General Workplace Safety

Training Courses

  • Asbestos Awareness

asbestos danger sign

Who should attend?

Facilities managers and/ or administrators, who may engage contractors for building work, or for 'in house' maintenance staff who undertake minor repairs and maintenance tasks.


 

Course Details

Many University buildings have asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building fabric, as these materials were in common use until the mid-1980s. Where they are in good condition and remain undisturbed they do not present a risk to health. The University Estates Directorate is responsible for managing asbestos in the fabric of buildings and any work on ACMs may only be undertaken by an approved and licensed asbestos contractor, and the work coordinated by the Estates Directorate. Although a comprehensive asbestos register is maintained it is possible that during certain building or maintenance work suspected ACMs may be discovered in areas previously inaccessible for survey. Relevant departmental personnel should be aware of the procedures in place for dealing with these situations.

This course will cover the following key areas:

  • Identification of ACMs
  • Where ACMs might be found
  • Health effects
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2006
  • Asbestos surveys
  • Asbestos management arrangements and Univeristy Policy
  • 'New' discoveries
  • Equipment containing asbestos

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  • Coping with Challenging Behaviour

communication

Who should attend?

Suitable for all members of staff and students.


 

Course Details

This is a short course focusing upon techniques for identifying and coping with challenging behaviour in the workplace. The course covers verbal and non-verbal behaviour. While these techniques may help to avoid the escalation of conflict situations to physical assault, such extreme examples of workplace violence are very rare and the course deliberately avoids self-defence techniques. Such activities are off putting to many, and go well beyond the requirements of most University departments. The course is structured as follows:

  • Introduction and registration
  • Defining challenging behaviour
  • Human factors - Me and Them
  • Effects on the workplace and the individual
  • Communication
- Elements of communication
- The Betaris Cycle
  • Reasons for communication failure
  • The Communicators - TA model (adult, parent, child)
  • Approaches to reducing/defusing challenging behaviour
- L.E.A.P.S.
- C.U.D.S.A., etc
  • Warning signs
  • Organisational support
  • Summary and review of key learning objectives.

The course will include short presentations to define concepts and describe key areas of knowledge.During question and answer session participants will be encouraged to draw upon their own experiences of challenging behaviour and its resolution, and to provide input regarding any policies and support available when staff do face such behaviour in the workplace.There will also be some practical role play.Paper exercises provide the opportunity for reflection and knowledge development, and participants will be provided with their own workbook.

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Facilities Manager Safety Essentials

Who should attend?

 Those responsible for the day to day facilities management of University buildings, or those responsible for a facilities team.


Course Details

A short half day course aimed at those with facilities management responsibilities. The course will look at the regulations and university safety policies that affect facilities management roles and explore ways to ensure safety requirements are met. It will cover day to day facilities management issues as well as those that might arise from other activities such as minor refurbishment projects.

 Topics covered include:

  • Legionella control
  • Asbestos
  • Fume cupboardand other statutory testing
  • Emergency planning
  • Contractor control
  • Across university working - roles of other departments/university functions
  • Waste disposal
  • This session is suitable for those new to facilities management in the University or more experienced staff wishing to update and consolidate knowledge. The course is designed with both scientific and non-scientific departments in mind, and presents an opportunity for staff to meet others in a similar role and to make contacts that may be useful in the future.

 

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  • Fire Safety Training

 

Fire safety

Who should attend?

The course is intended for anyone who has been nominated to carry out key tasks within their fire emergency plan. Having completed the course, delegates will have sufficient knowledge to instruct others within their department, who simply require refreshing on the content of their induction training.


 

Course Details

This course is run on request

The University is required under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2006 to train as many staff members as possible on how to use the types of fire extinguishers provided in their place of work.

Short fire safety courses lasting approximately 2 hours can be provided by the University Safety Office.

The course is presented by the University Fire Officer and comprises a short talk and video, followed (under supervision) by a practical session using fire extinguishers on controlled fires.

There is no charge for these courses, which are held at or near your department.

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Control of Legionella in Water Systems

 

Who should attend?

This session is principally aimed at Facilities or Building Managers, although other members of staff may attend if there are sufficient spaces available.


Course Details

In conjunction with Estates Services and the University's specialist water contractor, Feedwater, the Safety Office has arranged a seminar on the control of Legionella bacteria in water systems.

The following is indicative of the course content:

  • Introduction
  • The behaviour of water borne bacteria, including Legionella
  • How Legionella can survive, multiply and infect humans
  • Diseases caused by Legionella
  • Legal requirements for identifying and controlling risk from Legionella
  • What the University does to identify and control the risk to persons under their care
  • The importance of your role
  • Open forum

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  • Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Training

PAT

 Who should attend?

 Individuals who undertake portable appliance testing within their departments.


 

Course Details

In accordance with University Safety Policy S1/00, 'Working Safely with Electricity', portable electrical appliances must be regularly inspected for safety and many must also be tested. Departments may use external contractors to test their appliances or they may manage a testing programme 'in house'. However, employees who carry out electrical safety inspections and tests should be trained formally and be competent to do so.

The Safety Office offers training in Portable Appliance Testing (PAT). The course will consider the legal requirements of working with electricity, and some basic theoretical work, but the main focus will be to provide practical 'hands on' experience of using testing equipment and a sound understanding of the types of appliance that require testing and how to go about it. Previous knowledge or experience of electricity is not a prerequisite and those without technical experience may complete the course successfully.

Trainees are required to bring with them the portable appliance tester that they propose to use in their testing programme. The Safety Office also has two Portable Appliance Checkers which it loans to departments on request and these will be available for use during the session.

The indicative course content is shown for information:

  • Legal requirements
  • The IET Code of Practice and other relevant publications
  • Identifying classes of equipment
  • Record keeping and labelling
  • User inspections
  • Formal visual inspection
  • Combined inspection and test
  • Test procedures
  • Practical exercises - testing a range of electrical equipment
  • Practical assessment

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  • Risk Assessment

Who should attend?

All staff


 

Course Details

Risk assessment is one of the pivotal concepts in health and safety, although it remains one of the least understood. It is considered by many to be a merely bureaucratic exercise and its value as a tool to planning work, establishing procedures and preventing accidents and injury is frequently overlooked. However, risk assessments are also a requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, 1999, and failure to undertake them could leave the University vulnerable to enforcement action by various agencies. The Health and Safety Executive promote a 5-step approach to risk assessment and these broad principles can be applied to the majority of general activities and situations in most University departments.

The Safety Office is offering a training course on risk assessment following this 5-step approach. The aim is to provide course participants with appropriate information to recognise general hazards, evaluate risks, identify appropriate control measures and to adequately document their findings. The course will include a number of practical exercises enabling participants to apply the principles of risk assessment to their own work setting.

Please note that this course will not cover the additional, specific requirements of other legislation, for example relating to hazardous chemicals, biological agents or genetic modification. Training in such specialist topics is offered separately.

The indicative course content is shown for information:

  • Legal requirements
  • Important definitions: hazard and risk
  • HSE's 5-steps to risk assessment
  • Risk evaluation
  • Control measures
  • Monitoring and review
  • Recording the assessment, documentation
  • Practical exercises

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  • Safe Food Handling

food prep

Who should attend?

Suitable for those persons who are doing a minimum amount of food preparation and cooking e.g. sandwich and snack bar operators, or departmental staff preparing light lunches for meetings etc.


 

Course Details

The main focus of this food safety course is on the prevention of contamination risks, the temperature control of high risk foods, and personal hygiene.

The indicative course content includes:

  • Causes of food poisoning and food borne disease
  • Contamination risks
  • Temperature control of high risk foods
  • Personal hygiene and cleaning procedures
  • Legal requirements
  • Group exercises and quizzes

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Supervisors' Responsibilities

 

Who should attend?

This seminar is aimed at any individual who has day-to-day responsibility for managing or directing the work activities of others.


 

Course Details

Although the term 'supervisor' is often used in the context of research and teaching in the University, for the purposes of health and safety law many other members of staff may also have a supervisory function. An employee of the University may be considered to be a supervisor if he/she has the power and authority to give instructions and/or orders to subordinates, and be held responsible for the work and actions of other employees, or persons under their day-to-day control.

This seminar outlines the safety responsibilities of such supervisors, and the following themes will be discussed:

  • Risk assessment
  • Competence
  • Training and record keeping
  • Supervision
  • Accident reporting and investigation
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Housekeeping, waste disposal, decontamination and decommissioning
  • Deputising arrangements

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  • Working at Height

Who should attend?

Facilities managers or team members would benefit from this course.


Course Details

The Working at Height training course is designed to give workers the knowledge of the risks surrounding working at height, and will cover the following elements:

  • What is work at height?
  • Health and Safety Legislation
  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Background and scope of the Regulations - Accidents etc
  • Managing risks from work at height
  • Selecting the right equipment
  • Other requirements
  • Key messages

Learners attending the course who can demonstrate a good understanding of the subject will be awarded a certificate of competence.

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