Health and Safety Courses

For booking arrangements please follow the instructions outlined in the course details below. Courses are classroom based, venue details will be noted on the bookng 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 training)

Basic Radiation Awareness training

Duration: Three hours

Delivery method: Classroom based, run by a radiation protection advisor on campus.

Dates and booking: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

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 safety protection advisor. 

Dates and booking:  Please visit POD to book onto this course.

Who it is suitable for?
The course is mandatory for all staff and researchers using lasers and optical equipment.

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 Training

Duration: Two days

Delivery method: Classroom based, including practical exercises run by Public Health England.

Dates and booking:  Please visit POD to book onto this course.

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

Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) Training

Duration: Two days

Delivery method: Classroom based, including practical exercises run by Public Health England.

Dates and booking: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

Who it is suitable for?
This course is aimed at staff members who are Radiation Protection Supervisors.

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

  • Know the nature of the radiations emitted by radioactive materials.
  • Be aware of the hazards from ionising radiation and the importance of keeping radiation doses “as low as reasonably practicable” (ALARP).
  • Understand how ALARP is achieved in practice.
  • Appreciate the main legal requirements for keeping and working with sources of ionising radiation.
  • Understand the use of both dose rate and contamination monitors and understand how to interpret measurements.
  • Understand the importance of following safety procedures and know how to access further information on both the University arrangements and the relevant local procedures.
  • Know what your responsibilities as RPS are.

Chemical Safety

Chemical and Laboratory Safety (including Chemical Risk Assessment)

Duration: Two hours

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

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

Who it is suitable for?
You will be a member of staff (or PHD/postgraduate research student) who handle 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.

Compressed Gases

Duration: 15 - 30 minutes

Delivery method: Online course via Canvas.

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to enrol onto this course.

Who it is suitable for?
This course is suitable for members of staff (or postgraduate student) who handle and use 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: Classroom based.

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

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 held on record by their line manager. New staff should be booked as soon as possible onto one of the Fire Safety Training sessions and refresher training should be taken every two years. 

Fire Safety Training 

Duration: One hour

Delivery method: Classroom based

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

Who it is suitable for?
All new staff members, PHD and postgraduate research students. 

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.

Canvas Fire Safety Training

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.

Please visit POD to enrol onto this course.

Fire Warden training

Duration: Two hours

Delivery method: Classroom based, with practical use of fire extinguishers. 

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

Who it is suitable for?
You will be a member of Academic, Academic Related or Support staff who has fire warden responsibilities. 

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.

Please note, you will be required to attend Fire Warden training every two years.

Manual Handling

Principles of Manual Handling

Duration: Two hours

Delivery method: Classroom based.

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

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 (Risk Assessment)

Risk Assessments

Duration: Half a day

Delivery method: Classroom based.

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

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

First Aid

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

All First Aiders must hold a current University recognised three day First Aid at work certificate or Emergency First Aid at Work certificate (both of which are valid for three years) and attend two annual freshers.

First aid courses are organised by POD and are run by 'Marlin Training'.  The cost of the course will be charged to your Department. 

Emergency First Aid at Work

Duration: One day, 9.30 - 17.00

Delivery method: Classroom-based.

Who it is suitable for? This course is available for staff who express an interest in becoming an Emergency First Aider.

What you will be able to do after course

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). The cost of the course includes two mandatory half day annual refreshers, e-learning and training (with the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)). 

How to book

  • Staff will express an interest in becoming an Emergency First aider to their area First Aid Co-ordinator. If you are unable to locate your First Aid Co-ordinator, please email pod@contacts.bham.ac.uk
  • The First Aid Co-ordinator will carry out a risk assessment, to confirm whether an additional Emergency First Aider is required within the department
  • The applicant is also required to receive agreement from their line manager to train as an Emergency First Aider
  • The First Aid Co-ordinator will complete an Emergency First Aid course booking form, found via POD
  • POD will book a place on the course and confirm the booking 
  • The applicant will attend the Emergency First Aid training and will recieve a certificate following their attendance 
  • The Finance Office will be notified to pay remuneration 
  • The Emergency First Aider will be required to attend mandatory refresher updates every twelve months
  • The Emergency First Aid certificate will last three years, after which the First Aid Co-ordinator will decide whether the Emergency First Aider is still required within the department. If so, the Emergency First Aider will attend another one day classroom based course to renew their certificate

First Aid at Work 

Duration: Three days, 9.30 - 17.00

Delivery method: Classroom based                                             

Who it is suitable for? Staff who express an interest in becoming a First Aider.

What you will be able to do after the course: 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). The cost of the course includes two mandatory half day annual refreshers, e-learning and training (with the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)). 

How to book

  • Staff will express an interest in becoming an Emergency First aider to their area First Aid Co-ordinator. If you are unable to locate your First Aid Co-ordinator, please email pod@contacts.bham.ac.uk
  • The First Aid Co-ordinator will carry out a risk assessment, to confirm whether an additional Emergency First Aider is required within the department
  • The applicant is also required to receive agreement from their line manager to train as an Emergency First Aider
  • The First Aid Co-ordinator will complete an Emergency First Aid course booking form, found via POD
  • POD will book a place on the course and confirm the booking 
  • The applicant will attend the Emergency First Aid training and will recieve a certificate following their attendance 
  • The Finance Office will be notified to pay remuneration 
  • The Emergency First Aider will be required to attend mandatory refresher updates every twelve months
  • The Emergency First Aid certificate will last three years, after which the First Aid Co-ordinator will decide whether the Emergency First Aider is still required within the department. If so, the Emergency First Aider will attend another one day classroom based course to renew their certificate

First Aid Annual Update 

It is a mandatory for all First Aiders and Emergency First Aiders to attend two annual fresher sessions approximately every twelve months. 

Duration: Half-day morning and afternoon sessions;

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

Delivery method: Classroom-based

To book onto a session: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

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

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.  DSE)

General information regarding staff mental health and the role of Wellbeing Services can be found via the following link.

DSE (Display Screen Equipment) Assessor course

Duration: Two and a half hours

Delivery method: Classroom based, with practical demonstration. 

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

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 Co-ordinators)

IOSH Managing Safely

Duration: Four-day modular course, 9.00 - 17.00

Delivery method: Classroom based, delivered in Room G.09, 13 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: Please visit POD to book onto this course.

What you will be able to do after the course

  • Identify and understand hazards

  • Assess risks and 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’ Course

Duration: Two-day modular course, 9.00 - 17.00

Delivery method: Classroom-based in G09, 13 Pritchatts Road

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to book onto this course

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 the course
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.

Health and Safety Canvas Course

Duration: 30 - 45 minutes

Delivery method: Online delivery, via Canvas

To book onto a course: Please visit POD to enrol onto this course

Who it is suitable for?

This online course is mandatory and available for staff who work in offices and laboratories. Please note that office staff are only required to complete modules one to four, however staff who work in laboratories are required to complete modules one to five. 

What you will be able to do after the course?

You will understand the following;

  • University responsibilities
  • Workforce consultation
  • Workplace accidents
  • Controlling risks
  • Safety signage
  • Work related ill health
  • Manual handling
  • Workstations and DSE
  • Slips and trips
  • Fire safety 

 

 

 

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