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Joint Report of the Council and the General Board on arrangements for health and safety matters within the University: Notice

26 February 2001

The Council have considered the remarks made at the Discussion of this Report on 13 February 2001 (p. 485).

Dr Evans quoted from the Minutes of the Committee for Safety which had specifically been brought to the attention of the Council to inform them of incidents in the University that had resulted in visits from the Health and Safety Executive. Both the Council and the General Board are concerned about the incidents identified by Dr Evans; the intention behind their Joint Report is to ensure that, through the proposed Health and Safety Executive Committee, the University's health and safety policies can be strengthened and, if necessary, action can be taken swiftly and effectively.

In criticizing the suggestion that the Director of Health and Safety formulates policy, Dr Evans is misreading the Report. The Council are indeed responsible for policy-making. However, it is right and proper that they should rely on the expertise of the person appointed under Health and Safety Legislation as 'competent help' in drawing up policy. Under the regulations proposed for the new Committee it is obliged to make an Annual Report to the Council and General Board. This will provide the means by which the University's performance in safety matters is reported on, monitored, and discussed at the highest level.

The Council consider that it is a matter of some urgency to put the new structure in place and have therefore agreed to submit a Grace to the Regent House (Grace 5, p. 511) for the approval of the recommendations in this Report.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 28 February 2001
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