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Estates & Facilities

Health & Safety

Estates and Facilities is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for both employees and all others affected by the division’s activities, in accordance with:

  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974;
  • Supporting regulations;
  • The University Health and Safety Policy and;
  • Current best practice.

Estates and Facilities is actively committed to:

  • Compliance with both the spirit and letter of Health and Safety Legislation;
  • Maintenance of safe working arrangements and a healthy environment throughout the University;
  • Provision of appropriate resources, information, instruction and training;
  • Encouraging everyone to actively participate and contribute to the continuous improvement of health and safety standards.

The Directors and Management team of Estates and Facilities recognise that achievement of high standards cannot be met without the commitment of all its employees. Therefore, procedures for consultation and the provision of information, instruction and training are in place.

It is Estates Facilities intention to acknowledge and comply with its duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and all other relevant legislation. In order to comply the Division will:

  • Provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from Estates and Facilities work activities;
  • Consult our employees on matters affecting their health and safety;
  • Ensure safe use and handling of substances;
  • Provide information, instruction and training and supervision for employees;
  • Provide and maintain safe plant and equipment;
  • Ensure that all employees are competent to do their work and are given adequate training;
  • Prevent accidents and cases of work related ill health;
  • Maintain safe and healthy work conditions;
  • Provide resources to allow Estates and Facilities to comply with all Health and Safety legislation;
  • Maintain a commitment to continual improvement;
  • Review the safety management system at least biennially and make any adjustments necessary.

Health and Safety Arrangements

The University maintains an adequate number of first aiders for general first aid provision on campus through the Security Services team.

First aid can be obtained by dialling the emergency number 0161 295 3333.

In addition, each school or professional service identifies any unique risk where additional first aiders may be required. These include areas such as laboratories, clinics, workshops, swimming pool, etc.

The first aid provision in these areas is specific for the risk identified in the risk assessment and will not be utilised as general first aid.

First Aid Policy

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are installed in our University Buildings for public use. These public accessible AEDs are suitable for anyone to use. At every stage the equipment talks to the user instructing them in what to do and if the casualty doesn’t need to be defibrillated, the AED will not allow a shock to be administered. The machines are portable too and it should not take more than four minutes for someone to get to an AED and get it back to the casualty.

Many First Aiders receive additional Basic Life Support training in the use of the AEDs, but this is not essential owing to the simplicity of the devices.

Remember - If someone goes into cardiac arrest they are having the worst day of their lives, so you won’t make them any worse by trying to help them.

If you have any questions regarding the AED roll out please contact Amanda Tilley, ext 53820.

The Code of Practice is available here.

Contractors will be selected and managed in accordance with the Management of Contractors Code of Practice.

If contractors are used for work which might require alterations to, connection with, or interface with the fabric of the building or any services, such as water or electric, then this work will be managed through Estates and Property Services only.

Where others are required to provide services, such as consultants or trainers, there may be additional health and safety or insurance requirements, so the Health and Safety Coordinator will be consulted for advice.