Health and Safety

Training courses

See what training is available to keep you up-to-date on health and safety guidelines.

Training Session at  Health and Safety coordinator meeting

We offer a range of courses and can arrange bespoke courses if needed.

Health and safety training is an important part of the health and safety culture of the University.

It is also a legal requirement under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Act and other legislation written by the Health & Safety Executive.

Book a course

You can book on to an existing course by logging into Sussex Direct with your normal details.

You may be charged if you fail to attend a course or cancel at late notice. For internal courses, this is 24 hours before the training. For external courses, this is 72 hours beforehand.

Health & Safety course listing

The current courses offered by the Safety Team are listed by subject below.

If a course is not currently scheduled, you can email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk to be added to a waiting list.

We are in the process of expanding this list and on request we are able to offer bespoke training or training in several modules at the same time.

Late cancellation

Late cancellations that leave places empty have considerable cost implications for the University and remove opportunity for other staff members who might wish to attend. Given this, a late cancellation fee of £50 will be charged to your school or division if you cancel your booking within three days of the course start date.

Exceptions may be made for illness, evidenced by your line manager or doctor’s note, or a family emergency. We are happy for you to substitute your place as long as you notify us before the course commences. 

Chemical safety and physical hazards

Hazardous Substances Assessor Course for Chemists

This course is aimed at staff and students who work with hazardous substances (chemicals, gas cylinders etc) as a core part of their work activity. This would include Chemists, Organic Chemists and Bio-Chemists.

Length 3 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Assessed practical examples
Delivered by University Safety team

Hazardous Substances Assessor Course

This course is aimed at staff and students who work with hazardous substances (chemicals, gas cylinders, wood dust etc.) as a proportion of their work. This would include Biologists, Experimental Physicists, Engineers & Laboratory based Psychologist.

Length 3 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Assessed practical examples
Delivered by University Safety team
Display screen equipment assessors

Display Screen Equipment Assessor Training

Length 2 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Practical examples during the course
Delivered by University Safety team
Driving courses

Mini buses driver training

This course is for members of staff driving vehicles carrying eight people or more

This course is not offered by Health and Safety. Please contact SEF Transport if required on 

Fire safety

Fire Extinguisher Training

This is a practical course in the use of extinguishers to put out fires and should be attended by staff that may be expected to use an extinguisher as part of their duties.

Length Half day
Location On site
Maximum attendees 6
Assessment Practical
Delivered by External

Evacuation Chair Training

This course is for individuals that may be required to assist someone with limited mobility exit a building in an emergency.

Length 4 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 8 (four per trainer)
Assessment Practical
Delivered by University Safety team

Fire Warden Training

This course is mandatory for all Fire Wardens on the Falmer Campus

Length 4 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 15
Assessment In course evaluation
Delivered by University Safety team
First aid

First aider training is currently being reviewed in line with the ongoing pandemic. If you require first aid training, please submit the form below.

Available Courses:

Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) is designed for low-risk workplaces, most appropriate for staff members. It can also be used for staff required to be emergency first aiders or to support the Emergency Response and Security Teams.

Length 1 day
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Continuous observation by the trainer and written assessments.
Delivered by External

First Aid at Work (FAW) course is designed for higher risk areas and is appropriate for members of the Emergency Response and Security Teams who attend emergencies across campus.

Length 3 days
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Continuous observation by the trainer and written assessments.
Delivered by External
IOSH safety courses

IOSH Managing Safely

Length 4 days
Location Varies
Maximum attendees Varies
Assessment Examined and coursework
Delivered by External

IOSH Working Safely

Length 1 day
Location Varies
Maximum attendees Varies
Assessment Examined
Delivered by External
Manual handling

Manual Handling Training

This course is for staff carrying out manual handling activities and assessing manual handling risks. 

Length 2 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Practical
Delivered by University Safety team
Radiation

Using unsealed Sources of Ionising Radiation

This course is required for all new users working with unsealed sources of ionising radiation.

Length 2.5 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Examination
Delivered by University Safety team

Using Sealed Sources of Ionising Radiation

This course is required for all new users working with unsealed sources of ionising radiation.

Length 1.5 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Examination
Delivered by University Safety team

X-ray Users Training

This course is required for all staff and students working with X-ray equipment without supervision by a trained user.

Length 30 minutes
Location On site
Maximum attendees 30
Assessment In course
Delivered by University Safety team

Radiation Protection Supervisor Training

Radiation Protection Supervisors are required for all supervised and controlled areas. Training must be repeated every three to five years.

Length 2 days
Location Varies
Assessment Examination
Delivered by Aurora Health Physics

Laser Safety Officer Training

Length 1 day
Location Varies
Assessment Examination
Delivered by Aurora Health Physics

Laser Safety Training for Group Leaders

This course is under development. Please submit a request using the form below if required.

Laser Safety Training for users of Class 3 & 4 Lasers

This course is under development. Please submit a request using the form below if required.

Risk assessments

Risk assessment training courses

This training is for any member of the University to support them in identifying and assessing hazards involved in their work, completing a risk assessment and how to identify suitable and sufficient control measures.

Length 2 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment A completed risk assessment is submitted at the end of the course
Delivered by University Safety team
Safety Co-ordinator training (mandatory for new Safety Co-ordinators)

University of Sussex Safety Co-ordinator induction

This course is to familiarise new Safety Co-ordinators with the role and responsibilities and provide an opportunity to network and meet with members of the Health and Safety Team.

Length 2 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 4
Delivered by University Safety team
Travel, fieldtrips & fieldwork

Basic Field First Aid

This course is aimed at staff supporting undergraduates on low risk field trips (i.e. a trip to a museum). It’s an ideal course for anyone wanting to know the basics of Field First Aid, what supplies to carry and what do if an accident occurs off campus.

Length 4 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Practical
Delivered by SETTICA

Fieldwork First Aid

This course is aimed at:

  • Staff supporting undergraduates on more complex fieldtrips (i.e. Trips to remote areas or where there are associated natural hazards)
  • Members of Expeditions that are expected to provide first aid support to other members of the UoS
  • Staff travelling to remote or hazardous areas where the risk of injury or the repercussion from becoming injured are heightened due to the lack of reliable medical support in the region.
  • This is a field focused First Aid course for anyone wanting to know what to do in a remote accident and what best to carry when working away
  • It can be adapted to cover different global environments which have extreme dry, cold and humid climates.

 Individuals who complete this course will be provided with first aid manuals and certification as a first aider.

Length 6 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Practical
Delivered by SETTICA

Hazardous Environment Training

This course is aimed at staff and postgraduate research students travelling to hazardous environments, including remote areas and or areas where the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel.

It will cover topics such as how to identify threat and environmental hazards by increasing your situational awareness to make a safe plan of action if things start to go wrong.

Length 3 hours
Location Hybrid
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment During the course
Delivered by SETTICA

Advanced Hazardous Environment & Remote Areas Training

This course is aimed at staff and postgraduate research students travelling to regions where the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advise against all travel or where there are known hazards that are viewed to be significant. This training is bespoke and related to the expected hazards.

It can cover remote First Aid, how to travel/work safely in extreme dry, cold or humid environments.

Length 2 hours to 1.5 days, depending on requirement
Location On site
Maximum attendees Varies
Assessment During the course
Delivered by SETTICA

Study Abroad Student Briefing

Students undertaking a year abroad as part of their studies should contact the Study abroad office for details of what briefings are required.

Working at height

Working at Height Training

This course covers the use of ladders and steps for Schools and Divisions of the University. It does not cover scaffolding or other specialised activity.

Length 1.5 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment During the course
Delivered by University Safety team

Requesting training courses

To request training from the list above or bespoke training, please complete the form below.