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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 TitleCourse Description

Computer Workstation Risk Assessment:

This course provides staff with sufficient knowledge and understanding to enable them to undertake risk assessments of computer workstations in their workplace, and make recommendations on the selection and modification of computer workstations and working environment. 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, workstation and practical assessment, checklist and case studies.

COSHH Risk-Assessment (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health):

This course is designed for Departmental COSHH Supervisors, project/research leaders, technical staff in supervisory roles and indeed all staff who work with potentially hazardous substances or infectious materials. The aim is to raise awareness of responsibilities under the COSHH Regulations and what is required to comply with them, and it covers COSHH Regulations 2003, the legal framework, conducting a risk assessment, strategies to control the hazards, procedures in case of an emergency, record keeping, environmental protection, evaluation procedures.

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 need to make risk assessments in the workplace, e.g. Health and Safety co-ordinators, Local Safety Officers, Managers and Supervisors and Technical Staff. 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 risk assessments. The course covers legal requirements, principals of risk assessment, hazard and risk, risk ranking & prioritising action, identifying and implementing control measures sand planning for ongoing monitoring and review.

Health and Safety for


This is designed for School and Directorate Health and Safety Co-ordinators, Safety Officers, Supervisors, and School Managers who co-ordinate Health and Safety. This course will provide advice and guidance on how to co-ordinate health and safety matters required at School and Directorate level. The course covers topics such as local management responsibilities for Health and Safety, 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.

Manual Handling

This course is designed for all staff, especially those who regularly lift and carry as part of their work, and aims to highlight handling risks and how to minimise risk of injury, and provide practical demonstration of safe lifting techniques. Content covers the appropriate ways to avoid lifting and handling, reducing chances of injury and using safe 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.