School of GeoSciences

Training Courses offered by the University Health and Safety Department

There are a variety of courses available as standard, but the Training and Audit Co-ordinator can also tailor courses to suit staff needs. Please contact him for further advice.

On-line training

Health & Safety Awareness for Heads of Divisions and other Management Units below School level and PIs.

The course is made up of five sections (total time 45 minutes but each section accessible independently), covering:

Taught Courses

In-house Courses Please contact the Health & Safety Manager if you require a place on one of the following courses:

  • Fieldwork First Aid: two days, held approximately twice per year depending on demand. Required by all field trip organisers and any other member of staff who supervises undergraduate field trips. Highly recommended for PG student demonstrators and for all staff and students undertaking fieldwork for research purposes. A £20 deposit is required to secure a place. This will be returned if both days are completed. Prerequisite: None.

  • Expedition First Aid (Advanced Course): two days, held once yearly depending on funding and demand. Highly recommended for staff and students undertaking fieldwork in remote areas where assistance and treatment may be more than a couple of hours away. A £20 deposit is required to secure a place. This will be returned if both days are completed. Prerequisite: Fieldwork First Aid.

  • Laboratory Gas User Workshop: four hours, held once yearly depending on funding and demand. This course may also be available through other Schools in Science/Engineering and Medicine/Vet Medicine, and may be combined with the Cryogenic Gas User Workshop (3 hours) if sufficient demand. Compulsory for staff and students using compressed gases in labs or in field locations.

  • Defensive Driving: 2 x one-hour sessions, arranged as required. Compulsory for all who drive University owned vehicles or drive hired vehicles on University business. Highly recommended for those who use their own vehicles for work purposes. This course is also presented centrally and may be booked through the Univerity Health & Safety Department

  • Short one-hour workshops: These are available through Medicine/Vet Medicine at Little France, usually once or twice per academic year. Currently the topics covered are: COSHH (2 parts), DSE, Manual Handling Operations, Waste Management in Laboratories, Training for Trainers and Laboratory Managers, Accident Investigations, Safety Audits and Inspections, Introduction to Business and Research Continuity Planning, Late & Lone Working.