Health and Safety Courses

For booking arrangements please follow the instructions outlined in the course details below. Courses are classroom based, which are held at 54 Pritchatts Road unless otherwise notified on the booking form. 

Please note that all courses on this intranet page are available to staff only and you must use your staff log in for the booking forms.

Radiation safety (including laser and IsoStock training)

Basic radiation awareness training

Duration: Three hours

Delivery method: Classroom-based run by a radiation protection advisor. Delivered termly

Dates and booking: View and complete the online booking form.

Who it is suitable for?
This course is mandatory for all staff undertaking work with radiation and all staff and researchers using open and closed sources.

What you will be able to do after the workshop?
You will understand the following:

  • Basic properties of ionising radiation
  • Effects of radiation exposure and why doses must be kept as low as reasonably practicable
  • Practical aspects of radiation protection
  • Legal requirements
  • The University's radiation protection arrangements

Laser safety awareness training 

Duration: Half day

Delivery method: Classroom-based run by a laser protection advisor. Delivered termly.

Dates and booking:   Courses for 2017 are fully booked and 2018 dates will be made available asap, please keep an eye on this page for further details. When dates are available, participants are required to register using the online booking form.

Who it is suitable for?
The course is mandatory for all staff and researchers using laser/optical safety.

What you will be able to do after the workshop?
You will understand;

  • Laser basics
  • Laser beam hazards
  • Laser classification
  • Associated hazards
  • Legal requirements, standards and guidance
  • University procedures
  • Practical control measures

Laser Safety Officer’s Training

Duration: 2 Days

Delivery method: Classroom-based including practical exercises run by the University’s Laser Protection Advisor (Public Health England).

Dates and booking:   Please click on the online booking form to view 2018 dates.

Who it is suitable for?
This course is aimed at staff members who are Laser Safety Officers.

What you will be able to do after the workshop?
You will understand and be assessed on through an end of course test:

 

  • Laser beam hazards
  • Health and safety legislation relevant to work with   lasers
  • Putting numbers to laser beam hazards
  • Using ELVs in practice – calculation exercises
  • Laser beam measurement
  • Product legislation and standards
  • BS EN 60825-1 and the laser classification scheme
  • Laser risk assessment
  • Practical laser safety – engineering controls
  • Practical laser safety – administrative
  • Practical laser safety – personal protective   equipment
  • Selecting PPE in practice – calculation exercises
  • Non-beam hazards

 

IsoStock training for end users

A session introducing radiation workers to the new radiation accountancy software system IsoStock.

The next training sessions are:
8th June, 11am -12 noon
12th June, 11am - 12 noon

Location: Biosciences room E102

Please book a place by following this link

IsoStock training for Radiation Protection Supervisors/Radiation Protection Coordinators

A session introducing the new radiation accountancy software IsoStock.

The next training sessions are:
8th June, 1 - 3pm
12th June, 1 - 3pm

Location: Biosciences room E102

Please book a place by following this link

Chemical safety

Chemical and laboratory safety

Duration: One and a half hours

Delivery method: This course is run each term for Colleges.

To book onto a course: To nominate yourself, please contact your School’s health and safety coordinator.

Who it is suitable for?
You will be a member of staff (or postgraduate student) who handles chemicals in a laboratory.

What you will be able to do after the course?
You will understand the University’s policy, the different types of chemical hazard, exposure routes and safe working practices.

Chemical risk assessment

Duration: 30 minutes

Delivery method:

To book onto a course: To nominate yourself please contact your School’s health and safety coordinator. It can be combined with the Chemical and laboratory safety course, or run separately.

Who it is suitable for?
This course is aimed at staff members (and postgraduate students) handling chemicals and hazardous substances.

What you will be able to do after the course?
You will understand the University’s policy on hazard and risk and how to complete the chemical hazard and risk assessment proforma.

Compressed gas safety

Duration: 15 minutes

Delivery method: Online course

  • Follow the link for your College to the Canvas enrollment page to the course.
  • Enter your adf username and password, this will register you for the course.
  • Select the compressed gas safety course.
  • View the 3 videos.
  • For the College of EPS select the quiz for your School from the list at the bottom of the page.
  • Complete the multiple choice quiz.

To revisit the course please log in via the University’s main Canvas page; https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/login

Please see the links below:

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/enroll/NK3YY8

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/enroll/9A6MM7

College of Medical and Dental Sciences

https://canvas.bham.ac.uk/enroll/44RB7A

Who it is suitable for?
You will be a member of staff (or postgraduate student) who handles and uses compressed gases.

What you will be able to do after the course?
You will understand how to safely store, transport and use compressed gas cylinders.

Biological safety

Introduction to biological safety

Duration: Two hours

Delivery method: This course is arranged and advertised through individual Colleges. 

To book onto a course: Anyone required to attend outside of these scheduled courses should contact trainingww@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Who it is suitable for?
This course is mandatory for staff (and new post-graduates) who will be working with biological agents and materials: ie, microorganisms, blood, tissue, cells, and also potentially infectious materials such as sewage and environmental samples.

What you will be able to do after the course?
You will understand the following:

  • Hazardous properties of biological materials
  • Applicable legislation
  • Risk assessment
  • Routes of exposure
  • Principles of safe working

Fire safety

Every new member of staff on their first day must be given an induction of the building(s) they are to be working in. This is generally provided by their line manager and, following this, the Fire Safety Induction Checklist should be completed and returned to Safety Services. New staff should be booked as soon as possible onto one of the Fire Safety Training sessions, as detailed above, and refresher training should be undertaken every two years. 

Fire safety training

Duration: One hour

Delivery method: Classroom-based, at 54 Pritchatts Road

To book onto a course: View and complete the booking form

Who it is suitable for?
All staff members, every two years

What you will be able to do after the workshop?
You will be able to apply what you have learned to reduce fire risks and false alarms, to identify obvious fire risks and know who to report them to, to respond to fire alarms and to know what to do if you suspect a fire.

Online fire safety refresher training

Online training is also available for those who have attended a classroom session but require a refresher every two years. 

Please note that all staff must have completed a classroom session before being eligible to complete the online refresher training.

To access the online refresher course, please email trainingww@contacts.bham.ac.uk, stating your name, staff ID number and the building in which you are based.

Fire warden training

Duration: Two hours

Delivery method: Classroom and practical based, at 54 Pritchatts Road

To book onto a course: View and complete the booking form

Who it is suitable for?
You will be a member of Academic, AcademicRelated or Support staff who has fire warden responsibilities. You should attend this training every two years.

Content
You will learn how to:

  • Respond to a fire alarm
  • Know what to do if you suspect a fire
  • Check buildings safely for occupants
  • Know what fire-fighting equipment to use and when to use it
  • Check buildings for obvious fire risks and know who to report them to
  • Apply the University’s fire policy and related legislation

What you will be able to do after the workshop
You will be able to ensure colleagues and visitors evacuate the building safely and efficiently in case of an emergency

Manual Handling

Principles of manual handling

Duration: One and a half to four hours

Delivery method: Classroom-based at 54 Pritchatts Road or within workplaces by arrangement.

To book onto a course: Complete the booking form. Upcoming dates can be viewd on the booking form.

Who is it suitable for?
This course is suitable for staff members who carry out low-risk manual handling activities at work.

What will you be able to do after the course?

  • Understand the reasons for safe manual handling
  • Understand how manual handling risk assessments contribute to improving health and safety
  • Understand the principles, types and testing requirements associated with manual handling safety

General safety courses (e.g. office safety and risk assessment)

Health and safety in the office and general areas

Duration: Approximately 20 minutes

Delivery method: Online course, link will be sent via email upon request. Please email trainingww@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Who it is suitable for?
All staff who work in offices and similar workplaces that need an appreciation of the risks that may be present and want to know how these risks might be controlled.

Content
Focus on input and discussion, specifically:

  • A brief introduction to health and safety
  • How health and safety is managed at the University and at local levels n Workstations and computers
  • General office risks
  • Fire precautions
  • Emergency procedures

What you will be able to do after the course?
Apply your knowledge of risks, precautions and procedures to ensure your own health and safety and that of colleagues.

Please keep an eye on this page for upcoming dates as they are confirmed.

Risk assessments

Duration: Half-day

Delivery method: Classroom-based at 54 Pritchatts Road Practical-based at 54 Pritchatts Road

To book onto a course: Booking form will be available once 2018 dates have been confirmed

Who it is suitable for?
You will be a member of Academic, Academic Related or Support staff who has to carry out risk assessments personally or supervise those who do.

What you will be able to do after the workshop?

  • Understand the importance of risk assessments
  • Understand the principles involved in risk assessments
  • Apply the hierarchy of controls to control risk to an acceptable level
  • Understand how a risk assessment is undertaken

Please keep an eye on this page for upcoming dates as they are confirmed.

First Aid

The number of First Aiders is determined by a risk assessment carried out by the local First Aid Co-ordinator

All First Aiders must hold a current University recognised 3 day First Aid at work certificate or Emergency First Aid at Work certificate (both of which are valid for 3 years) and attend an annual first aid update.

First aid courses are organised by the Health and Safety Unit and run in house by 'Marlin Training'.  The cost of the course will be charged to Departments. 

1 & 3 Day First aid course booking process

  • First aid co-ordinator carries out first aid risk assessment.
  • Applicant gets agreement from their line manager to train as a First Aider.
  • Line manager notifies First aid co-ordinator to begin process.
  • Applicant completes Health Assessment Form (PDF 64KB) and sends to Occupational Health.
  • Health assessment clearance is passed, Health and Safety Unit and First aid co-ordinator notified.
  • Applicant, co-ordinator and line manager agree convenient training dates.
  • Online first aid training forms completed by First aid co-ordinator.
    Emergency First Aid Booking Form 
    First Aid at Work Booking Form .
    (only First Aid co-ordinators have access to the EFA and FAW forms)
  • Training dates checked by Health and Safety Unit.
  • Applicant etc notified by Health and Safety Unit of confirmed training dates.
  • Applicant attends first aid training
  • Applicant if successful, notified that they are a First Aider (co-ordinator also notified)
  • Finance office notified to pay remuneration.
  • First Aider attends first aid annual update 12 months later.

Emergency first aid at work

Duration: One day (on an ad hoc basis) 9.30am to 5.00pm

Next course dates are:
27th November 2017
18th May 2018

Delivery method: Classroom-based

To book onto a course: Please contact your local First Aid Coordinator, who will complete the booking for you to attend. The booking form is restricted access to First Aid Coordinators.

Please see this link to find your local First Aid Co-ordinator. If you are unable to find your local First Aid Coordinator, please email trainingww@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

First Aid Coordinators: Please find the online booking form on this link.

Who it is suitable for?
Staff who express an interest in becoming an emergency first aider once a risk assessment has identified a need in the College. Please discuss this with your area First Aid Coordinator before seeking permission to attend.

What you will be able to do after the programme
You will be able to work with confidence and knowledge to deal with situations where emergency first aid is required.

Additional information
The cost of the training is £120 including VAT (details of payment provided at times of booking). The cost of the course includes two mandatory half day annual updates, e-learning and training in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s).

First aid at work

Duration: Three consecutive days, 9.30am to 5.00pm, usually run once a month.

Next course dates are:
15-17 January
27-1 March
21-23 March
24-26 April
15-17 May
20-22 June
24-26 July

 

 

 

 

Delivery method: Classroom-based

To book onto a course: Please contact your local First Aid Coordinator, who will complete the booking for you to attend. The booking form is restricted access to First Aid Coordinators.

Please see this link to find your local First Aid Co-ordinator. If you are unable to find your local First Aid Coordinator, please email trainingww@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

First Aid Coordinators: Please find the online booking form on this link.

Who it is suitable for?

Staff who express an interest in becoming a First Aider once a risk assessment has identified a need in the College. Please discuss this with your area First Aid Co-ordinator before seeking permission to attend.

What you will be able to do after the programme
You will be able to work with confidence and knowledge to deal with any first aid incidents and any incidents that may occur that are specific to risks in your workplace.

Additional information
The cost of the training is £234 including VAT (details of payment provided at times of booking). The cost of the course includes two mandatory half day annual updates, e-learning and training in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

First aid update

It is now a mandatory University requirement for all First Aiders to attend two annual update sessions between each first aid course.  The optimum frequency of attending the annual updates is approximately 12 monthly.

This annual update course provides you with an opportunity to practice and update your first aid skills.

Duration: Half-day run mornings and afternoons on a regular basis

AM session: 10.00 to 13.00
PM session: 13.30 to 16.30

Next course dates are:
1st December 2017
18th January
26th February
20th March
27th April
14th May
19th June

Delivery method: Classroom-based

To book onto a course: View and complete the booking form

Who it is suitable for?
You will be a practising First Aider who requires an annual update and this is an opportunity to practise and refresh your first aid skills.

Please note it is mandatory to attend two half-day annual updates during your three-year certification period, ideally at 12 monthly intervals.

What you will be able to do after the programme
You will be able to work with confidence, and your knowledge and skills will be refreshed.

Online Resources to refresh first Aid Skills

Online resources are available to refresh your First Aid skills in addition to completing the half day annual update and three day first aid at work courses.

Please note that the online resources do not replace annual update or first aid at work courses.

Click on the website i-firstaid.co.uk to make an account.

Username: University email
You will be prompted for a "one time enrolment key" which is: Dog75@tree (case sensitive). 

Information for First Aiders

For useful policy and guidance please see the Information for First Aiders intranet page.

Wellbeing (e.g. mental health awareness and DSE)

Mental health awareness

Duration: Two or three hours

Delivery method: Classroom-based courses will run when sufficient nominations received via trainingww@contacts.bham. ac.uk. Courses will take place on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday

To book onto a course: Please visit the website to complete an online booking form

Who it is suitable for?
All University of Birmingham staff.

What you will be able to do after the course

  • Have a clearer understanding of mental illness and coping strategies
  • Recognise the main categories of mental disorders
  • Understand how mental disorders are treated
  • Understand where to find the best support

Supporting Wellbeing in the workplace

Duration: Two or three hours

Delivery method: Classroom-based courses will run when sufficient nominations received via trainingww@contacts.bham. ac.uk. Courses will take place on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday

To book onto a course: Please visit the website to complete an online booking form

Who it is suitable for?
Line managers, department managers and anyone who supervises or manages staff.

What you will be able to do after the course

  • Explore fears in respect of managing people when their mental health is compromised
  • Discuss some of the common mental health issues that arise in the workplace
  • Build confidence in your role as a manager when supporting staff
  • Understand your role in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessor course

Duration: Two and a half hours

Delivery method: Classroom-based at 54 Pritchatts Road Practical session at 13 Pritchatts Road

To book onto a course: Please visit the website to complete an online booking form

Who it is suitable for?
You will be a member of Academic, Academic-Related or Support staff with an interest in DSE.

Content

  • Identify actions to take as an outcome of DSE checklist completion
  • Performing minor adjustments to the set-up of the workstation and advise upon the provision of limited DSE equipment
  • Understanding the processes of liaising with the Occupational Health Service when there is a significant health condition that is being affected by the use of DSE

What you will be able to do after the workshop
Undertake DSE assessment of employees within their designated area following the completion of a DSE checklist

Managing safely (including safety coodinators)

IOSH managing safely

Duration: Four-day modular course

Delivery method: Classroom-based at 54 Pritchatts Road

Who it is suitable for?
Managing safely is for safety co-ordinators, managers and supervisors in the University.

To book onto a course: Booking form will be available once 2018 dates have been confirmed

What you will be able to do after the course

  • Identify and understand hazards
  • Assess risks n Identify control measures
  • Understand yours and others responsibilities for health and safety
  • Investigate incidents
  • Learn how to develop basic performance indicators, and get to grips with auditing and proactive and reactive measuring

Health and safety co-ordinators’ development programme

Duration: Two-day modular course

Delivery method: Classroom-based at 54 Pritchatts Road

To book onto a course: Booking form will be available once 2018 dates have been confirmed

Who it is suitable for?
You will be a health and safety co-ordinator or other staff member who has health and safety responsibilities.

Content

  • Health and Safety Law
  • Health and safety management including the University’s Health and Safety Policy
  • Risk assessment
  • Accidents and Incidents including investigation
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Fire
  • Workplace Hazards
  • Wellbeing and Occupational Health
  • Communication

What you will be able to do after this workshop
You will be able to assist with health and safety issues, based on your understanding of the health and safety legislation applicable to the University. You will understand the University’s management arrangements for health and safety including the University’s Health and Safety Policy and roles and responsibilities.