Most University departments have appointed a Departmental Safety Manager to act as a liaison between the department and EHS. In most academic departments, the department manager has taken on this role.
The Departmental Safety Manager has responsibility for oversight of health and safety within the department and is a principal contact for faculty, staff and students to address health and safety issues or concerns. The Departmental Safety Manager works with faculty, management and supervisory personnel in the department to identify potential hazards associated with their operations and activities. The main objective is to clearly identify and understand safety responsibilities, while providing the means and authority necessary to carry out those responsibilities.
In some departments, the Departmental Safety Manager has assembled a safety committee, consisting of representatives from a cross-section of the department. The safety committee may assist the Departmental Safety Manager in developing and implementing action plans to address health and safety concerns.
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