Health and Safety

This section provides advice to the employees of the Facilities Directorate, especially those with responsibility for contractor management or access authorisations. This is not to be confused with the Health and Safety Services, which advises all staff and students of the University of Leeds.

We are committed to ensuring that works undertaken, commissioned or managed by Estate Services for our customers are carried out in a safe and healthy environment for all employees, students, members of public and contractors. The Facilities Directorate has a health and safety management system developed in line with OHSAS 18001 standards.


The Employee Health and Safety Handbook has been provided to all non-office based staff who work within the Facilities Directorate. For general information, a copy of the Handbook is available here Employee Health and Safety Handbook


Contractor Management Controls

  • If you see contractors on University premises working in an unsafe manner you can bring this to our attention by contacting us.

  • There are approximately 240 contractors on our approved contractor register - all of them must meet certain health and safety criteria.This includes having safe systems in place for the protection of University staff and students whilst on site

  • All contractors must comply with Safety Guidelines for Contractors whilst working on University Premises.

  • Further information on contractor management and access authorisations can be found by clicking on the link on the right side menu.


Roof Access
Do you or your contractors need to access the roofs? If yes, please note that in the near future, anyone going onto flat roof areas are required to book in at our Helpdesk. Flat roof areas are to be controlled access areas for authorised persons only, this means that card or key access details will be required.

Telecommunication contractors requesting access onto our roofs should contact the Helpdesk (0113 34 35555) at least 24 hours before arrival on site and request authorisation from either Gary Smith or Craig Hirst. Please be aware that arriving at the University without arranging prior authorisation through these individuals will result in access to roofs being significantly delayed.


Refurbishment, Extension, or New Build
Regulations require that...
If you are involved with any of the above in your workplace you should be aware of the requirements under the Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations and that sufficient time and resources is to be given to a project before a project starts.This is to ensure suitable safety controls are in place.


How does this affect you? - It means that the Project Officer will need at least 4 weeks from project go ahead (funds released) to project start so as to ensure compliance - we therefore ask you to please be patient.

Page owner: J.M.Firth@leeds.ac.uk | Updated: 01/03/2018