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The Departmental Health & Safety Officers (DHSOs) are departmental representatives for health and safety issues and form part of the University of Otago Employee Participation System. Their main functions are:

  • To complete hazard identification and maintain the hazard registers for their Department. Any hazard requiring escalation should be reported to their supervisor or HOD.
  • To oversee incident reporting for the department including investigations utilising the health and safety IT system.
  • To complete the staff induction for new staff with respect to health and safety requirements

Study days

The DHSO study day is designed to provide a regular update and professional development for all DHSOs.

2023 DHSO study day:

Vault system guides and support

How to add an incident when logged into Vault

Adding Training

Adding Training using Course Scheduling (larger groups)

Adding incidents via the web portal

How to add a Fire Drill

How to produce an event/incident report

How to check whether you have any overdue incidents for investigation

How to download and use the Vault Notify App to report an Incident

VAULT H&S system

VAULT user guides

Key contacts

Andrea McMillan
Director, Health and Safety Compliance
Tel +64 3 479 7380

Nevan Trotter
Health and Safety Manager
Tel +64 3 479 5389

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