Course Details

Departmental Safety Officers' Induction Training Module 3: Specialist Topics

Who should attend?

An essential course for newly appointed departmental or unit safety officers (DSOs) from Science and Clinical departments, 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.

Module 3 looks at some of the more specialist topics principally affecting Science and Clinical departments, and where there may be interaction with specialist safety officers: There will be opportunities for informal discussion during coffee and at the end of the sessions.

DSOs from ALL departments, along with other departmental staff, may require further specific training relevant to their department's activities, and specialist courses are offered separately.

An indicative list of the topics covered for Module 3 is provided for information:

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Regulations
  • Laboratory clearances and decommissioning procedures
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Biological safety
  • Ionising radiation safety
  • Non-ionising radiation safety


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.