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Estate Safety and Environmental

The Department works closely with the University Health and Safety Office and ensures that the University Health and Safety Policy is strictly adhered to. The Health and Safety Section ensures that the Department carries out its duties in a safe way and in so doing contributes to a healthy and safe environment throughout the University. This will involve:

  • Developing a safety culture at all levels in Estates and Buildings
  • Preparing and implementing procedures
  • Providing and arranging training
  • Ultimately having the direct delegated authority of the Director of Estates and Buildings in stopping unsafe practices if and when discovered

The section is responsible for:

  • Provision of advice on all current and proposed health and safety legislation and how this will impact on the department's activities
  • Preparing and implementing and maintaining the department health and safety policy and supporting safety orders, ensuring that these are adopted. Specific subjects include:
  • Risk assessment
  • Asbestos register
  • Contractors and suppliers
  • Training
  • Statutory inspections
  • Accidents/incident reporting

Further information can be found on the Durham University Health and Safety Office website at which also provides links to the HSE website and other very useful sites.