Course Details

Departmental Safety Officers' Induction Training Module 1: Health and Safety Management

Who should attend?

An essential course for all newly appointed departmental or unit safety officers (DSOs), or those who have not attended a similar course before. Heads of Department, Administrators or others with safety remit are also encouraged to attend.

Course Details

Departmental or unit safety officers (DSOs) represent an important link between the department or unit and the University Safety Office. DSOs offer safety advice to their heads of department, coordinate the advice of other specialist safety advisers and assist with the implementation and monitoring of University policy in their respective areas. The DSO role is clearly a vital one within the health and safety management network of the University.

It is University policy that all new DSOs receive appropriate training and the Safety Office provides a programme of training each year in Michaelmas Term. The course is offered in several themed modules, and attendance at each relevant module is required.

A list of the topics covered in Module 1 is provided for information, and there will be opportunity for informal discussion during coffee and at the end of the session.

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Health and safety management in the University
  • The role of the University Safety Office
  • Duties of Departmental Safety Officers and other specialist advisors
  • Departmental Safety Advisory Committees
  • Statements of Safety Organisation
  • Annual Self Assessment of Health and Safety Compliance
  • Occupational Health and access to OH services
  • Departmental safety inspections
  • Departmental safety audits, HASMAP and self-assurance questionnaires
  • Open forum


There are currently no scheduled dates for this course.

The next DSO induction training will take place in Michaelmas Term 2019. Please keep an eye on the training web pages for further updates

For further information contact Safety Office.