Student handbook

Health and Safety, and the Environment

Health and Safety, and Environment

The University in its Health and Safety Policy recognises that safety is an essential part of all its activities. The University’s aim is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare at work of all its staff, students and visitors so far as is reasonably practicable. With this in mind, staff are encouraged to set a high standard for safety by personal example so that students leaving the University take with them an attitude of mind which accepts good safety practice as normal. For their part, students of the University should conduct themselves in a safe manner, in accordance with the University’s Health and Safety Policy and Codes of Practice, copies of which are available in all departments and sections of the University.

The following advice represents good safe practice and should be followed by all students:

  1. Make sure you are familiar with the fire procedures in the buildings you use both on the campuses and in your place of residence.
    1. Generic Emergency Evacuation Plan for most University buildings
    2. Generic Emergency Evacuation Plan (Butler Court/Cayley/Claudia Parsons/David Collett/Faraday)
    3. General Emergency Evacuation Plan (Royce/Rutherford/Telford/ Towers/Whitworth)
  2. If you work in laboratories or workshops familiarise yourself with the local safety regulations and ensure you follow the safety procedures outlined to you in your induction.
  3. Always switch off electrical appliances at the main socket after use, not simply on the appliance.
  4. Never tamper with or misuse any equipment provided for use in emergency situations e.g. fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire alarms call points etc. This is not only a breach of University policy it is a criminal offence and will be dealt with as such. (Fire extinguishers are only to be used by training personnel.)
  5. While cycling on campus after dark you must show a white front light and a red rear one, plus a red rear reflector and amber pedal reflectors. This is not just common sense, but the law. You may be held liable for any accident arising out of your failure to meet these requirements.
  6. All University electrical wiring and equipment is tested and checked at regular intervals. Any repairs or modifications must only be made by University electrical staff. It is an offence to do any modifications or repairs yourself and may constitute a serious electrocution or fire risk.
  7. Electrical circuits should not be overloaded; if in doubt ask for advice.
  8. You are responsible for the electrical safety of items which you bring to the University and for any harm which may occur to anyone as a result of these items. You must not bring equipment onto campus which is not compliant with electrical safety standards in the UK.
  9. Report any faulty or malfunctioning equipment immediately and ensure that no one else can use it until a repair has been carried out.
  10. Lighted candles have caused numerous fires and their use in University premises is forbidden.
  11. All campus buildings have first-aid facilities. It is in your interest to find out where the first-aid boxes are situated and who are the first-aiders in the areas you frequent. Notices to this effect are posted around the buildings.
  12. All accidents should be reported to a responsible person in the area where they occur as soon as possible after their occurrence. This includes any accident occurring in University-owned areas and elsewhere when involved in activities which are part of your course (eg field trips). Use the University's Health and Safety Service online accident reporting portal at
  13. Make sure you know the positions of the nearest telephones for use in emergencies. For additional help in emergencies, the University Security Office is open 24 hours a day every day and can be reached by telephoning 888 (or 01509 222141 from a public exchange).

For further information on any of the above issues or general health and safety advice, please contact the Health Safety and Environment Office on 01509 222181.