Health and Safety Committee reports to Council 


Mr Rex Knight

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Health and Safety Committee

Constitution and Membership for 2017-18

Number in brackets to the right-hand side of a committee member's name indicates length of continuous service in years, up to and including the 2016-17 session. Length of service is not indicated for ex officio and student members, or for observers.

Ex officio

Vice-Provost (Operations) (Convenor1) Mr Rex Knight
Director of UCL Estates Mr Andrew Grainger
Director of Human Resources Ms Fiona Ryland
Head of Safety Mr Paul Stirk
Deputy Head of Safety Ms Jillian Deans
Director of Occupational Health and Wellbeing Mr Max Hill


Members of staff of the following academic units of UCL, appointed by the Committee on the recommendation of the Provost's Senior Management Team:

Department of Chemistry Mr Brian Kavanagh (1)
Department of Mechanical Engineering  Mr Peter Kelly (5)
Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences Ms Katie Canada-Chwieroth (1)
London Centre for Nanotechnology Dr Paul Cassell (1)
Cancer Institute  Mrs Sonia Buckingham (5)
GOS Institute of Child Health  Ms Kate Thornton (1)
Division of Infection and Immunity  Mr Doug King (5)
Division of Biosciences Ms Tamsin Piper (1)


Two Safety Representatives from the UCU, nominated by that Trade Union

  • Ms Theo Bryer (1)
  • Dr Alun Coker (1)

Two Safety Representatives from Unison, nominated by that Trade Union

  • Mrs Elizabeth Sutton-Klein (1)
  • Dr Rachel Hadi-Talab (-)

Two Safety Representatives from Unite, nominated by that Trade Union

  • Mr David Ladd (5)
  • Mr Kelvin Gwilliam (-)


Three Observers, one from each of UCL's three trade unions

  • Mr Colin Byelong (UCU)
  • Two vacancies

Two student Observers, nominated by the Students' Union

  • Mr Hamza Jamshaid
  • Miss Aiysha Qureshi

Secretary Mr Jonathan Blackman

1 The Chair of the Health and Safety Committee is designated 'Convenor'.

Terms of Reference

The Health and Safety Committee (HSC) has been established under the delegated authority of the President and Provost with the purpose of developing and managing UCL’s safety policy and strategy. It is the focal point for health, safety, and fire safety compliance. It aims to support managers and ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach across Departments. The HSC is constituted in accordance with the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations (1977) as amended by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1992) and the Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations (1996).

Subject to any general or particular direction that may from time to time be given by the Council, the Health and Safety Committee is charged by Council:

  1. To maintain an overall assessment of the key UCL health and safety risks from which priorities for action are set and reviewed annually.
  2. To set objectives, standards and targets to improve health and safety management.
  3. To approve policy, standards and strategy for the management of health and safety at work within UCL and compliance with health and safety legislative and other requirements.
  4. To establish specific safety sub-committees and working groups as appropriate.
  5. To provide a forum for consultation and discussion between UCL Management and representatives from the Trades Unions on health and safety matters.
  6. To receive items of significance from, and the Minutes of, such specialist committees or other groups with responsibility for health and safety-related matters as HSC may set up and/or which operate under the aegis of the HSC.
  7. To consider reports and factual information provided by inspectors of the enforcing authorities appointed under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
  8. To consider reports that trade union safety representatives may wish to submit.
  9. To monitor progress against objectives, targets, plans and remedial actions, and determine actions necessary to address areas of non-compliance where there is significant risk.
  10. To monitor and review the adequacy and implementation of UCL arrangements, including training and safety and health communication and publicity within UCL.
  11. To review safety performance indicators, investigations of significant failures, independent inspection and audit reports and associated remedial actions.
  12. To submit an annual report to Council, summarising the Committee's work in terms of safety and occupational health.
  13. To report to Council by submission to the Council officers of Minutes of each meeting of the Health and Safety Committee.

Meeting Dates 2017-18

  • Tuesday 17 October 2017, 11.30am

  • Tuesday 23 January 2018, 2.15pm

  • Tuesday 27 March 2018, 2.15pm

  • Tuesday 24 July 2018, 2.15pm