Health and Safety
The Faculty of Engineering is committed to high standards of health, safety and welfare. It is Faculty policy to maintain a safe environment for all staff, students and visitors by raising health and safety awareness; instilling a positive safety culture; and, by promoting cooperation between all members of the Faculty with regard to safety initiatives. Safety is a particular issue for research students who may be operating in unfamiliar environments or with limited experience.
As well as contributing to a safer working environment, the Faculty views safety training as an important part of a student’s overall research skills portfolio which will continue to be of value in their future career.
The Faculty requires research students to engage in three safety training and induction activities.
1 Faculty Safety Awareness Each month, a Safety Awareness session is provided to all new students by the Faculty Health and Safety Manager or nominee. Attendance is compulsory.
2 Health and Safety Certification Course All students must attend the certificated training course organised by the Faculty at the first opportunity. Students who do not attend the course at the earliest opportunity may have access to laboratories withdrawn, or their activities limited.
3 Local Site-Specific Safety Induction As an additional but vital step, all students must receive safety induction and training appropriate to the work they are to carry out and the offices and laboratories that they will work in. This induction and training must be arranged by the student’s main supervisor at a time appropriate to work schedules. Note though that no work may take place in any hazardous environment (e.g. laboratory work, field study) until this local induction has been completed.