Information for staff
Firstly, health and safety should not be used to stop you from doing what you need to do – it should be integral to enabling you to do it, safely. We really hope to dispel any myth or experiences from elsewhere that health and safety only says ‘NO’.
When you received your contract pack from Human Resources, the Staff Health and Safety Handbook will have been included. The Handbook includes some useful information on ensuring your health, safety and well-being when working at the University, and for more detail on health and safety across specific subject areas the A – Z Link is a great place to start.
The A – Z Link is a particularly useful navigation tool to help you plan what you want to do safely and eliminates, hopefully in most cases, the pre-conceived idea that because a risk exists you can’t do it.
When you first start at the University you should be invited to the central University Staff Induction arranged by Human Resources. If you were not able to attend the central Staff Induction in person then you must complete the online version of the Staff Health, Safety and Environment Induction.
Your College / Professional Service should then also provide you with a local Health and Safety Induction. This will cover local rules and procedures with regards health, safety and environmental arrangements and any further training requirements you may need for your role.
Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Training
If you are one of the many screen users at the University, you must also complete the online DSE Training as soon as possible after starting, this is to make sure you are as comfortable as possible whilst undertaking your work.
The DSE training must also be undertaken again at regular intervals or if you are experiencing health issues, your local DSE Assessor will be able to advise and help you with this.
The University owes a duty to each and every member of staff, individually and collectively, but we also owe a duty to each other and to ourselves. As a member of staff, you are essential to the success of the University and helping show its commitment to ensuring no one is made ill or harmed because of what we do.
If after taking a look through the links or A- Z page you are still unsure of something or would like to come and see us please don't hesitate to get in touch.