Health & Safety Department

Returning to the University estate

Guidance for staff returning to the University of Edinburgh estate following the Coronavirus outbreak

Guidance on returning to the University estate sets out information intended to control transmission of the virus in the workplace.  This Guidance is based on a risk assessment approach to the return to each building. Guidance is available on the following pages:

Any Covid-19 safety related questions can be sent to the dedicated email address

The following sections provide additional guidance for Schools and Departments.

First aid advice

The Health and Safety Department have also produced guidance on first aid provision as we return more fully to campus and helpful videos for first aiders, available on the First Aid Training page.

Fire safety advice

The Fire Safety Unit have produced FSU guidance for Schools and Departments as they return to the campus. This replaces the guidance previously issued in 2020 - please remove any references to the old guidance and replace with this new one.

Events on University property

Guidance and a model risk assessment have been produced for small scale events, but which can be used as a basis to scale up for larger events.

Guidance for events

Model risk assessment

Continuing to work from home

Bear in mind that many staff will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future. For more information on how to safely set up your home workstation, please see Working from home guidance page.

Reviewing covid-19 control measures

At times when teaching and other student activities are permitted in-person, in line with Scottish Government guidance, it is recommended that the covid control measures that have been implemented are reviewed, to ensure they are working effectively and being adhered to.This guidance note can be used as a checklist or to copy and paste into your own form (as you may choose to integrate these checks into an already existing system). If any deficiencies are identified, these must be rectified as soon as possible.