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Liaison Adviser

Liaison Adviser Role:

The aim of the Liaison Adviser is to support H&S Co-ordinators and H&S committees in their key roles in the University safety management system. To do this, LAs:


1. Promote the role of HSCs and ensure Schools/Functions maintain HSC coverage

2. Support the development of HSCs and H&S Committees

3. Updated HSCs and Committee changes to H&S policies, learning resources, and services 

4. Provide advice at H&S Committees to support local H&S decision-making

5. Ensure adequate incident investigation and improvement outcomes are discussed and actioned at committees


They do this by:

  1. Identifying gaps in HSC coverage and encouraging senior managers to develop and appoint sufficient HSCs
  2. Meet candidate HSCs and promote the HSC role
  3. Provide a HSC role induction to carry out their role that includes
    • access to training resources, 
    • hazard profiling of their area,  
    • familiarisation of H&SS resources available
    • H&SS team structure and key leads for their hazard profile
    • organise access to the HSC communication networks
  4. Buddying HSCs together to improve their confidence and competence.
  5. Checking HSCs meet all the requirements for maintaining HSC competence
  6. Meet with H&S committee Chairs to promote their role and describe the support available
  7. Working with HSCs and Chairs to identify barriers or support needs or, where necessary, the transfer of the role to another
  8. Promoting the Learning Programme through committees and informing HSC’s of relevant courses. Monitoring and engaging with the Learning Programme and measuring take-up
  9. Supporting Schools & Functions in using the University risk register for H&S concerns
  10. Assist Auditor where relevant in delivering audit programme – raise awareness of the audit programme by discussing at committees
  11. Highlighting relevant new equipment/processes/hazards to topic leads for on-going development of the safety management system
  12. LAs to refer enquiries to topic leads where appropriate.
  13. Monitoring incidents circulated to their HSCs and offering support and feedback, and site visits as appropriate
  14. Ensuring initial enquiries are undertaken and that an adequate investigation is completed
  15. Ensuring the investigation findings are recorded on the database, are communicated out as actions to designated individuals, and are reported at HS committees for discussion
  16. Where they suspect incidents may be reportable to regulatory bodies, drawing these to the attention of the HSSD and, by agreement, submitting them.
  17. Reporting to the HSSD, and in H&S Services Liaison Adviser meetings, on HSC coverage and development, key issues and concerns.
  18. Working with other H&S Services Liaison Adviser to clarify demarcation between HSCs, get advice on specialist topics, buddy HSCs up together, identify gaps and themes, etc.