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“In December 2014 we were accredited to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System by BSI, recognising the high standards of environmental management achieved by Lancaster University Facilities.” SPECIALIST COMMERCIAL CLEANERS Cleans Deep Cleaning Builders Cleans Steam Cleaning High Level Cleaning Pressure Washing Weekly Cleans Catering Cleans Reach & Wash Oven Cleaning Contact: Wendy 22 Grosvenor Place, Carnforth, Lancashire, LA5 9DL Flooring Strip & Seals Floor Polishing Carpets & Upholstry Mobile: 07891 367 767 Office: 01524 419851 Email: wendyeharris23@gmail.com high quality and breadth of the sector-leading sustainability projects we have implemented. “In December 2014 we were accredited to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System by BSI, recognising the high standards of environmental management achieved by Lancaster University Facilities.” HEALTH AND SAFETY Alastair Brock, Facilities Safety and Compliance Manager at Lancaster University, said: “Safety is at the heart of everything that we do. Our high levels of safety and compliance are evidenced by our own internal audits and by six-monthly external BSI (British Standards Institution) audits to ensure compliance against the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems 18001 specification. We endeavour to promote a positive health and safety culture that permeates all levels of the organisation. “Our achievements in this area were recognised with a RoSPA Gold Award for Occupational Health & Safety in 2015.” “The RoSPA Gold award recognises the hard work, time and effort that staff have contributed towards a successful occupational health and safety culture. Keeping students, staff and visitors safe and healthy is a top priority for Lancaster University and this award is fantastic recognition of the efforts of all staff involved.” David Rawlins, RoSPA Awards Manager added: “The RoSPA Awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as Lancaster University, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them.” The University’s Facilities Department has its own occupational health and safety system which is available to staff at all levels. All staff receive core health and safety training as well as job specific training on a regular basis to ensure they have the appropriate skills, knowledge, training and experience to carry out their duties safely and efficiently. All staff are trained in either the IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) Working or Managing Safety courses, and staff with significant health and safety responsibilities are also put through the NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) General Certificate course. The department has recently recruited a Fire Safety Officer and Safety & Compliance Officer to assist the Safety & Compliance team in maintaining high standards. In addition, in 2015, the University Facilities Team was awarded the Association of University Directors and Estates (AUDE) Facilities / Estates Team of the Year Award. Leading a significant capital building programme to such high standards necessitates effective procurement procedures. Liz Gatherall, Assistant Director of Estates (Development) at Lancaster University, concluded: “The strong safety record throughout our recent and extensive construction projects is accredited to the emphasis we put on the procurement of contractors and our robust procedure for the control of contractors. “Our consultants, main contractors and ongoing maintenance suppliers go through a rigorous selection and award criteria which will vary depending on the value and nature of the work. Things we assess include financial position, professional standing, adherence to relevant legislation, health and safety, quality management and sustainability, alongside specific technical accreditations relevant to each discipline.” “The Facilities and Procurement team work closely to ensure we get the right standard of suppliers who can help us to meet our targets and ambitions on health, safety and the environment.” For more information, please visit: www.lancaster.ac.uk HSE INTERNATIONAL 27