The Occupational Health and Safety Service is a central support service. It helps Schools and Institutes to meet their legal requirements under health and safety legislation.
Read about how to deal with different aspects of health and safety in the expandable boxes below.
Health and safety policyHealth and safety policy
The University and each School or Institute have a health and safety policy. This has important information on how health and safety is managed.
It is an important document. Students should make sure they have or know where to find a copy of their School or Institute policy. Each policy has three sections.
Statement of intent
This is a commitment to protect the health and safety of all staff and students. It's signed by the Head of Unit.
This is a summary of the health and safety responsibilities for each level of staff and students. Students are responsible for their own actions. Students are also responsible for any activities which may adversely affect staff, fellow students or visitors.
This is usually the largest part of the policy. It contains detailed information on how the School or Institute manages health and safety.
For example, it will tell you about the arrangements for:
- health and safety training
- risk assessments
- computer workstation assessments
Students can dip in and out of this part of the policy as needed.
Advice and informationAdvice and information
If you need any health and safety advice or information you should speak to you academic tutor.
Each School and Institute has a School Safety Officer (SSO). They can give you advice and help. You can find the name and contact details of the SSO in the health and safety policy.
Risk assessmentsRisk assessments
We're legally required to carry out risk assessments for all work activities.
A risk assessment is a careful examination of each work activity. It's used to decide what could cause harm, and if the current precautions are sufficient.
You might have to complete a risk assessment for an individual project or work activity as part of your academic studies.
Standard operating procedures are also sometimes used in conjunction with risk assessments. These give step by step guides to carrying out work activities safely.
Induction and trainingInduction and training
Each Faculty provides a health and safety induction and training for students.
The precise format and number of safety courses is decided by each Faculty.
You must attend your health and safety training. If you don't, you might not be allowed to carry out certain high risk work activities.
Accidents and near missesAccidents and near misses
Things sometimes go wrong while studying. Any accidents or near misses must be reported as soon as possible.
We don't blame individuals, so don't worry about mistakes. Don't try to cover up when things go wrong.
Reporting accidents and near misses helps us take steps to make sure they do not happen again.
Report to the staff member in charge of the session or area and also to the School Office.
In an emergency, contact the Security team on 6666.
They're available 24 hours a day.
In non-emergencies, call 0191 208 6817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you see any physical defect on campus, report these to the Estates Support Service. You can call the helpdesk on 0191 208 7171 or email email@example.com