All employees need to be competent to meet their responsibilities and the University's and departmental health and safety standards related to their work.
Employees 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 employees need to be able to work in a safe and healthy manner.
Identifying training and development needs
Use the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Competence and Training Matrix (.pdf) to help you identify employee training and development needs.
All new employees need health and safety induction. Follow the link below for guidance on health and safety induction and a checklist to help you carry out local health and safety induction.
HSAS Training Course List
Contact HSAS on 2944 or e-mail safety to book courses or find out more.
If you can't find the course you are looking for please speak to HSAS, as we may be able to develop one to meet your needs, or suggest suitable alternatives.
Times are published as part of the Learning and Development programme of events. Additional courses will be 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.
- Managing Health and Safety Briefing
- IOSH Managing Safely (4 day accredited course)
- Learn or Burn! Basic Fire Safety
Line managers, Health and Safety Liaison Officers (HSLOs), Departmental Health and Safety Officers (DHSOs).
Duration: 1 hour Course dates (.docx)
This briefing covers your responsibilities for managing health and safety and gives an overview of what the University has in place to help you. The Office Risk assessment will also be reviewed and areas of common concern discussed.
Managers, Departmental Health and Safety Officers (DHSOs).
This course is aimed at Managers and DHSOs responsible for work activities with high or complex health and safety risks. It is a recognised, accredited course. Delegates will need to attend all four days and complete an examination.
Duration: 4 days Course dates (.docx)
This highly practical and participative course will help you to manage health and safety effectively in your area of responsibility and to comply with legal and University requirements.
Candidates must pass an end of course assessment and workplace practical risk assessment project.
This is an accredited, nationally recognised course. Candidates will be awarded a certificate from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
- Introduction to health and safety management
- Assessing risks
- Controlling risks
- Understanding your responsibilities
- Identifying hazards
- Investigating accidents and incidents
- Measuring performance
- Protecting the environment
- Able to explain the reasons for preventing workplace accidents and occupational ill health
- Know key legal requirements and your health and safety responsibilities
- Able to describe a health and safety management system
- Able to carry out health and safety risk assessment s and use them to support the control; of health and safety risk
- Understand the requirements for monitoring, including accident investigation and the use of performance indicators
Able to outline the requirements for the control of waste and pollution
If you are not sure whether this course is for you, speak to an HSAS adviser.
It is important that delegates attend all four sessions and complete the course assessment and risk assessment project. Failure to do so may result in the employee's Department/budget holding manger being charged up to £100, to cover some of the costs associated with registering with IOSH and running the course.
IOSH Managing Safely Refresher (1 day course)
Audience: This course is for employees who have successfully completed IOSH Managing Safely over three years ago at the University or with an outside training provider.
Duration: 1 day Course dates (.docx)
Session: The refresher course will enable you to update the knowledge acquired during your IOSH Managing Safely training and provide an opportunity to learn about any changes in legislation that could affect your role.
This course is mandatory for all University employees.
New starters who have recently attended the University's New Staff Induction programme or those completing the Online Basic Fire Safety Course do not need to attend this course as well.
Duration: 45 minutes Course dates (.docx)
The session will make you aware of potential fire causes and risks. You will be given information on precautions you can take to reduce the risks and the University's procedures for emergency evacuation. This information will be useful to recognise the potential for a fire at home.
- Minimising potential for a fire
- Taking notice of your environment
- Identifying potential fire risks
- controlling fire safety risks
- Evacuating buildings safely
- Reducing life safety risks at work and at home
Audience: This course is for designated employees working in departments and workshops.
Duration: 30 mins
Session: Evacuation Stewards check, as far as reasonably practicable, that areas are clear of people. This session will train you to help clear a building section / level of persons during an alarm. You will learn how to check doors for signs of fire and howto report to Patrol Staff or to the most senior manager at an Assembly Point.
- Health and Safety Essentials
- Computer Safety (Display Screen Equipment)
- Basic Fire Safety (This course is for individuals that regularly work offsite and find it difficult to attend campus based courses)
You are able to self-enrol onto each of the online courses by visiting the following page:
This self-enrolment page provides you with instructions on how to self-enrol on one (or more) of the courses. You will need to enter a departmental enrolment key word to access each course.
Alternatively, you can request access by contacting HSAS by e-mail on safety. Please provide your username and the list of courses to be taken. The enrolment key can be obtained from your DSE Facilitator/Departmental Administrator or from HSAS.
This course is aimed at all employees in offices and similar low risk environments.
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.
Online course (Moodle). Duration 45 minutes. Includes a course assessment.
This course is essential for employees who use computers, laptops, microfiche and other types of display screen equipment for work.
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.
After the course you will need to complete a DSE Self Assessment form.
Online course (Moodle)
Duration: 45 minutes. Includes a course assessment.
University employees and students who will have difficulty attending a face to face course.
Note: completion of either the online or face-to-face course is mandatory.
Provide basic information on fire prevention and University fire safety procedures.
Online course (Moodle). Duration is 30 minutes, including course assessment.
Residential version also available for students: duration 45 minutes including a video and assessment.
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 8 delegates to run each course.
- DSE Facilitator Training
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
- Manual Handling
- Risk Assessment Made Easy
- Working at Height Awareness (Safe use of stepladders)
- Tailored Managing Health and Safety courses
This course is aimed at Departmental DSE Facilitators.
This course provides Departmental DSE Facilitators with the necessary knowledge to carry out their duties. Post-course support will be provided by HSAS, to ensure delegates feel confident in supporting DSE assessments.
It is strongly recommend that delegates take the online Computer Safety course prior to attending this course.
Course duration is 2 hours and course materials are provided by HSAS. HSAS will also provide follow up support on 2 to 3 DSE assessments.
Employees who may be required to carry out or co-ordinate COSHH assessments.
This course will enable you to produce suitable and sufficient COSHH assessments as required by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.
Course duration is 2 hours. 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.
Employees who undertake substantial manual handling operations.
Provide employees with the necessary knowledge to improve their manual handling operations and use a safer manual handling technique.
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 the Health and Safety Advisory Service (ex. 2944 email: safety).
It is strongly recommend that if you have injuries or medical conditions that prevent you from safely undertaking manual handling activities, including pregnancy, you do not attend.
Course duration is 3.5 hours with a 20 minute coffee break. 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.
Employees who may be required to carry out or co-ordinate risk assessments across a range of health and safety issues.
Duration: 2hr 30minutes plus a 30 minute follow up 1:1 support session.
In this course you will learn the simple five steps to successful health and safety risk assessments. The course will cover who is responsible for risk assessment and what their responsibilities are. You will be shown where to begin and what to cover to make your risk assessments professional and workable. Also, you will be given hints and tips on how to make the process easier. The follow up support session will help ensure that you feel confident carrying out risk assessments.
Note: A bespoke risk assessment course can be delivered focusing on the type of work you do. The course requires a minimum of six people and can be arranged by contacting the Health and Safety Advisory Service (ex. 2944 email: safety).
- The law and University's arrangements for risk assessments
- Hazard identification and risk evaluation
- Control measures necessary to reduce the health and safety risk
- Recording, documenting and ongoing review of risk assessments
- Understand the legal context and the University's policy on risk assessments and who is responsible
- Able to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments in accordance with legal and University requirements
- Know where to go for further support and advice on risk assessment
Employees who use ladders and stepladders.
This course will provide you with the necessary information and knowledge for working at height using ladder and stepladders, and undertake pre-use visual checks of equipment.
Course duration is 30 minutes.. The course involves syndicate exercises and direct trainer input.
If non of our regular courses suit your needs, please speak to HSAS as we can design a course for you.