Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Health and Safety

About us

Health and Safety Management at Loughborough University

At Loughborough University, the Health & Safety Management function reports into the University’s Health, Safety & Environment Committee.

Health and Safety Service

The Health & Safety Service provides advice and support to Schools and Professional Service Sections covering all aspects of occupational safety, fire, radiological protection, emergency procedures and insurance issues arising from incidents which are occupationally related.  

Occupational Health Services are provided by Human Resources, more information can be found on their website.


  • The Health and Safety service oversees regulatory compliance through audit and by liaison with regulatory bodies including HSE, Fire, Environment Agency and Home Office (for statuary returns on Chemical Weapons and Drug Precursors)
  • The Health and Safety Service provides advice to duty holders concerning the hazardous properties of waste and best practice in storage and handling
  • The health and safety office monitors arrangements for dealing with chemical  radiation biological incidents

‌Strategic Plan 2012-2015

The mission for the University Health and Safety Service

The University’s Health and Safety Service is committed to supporting the mission, vision and strategic plan of Loughborough University by assisting and advising the University in all matters relating to health and safety. We shall achieve a healthy and safe environment for the University community by

  • Developing active partnerships which recognise the multi-disciplinary needs of the University.
  • Continually promoting awareness of health and safety and fostering an integral health and safety culture.
  • Enabling the provision of quality focussed/aligned health and safety training for all.
  • Reducing risk through a targeted programme of audits to enable all to improve and embed a safe environment
  • Ensuring that the University complies with all relevant current health and safety legislation.

The vision for the University Health and Safety Service

As part of a leading University, the University Health and Safety Service will be recognised as a valued and expert source of advice and support. We will provide a comprehensive service which empowers individuals and continually promotes a positive health and safety culture.

Mission and Vision Statement



Neil’s role is to provide high level support to assist the University and its staff in developing health, safety and risk policy and strategy, and then help to turn that strategy into reality through best practice.

He is responsible for the overall management of the Health, Safety and Risk function.

Hugh Weaver - Deputy Health and Safety Manager

Hugh has a proactive role to develop and expand the provision of health and safety services within the University. He is responsible for helping to ensure that the University meets all health, safety and environmental legislation. He also liaises regularly with managers, staff and external organisations to provide professional advice on health and safety. Hugh develops health and safety policies and procedures, monitors compliance with legislation.  He is also a part of the audit team, investigates workplace accidents, and provides information and training.

Post Vacant - Deputy Health and Safety Manager

This role is to provide professional H&S support services to the Facilities Development, Facilities Services and Campus Services organisations. 

Julie Turner - Strategic Scientific Development Officer and Radiative Waste Advisor

Julie's role is to ensure that all scientific/ engineering new builds and refurbishments are fully compliant, whilst strategically looking at resources (procurement, equipment and technical) within those areas. Julie leads on Radiation, Chemical and Biological Safety across the University and manages the decommissioning team. Julie also acts as the University's Radioactive Waste Advisor and Biosafety Consultant.

Mick Commons - Facilities Management Health and Safety Co-ordinator

Michelle Cunningham - Training Co-ordinator

Michelle manages the Health and Safety training provision across the University and compliance training for the Facilities Services team.  Please contact Michelle directly regarding any queries you may have in respect of Health and Safety training for your School or Department.

Rod Dring - Radiation Decommissioning Technician

Rod is a Technician on secondment from the Department of Chemistry until April 2019.

He is part of the team decommissioning the  radiochemistry laboratory in the Graham Oldham building.

Rebecca Ford - Laser Safety Support Administrator

Rebecca works part-time assisting the University Laser Safety Advisor, Professor John Tyrer, whilst also providing administrative support to the Health and Safety Service. Please contact Rebecca directly regarding all laser safety enquiries, for example, laser pointer testing.

Richard Gunn - Deputy Fire and Safety Officer

Rich provides support to the University fire officer, by testing, maintaining and repairing fire fighting equipment, checking and replacing fire signs and maintaining fire safety records. Rich Coordinates the weekly fire alarm test and trains staff on University fire alarm panels.  Rich assists with the the delivery of health and safety courses and the collates information regarding events on campus.

Rod Harrison - Fire Safety Officer

Rod provides professional support on matters relating to fire prevention in schools, professional support services and residential buildings at the University.  Rod provides expert technical and legal guidance on fire prevention, liaising with departments, support services and university tenants along with external bodies such as the Fire and Rescue Service.

Health and Safety Service Administrator

Provides administrative support to the Health and Safety Service.

Oliver Preedy - Health and Safety Advisor (Radiation, Chemical and Biological Safety)

Oliver's role is to provide advice on matters of radiation, chemical and biological safety. He is responsible for the production of policy and guidance documents, training and audits; within these specialised areas.

Paul Walker - University Compliance Officer

Management of Statutory compliance across campus to provide support where required to all Schools and Professional services. Management of the contractors induction process. Duty Authorised Person for Asbestos managing the Asbestos Register and ensuring all work is carried out to current legislation.

Joan Sutherland - Radiation Decomissioning Officer

Joan is responsible for the day to day running of the decommissioning project, within radiochemistry. She also assists with biological and radiation safety across the University campus.

James Holt - Radiation Decomissioning Officer

James is responsible for the day to day running of the decommissioning project, within radiochemistry. He also assists with chemical and radiation safety across the University campus.



Contact us

Full details

Tel: 01509 222181

Fax: 01509 223904