Specialist Courses

Training Courses

 

  • Asbestos Awareness

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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  • Safe Use of Abrasive Wheels

Who should attend?

Technical staff who regularly use abrasive wheels and who would benefit from refresher training and specialist updates.



Course Details

This course will cover the correct procedures for mounting, dressing, balancing and storing abrasive wheels, and allow participants to identify correctly and incorrectly fitted abrasive wheels.

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  • Inspection and Maintenance of Gas Control Equipment

Who should attend?

Suitable for those who wish to perform their own inspection, maintenance and testing of gas control equipment, or for workshop and laboratory managers who wish to monitor and check the service provided by external contractors.



Course Details

There is a legal requirement for gas control equipment to be maintained and regularly inspected and the majority of departments in the University outsource the technical expertise for these safety checks. In conjunction with Gas Safety UK, the Safety Office is offering a training course in the inspection and maintenance of gas control equipment, such as regulators, hoses and flashback arrestors. This will allow key individuals in departments to devise and implement their own 'in house' testing programme, should they wish to do so, or enable managers to monitor and check that the service received from contractors is adeqate. Previous attendance at one of the compressed gas safety training courses is a pre-requisite.

An indicative course programme is shown for information:

  • Legal requirements and codes of practice
  • Selection and use of gas control equipment
  • "Before use" safety checks
  • Periodic checks and functional tests
  • Planned maintenance programmes for gas control equipment
  • Recommendations for maintenance of fixed systems
  • Open forum

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  • Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Systems

Who should attend?

Workshop managers, supervisors and users of local exhaust ventilation systems.


 

Course Details

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 state that exposure to hazardous substances must be avoided completely, or adequately controlled where this is not practicable. The Regulations require control measures to follow a strict hierarchy and engineering solutions must be applied for the control of exposure before the use of personal protective equipment is considered. Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems can provide a very effective means of exposure control and systems of varying complexity may be found in workshops and laboratories.

However, many systems perform badly, often because of poor design, inappropriate modifications and lack of maintenance. Exposure control may be further compromised by lack of training and and misuse by operators.

Training is a legislative requirement and the Safety Office is offering a half day course on Local Exhaust Ventilation Systems. The course will focus on systems found typically in workshops, for activites such as rock grinding, metal cutting, welding, soldering, and woodworking. However the use of fume cupboards and microbiological safety cabinets (also forms of LEV) is covered elsewhere.

The indicative course content is provided for information:

  • Design considerations
  • processes
  • contaminants
  • aerodynamics
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Performance checks
  • Statutory inspection and testing
  • Remediation

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Control of Legionella in Water Systems

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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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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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Permit to Work

Who should attend?

This meeting is intended for those who are directly or indirectly involved in issuing Permits to Work. It will be useful for anyone who has regular oversight of contractors or work that may require the temporary removal of controls in higher risk areas.


Course Details

Permit to work systems are used to help control high risk activities. The doucumented permit to work specifies the controls that need to be put into place before such an activity can start. It then provides a formal handover from the person in control of those measures to the person undertaking the work, to ensure everything is in hand and understood by both parties.

Permit-to-work systems are normally considered most appropriate for higher risk activities involving:

  • Non-routine operations (eg maintenance, repair, inspection, testing, alteration, construction, dismantling, adaption, modification, cleaning etc);
  • Jobs where two or more individuals or groups need to co-ordinate activities to complete the job safety;
  • Jobs where there is a transfer of work and responsibilities from one group to another

The session will cover the following key aspects of a permit to work systems:

  • What is a permit to work system and how does it link with the control of activities and contractors
  • Responsibilities for issuing permits to work
  • Types of permit to work and the requirements for issuing them, particularly:
    - Hot Work permits
    - Roof Work [or other similar work at height] permits
    - Confined Space permit
    - Live Electrical work permits
    - Isolation or Modification of fire alarm systems
    - Excavation Work
    - Non-routine work in high risk laboratories or workshops (e.g. containment level 3, animal suites/plant, irradiator rooms, cryogenic supply tanks, high-field magnet areas).
  • Supervision of permits
  • Handover or Handback of permits

As this is a new course, please feel free to contact the Safety Office with any relevant suggestions or questions that you would like answered and we will look to include this in the session.

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Power Tool Safety

 

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The Power Tool Safety Principles course will benefit individuals involved with using, supervising or managing the use of portable power tools both commercially and privately. The course is not industry specific but the range of power tools covered can be tailored to suit your needs.


 

Course Details

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Employers must 'ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for the purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using work equipment, and risks which such use may entail and the precautions to be taken,' (PUWER regulation 9). There is a similar duty to ensure adequare training in relation to supervisory and managerial saff.

  • Statutory Instruments and Standards - HASAWA 1974, PUWER 1998
  • Risk Assessments and Safe systems of work
  • Overview of a range of Power Tools
  • Analysis of Accidents/Case Studies - common injuries
  • Safe use of Power Tools
  • Safe Guarding of Equipment - FIATT?
  • Hazards - Precautions when using work equipment
  • HAVS & Noise
  • Electrical safety 240/115
  • Workplace checks
  • Machine checks - Testing/PAT
  • PPE - Selection/Care
  • Accessories
  • Care and Maintenance and Records
  • After use checks

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