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Manager and Supervisor Information

Managers and Supervisors have a key role and hold specific responsibilities under Cardiff University’s Safety, Health and Environmental Management System. The principles associated with your role are established through the ‘Fundamentals of Safety, Health and Environment’ course coordinated by the Occupational Safety Health and Environment Unit (OSHEU). The information detailed in this section complements that training to assist you with your on-going responsibilities.

The role and responsibilities of managers and supervisors

The role and responsibilities of managers and supervisors

  • Ensure you are aware of your Health, Safety and Environmental responsibilities as indicated within the School/Directorate Safety, Health and Environment Policy
  • Demonstrate commitment to Health, Safety and Environmental
  • Be aware of the Health, Safety and Environmental legal and other requirements affecting you
  • Ensure all specific hazards have been risk assessed and measures are in place to control the hazard and identify and assess all environmental aspects. See:
  • Risk Assessment(also includes information on specific activities e.g. Travel overseas etc.)
  • Ensure that the findings of the risk assessments are communicated to relevant persons
  • Be aware of the School/Directorate Health and Safety objectives
  • Ensure that there is a mechanism in place to identify appropriate Health and Safety training needs to ensure staff/students under your control are competent to undertake tasks
  • Establish a mechanism for effective communication and consultation with staff/students under your supervision
  • Ensure appropriate measures are in place for controlling significant hazards
  • Ensure preparedness for emergency situations and that staff/students under your control are aware of them
  • Ensure that incidents are investigated and any remedial action is carried out. See:
  • Accident / Incident & Near Miss Management System
  • Ensure that the workplace under your control is inspected in accordance with the University Monitoring Policy  See:
  • Carry out an annual review of the group’s performance:
    • Results of audits and compliance with legal and other requirements
    • Relevant communication from external parties
    • Extent to which objectives have been met
    • Status of investigations
    • Accident/Incident rate
    • Changing circumstances
    • Recommendations for improvement