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UCL Health and Safety Objectives 2020/2021

The health and safety objectives for UCL for the 2020/21 academic year are stated below.

Objectives for 2019/2020 were extended into the 2020/2021 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Objectives 1-4 were revised and Objective 5 was new and related to the changing work due to COVID-19.

Objective 1: T100 Programme

  • All high hazard departments to have achieved Level 1 by the end of September 2021
  • All low hazard departments to have achieved Target 100 Lite by the end of May 2021

Objective 2: Responsible Risk Management

  • All Principal Investigators/Laboratory Managers/Heads of Departments to have successfully completed the Level 1 questionnaire of the Responsible Risk Management eLearning module by the end of September 2021.

Objective 3: Statutory Compliance

The established Compliance Working Group of the Health and Safety Committee to have:

  • Published new standards for the following areas by October 2020:
    • Medical Gases and Alarms
    • In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment
  • Published revised standards for the following areas by July 2020:
    • Water systems at risk from Legionella
    • Local Exhaust Ventilation
    • Pressurised systems
    • Lifting equipment
  • Published guidance on practical solutions to resolve areas of uncertainty over responsibilities and ‘institutional non-compliance’ by December 2020
  • Full implementation of standards by July 2021

Objective 4: Health Hazards

  • All departments to maintain a list of staff exposed to each hazard in their area cross-checked with Workplace Health record management systems by September 2021
  • All departments to have completed a Departmental Health Hazard Status Checklist by April 2021 to enable Workplace Health to assign the correct hazard status

Objective 5: Return to Work

To implement specific controls and arrangements relating to the changing nature of certain identified activities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • All departments to have authorised risk assessments for staff returning to work to include the COVID-19 hazard (ongoing)
  • Where a risk assessment requires the use of face masks as PPE, departments must have identified and trained a face fit tester and all staff shall have a face fit test 

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