Cranfield University Health and Safety

By | 16th May 2017

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Cranfield University Health and Safety

Cranfield University Health and Safety, Cranfield University’s mission is to make a distinctive, practical contribution towards a secure society in a sustainable global economy, creating and transforming knowledge to solve real-world problems. In doing so it is essential that we take the right measures to control the health and safety risks connected with our work.


Our aim is to provide a safe and healthy environment by taking effective means to manage our risks and protect people from being harmed. Cranfield University is committed to a process of continuous improvement in the management of health and safety in all areas of work and study.


We recognise that this involves more than simply putting good policies, systems and processes in place, and we will take all reasonably practicable measures to ensure the safety of all persons, who are affected by the activities of the University.

We will achieve this by:

  • Working together as one team to put practical health and safety risk management arrangements in place
  • Ensuring compliance with all applicable health and safety

legislation and other requirements to which the University 6 subscribes

  • Building the right capabilities and a zero harm culture to support our health and safety values and vision
  • Mainstreaming health and safety excellence into everything we do, including all business planning and decision making processes
  • Setting meaningful health and safety objectives and targets, using continuous improvement techniques to deliver better performance
  • Providing sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to employees, students and others working on behalf of the University
  • Following the belief that we do not compromise on health and safety.

We will provide the appropriate leadership, management and resources to enable this to happen, with everyone who works, studies and lives with us playing an essential part in securing a safe and healthy environment for all.

The University will make this policy available to the general public, students and all persons working for, in or on behalf of the University. Signed

Professor Sir John O’Reilly


Health and safety support functions

Health and Safety Committee

The purpose of the Health and Safety Committee is to oversee the review, development, implementation and operation of the

University’s health and safety management system.

The Committee covers occupational health and safety matters and provides assurance to the University that its risks are being properly managed.

The Committee is chaired by an Executive lead for health and safety and reports directly to the Executive.

Health and Safety Unit

The Health and Safety Unit is a small multi-disciplinary team that provides professional advice, guidance and support to the University.

This includes leading the development of the University’s management arrangements for health and safety so that they are effective,

simple to use and consistent across the University. Further details are available on the contacts page of health and safety intranet site:

‘Intranet Homepage’ > ‘Services’ > ‘Health and Safety’ > ‘Key Contacts’ or email

Local Health and Safety contacts (schools/service departments)

Health and safety is a line management responsibility, so in the first instance please speak with your manager if you have any concerns or queries. Each School and Service department also has a nominated management lead for health and safety, who co-ordinate the local arrangements for managing health and safety risks. There are also Trade Union safety representatives within the University. Contact details are on the contacts page of the health and safety intranet site:

‘Intranet Homepage’ > ‘Services’ > ‘Health and Safety’ > ‘Key Contacts’

Your responsibilities

Everyone has a responsibility to take care of their own health and safety and that of others. We can all set a personal example of good working practices by using work equipment as instructed, raising concerns when we see them and considering health and safety in everything you do.

7 Fire safety

It is very important you know what to do when a fire starts, and how to get out of the building to a place of safety as quickly as possible.

If you discover or suspect a fire:

  • Shout ‘FIRE’ and sound the alarm by activating the nearest fire alarm call point
  • Evacuate the building by the nearest fire exit

X Do not stop to collect personal belongings

X Do not use passenger or goods lifts

  • From a safe location contact security on x 2222 or on 01234 752999 from a mobile.

Security will send a patrol officer to the building and call the fire service

  • Report to the assembly point

X  Do not re-enter the building until authorised to do so

A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) is required for anyone with a disability/ illness or impairment that needs additional help and support to evacuate the building. Speak to your line manager or Fire Safety Adviser for further information.

General fire safety precaution

  • Keep all escape routes clear of blockages and obstructions
  • Highly flammable materials, substances and gases must be stored, transported and used safely
  • Keep rubbish to a minimum and dispose of in suitable bins or recycle

Example of a fire call point sign

Example of a fire exit sign

Example of a Fire Action notice posted in buildings