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Departmental Safety Officer (DSO)

The Departmental Safety Officer is responsible for:

  • Advising on the measures needed to carry out the work of the Department with the minimum of risk to health and safety.
  • Liaising with the University Health and Safety Division and Enforcement Authorities on all matters of health and safety.
  • Coordinating any safety advice given in the Department by specialist advisers and the University Health and Safety Division and providing a point of reference on all health and safety matters.
  • Investigating and reporting on accidents causing injury and/or damage and recommending remedial action to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Monitoring health and safety within the Department and reporting any breaches of the Health and Safety Policy to the HOD.
  • Organising safety training for staff and students.
  • Presenting a written annual report to the HOD regarding all safety matters in the Department.
  • Providing regular reports to meetings of the Departmental Safety Committee.
  • Offering advice and assistance to the HoD on matters relating to the safe use, handling and storage of hazardous substances within the Department.
  • Devising Departmental policy, local rules and procedures on all aspects of chemical safety including chemical waste etc.
  • Assisting Principal Investigators and Supervisors in identifying training needs.
  • Ensuring that procedures for safe handling of hazardous substances are being adhered to and that hazardous substances are transported and stored appropriately.
  • Investigating any accident or incident involving chemicals.

Biological Safety Officer (BSO)

The Biological Safety Officer is responsible for:

  • Advising on the safe use of biologically hazardous materials within the Department.
  • Giving guidance on the preparation of appropriate COSHH and other risk assessments and assessing their veracity.
  • Establishing safe operating procedures for the use of biologically hazardous materials including genetically modified material and ensuring that local rules are in place and being followed.
  • Cooperating and liaising with the University Health and Safety Division, Occupational Health Service and outside specialists and inspectors on matters of biological health and safety.
  • Ensuring that the Department cooperates with the University in the implementation of policies to cover waste disposal and the safe transport and storage of biological materials.
  • Monitoring acquisition of any licences or authorisations which may be required for the work being carried out in the Department e.g. from the HSE, DEFRA, EA etc, and to monitor that statutory notifications are in place.
  • The establishment, maintenance and servicing of a Departmental Biological Safety Committee.
  • Arranging, undertaking or assisting in the periodic inspections of Departmental premises where biological work is being undertaken.
  • The investigation of any biological emergency or incident or accident, and enforcing any necessary remedial action.
  • Providing regular reports to meetings of the Departmental Safety Committee.

Laser Safety Officer (LSO)

The Laser Safety Officer is responsible for:

  • Providing advice and guidance on Laser Safety within the Department.
  • Consulting with the University Health and Safety Division whenever necessary.
  • Ensuring that risk assessments, local rules and procedures are in place and that safe working procedures are followed.
  • Reporting and investigating any accident or incident involving a laser, including 'near misses'.
  • Maintaining any necessary registers of lasers and laser users.
  • Routinely inspecting laser installations.
  • Presenting a annual written report to the HOD regarding Laser Safety in the Department.
  • Providing regular reports to meetings of the Departmental Safety Committee.

13.5. Radiation Protection Supervisors (RPS's)

The Radiation Protection Supervisors are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all work with radioactive sources complies with the requirements of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 which are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive and the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 which is enforced by the Environment Agency.
  • Preparing, maintaining and issuing the Department-wide local rules, and supervising their implementation.
  • Approving risk assessments for new work involving radionuclides.
  • Ensuring that adequate training in the use of radioactive sources is provided.
  • Authorising workers to use radioactive sources.
  • Authorising the acquisition of radioactive sources.
  • Supervising the Department's system for accounting for radioactive sources and their disposal
  • Ensuring that appropriate critical examinations are carried out and documented.
  • Supervising the system for testing of radiation monitoring instruments.
  • Carrying out annual audits of holdings of radioactive sources, including organising leak test.
  • Being able to offer practical advice and assistance to users of radionuclides.
  • Providing assistance in dealing with emergencies.
  • Responding as appropriate to specific incidents involving radioactive sources.

Departmental Safety Manager (DSM)

Assists the DSO in discharging his responsibilities and has delegated authority to do so. Acts as Secretary to the BSC.

Ms Sue Aspinall

Ms Sue Aspinall

Lab Manager, Departmental Safety Manager

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Mr James Barlow

Mr James Barlow

Research Laboratory Technician, Radiation Protection Supervisor

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Dr John P Carr

Dr John P Carr

Head of Group, Biological Safety Officer

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Mr Colin Denston

Mr Colin Denston

Principal Technician, Fire Safety Manager

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Dr David Hanke

Dr David Hanke

Senior Lecturer, Radiation Protection Supervisor, Teaching Coordinator

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Dr Jim Haseloff

Dr Jim Haseloff

Head of Group, Departmental & Laser Safety Manager, Safety Officer

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Ms Barbara Landamore

Ms Barbara Landamore

Chief Teaching Technician, Chief First Aider

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Dr Uta Paszkowski

Dr Uta Paszkowski

Head of Group, Biological Safety Officer

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