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About University of Galway
About University of Galway
Since 1845, University of Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
University of Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
- Research & Innovation
Business & Industry
Guiding Breakthrough Research at University of Galway
We explore and facilitate commercial opportunities for the research community at University of Galway, as well as facilitating industry partnership.
- Alumni & Friends
At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Formal Management Roles
President, Údarás na hOllscoile and University Management Team
The President, Údarás na hOllscoile and University Management Team have overall responsibility for ensuring that NUI Galway discharges it’s employer responsibilities as required by the Safety, health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and associated regulations. They have accountability for the strategy and key decisions of the University and how this impacts on health and safety standards. See University of Galway Safety Statement Part 2.2
Head of Units
Heads of Colleges/Schools/Research Institutes or Support Services are responsible for the management of health and safety matters within the area of the University under their control. See University of Galway Safety Statement Part 2.2.2 for their specific responsibilities and see Unit Health & Safety Management for further information.
Principal Investigators and Academic Supervisors
Principal Investigators and supervisors have responsibility for the health and safety of staff and students in their research groups. See University of Galway Safety Statement Part 22.214.171.124 for their specific responsibilities and Principal Investigators webpage for further information.
These Line Managers and Supervisors are responsible for the safe management and supervision of staff and the day to day implementation of a safe system of work for their staff.
What is the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005?
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 provides for all our safety, health and welfare at work by requiring the President, Údarás na hOllscoile and UMT as the employer to meet the specific employer duties such as providing a safe place of work.
As an employee, what are my duties under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005?
As an employee, we must:
- Take care of your own safety, health and welfare & do not jeopardise the safety of others.
- Use preventative measures provided, e.g. correct procedures, PPE.
- Attend safety training.
- Report defects or problems with systems of work that could affect safety
- Report accidents.
- Not be under the influence of intoxicants such that it impacts on safety.
Is there a summary of what I need to do as an employee of NUI Galway?
Please see Safety in NUIG Our Priority, Duty & Responsibility / Sábháilteacht in OÉ Gaillimh – Ár dTosaíocht, ár nDualgas, ár bhFreagracht for further information.
Safety Support Roles
A Health and Safety Co-ordinator is a staff member appointed by the Head of Unit to assist the Head in the effective management of safety within their Unit. The Head remains responsible for ensuring that they manage workplace safety within their unit as this responsibility cannot be delegated. See Unit Safety List of Heads and Safety Co-Ordinators.
Unit Health and Safety Committees
The Unit Health and Safety Committees is appointed by the Head of Unit where required. Their role is to oversee specific health and safety issues within the Unit on behalf of the Head of Unit. This will be set out in the Unit Safety Statement.
Each Head of Unit must appoint staff to assist in the fire safety evacuation of their particular areas. Training is provided and there is further guidance in the University of Galway Safety Statement Part 5 Fire & Emergency Procedure entry. For more information see: Fire Safety Information webpage.
Occupational First Aiders
First Aid is the skilled provision of treatment for a casualty, using the facilities and materials available while awaiting the arrival of qualified medical assistance. For more information see: Occupational First Aiders.