Your health and safety is paramount to the University, and whilst we have a duty to you, you as an employee have a legal duty so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure that you do not endanger yourself or anyone else by your acts or omissions.
In addition, you must co-operate with the University on health and safety matters and must not interfere or misuse anything provided for health, safety and welfare purposes.
The Health & Safety website has many useful resources to help you, but we have highlighted a few key points below.
Many accidents and incidents occur because of problems with systems rather than people. The University is committed to minimising these incidents and learning from experience rather that apportioning blame.
All accidents and incidents must be reported using the Accident Report Form, which can be found along with further guidance on reporting accidents and incidents on the Health & Safety website.
First aiders volunteer to provide medical treatment to staff, students and visitors to the University. This treatment may be either to preserve life and minimise injury until assistance from the emergency services arrives or to treat minor injuries that do not need the attention of a medical practitioner or nurse. Contact numbers for first aiders on your campus, or in your building, can be found in the ‘your building’ section of the main staff homepage.
Every year in Britain, thousands of people are killed or injured by fire. The University undertakes many activities that could pose fire risks and for such a large institution, a spreading fire could have devastating results.
If you discover a fire or hear the alarm, you should:
In the event of an evacuation, follow steps 2–4 above.
The purpose of a PEEP is firstly to secure the safety an individual that may have trouble in responding to a building emergency evacuation alarm. The PEEP records the safety plan e.g. routes, corridors, stairs or refuges etc. and identifies those persons who will assist carrying out the evacuation and training or practice needs.
If you require a PEEP or would like more information please visit the Health & Safety website or contact the Health & Safety team.
Computer workstations or equipment can be associated with neck, shoulder, back or arm pain, as well as with fatigue and eyestrain. The University has in place DSE assessors to undertake an assessment and make recommendations. As an employee, we also offer free eye tests, which can be booked by contacting the Health & Safety team.
If you need a DSE assessment you can find your nearest assessor here and download the relevant documents.
Whilst on campus all staff are required to carry their MMU ID card. This allows us to identify you as member of the University community and makes it easier to identify strangers and potential criminals.
We also have a responsibility to ensure we protect data and University property. Further details can be found at the IT Services website.
When travelling to work or home, don't take shortcuts which take you through poorly lit streets or parks – walk safely by taking the long way round – especially during the winter, when the nights are longer.
If your possessions are stolen from University premises then you need to report it to security as a matter of urgency on 0161 247 1334.
They will report the incident to the police on your behalf.
If you are off-site then you should report the theft to the police immediately.