All work is planned and undertaken in accordance with our full Health and Safety Policy, which is accompanied by a detailed Site Safety Procedures Manual.

Oxford Archaeology also engages with the wider sector to help improve standards throughout archaeology, providing board-level H and S leadership for the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME).

Health and Safety Policy – Statement of Intent

We will, so far as is reasonably practicable:

  • maintain a working environment for employees that is safe and without risks to health, and adequate as regards to facilities and arrangements for their welfare at work;
  • provide and maintain equipment and systems of work that are safe and minimise risk to health;
  • make arrangements for ensuring safety and minimal risk to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances;
  • provide such information, instruction, training and supervision as is considered necessary ensure the health and safety of all staff, and to ensure that staff are competent to carry out their roles;
  • assess the risks involved in all activities and environments and to eliminate, or reduce those risks to the lowest practicable level, through appropriate control measures.

To achieve these five objectives, the full co-operation of (and between) all staff is essential. While at work they will be expected to act with reasonable care for themselves, other employees and the general public.

A copy of this policy and any subsequent revision or amendment will be made available to all staff during their initial induction and through the company intranet. The signed master copy is kept by the Chief Executive Officer.

The Officer under whom the safety function is placed in the company is:

Dan Poore MCIfA TechIOSH
Chief Business Officer
Oxford Archaeology
Janus House
Osney Mead
Oxford OX2 0ES

The policy will be reviewed regularly as activities develop.

Dr Gill Hey FSA MCIfA

Chief Executive Officer

23rd revision
October 2020

Health and Safety Training and Competence

Health and Safety training takes precedence over all other forms of training and is provided at all levels. The CEO and Regional Managers have undertaken the IOSH Leading Safely training. The Chief Business Officer leads on Health and Safety and, in addition to the Leading Safely training, has also undertaken the NEBOSH National General Certificate and is a Technical Member of IOSH. We have four Regional H and S Advisors, all of whom have undertaken the NEBOSH Certificate (either ‘General’ or ‘Construction’ version).

All fieldwork Project Managers attend the Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), and all fieldwork Supervisors and Project Officers attend the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS).

Both our Graduate Trainee Scheme and the Archaeologist to Assistant Supervisor Training Scheme incorporate H and S training modules, to ensure that H and S awareness and competence is instilled from the first day of a new career in archaeology. All fieldwork staff hold the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.