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Information for DSR's

This section of our website is intended to encourage and inform those of you who have safety responsibilities. We will highlight both good practice and helpful ideas we have come across in the University.

An overview of the safety responsibility of University Departments, Safety Office and Departmental Safety Representatives(DSR's) was provided at the 2023 DSR Conference. In addition other useful information including the safety training provided or coordinated by Safety Office was presented. Links to the presentations of the confernece can be found here: 

Departmental Safety Representative Conference 2023

Departmental Safety Representative Conference 2010

Two examples of good practice were presentations given by Mr Dickson Lau of the Laboratory Animal Unit and by Ms Esther Woo from the Library at the Departmental Safety Representatives (DSR's) workshop on the 4th of March 2010.

  1. Clearly defined areas of responsibility are extremely helpful. DSR's were appointed for functional areas.

  2. Identify the hazards and institute the appropriate controls. What was interesting here was the variety of hazards in both work settings; some were common issues but others were quite unique.

  3. Feedback and communication is important. We can all learn from staff "on the front line".

  4. The importance of training.

The presentations highlight the safety management system adopted in their respective departments and illustrate the importance of a well organised, systematic, proactive management scheme. A number of common themes emerged from these talks:-

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