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Risk Assessment


Risk assessment is an essential step in protecting our employees, students, visitors and the College, as well as complying with the law. The core principles of the Policy Statement advocated by Queen Mary are provision and maintenance of a safe working and study environment that, as far as is reasonably practicable, is free from risks to health. In many instances, straightforward measures can readily control risks, for example, managing risks to health and safety through processes of risk assessment and risk control. For most, that means simple, cheap and effective measures, for example using a trolley to transport materials across site rather than carry them.

As well as the health and safety risks associated with teaching and office environments, we also have to deal with the risks associated with such areas as catering, residential accommodation, building and grounds maintenance work, machinery workshops, sports activities and international travel. The university’s business is extremely diverse and includes potential exposure to chemicals, radiation, lasers, asphyxiante gases, biological agents and genetically modified organisms.

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Who should assess the risks to health and safety?

Each School/PS Directorate is responsible for assessing and managing the risks to their students, staff and visitors.
Heads of Schools/PS Directorates are responsible for ensuring that risks are adequately controlled. This includes ensuring that suitable and sufficient assessments of the work activities within their areas are undertaken, and that these are reviewed regularly.
In practice, the task of actually carrying out risk assessments is usually delegated to those staff who are most familiar with the activity, project or equipment being assessed, or who create the risk. These individuals may be local managers, academic supervisors or individuals directly involved in the work but they must be competent to carry out the assessment. They will understand the nature of the work and are best placed to ensure that on a day-to-day basis risks are adequately controlled.

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