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Foundation Training

Foundation Health and Safety Training

After induction, further in-depth training relevant to the role should be provided to ensure competence. Foundation health and safety training needs will be similar for most categories of staff but may vary in the depth and detail of training required, depending on the role of the individual. Training is provided throughout the year and should be refreshed every three years. 

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The University Safety Service offers a range of courses at set times throughout the year, which can be booked using iTrent. The safety training programme includes:

Course Title Course Description

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessor Training

This course provides staff with sufficient knowledge and understanding to enable them to undertake computer workstation risk assessments in their workplace, and make recommendations on modifications to improve computer workstation set-up. The course includes a basic overview of ergonomics, legal requirements, possible health effects associated with computer use, how to improve the layout of the computer workstation, wand how to undertake a practical workstation assessment.  An overview of the new DSE software training programme available on QOL will also be provided. 

Electrical Safety:

This electrical safety training course raises awareness of the dangers associated with electricity and the practical steps that can be taken to eliminate or reduce the risks that electricity presents.

Fire Safety:

Fire Safety Training is arranged through the Fire Safety Officer. Please contact the Estates Directorate for further details.



This course is aimed at staff who are required to conduct risk assessments in their workplace.  The aim is to provide staff with an understanding of the role of risk-assessment in the overall safety management system and to equip staff with the practical skills necessary to carry out 'suitable and sufficient' risk assessments. The course provides information on the key steps of risk assessment, including how to identify hazards, manage the risk and determine the likelihood of harm so that staff are confident in carrying out risk assessments in their own premises. 

Health and Safety Co-ordinator Training:

This course is designed for staff who will be undertaking the role of  Health and Safety Co-ordinator within their School, Centre or Directorate. This course will provide advice and guidance on how to co-ordinate health and safety matters and covers topics such as local management responsibilities, the role of the School/Directorate, the role of the Safety Co-ordinator, and what local procedures need to be in place within the School/Directorate.

Laboratory Chemical Safety

This course is designed for Departmental COSHH Supervisors, project/research leaders, technical staff in supervisory roles and  staff who work with potentially hazardous substances in a laboratory environment. The aim of the course is to raise awareness of responsibilities under the COSHH Regulations and DSEAR Regulations.  The course covers the legal framework, how to conduct a risk assessment, strategies to control the hazards, procedures in case of an emergency, record-keeping, and evaluation procedures.

Manual Handling

This course is designed for all staff who regularly lift and carry as part of their work activity.  The course aims to highlight handling-risks and ways in which to avoid lifting and handling, how to minimise risk of injury, and provide practical demonstration of lifting techniques.

Office Safety

This course is designed to enable staff to apply basic ergonomic principles to control the risks to their health and safety in an office environment. It focuses mainly on the use of computers with additional information on good practice in lifting, handling and storage arrangements. Course includes a brief overview of ergonomics, risks in the use of computers, workstation layout and posture, lifting and handling, storage-arrangements and incident / ill-health-reporting.