Health and Safety

The Central Academic Bodies and central activities of the University of London (the "central University") Health and Safety Policy.

For guidance on health and safety issues staff should consult the website of the Health & Safety Executiveor contact the Health & Safety Adviser, Mr Keith Ryan: .  Alternatively you may want to contact one of the central University's Area Safety Co-ordinators, their contact details are available on the intranet.

1 Overview 
2 Risk Assessment


1 Overview

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires that staff at work take reasonable care of their own health and safety and that of persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

  • Workers are required to use equipment properly.  The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires employees to use all machinery, equipment, dangerous substances, means of production, transport equipment and safety devices in accordance with any relevant training and instruction;
  • Workers are required to notify the University of dangerous situations or shortcomings in the health and safety arrangements as provided for under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999;
    Employees are entitled to request an eyesight test if working with display screen equipment, as provided for under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992;
  • Workers must ensure that they look after personal protective equipment issued to them as provided for under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations;
  • Employees are represented by people nominated by the University‚Äôs recognised trades unions and the Staff Association, as provided for under the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee 1977 and the Health and Safety Consultation with Employees Regulations 1996;
  • Workers should be familiar with their departmental safety policy.

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2 Risk Assessment

Listed below are the 5 Steps to Risk Assessment.

  1. Look for the hazards.
  2. Decide who might be harmed, and how.
  3. Evaluate the risks and decide whether existing precautions are adequate or more should be done.
  4. Record your findings.
  5. Review your assessment and revise it if necessary.

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