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Health & Safety organisation within DCU.

Health & Safety Groups Composition & Terms of Reference

    1. Health & Safety Organisation in DCU (Powerpoint Document)
    2. Health & Safety Steering Group Terms of Reference
    3. Health & Safety Consultation Group Terms of Reference
    4. DCU Health and Safety Steering Group Minutes (DCU login required)
    5. DCU Health and Safety Consultation Group Minutes (DCU login required)

DCU Health & Safety Steering Group (Reporting to Executive)

Membership:  2018 (3 year term)

    • Declan Raftery (Chair)
    • Paula Kierans (H&S Manager)
    • Amanda Kavanagh (Recording Secretary)
    • Anne Sinnott (Dean DCUBS)
    • Michael Burke (Faculty of Science & Health)
    • Anne Parle McDermott (School of Biotechnology)
    • Ger McEvoy (Estates Office)
    • Gareth Yore (Human Resources)
    • Anne O'Connor (Senior Disability Officer)
    • TBA (DCU Safety Representative)
    • Una Redmond (DCU Safety Representative)
    • TBA (Faculty of Engineering/Computing)
    • David O'Callaghan (Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences)
    • TBA (Institute of Education)

DCU Health & Safety Consultation Group -  Membership 2018

Paula KieransHealth & Safety Manager (Chair)
Paula HawkinsHealth & Safety Advisor
Amanda KavanaghHealth & Safety Office (Recording Secretary)
Philip DaughenFire Safety Officer
Orla FeeneyDCUBS
Jennifer ButterlyDCUBS
Jim DoyleFaculty of Engineering & Computing
Owen ClarkinFaculty of Engineering & Computing
Damien McGuirkFaculty of Science & Health
Therese DanaherFaculty of Science & Health
Sinead ElliottFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Derek HandFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Conor SullivanInstitute of Education
Michele SomersInstitute of Education
Niamh WatkinsInstitute of Education
Fiona GiblinInstitute of Education
Sandra ForsterOpen Education
Suzanne CampbellFinance Office
Gemma BoyneHR
Triona Kirwan/Carol GrehanOVPLI/Registry
Caroline TempleStudent Health Centre
Orla Nic AodhaLibrary
Fergus SmythDCU Sports
Oliver DooleyEstates Office
Michael WoodsEstates Office
Paddy BrowneEstates Office
Edward HamiltonCampus Residence/Security
Una RedmondOffice of Student Life (DCU Safety Representative)
Carol EllisDisability & Learning Support Service
Siobhán Nic Thaidhg                                 DCUSU Representative
Matthew DaveyDCUSU Representative

Membership: (3 year term)

      • DCU Health & Safety Officer (Chairperson)
      • 2 x Representatives from each Faculty (ideally 1 x Academic, 1 x non academic)
      • 2 x Representatives from OVPLI (Ideally 1 x Registry/T&L, 1 x Student Support & Development/IBR)
      • 1 x Representative from DCU Estates Office
      • 1 x Representative from DCU Finance Office
      • 1 x Representative from DCU Disability Office
      • 1 x Representative from DCU President/Secretary Office
      • 1 x Representative from DCU Students Union Executive
      • 1 x Representative from DCU Postgraduate Students Grouping
      • 1 x Representative from the DCU Human Resources Dept
      • 1 x Representative from ISS
      • 1 x Representative from DCU Library

Terms of Reference:

To provide a formal mechanism for DCU staff to consult on safety, health and welfare at work issues in the University

To provide a forum where unresolved local issues or ongoing problems are raised for the attention of University management and/or the Health & Safety Steering Group

To elect 2 x Safety Representatives to the University Health & Safety Steering Group

To meet quarterly (in advance of the Health & Safety Steering Group)

The Role of Health & Safety Consultation Group Members is as follows;

      1. to liaise with fellow staff of the Unit/Faculty regarding occupational health and safety issues
      2. to act as a conduit to bring health and safety issues raised by fellow staff to the attention of the H&S Consultation Group and/or the H&S Office.
      3. to provide feedback to the Faculty/Unit from the Health & Safety Consultation Group / Health & Safety Office.
      4. The role of Health & Safety Consultation Group Members is NOT to be responsible for occupational health and safety management within the Faculty/Unit (unless already included in their normal job description)
      5. Consultation Group Members are not required to seek permission of Faculty / Unit Head to refer issues raised by staff to the H&S Consultation Group / H&S Office


In accordance with Section 27(3) of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005, DCU will ensure that NO H&S Consultation Group Member is penalised for carrying out activities appropriate to that role. In addition Group Members will be given time away from normal duties to enable them to acquire knowledge and training and to discharge their role.

Requirements for the Role

Attend 1 x day occupational health and safety training. Be willing to interact with staff at local level to examine and seek resolution (through H&S Office / Consultation Group etc.) to issues raised. Attend quarterly meetings of the Health & Safety Steering Group Be willing to provide feedback to staff at local level following Group meetings.