Consultative Committee on Health and Safety

Committee description

In accordance with the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977, there is a CCHS chaired by the Director of Human Resources with direct reporting responsibility to the Health and Safety Governance Committee (HSGC). The remaining Committee members are as follows:

Faculty & PS Representative Health and Life Sciences Mrs M Mainwaring
Faculty & PS Representative Health and Life Sciences Prof J Stewart
Faculty & PS Representative Science and Engineering Mr K Bergqvist Lane
Faculty & PS Representative Science and Engineering Mr G Roberts
Faculty & PS Representative Humanities and Social Sciences  Dr J Turner Gill
Faculty & PS Representative Humanities and Social Sciences  Ms C Saunders
Central Professional Services Representative (FRCS)  Mr S Crowe
Human Resources Representative (HR) Ms M Moran
SAS Representative Dr P Harrison

Representatives of the Trade Unions appointed by those recognised by the University - (UNITE, UCU, UNISON)

In attendance

University Safety Adviser Mr S Dunkley
Assistant Safety Adviser Mr A Pollitt
Committee Secretary Ms L King
One representative of the British Medical Association Dr P Dangerfield
One member of the British Dental Association Prof C Youngson
Biological Safety Adviser Ms L Andrews
The Occupational Health Specialist Nurse Ms K Ashton
The University Radiation Protection Adviser Prof P Cole & Ms L Nicholson
A representative of the Guild of Students Mr A Grimshaw
A School Manager Dr J Parker
Safety Advisors Office Mr R Cuthbertson
EEE & CS H&S Officer Dr D Donaghy

The CCHS shall meet three times a year. The quorum for the Committee is two members representing the employer and two members representing the joint trade unions.

If non-University staff or University staff who are not members of the committee wish to attend, then a formal written request must be made to the Chair who will then decide whether the attendance at the meeting is appropriate.

Under its terms of reference, the CCHS will:

Work with the HSGC and assist in the implementation of Safety Management systems across the University, in overseeing the ongoing development and implementation of the University Health and safety Strategy and Policy and assisting in the monitoring and review of safety performance and progress against the strategic action plan.

Specifically, the CCHS will, as part of the terms of reference, consider and consult on the following issues as a minimum:

  • Accident and incident data including RIDDOR reportable accidents, notifiable diseases and dangerous occurrences with the aim of identifying trends and preparing recommendations for remedial action.
  • Absence statistics and reasons for such absences in relation to health and safety.
  • Issues and trends identified in monitoring and inspection reports, health and safety audits and fire evacuation reports.
  • Compliance with any statutory duties.
  • Proposed changes to the University Health and Safety Strategy.
  • Proposed changes to the University Health and Safety Policy.
  • The introduction and effectiveness of any new University code of practice, safety circulars and guidance.
  • The introduction of any new University safe systems of work.
  • The planning, organisation and review of health and safety training.
  • Adequate methods used to communicate and publicise health and safety in the workplace.
  • The introduction of any measure which may substantially affect health and safety at work.
  • Arrangements for getting competent people to help comply with health and safety laws and undertake risk assessments.
  • Information on the risks and dangers arising from their work, measures to reduce or eliminate these risks and what employees should do if they are exposed to a risk.
  • The health and safety consequences of introducing new technology.
  • Consultation over internal and external H&S audits and reviews.

As part of the consultative process, the Committee will consider the following reports and minutes of meetings from:

  • The Health and Safety Governance Committee (HSGC).
  • The central health and safety services (i.e. Safety Adviser’s Office, Occupational Health and Radiation Protection).
  • The two main sub-committees (Biohazards and Dangerous Goods/Security committee).
  • Trends or issues identified in Safety Adviser’s Office reports (e.g. noise vibration, fire, etc.).
  • Reports from external enforcing authorities including the HSE and Fire Service.
  • Reports from TU Representatives.
  • Reports from the Theme Working Group.
  • Faculties and Professional Service areas.
  • The Wellbeing Group.

Formal policies and codes of practice submitted to the CCHS should include a summary of all consultation that has already taken place, including, where appropriate, dates of meetings, attendees and progress made.

The membership and terms of reference for the CCHS will be reviewed annually.

Meeting dates

  • 17 September 2020, 2.00pm
  • 26 November 2020, 9.30am
  • 12 April 2021, 2.00pm

A full schedule of Committee meeting dates can be viewed here.