Health & Safety Department

Covid-19 Update

During the current pandemic situation most of the Health and Safety Department staff are working from home and can be contacted via MS Teams or by email.

Covid-19 has brought unprecedented and rapid change to our work and home life. The health and safety of staff and students has been central to the changes at the University which have been made in line with advice from the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland. 

University staff across all Colleges and Professional Services have been managing and supporting these changes. The detail on the implementation of these changes is provided on the main Covid-19 site.   We are working to ensure that all issues are addressed, with input from relevant staff.

The Covid-19 contact centre hotline and mailbox (covid19@ed.ac.uk) have now been discontinued. Student and staff enquiries will return to ‘business as usual’ processes, and from this point, students will be encouraged to contact EdHelp for any enquiries relating to student services and Covid-19. Staff who previously contacted the hotline or mailbox will instead be encouraged to contact their local area, service or department that their topic is relevant to, and if the enquiry is relating to health and safety specifically to safety.covid19@ed.ac.uk.

Further information for all staff:

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Health and safety training provided for staff and students by the Health and Safety Department. Training available includes face to face training on first aid, biological, fire and radiation safety, as well as online training packages.

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Guidance and advice on general health and safety issues, such as working in offices, working with hazardous substances, travel or transport,  personal protective equipment, which may affect University staff and students.

Safety roles

Guidance and resources available from the Health and Safety Department to assist staff in fulfilling their health and safety responsibilities.

Policy / codes of practice

The University Health and Safety Policy, Framework (Organisation and Arrangements) and supporting Codes of Practice.

Policy and guidance

Model templates, generic risk assessments and checklists to assist schools etc. to comply with Health and Safety legislation