T100 in FBA
9 December 2019
"Keep safety in mind ... it will save your behind!"
What do penguins have to do with safety in FBA? Well the answer is that they don't exactly ... but the mentality of everyone looking out for each other is something I'd like to encourage on a daily basis.
I was going to start this article with the slogan: Safety glasses: All in favor say “Eye!”, but as we don't work in laboratories it doesn't quite have the same impact! However, just because we work in an office enviroment doesn't mean we should switch off from safety in the workplace - especially as we are about to enter the Target 100 programme (T100).
What is T100?
- It is a meaningful and proportionate safety management system, which meets UCL H&S Policy.
- It enables self measurement of our performance, identifies areas for improvement and gives practical actions to help us do the right things.
What does this mean for FBA?
- Finance and Business Affairs has been classed as low hazard which means that we will need to comply with a lighter version of T100, called T100 Lite.
- We are required to complete a T100 Lite assessment within 12 months from now, as per UCL's H&S Objectives.
What does this mean for me?
You must be aware of:
- FBA's Safety Arrangements;
- that FBA has a Responsible Persons Register (found on riskNET), where all FBA DSE, First Aid, Fire Evacuation Marshals and other safety personnel are listed;
- that FBA has a Major Incident Plan, and you know what to do should there be an incident;
- that you know what your safety responsibilities are as an individual, and relating to your role e.g. staff member, line manager, senior manager etc.;
- and how to report an incident.
- In the New Year, staff from Safety Services will be assessing FBA and will be asking a random selection of staff some key questions.
- Please ensure you are familiar with all of the above and get ready to be tested!
And finally ...
I will leave you with this last thought: "Accidents bring tears, safety brings cheers!". Wishing you a cheer for the festive season, and good luck with the FBA Christmas Tree Competition - don't forget to keep those decorations safe!
FBA Divisional Manager (and Divisional Safety Officer)