microbiological emergency or accident and instigate
           any remedial action.
   14.2.12 to liaise with the various relevant inspectorates and co-ordinate their
           visits and inspections.

   14.3      It should be noted that the functions listed above are carried out in
             collaboration with the Safety Office.

15 Trade Union Safety Representatives

   15.1     As a consequence of regulations made under the Health & Safety at
            Work etc. Act 1974, the recognised Trade Unions in the University have
            appointed Safety Representatives to represent the interests of their
            members on health and safety matters. The functions of Safety
            Representatives include the following:

   15.1.1 to investigate accidents and reports of hazards.
15.1.2 to investigate complaints of a health and safety nature made by their
       members.

15.1.3 to discuss health and safety matters with the management of the
       University as part of the joint consultation procedures.

15.1.4 to carry out inspections of the workplace.

15.1.5 to receive information from Inspectors of the Health & Safety Executive
       and similar enforcing authorities.

15.1.6 to attend meetings of the University Health and Safety Committee.

15.2    Heads of Departments must arrange for appropriate facilities and
        assistance to be given to Safety Representatives to enable them to fulfil
        their functions.
PART 3: ARRANGEMENTS FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY

16 Statement of Safety Policy

   The Safety Policy Statement (this document) outlines the general arrangements
   in force throughout the University for ensuring a safe and healthy working
   environment. It is made available to every employee, both permanent and
   temporary, and to those on contracts.

17 Manual of Safety

   17.1 The Manual of Safety has been produced to supplement information
        contained in the Safety Policy Statement.
         It is available on the University's Web site at
            http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/safety/default.htm.
         It can also be downloaded for printing. The Manual contains Codes of
         Safe Working Practice and policy documents which are applicable to most
         departments, services and colleges of the University.

   17.2 Particular attention is drawn to Sections 11 and 17 of the Manual. Section
        17 requires the person responsible for safety in each department to
        produce formal written risk assessments where significant risks to the
        health and safety of staff, students or others have been identified.

   17.3 Section 11 of the Manual describes the safety audit procedure, which is
        one of the methods used to monitor implementation of the University's
        policy on safety. The audits are carried out by the Safety Office at a
        frequency determined by the risks that are present in a department.

   17.4 The policy documents comprising the Manual are produced in consultation
        with staff in departments, Area Safety Officers and Trades Union Safety
        Representatives, and receive final approval from the University Safety
        Committee, University Council and Senate.

18 Departmental Safety Handbooks

   18.1 "High risk" departments are required to produce a Departmental Safety
        Handbook which will detail the 'local' health and safety procedures and the
        arrangements for dealing with emergencies. A list of which departments
        are considered to be high risk can be found at

            http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/safety/section.11/app_1.htm

   18.2 The Handbook should be drawn up by the Area Safety Officer in
        consultation with the Head of Department and staff and be updated
        annually. Copies should be held by all staff in the department and by
        students where the academic supervisor has deemed it appropriate.

19 Safety Training
   19.1 Safety training is needed at all levels. It is an important way of achieving
        competence and helps to convert information into safe working practices.
        Risk assessments in departments should help to determine the level of
        training needed for each type of work as part of the preventive and
        protective measures. The training should include basic skills training,
        specific "on-the-job" training and training in health and safety or
        emergency procedures.

   19.2 Training needs are significant on recruitment and new employees must
        receive basic induction training on health and safety, including the
        arrangements for first aid, fire and evacuation. Particular attention must
        be given to the needs of young employees and those who are disabled or
        have special needs.

   19.3 The responsibility for ensuring that safety training needs are assessed lies
        with the Head of Department in consultation with the University Safety &
        Radiation Protection Officer. Those for whom safety training is deemed
        necessary are required to attend such training.

   19.4 Identification of safety training needs of undergraduate students must be
        carried out by the academic supervisor, normally during the first weeks of
        the students' arrival at the University, and delivery of that training will
        normally form part of the students' courses. A similar procedure should
        operate for postgraduate students. The academic supervisor may call
        upon the services of the Safety Office in determining safety training needs.

   19.5 All new students are given instructions on the University's emergency
        procedures by the University Safety & Radiation Protection Officer during
        "Intro Week" at the beginning of each academic year.

   19.6 Health and Safety training should normally take place during working
        hours. If, however, it is necessary to arrange training outside normal
        working hours, this must be treated as an extension of time at work.

20 University Health and Safety Committee

   20.1 The University Health and Safety Committee is a joint Committee of the
        Council and Senate and meets once each term. Its function, amongst
        other things, is to advise the Council and Senate on the measures
        necessary to comply with current health and safety legislation.

   20.2 Information on the current membership and terms of reference of the
        University Health and Safety Committee is available from the Safety
        Office.

   20.3 The Radiation Protection Committee is a sub-committee of the University
        Health and Safety Committee and meets as and when necessary to
        advise the University Health and Safety Committee on the measures
        necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and
          safety of all persons engaged in work with ionising and non-ionising
          radiations.

   20.4 Information on the current membership and terms of reference of the
        Radiation Protection Committee is available from the Safety Office.

   20.5 The University Genetic Modification Safety Committee is a sub-committee
        of the University Health and Safety Committee. The Committee is based
        in the Division of Biological Sciences and meets as and when necessary
        to advise the University Health and Safety Committee on the measures
        necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and
        safety of all persons engaged in work covered by the legislation on genetic
        modification.

   20.6 Information on the current membership and terms of reference of the
        University Genetic Modification Safety Committee is available from the
        secretary of the committee who is based in the Division of Biological
        Sciences.

21 Departmental Safety Committees

   21.1 The larger science and technology based departments normally have their
        own Departmental Safety Committees.

   21.2 The frequency of meetings and appointment of representatives for such
        committees is decided by the Head of Department in consultation with the
        Area Safety Officer.

22 Consultation on health and safety matters

   The University will consult Safety Representatives, either through arrangements
   made by the Head of Department or via the University Health and Safety
   Committee, on health and safety matters as required by the Safety
   Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations, the Management of Health
   and Safety at Work Regulations and the Health and Safety (Consultation with
   Employees) Regulations. The trade union appointed safety representatives, who
   are members of the University Health and Safety Committee, have agreed to act
   with respect to consultation on health and safety policy on behalf of all staff in the
   category that they represent, even if they are not trade union members.

23 Information for employees

   23.1 The Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations require
        information relating to health, safety and welfare to be given to employees
        by means of posters or leaflets in the form approved for the purposes of
        the Regulations by the Health & Safety Executive.

   23.2 The leaflet is reproduced as an Appendix.
    APPENDIX




  Health
and Safety
   Law

 What you
should know
          What you
         should know

Your health, safety and welfare at
work are protected by law. Your
 employer has a duty to protect
 you and to keep you informed
  about health and safety. You
have a responsibility to look after
yourself and others. If there is a
  problem, discuss it with your
    employer or your safety
 representative, if there is one.


This leaflet is a brief guide to health and
safety law. It does not describe the law in
detail, but it does list the key points.
Your employer has a duty under the law to ensure so far as is reasonably
practicable, your health, safety and welfare at work.

Your employer must consult you or your safety representative on matters
relating to your health and safety at work, including:
- any change which may substantially affect your health and safety at work, eg in
  procedures, equipment or ways of working;
- the employer's arrangements for getting competent people to help him/her satisfy
  health and safety laws;
- the information you have to be given on the likely risks and dangers arising from
  your work, measures to reduce or get rid of these risks and what you should do if
  you have to deal with a risk or danger;
- the planning of health and safety; and
- the health and safety consequences of introducing new technology.

In general, your employer's duties include:

- making your workplace safe and without risks to health;
- ensuring plant and machinery are safe and that safe systems of work are set and
  followed;
- ensuring articles and substances are moved, stored and used safely;
- providing adequate welfare facilities;
- giving you the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary for your
  health and safety.

In particular, your employer must:

- assess the risks to your health and safety;
- make arrangements for implementing the health and safety measures identified
  as being necessary by the assessment;
- if there are five or more employees, record the significant findings of the risk
  assessment and the arrangements for health and safety measures;
- if there are five or more employees, draw up a health and safety policy
  statement, including the health and safety organisation and arrangements in
  force, and bring it to your attention;
- appoint someone competent to assist with health and safety responsibilities, and
  consult you or your safety representative about this appointment;
- co-operate on health and safety with other employers sharing the same
  workplace;
- set up emergency procedures;
- provide adequate first aid facilities;
- make sure that the workplace satisfies health, safety and welfare requirements,
  eg. for ventilation, temperature, lighting and sanitary, washing and rest facilities;
- make sure that work equipment is suitable for its intended use, so far as health
  and safety is concerned, and that it is properly maintained and used;
- prevent or adequately control exposure to substances which may damage your
  health;
- take precautions against danger from flammable or explosive hazards, electrical
  equipment, noise and radiation;
- avoid hazardous manual handling operations, and where they cannot be
  avoided, reduce the risk of injury;
- provide health surveillance as appropriate;
- provide free any protective clothing or equipment, where risks are not
  adequately controlled by other means;
- ensure that appropriate safety signs are provided and maintained;
- report certain injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the appropriate
  health and safety enforcing authority (see box below for who this is).


As an employee, you have legal duties too. They include:

- taking reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who
  may be affected by what you do or do not do;
- co-operating with your employer on health and safety;
- correctly using work items provided by your employer, including personal
  protective equipment, in accordance with training or instructions; and
- not interfering with or misusing anything provided for your health, safety or
  welfare.

If you think there is a health and safety problem in your workplace you should first
discuss it with your employer, supervisor or manager. You may also wish to discuss
it with your safety representative, if there is one. You, your employer or your safety
representative can get information on health and safety in confidence by calling
HSE's Infoline telephone service on 0845 345 0055.

If you think your employer is exposing you to risks or is not carrying out legal duties
and you have pointed this out without getting a satisfactory answer, you can contact
the enforcing authority for health and safety in your workplace. Health and safety
inspectors can give advice on how to comply with the law. They also have powers to
enforce it. The HSE's Employment Medical Advisory Service can give advice on
health at work. Your employer can give you their names and addresses.

You can get advice on general fire precautions etc from the Fire Service or your fire
officer
More detailed guidance on health and safety law is set out in HSE priced
publications, such as:

Essentials of health and safety at work    HSE Books
                                           ISBN 0 7176 0716 X;

and in free leaflets such as:

An introduction to health and safety - INDG259 HSE Books

Full details of HSE publications can be found on HSE's Web site at:
        http://www.open.gov.uk/hse/hsehome.htm

All HSE publications are available from
HSE Books,
P.O.Box 1999,
Sudbury,
Suffolk
CO10 2WA
Tel: 01787 881165      Fax: 01787 313995

HSE priced publications are also available from good booksellers.


            Approved by the Health and Safety Executive 1 October 1999
                                   10/99 C1500
             Printed and published by the Health and Safety Executive


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