Health and Safety Coordinators are appointed to co-ordinate health and safety procedures for their respective units (typically Departments or Divisions), and are the focal point for receiving and disseminating health and safety information.
Among the typical activities of health and safety coordinators are:
maintaining the Local Safety Policy Statement, assigning roles to other staff as required, and producing supporting information for staff;
Drafting local fire procedures and appointing fire wardens for the areas occupied by their unit;
acting on concerns identified by risk assessments of computer workstations;
arranging and co-ordinating other risk assessments for their units (e.g. pregnant worker, work experience, homeworking, manual handling);
receiving notifications of accidents from staff, students and others, carrying out a first investigation, making sure the area is safe (e.g. by contacting Estates), and notifying the Health and Safety Team (e.g. by completing and sending an Accident form);
carrying out periodic inspections of the areas occupied by the unit and/or their activities.
In September 2014, the Executive Health and Safety Group approved a Framework Document. This draws together in one place the responsibilities placed on Departments in different Health and Safety policies. Coordinators and managers will find it a useful reference to the School's expectations.
In February 2017, a new online training package from Cardinus was introduced to train staff in how to set up their workstations, and complete self-assessments. New staff will be added to the user list once a month.
If Departments have contractor who need help with their workstations, Coordinators should give them a copy of the basic Health and Safety guide, which gives information on setting up workstations, and ask them to complete the HSE's workstation assessment checklist.
If there are problems with the workstation which cannot be resolved locally, Coordinators should contact the Health and Safety Team.
Checklists, forms and templates available
This resource brings together all the checklists and forms currently provided to assist Health and Safety Coordinators discharge their functions. See the relevant Arrangement for guidance.
Training for coordinators is advertised and can be booked on the LSE's Training and Development system (https://apps.lse.ac.uk/training-system/)
Among the courses offered are:
Introductory course for Health and Safety coordinators and managers
CIEH Level 2: Introduction to Health and Safety
CIEH Level 3: Health and Safety in the Workplace
CIEH Level 2: Principles of Risk Assessment
CIEH Level 3: Principles and Practice of Risk Assessment