Keeping your work activities safe
General workplace safety
Purpose: Summarising the basic requirements for a safe and healthy work environment, covering areas such as lighting, workstations and seating, facilities for rest and to eat meals, and maintenance.
Resource: HSE workplace health, safety and welfare
Purpose: Assisting you to get approval to fly drones, and record and carry out your activities in line with CAA requirements and best practices.
Resource: Drone Safety Group intranet site
Relevant for: Anyone involved in drone operations or managing events where drones will be used, including:
- Staff or students flying small unmodified drones as part of a University activity
- Staff or students engaging third parties to operate drones for their activity
- Third parties requesting to fly drones on University premises Other more complex activities involving drones operated in the UK or abroad.
The University is a registered Drone Operator with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Staff and students must not register as Drone Operators under the CAA non-commercial drone operator scheme and must not fly under or renew any existing Operator IDs. Instead, you must get approval from the Drone Safety Group.
Purpose: Outlining potential hazards and describing practical steps to minimise risks to ensure lone working is performed in a controlled and co-ordinated manner.
How to use: Schools and services should develop their own local rules based on the principles of measured risk management.
Resource: Lone working guidance
Relevant for: Managers of lone workers
Additional resource: SafeZone for lone working
External resource: Bristol City Council Lone Worker Protection Service
Purpose: Preventing manual handling injuries in the University and protecting staff when they are the transporting or supporting loads by hand or bodily force.
Resource: Manual handling guidance
Relevant for: Representatives from schools and services.
External resource: HSE advice on managing manual handling risks
New and expectant mothers at work
Purpose: Providing information on the extra hazards associated with work that may be relevant to a new or expectant mother, actions for assessing and mitigating the risks, and a checklist to identify specific hazards for a risk assessment.
How to use: The checklist outlines a large variety of hazards, from working with display screen equipment to more specialised work with embryotoxic chemicals. The checklist should be used to produce a risk assessment by line managers or supervisors, including relevant sections for the individual’s work or study.
Relevant for: New and expectant mothers and their line managers or supervisors.
Noise at work
Purpose: Creating a management system to protect employees from excessive noise at work, including risk assessments, measures to reduce noise exposure, training for employees, and health surveillance if appropriate.
Resource: Controlling the risks from noise at work
Relevant for: Managers in schools and services.
Vibrations at work
Purpose: Outlining measures to protect employees from the risks of hand-arm or whole-body vibration at work.
Relevant for: All schools and services with staff using hand-held power tools or equipment or regular off-road driving causing vibrations.
Working at height
Purpose: Providing information on working at height from the Health and Safety Executive, including a guide describing what managers need to do to protect staff and students from falls from height.
Resource: HSE working at height webpage
Relevant for: Managers
Purpose: Health and safety protection during work experience placements.
Resource: Work experience guidance
Relevant for: Schools and services running work experience placements.
This guidance has been written for young persons, but the principles are the same for people of all ages.
Purpose: Controlling risks from the use of electricity to prevent danger and injury, and to comply with regulations.