- Health and Safety at work Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at work regulations 1999
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
Employer Duties – Section 2 (HSaW)
- Provision and maintenance of safe plant and systems of work
- Safe means of handling, storage and transport of articles or substances
- Information, instruction, training and supervision
- Safe place of work, including access and egress
- Safe working environment, including welfare facilities
- Provision of a written (if 5 or more employees) safety policy
- Consultation with recognised trade union safety reps and staff.
Your Duties – from Health and Safety Policy
The University takes safety seriously and has systems in place to carry out regular checks in order to ensure students’ health and safety is not compromised. The University expects that all students will play an active role in managing health and safety risks by:
- Following instructions provided by University staff either as part of their induction or as part of specific academic programmes;
- Making use of items provided for health and safety reasons;
- Reporting incidents and shortcomings in health and safety to their supervisors, the reception staff or the University Safety Office.
- Considering health and safety risks prior to undertaking practical activities and discussing them with their immediate supervisor.
Failure to comply with the University’s health and safety policy may lead to disciplinary action being instigated under the Student Disciplinary Code.
Hazard / Risk / Risk Assessment
- Hazard: Something that has the potential to cause harm (loss)
- Risk: is the likelihood that a person may be harmed or suffers adverse health effects if exposed to a hazard.
- Risk Assessment: This involves identifying suitable preventive and protective measures by evaluating the risks that arise from the hazard/s
Risk Assessment Process
- Step 1 – Identify the hazards
- Step 2 – Decide WHO might be harmed and how
- Step 3 – Evaluate the risk arising from the hazard and decide if existing precautions are adequate or if more should be done
- Step 4 – Record your findings
- Step 5 – Review your assessments and make adjustments when required.
There are various meetings that staff attend where Health and Safety matters are discussed, such as:
- University Health and Safety Committee
- University Safety Liaison Officers Forum
- School Health and Safety Committees
- Staff / Student Liaison Committees
- Departmental / Divisional Meetings
- If fire alarm sounds (loud siren or bell) leave the building immediately
- Go to the assembly point and await instructions
- Fire Alarms tested each Wednesday morning
- On discovery of fire or smoke:
- break the nearest red break glass unit
- tell the security / reception staff
Some exit doors are held closed by magnets:
- These open automatically when fire alarm sounds
- In an emergency, break the glass in the green box to open the door
- Door alarm will sound!
Identification of common hazards:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Chemicals and substances
- Physical and verbal abuse
VDU (PC monitors), Workstations and working environment
Ensuring that equipment is safe to use, places a responsibility on users to:
- Adhere to general safety rules of the workplace, eg. Only use equipment for its intended use.
- Adherence to proper procedures in respect of the operation of the work equipment concerned, eg – restrictions in respect of authorised users, appropriate checking, cleaning or maintenance, defect reporting, record keeping.
Raising Health and Safety concerns
- Speak to your supervisor
- Contact the nominated Health and Safety Officer
- Speak to your Link Lecturer
- If in doubt tell someone more senior than you – DO NOT just forget about it.
Health and Safety while on Placement
- This will be covered by a Trust representative, normally during your first week on placement.