Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the University has a general duty to ensure that all staff are competent to perform the roles they are required to do and this might include:

  1. General health and safety induction training
  2. Carrying out risk assessments or any other kind of assessment including noise/COSHH/working at height etc.
  3. Driving on University business
  4. Using work equipment
  5. Reviewing incidents
  6. Assessing manual handling activities or workstations
  7. Managing permits to work
  8. Working in confined spaces
  9. Managing asbestos and the risk of legionnaires disease
  10. Acting as a Fire warden
  11. Providing first aid
This is not a complete list as there will be other training needs, however the point is, the University has a duty to ensure that staff are competent.  

Besides the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, there may well be more specific legislation dealing with competence, for example the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012 or the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.  Staff do not necessarily need to know about every piece of legislation, it is enough to know that they need to be competent.

It will be the responsibility of line managers to ensure the competence of their staff.  Heads of Department need to ensure systems are in place to facilitate this and ultimate responsibility rests with the University.  This is set out in the Health and Safety Roles and Responsibilities document.

The following pages offer staff the opportunity to go on a range of training course, some arranged externally and some internally.  Read through the courses and if you are interested, proceed through to the booking process.