Health and Safety

Training courses

Health and Safety training is available to help keep you safe and well at work.

Training Session at  Health and Safety coordinator meeting

Whilst there are legal duties to ensure people have appropriate training to work safely, health and safety training also contributes to a positive health and safety culture at the University.

Your manager must ensure you are given the health and safety training you need to work safely, and you are responsible for completing all mandatory training.

The following ‘Health and Safety Training and Competence Guide’ explains how the University of Sussex delivers health and safety training.

HS G058 UoS HS Training and Competence Guidance 

Identify Your Health and Safety Training Needs

You can identify what health and safety training is needed (whether for yourself or your team) using the ‘University Health and Safety Training Matrix’ which outlines what different staff groups may need, depending on the activities they undertake. The Matrix outlines what courses are mandatory (for instance for you to carry out a safety function such as being a Risk Assessor or First Aider) and which are recommended, and signposts to where the training is available.

HS G057 UoSussex HS Training Matrix

Team Health and Safety Training Needs

If you are a manager, there are School and Division Health and Safety training matrix templates you can use to determine which courses your team needs. It may be helpful for you to refer to your team risk assessments to help identify specific training. To use the template, simply delete the rows of training that are not relevant, and record where individual or group training is needed.

HS G059 UoSussex Division or Team HS Training Matrix 

HS G060 UoSussex School or Team HS Training Matrix

Book a Course

Details of the current courses offered, and how they can be booked are listed by subject below - Most courses you can book directly by logging into Sussex Direct with your normal details. Whilst most courses are offered free to Sussex staff, there is a charge for some externally delivered courses (including additional or bespoke training for Schools or Divisions) and these are detailed in the course listing below.

Late cancellation

Late cancellations that leave places empty have considerable cost implications for the University and take away the 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 if you notify us before the course commences.

ACT (Action Counters Terrorism)

ACT is a government initiative to raise awareness of terrorist attacks and what can be done.

ACT courses should be booked locally by the School or Division by contacting the University's local police contact below.

Helen Bunyan - helen.bunyan@thamesvalley.police.uk

Asbestos

Asbestos Awareness Training

Relevant for any staff arranging or undertaking work that could disturb the fabric of buildings.

Length 4 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 10
Assessment Assessment
Delivered by Core
How to book Email SEF.servicecentre@mitie.com
Fee TBC
 Open to  University Staff

 

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)

COSHH Awareness - coming soon.

Length TBC
Location TBC
Maximum attendees TBC
Assessment TBC
Delivered by TBC
How to book TBC
Fee  TBC
Open to

University Staff & PhD students

Masters Students can request vacant spots on the course by emailing healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk

COSHH Risk Assessment Course - coming soon.

Length TBC
Location TBC
Maximum attendees TBC
Assessment TBC
Delivered by TBC
How to book TBC
Fee  TBC
Open to University staff and PhD Students
Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Display Screen Equipment Awareness

This course is recommended for all computer users - course coming soon.

Length TBC
Location Online
Maximum attendees N/A
Assessment TBC
Delivered by External
How to book TBC
Fee  TBC
Open to

University staff and PhD Students

Masters and undergraduate students should contact student experience

Display Screen Equipment Assessor Training

Length 4 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Practical examples during the course
Delivered by External
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee  Free
Open to University staff and PhD Students
DipHex - Chemical Neutraliser Training

DipHex Chemical Neutraliser Training is commisioned locally by the School. To book on a session please contact the Science School's Safety Team on email: safetyscienceschools@sussex.ac.uk

Event Safety

Now available Event Safety Drop in sessions for event organisers to discuss event planning or answer questions regarding the completion of HS F033 University of Sussex Event Management & Planning documentation.

Length 1 hour (drop in session, join and leave during)
Location On Campus
Maximum attendees 6
Assessment N/A
Delivered by Health and Safety Team
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee  Free
Open to All members of the University
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
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee TBC
Open to University staff and PhD Students

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 Health and Safety Team
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee Free
Open to University staff and PhD Students

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 Health and Safety Team
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee Free
Open to

University staff and PhD Students

Other persons ma be able to attend this course if there is a critical need please email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk

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
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to University staff and PhD Students

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
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to University staff and PhD Students
Health and Safety Coordinator Training (mandatory for new Health & Safety Coordinators)

University of Sussex Health & Safety Coordinator Induction

This course is to familiarise new Health & Safety Coordinators with the role and responsibilities and provide an opportunity to network and meet with members of the Health &Safety team.

Length 2 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 4
Delivered by Health and Safety Team
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to Staff
IOSH Safety Courses

IOSH Leading Safely

IOSH Leading Safely equips business leaders and senior managers with the strategic health and safety knowledge necessary to safeguard their employees and business.

Length TBC
Location TBC
Maximum attendees TBC
Assessment Examined and coursework
Delivered by External
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee TBC
Open to Staff

 

IOSH Managing Safely

  • To give managers and supervisors an understanding of everyone’s safety and health responsibilities in the workplace
  • To enable managers and supervisors to recognise how they can influence, control and monitor risk to improve safety and health issues in the workplace
Length 3 days
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Examined and coursework
Delivered by External
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to Staff

IOSH Working Safely

IOSH Working Safely covers the essentials of health and safety in the workplace. It is aimed at all workers at the university, without supervisory or line management experience.

Length 1 day
Location On site
Maximum attendees Varies
Assessment Examined
Delivered by External
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to University staff and PhD Students
Manual Handling

Manual Handling Training

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

Length 3 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Practical
Delivered by Health and Safety Team
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to

University Staff & PhD students

Masters Students can request vacant spots on the course by emailing healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk

 

Personal Safety

Coming soon

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 Health and Safety Team
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to

University Staff, PhD & Ma students

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 Health and Safety Team
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to University Staff, PhD & Ma students

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 Health and Safety Team
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to University Staff, PhD & Ma students

Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) Training

Radiation Protection Supervisors are required for all supervised and controlled areas.  Training must be repeated every three to five years.  This course is for an appointed RPS of the School, please seek approval beforehand.

Length 2 days
Location Varies
Assessment Examination
Delivered by Aurora Health Physics
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee TBC
Open to Staff

Laser Safety Officer (LSO) Training

This course is for an appointed LSO of the School, please seek approval beforehand.

Length 1 day
Location Varies
Assessment Examination
Delivered by Aurora Health Physics
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee TBC
Open to Staff

Laser Safety Training for Group Leaders

This course is under development.  Please email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk if required.

Laser Safety Training for Users of Class 3 and 4 Lasers

This course is under development.  Please email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk 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 Test
Delivered by Health and Safety Team
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to

University Staff & PhD students

Masters Students can request vacant spots on the course by emailing healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Travel, Field Trips and Field Work 

Traveller Safety Awareness

Length TBC
Location Online
Maximum attendees N/A
Assessment TBC
Delivered by TBC
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee TBC
Open to University Staff & PhD students

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 is an ideal course for anyone wanting to know the basics of Field First Aid, what supplies to carry and what to do if an accident occurs off campus.

Length 4 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment Practical
Delivered by SETTICA
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee TBC

Field Work 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
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee TBC

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
How to book healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee Free
Open to University Staff, PhD & Ma students

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
How to book Email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk
Fee TBC
Open to University Staff, PhD & Ma students

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 4 hours
Location On site
Maximum attendees 12
Assessment During the course
Delivered by Health and Safety Team
How to book Sussex Direct
Fee Free
Open to

University Staff & PhD students

Masters Students can request vacant spots on the course by emailing healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk

Requesting training courses

For requests for training courses or further information please email healthsafety@sussex.ac.uk