Health and safety training courses

All staff need to be competent to meet their responsibilities and the University's and departmental health and safety standards related to their work. Staff must receive adequate health and safety training on being recruited and when exposed to new risks or taking on new responsibilities. This is a legal requirement.

Those with management responsibilities need to be aware of relevant health and safety legislation and how to manage health and safety in accordance with the University's policies and standards. 

All staff need to be able to work in a safe and healthy manner and all new staff need a health and safety induction. Use our competence and training matrix (.pdf) to help you identify staff training and development needs.

Regular face-to-face courses

The courses below are part of the Organisational Development programme of events. Additional courses are provided on demand. Courses can be arranged for specific departments/teams on request, or you can contact us to be added to a waiting list.

Online courses

You are able to self-enrol onto the online courses through Moodle.

Fire Safety Essentials (Online)

Audience

University staff and students.

Session

Provides basic information on fire prevention and University fire safety procedures.

Duration

Duration is 30 minutes, including course assessment.

Health and Safety Essentials (Online)

Audience

This course is aimed at all staff in offices and similar low-risk environments.

Session

You will find out about your and other key responsibilities, as detailed in the University's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy. You will also learn about where to find help on health and safety and what you can do to protect yourself from some common workplace hazards.

Duration

45 minutes, includes a course assessment.

Managing Health and Safety Essentials (Online)

Audience

  • Line managers
  • Health and Safety Liaison Officers (HSLOs)
  • Departmental Health and Safety Officers (DHSOs)

Session

This course covers your responsibilities for managing health and safety and gives an overview of what the University has in place to help you. The course focuses on the Plan-Do-Check-Act health and safety management system. You will complete the Manager health and safety checklist and identify three areas where you want to improve your health and safety management.

Duration

40 minutes, includes a course assessment.

Computer Safety Essentials (Display Screen Equipment) (Online)

Audience

This course is essential for staff who use computers, laptops, microfiche and other types of display screen equipment for work.

Session

You will learn about the risk from using computers and how to set up your computer workstation for your comfort and safety. The course also briefly covers legal requirements under the Health and safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations.

Duration

45 minutes, includes a course assessment.

Courses arranged on request

Courses can be arranged for specific departments/teams on request or you can contact us to be added to a waiting list. We normally need a minimum of eight delegates to run each course.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

Audience

Staff who may be required to carry out or co-ordinate COSHH assessments.

Session

This course will enable you to produce suitable and sufficient COSHH assessments as required by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.

Course materials are provided by HSAS. The course takes a learner-centred approach in order to maximise understanding, involves syndicate exercises and direct trainer input. HSAS will provide post-course support to ensure delegates feel confident undertaking COSHH assessments.

Duration

Two hours

Incident Investigation Master Class

Audience

Staff who carry out incident investigations as part of their job.

Duration

One hour 15 minutes.

Session

This new course is for staff who carry out incident investigations as part of their job. You will find out what are the three main causes of incidents in the workplace and carry out your own incident investigation using a case study. The course also provides an update on the University incident reporting procedure at the University and what you can do to improve reporting. It will give you a legislation update on the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

Key topics:

  • update on RIDDOR requirements
  • how to report incidents in the University
  • the three causes of health and safety incidents
  • practical exercise – incident investigation case study

Learning outcomes:

  • understand the University’s incident reporting procedure and RIDDOR
  • know why it is important to carry out incident investigation
  • know incidents have three causes: immediate, underlying and root causes
  • practical experience in incident investigation

Manual Handling

Audience

Staff who undertake substantial manual handling operations.

Session

Provides staff with the necessary knowledge to improve their manual handling operations and use a safer manual handling technique. Course materials are provided by HSAS. The course takes a learner-centred approach in order to maximise understanding, and involves syndicate exercises and direct trainer input.

Pre-requisites

To make the training relevant to attendees the high-risk manual handling activities must be risked assessed before training. The risk assessment outcomes will be used in the training and the practical side will use the activities. To discuss manual handling training and risk assessment please contact HSAS.

It is strongly recommended that if you have injuries or medical conditions that prevent you from safely undertaking manual handling activities, including pregnancy, you do not attend.

Duration

Three and a half hours with a 20-minute coffee break.

Tailored Managing Health and Safety courses

If none of our regular courses suit your needs, please speak to HSAS as we can design a course for you.

Tailored Fire Safety courses

If none of our regular courses suit your needs, please speak to HSAS as we can design a course for you.

Fire Safety training can be delivered as part of a departmental team meeting. Fire Safety training is also available for specilist roles such as Patrol Officers, Student Ambassadors and for complex events.

Safe Use of Stepladders

Audience

Staff who use stepladders.

Session

This course will provide you with the necessary information and knowledge for working at height using stepladders and undertake pre-use visual checks of equipment.

The course involves syndicate exercises and direct trainer input.

Duration

One hour.

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