University of Portsmouth Health and Safety

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University of Portsmouth Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Office anticipates and recognises threats, assesses exposure to hazards, manages risk, develops and prioritises strategies for improvements, using the hierarchy of control and implements them, whilst considering resources and sustainability.

We advise and assist the governors of the University and the University Executive Board in carrying out their legal and moral responsibilities in relation to the health, safety and welfare of staff, students, contractors and members of the public, as far as is reasonably practicable.

These web pages are designed to provide you with information and guidance on all matters of health and safety within the University of Portsmouth.

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Health and Safety

Managing Health & Safety

Managing health and safety is essential in creating a safe working environment. Following a full review of the University’s health and safety policy, the policy has been updated, streamlined and modernised.

The Health and Safety Statement and Policy has been approved by the University Health & Safety Committee, University Executive Board and received minuted approval from the Board of Governors at their meeting on 25 January 2017.

The documentation is based on guidance from the Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA) and is intended (utilising a ‘bottom – up’ structure) to provide clear guidance for staff at all levels across the University with regards to health and safety responsibilities.

The policy conforms to the latest USHA guidance for best practice for managing health and safety within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), this is approved by the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA).

The USHA guidance for best practice is based upon the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ management standards; therefore in complying with the USHA guidance, the University as an employer will be well placed to ensure compliance with best practice and legal requirements for managing health and safety.



For other useful information regarding Health & Safety matters, please see the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website.

If you are in a leadership or management role within the organisation and would like more information and/or guidance on how to manage health  and safety at a local level, please see the HSE Managing Health & Safety at Work webpages.




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