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Health and safety

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.

Accidents and Incidents

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 Aid

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.

Fire Safety and Evacuation

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:

  1. Break the nearest fire actuation point (fire alarm) if the alarm has not already been raised. Contact the fire service on 9-999 and the University Switchboard on 2222 detailing the precise location of the fire.
  2. Exit in calm and orderly fashion through the nearest escape route – the nearest escape route might not always be the most apparent to you. Do NOT use the lift.
  3. Make your way to the assembly point for the building you are in.
  4. Do not re-enter a building that has been the subject of an emergency evacuation until it has been declared safe by the Fire Brigade, Police or other authorised person.

In the event of an evacuation, follow steps 2–4 above.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)

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.

DSE Assessments

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.

Security on and off Campus

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.

Some things you can do to help:

  • Keep your staff ID card on your person and visible at all times while on campus
  • Avoid poorly lit streets or parks at night
  • Be vigilant, don’t permit tailgating into secure areas and report any suspicious behaviour to security on extension 1334
  • Lock your doors and drawers and do not leave any mobile devices unattended. Always store them securely and out of sight.

What to do if your possessions or MMU property are stolen

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.