Health & Safety Department


Achievements gained either by the Department or the University as a corporate body.


British Safety Council - International Safety Award

British Safety Council Award logo

The University of Edinburgh has been recognised for its health and safety performance by winning a prestigious International Safety Award with Merit. The award was given by one of the world’s leading advocates of workplace health and safety, the British Safety Council, and is supported by the Health and Safety Executive.

The award acknowledges the commitment that winners have made to improving corporate health and safety and rewards the success of achieving high safety standards. With 570 applications from across the world, the win is a true testament to the University’s dedication to the health and safety of its workforce.

The International Safety Awards are open to all industries and sectors from across the globe and are independently adjudicated panel of experts who look for hard evidence of how an organisation maintains acceptable standards of health and safety on the ground.

Healthy Working Lives award

Healthy Working Lives logo in purple

For the award the University was assessed on it’s approach to a number of areas including health and safety, occupational health, employability, supporting staff attendance, healthy eating, physical activity, smoking, mental health, health and the environment and community health and wellbeing, amongst others.

This award recognises the University's commitment to enhancing health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Image of award presentation

Alastair Reid, Director of Health and Safety and Karen Darling, Deputy Director, were formally presented with the University's Gold HWL Award by Melanie Hornett, Nurse Director of NHS Lothian at an award ceremony on 4th October 2010.

The ceremony was held for those organisations in the Lothians who have achieved HWL awards in the last 12 Months. The presentation was hosted by the University of Edinburgh in the John McIntyre Conference Centre.


Investors in People Scotland

Investors in People logo

The Department has been successful in renewing and improving the IiP Scotland Standard which we initially received in August 2010. This involved undergoing a rigourous assessment programme designed to align the internal management and staff performance procedures against a set standard produced by IiP Scotland and the Department gained the Bronze level in August 2013.