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The Health and Safety Directorate (HSD) of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) offers a wide range of Health and Safety (H&S) training courses in various formats (taught, online, small groups, both scheduled and ‘ad hoc’ / upon request) to QMUL Schools, Institutes and Directorates and also to attendees from external organisations.

The scheduled ‘taught’ H&S training courses listed below and online H&S training (for QMUL staff and postgraduate students only - access via weblink here) ensure that the H&S Training needs of QMUL are met and also fulfil an essential part of the Career Professional Development (CPD) for course attendees.  QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Research (PGR) Students must ensure that they fulfil the mandatory health and safety training requirements for their role, as noted in the QMUL H&S Training Policy

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Scheduled ‘taught’ H&S Training courses are open and free upon registration to all QMUL staff and postgraduates (note - certain nationally  accredited courses provided may have a fee for registration / certification), and upon registration and fee payment to external attendees.
Online H&S training is for QMUL staff and postgraduate students only - access and information on each module via link here

Whenever possible, taught / online courses will be accredited or approved by nationally recognised health and safety organisations, details are noted in the course details below or within the online training module. All QMUL H&S training courses achieve the training aims identified for Professional Staff Development by QMUL’s (CPD) https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php

External attendees should note that scheduled ‘taught’ H&S Training courses which are not accredited / approved by a national health and safety organisation, will be in line with QMUL objectives and arrangements, and may not reflect the objectives and arrangements of their organisation..  

Booking and Requesting Health and Safety taught courses

  1. For QMUL staff and postgraduate students with access to  MyHR
    Please book or request a ‘taught’ H&S course at MyHR
    The course calendar for the current academic year is below for information.
  2. QMUL staff (e.g. temporary, visiting) and postgraduate students without access to   MyHR please login and book  a ‘taught’ H&S course at https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php

   (Please note courses aimed at QMUL staff and postgraduate students with access to  MyHR will only be listed on  MyHR).

   3. External Attendees (non-QMUL)

 

Please request to attend a ‘taught’ H&S course by following the process below:

  1. Ensure that this is the correct online site for you to make a course request.
  2. Check the course content below to ensure the course is the correct one for your H&S training needs.
  3. Check the course calendar below and identify the course / session that you would like to attend.
  4. Request to attend the course by completing the online request form below and press (SEND REQUEST); send the request within Outlook if prompted to select Outlook or a web browser.
Name of Requester
(title, first name, surname)
Position
(e.g. Lecturer, Post-doctoral Researcher, PhD student, Administrative Officer)
Work email address
(QMUL staff and postgraduate students must enter their QMUL email address)
Work Telephone Number
(QMUL staff and postgraduate students - enter your QMUL telephone extension only e.g. as 'ext 5000', external please enter your full tel number with area code)
Organisation
QMUL School / Institute and Centre / Directorate
(external attendees note as 'N/A')
QMUL Campus (main location)
(QMUL staff and postgraduate students only)
External delegates only - UK work postal address with UK postcode
External delegates only - UK invoicing address with UK postcode (if not different from work postal address provided above, then please note as 'N/A')
Course/s Requested
(Enter 'course name' and 'course code' and if available, selected course date; if currently no course dates are available please enter 'date not available'; multiple course/s may be entered in this box)
 
  1. The HSD Training Administrator will confirm booking by email to the course attendee’s email address given above; please ensure that hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk does not divert to a spam folder within your email box.
  2. Closer to the course, course joining instructions will be emailed to the attendees email address by the HSD Training Administrator.
  3. For any further queries, please contact hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk and the HSD Training Administrator or a member of HSD will contact the attendee (by email or telephone) to address the query.

Health and Safety Course Calendar

Biological and Genetic Modification Safety for Clinical Trials Staff - HS025

This 2 hour course will provide an introduction to working safely with biological and genetically modified (GM) agents (i.e. a gene therapy agent) that may be handled by research nursing, pharmacy and clinical trial associate staff during clinical trials.

Topics will include bio-containment, handling biological/GM waste, disinfection & decontamination, personal protective equipment, transport and storage. Relevant H&S legislation requirements in the context of the management of biological and GM agents in a clinical setting will be covered in conjunction with the principles of risk assessment for hazardous work and infection control practices.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Understand the hazards arising from working with biological / GM agents in a clinical trial setting and risk levels and classification of agents
  • Understand the principles of bio-containment
  • Know the practical measures required to contain biological / GM agents from start of work through to waste disposal and storage
  • Be aware of relevant health and safety legislation underpinning clinical trial work with biological & GM agents including risk assessment requirements.

Suitability:

For Clinical Research Nurses and Managers, Pharmacy Managers and technicians handling biological / GM agents as part of a clinical trial; Clinical Trial Associates involved in the planning of clinical trials.

QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this webpage
For further information on this course, please contact hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Containment Level 3 Principles and Practices - HS019

This full day course gives an overview of the legal requirements for high biological containment (ACDP Containment Level 3) laboratory work and facility design features, operational practices and safety management principles and practices which enable safe working. The course presenters will provide short talks on the topics, which will be interspersed with small group exercises.

The learning outcomes to be achieved are to:

  • Understand the relevant legislation underpinning high biological containment laboratory work
  • Understand the safety practices for high biological containment laboratory work
  • Understand the design and operation of safety critical features in a facility
  • Understand and be able to plan and implement safety management procedures including emergency protocols for a facility
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment of work according to the relevant legislation and guidance

Suitability:

For research, technical and teaching staff and postgraduate students starting work at ACDP Containment Level 3, other staff closely involved with facility operation, high biological containment laboratory staff requiring a ‘refresher’ session.

It is normally expected that attendees have previously attended the ‘Working with Biohazards’ course (or an equivalent course at another Institution) and/or have an adequate basic knowledge of the COSHH regulations and the principles of risk assessment. If in doubt, please contact the course presenters in advance to ascertain suitability.

QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this webpage
For further information on this course, please contact  hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

COSHH Risk Assessment in Laboratories - HS005

This 3 hour course will introduce the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 and associated regulations (e.g. Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures Regulations) in the context of risk assessment in research and teaching laboratories, based on Health & Safety Executive’s ‘five steps for risk assessment’ and the COSHH ‘Hierarchy of Control’ of hazardous substances.

It will include a practical ‘table-top’ COSHH risk assessment exercise using safety data sheets and will provide information on practical measures such as emergency procedures and waste disposal.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Understand the basis of the COSHH and associated regulations
  • Understand the need for the COSHH based risk assessment
  • Be able to carry out a basic COSHH risk assessment of their own work activities

Suitability:

For all staff and students who use, purchase, control the use of, or handle and store hazardous chemical substances.

QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this webpage
For further information on this course, please contact  hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

COSHH Risk Assessment in Laboratories - REFRESHER - HS015

This 90 minute course will update attendees of the key requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, associated regulations (e.g. Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulations (CLP), Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations, (DSEAR), legal updates and best practice in the context of chemical risk assessment in research and teaching laboratories.

To update attendee’s skills and knowledge, a practical ‘table-top’ COSHH based experimental risk assessment exercise using safety data sheets will be conducted. This will include information on practical measures such as risk evaluation of hazardous chemicals and laboratory safety controls.

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • describe the key requirements of COSHH and associated regulations
  • undertake a COSHH based experimental risk assessment
  • check and review a COSHH based experimental risk assessment
  • access sources for chemical safety information

Suitability:

For QMUL staff and postgraduate students using hazardous chemicals in research or teaching laboratories and who have previously attended QMUL (or other UK Universities) COSHH introductory training or have a good level of experience in completing COSHH risk assessments.

Presenters:
Dr Mark Ariyanayagam (H&S Manager, Health & Safety Directorate)
Steven Carter (H&S Manager, Health & Safety Directorate)

Course Schedule and Booking:

To check the course schedule and book or request a place, please login to the QMUL MyHR  system Training Module (those on QMUL payroll) or CPD (those not on QMUL payroll).

For further information on this course, please contact  hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Decontamination and Sterilisation HS026

This 2 hour course will provide a detailed look into the decontamination and sterilisation of biologically hazardous materials (clinical samples, pathogens, Genetically Modified (GM) Agents) and equipment / devices that may be used with these materials.

The safety principles and requirements to inactivate different biologically hazardous materials under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations and GM (Contained Use) Regulations will be detailed.

Topics will include the principles of decontamination and sterilisation; appropriate use of decontamination and sterilisation methods; types, examples, compatibility, validation and limitations of disinfectants for laboratory work; sterilisation methods in the laboratory setting and their application including limitations, compatibility and validation.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Know the safety principles and requirements for decontamination and sterilisation for laboratory work
  • Understand the applications of decontamination and sterilisation methods
  • Understand the criteria for correct use of decontaminating agents such as disinfectants
  • Understand the criteria for correct use of sterilisation methods
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment to select the best method of inactivation for biologically hazardous materials used in their work.

Suitability:

Research and Technical staff and postgraduates handling biologically hazardous materials.

Those attending this course should have previously attended the ‘Working Safely with Biohazards and GM Agents’ course (or equivalent course/s from other institutions).

For full course details and to reserve a place, please login to MyHR  

For further information on the course, please contact  hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Fieldwork Risk Assessment HS017

All kinds of fieldwork (i.e. taking place off-campus), from mapping a glacier in Iceland to carrying out a questionnaire survey on the Mile End Road, require a risk assessment. This three hour course will introduce the principles for establishing a safe fieldwork programme under the relevant legislation and guidance / best practice. The course will provide advice and experience in identifying potential hazards, evaluating risks and determining the best safety measures and arrangements for contingencies, emergencies and crisis management.  Additional resources available in College and externally for fieldwork planning, information gathering and further training will be identified. Approximately half of the course will be devoted to a practical workshop session in which small groups of participants will prepare risk assessments of selected fieldwork scenarios.

On successful completion of the course participants will:

  • Be able to identify hazards that may be encountered during fieldwork, assess the risks and suggest appropriate ways of avoiding or minimising them
  • Be aware of relevant legislation underpinning safety during fieldwork
  • Have an appreciation of the arrangements and measures required for safe fieldwork, including contingencies, emergency procedures and crisis management arrangements
  • Be able to conduct and record a risk assessment for their own fieldwork

Suitability:

College staff and postgraduate students undertaking fieldwork for research purposes in any setting (e.g. geological, geographical, botanical, zoological, social surveys, interviewing, home visits for clinical trial work, filming); leaders of undergraduate field trips; School Safety Advisors.

Assistance of Dr David Horne, Reader, School of Geography, in preparing course material acknowledged)

QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this webpage
For further information on this course, please contact hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Fire Extinguisher HS013

The course covers both the theory  and practical use of various types of fire extinguishers available. There is a theory section on the various categories of fire and which extinguishers are most appropriate for use in each case. The theory also covers the correct operating method and the safety measures to adhere to when in using fire extinguishers.

The practical session provides the opportunity to put into practice the theory learned with our real fire simulator.

Suitability:

Fire Marshals, Security Staff, Residential Assistants, Event Assistants, Kitchen Staff, Other designated Staff as required.

QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this webpage
For further information on this course, please contact  hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Fire Marshal - HS016

A 4 hour course intended for staff nominated by Duty Holders, to undertake the role of Fire Marshal within areas under their control. The course also applies to existing Fire Marshals requiring refresher training after two years in role:

  • Fire statistics
  • What fire is and how it may start
  • Human behaviour in fire scenarios
  • Risk assessment
  • Fire Marshal roles and responsibilities
  • University emergency procedures
  • Fire safety measures installed in University buildings
  • Multiple choice end of course exam
  • Practical fire fighting techniques

Suitability:
For Nominated Persons, permanently based within a building, to assist in the evacuation of relevant persons from their area in the event of a fire alarm activation, identify fire hazards and deficiencies in fire safety measures and take appropriate action.

Additional comments:
Tea, Coffee and Juice are provided.

QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this web page
For further information on this course, please contact hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

First Aid at Work Three Day Course (Level 3 QCF) - HS035

Description: FAA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF):
This comprehensive three-day course covers a wide range of first aid emergencies, enabling all participants to deal with emergency situations with confidence in a prompt, safe and effective way.

Duration: 3 days - 09:00 to 17:00 (a minimum of 6 hours covered in one day).

Syllabus: A range of subjects are covered including: • Dealing with an unresponsive casualty • Bandaging • Shock (including Anaphylaxis) • Fractures and spinal injuries • Heart attacks • Choking • Control of bleeding • Head injuries • Eye injuries • Poisoning • Chest injuries • Sprains and strains • Burns • Asthma • Diabetes • Epilepsy • Stroke

Certification: Summative practical assessment is ongoing by the instructor each day, along with a written assessment on each day. Valid for a 3 year period.

Suitability: This course is open to all QMUL permanent staff who wish to be part of the Queen Mary First Aid team and is ideal for higher or advanced level hazards (e.g. laboratory’s, workshops, working at height or with electricity) or where your needs assessment identifies a requirement to provide additional training, covering a broad syllabus including the recognition and treatment of a wider range of conditions. You will be working with other course delegates and participating in group exercises; this includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin and getting on the floor to be put in the recovery position, so comfortable clothing is advised.

Re-qualification is to attend and successfully complete a 2-day requalification.  

Presenter: Suzanne Mason (Health & Safety Advisor)

Bookings: QMUL Staff and postgraduate students with access to MyHR should login to the QMUL MyHR system Training Module http://www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/myhr/ to check the course schedule and book or request a place. Suzanne Mason will send joining instructions to confirmed bookings. For those without access to MyHR (QMUL temporary staff, postgraduates, and external attendees) follow the procedure at http://hsd.qmul.ac.uk/Training/index.html and send in your completed course request form. The request will be acknowledged and then confirmed by HSD. Joining instructions will then be sent by Suzanne Mason. Details of course costs will be sent to postgraduate students not on QMUL payroll and external attendees.

Non-attendance charge: When a participant fails to attend a course without canceling their place a charge will be calculated at the cost of £40 per day for the length of the event. For the purposes of this policy ‘non-attendance’ means failing to attend a course on which you have made a booking without first canceling your place. Cancellations should be made 48 hours before the event. For further information please see  https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php

First Aid at Work One Day Course (Level 3 QCF) - HS034

Description: FAA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)
This national Award in Emergency First Aid at Work satisfies the requirements of the regulatory body for First Aid – the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). All learners will have the skills and knowledge to provide the organisation with Emergency First Aider’s that can provide treatment to their casualties in a prompt, safe and effective manner. You may count the qualification accreditation towards your formal general educational development.

Duration: 09:00 to 17:00 (a minimum of 6 hours covered in one day).

Syllabus: A range of subjects are covered including: • Responsibilities & Reporting • Minor Injuries • Resuscitation • Assessment of the situation • Bleeding Control • Recovery position • Choking • Seizures • Shock • Dealing with an unresponsive casualty • Infection control • Safe use of equipment.

Certification: Summative practical assessment is ongoing by the instructor, along with a written assessment. Valid for a 3 year period.

Suitability: This course is open to all QMUL permanent staff who wish to gain a basic knowledge of first aid and is ideal for low hazard environments (e.g. offices, shops, libraries) or where your needs assessment identifies a requirement for a first aider trained in emergency first aid at work. You will be working with other course delegates and participating in group exercises; this includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a manikin and getting on the floor to be put in the recovery position, so comfortable clothing is advised.

Re-qualification is to attend and successfully complete a 1-day requalification course.  

Presenter: Suzanne Mason (Health & Safety Advisor)

Bookings: QMUL Staff and postgraduate students with access to MyHR should login to the QMUL MyHR system Training Module http://www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/myhr/ to check the course schedule and book or request a place. Suzanne Mason will send joining instructions to confirmed bookings. For those without access to MyHR (QMUL temporary staff, postgraduates, and external attendees) follow the procedure at http://hsd.qmul.ac.uk/Training/index.html and send in your completed course request form. The request will be acknowledged and then confirmed by HSD. Joining instructions will then be sent by Suzanne Mason. Details of course costs will be sent to postgraduate students not on QMUL payroll and external attendees.

Non-attendance charge: When a participant fails to attend a course without canceling their place a charge will be calculated at the cost of £40 per day for the length of the event. For the purposes of this policy ‘non-attendance’ means failing to attend a course on which you have made a booking without first canceling your place. Cancellations should be made 48 hours before the event. For further information please see https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php

First Aid at Work Requalification Two Day Course (Level 3 QCF): - HS036

Description: A Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF):
This comprehensive two-day course is for those who hold a valid First Aid at Work certificate that is about to expire. It recovers a wide range of first aid emergencies, enabling all participants to deal with emergency situations with confidence in a prompt, safe and effective way. In addition, this course will include any protocol changes that may have arisen since their last training course. This course will give the participants a qualification to the highest level of First Aid, meeting the statutory requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981.

Duration: 2 days - 09:00 to 17:00 (a minimum of 6 hours covered in one day).

Syllabus: A range of subjects are covered including: • Legalities, responsibilities and reporting • Resuscitation • Assessment of the situation • Dealing with an unresponsive casualty • Bandaging • Shock (including Anaphylaxis) • Fractures and spinal injuries • Heart attacks • Choking • Control of bleeding • Head injuries • Eye injuries • Poisoning • Chest injuries • Sprains and strains • Burns • Asthma • Diabetes • Epilepsy • Stroke

Certification: Summative practical assessment is ongoing by the instructor each day, along with a written assessment on each day. Valid for a 3 year period.

Suitability: This course is open to all QMUL permanent staff who hold a First Aid at Work certificate and wish to requalify.

Re-qualification is to attend and successfully complete a 2-day requalification course.  

Presenter: Suzanne Mason (Health & Safety Advisor)

Bookings: QMUL Staff and postgraduate students with access to MyHR should login to the QMUL MyHR system Training Module http://www.hr.qmul.ac.uk/myhr/ to check the course schedule and book or request a place. Suzanne Mason will send joining instructions to confirmed bookings. For those without access to MyHR (QMUL temporary staff, postgraduates, and external attendees) follow the procedure at http://hsd.qmul.ac.uk/Training/index.html and send in your completed course request form. The request will be acknowledged and then confirmed by HSD. Joining instructions will then be sent by Suzanne Mason. Details of course costs will be sent to postgraduate students not on QMUL payroll and external attendees.

Non-attendance charge: When a participant fails to attend a course without canceling their place a charge will be calculated at the cost of £40 per day for the length of the event. For the purposes of this policy ‘non-attendance’ means failing to attend a course on which you have made a booking without first canceling your place. Cancellations should be made 48 hours before the event. For further information please see https://capd.qmul.ac.uk/bookings/non-attendance-at-capd-courses-policy/

GM Risk Assessment and Notification - HS029

This 2-hour course will provide an introduction to the requirements for working with Genetically Modified (Micro) Organisms (GMMO / GMO’s) in the contained laboratory setting. The topics covered include: the principles and legislative requirements of a GM risk assessment (using QMUL GM risk assessment templates), identifying GMMO / GMO hazards and risks to humans and the environment, establishing correct Containment level for the work and the notification process internally within QMUL and externally to the Regulatory Authority.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Know the hazards and risks arising from working with GMO / GMMO’s
  • Understand the GM Containment Level requirements  
  • Know the measures required to contain GMO / GMMO’s from start of work through to waste disposal and storage
  • Be aware of relevant legislation underpinning GM work
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment of their GM work
  • Be aware of the notification process for GM work.

Suitability:

For laboratory research, technical and teaching staff working with / intending to work with genetically modified (micro) organisms. (e.g. new PhD and post-doctoral staff who intend to conduct GM work).

This course covers GM work generally conducted at Containment Level 1 & 2 laboratories.

Please note – From Sep 2014, background information in handling of biological/clinical waste, disinfection & decontamination, personal protective equipment, transport and storage are now covered within the ‘Working Safely with Biological Hazards’ course (HS005). Those attending the ‘GM Risk Assessment and Notification’ course are recommended to attend the ‘Working Safely with Biological Hazards’ course beforehand.

QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this webpage
For further information on this course, please contact hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

IOSH Managing Safely - HS032

The three day Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Managing Safely course is for managers and supervisors in any sector, and any organisation. It’s designed to get managers up to speed on the practical actions they need to take to handle health and safety in their teams.

  • Introduction to managing safely
  • Assessing risks
  • Controlling risks
  • Understanding your responsibilities
  • Identifying hazards
  • Investigating accidents and incidents
  • Measuring performance

Suitability

The course is open to all staff at the College but places are allocated following consultation with departmental/school safety coordinators or line managers. 

Outcomes of the course
Delegates will learn in a refreshingly informal way.  Managing safely won’t turn delegates into safety experts – but it will give them the knowledge and tools to tackle health and safety issues they’re responsible for.  Importantly, it will bring home just why health and safety is an essential part of their job.
Departments and schools will have provided staff with a nationally recognised and respected training course that’s designed and quality-controlled by the Chartered body for health and safety.
Delegates who reach the required standard in the multi format assessment and project will be awarded the IOSH Managing Safely Certificate.

The course is delivered under licence by members of the College Occupational Safety and Health Directorate:

QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this webpage
For further information on this course, please contact hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Costs
Non Attendance/Cancellation Charges
In line with the Learning Institute policy, any cancellation received less than two days before the scheduled course date may incur a fee of £40 to the school/department.

IOSH Working Safely - HS031

The one day Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Working Safely course is for people at any level, in any sector, needing grounding in the essentials of health and safety. Everyone at work should have an understanding of why they must ‘work safely’ and this course offers exactly that.

  • Introduction to health and safety
  • Defining hazard and risk
  • Identifying common hazards
  • Improving safety performance

Outcomes of the course
Delegates will learn in a refreshingly informal way.  Working safely isn’t supposed to turn delegates into safety experts. It focuses on why health and safety is important, and how individuals can make a real difference to the wellbeing of themselves and others through changing their behaviour.
Departments and schools will have provided staff with a nationally recognised and respected training course that’s designed and quality-controlled by the Chartered body for health and safety. The training meets the government guidelines for introductory health and safety training.
Delegates who reach the required standard in the multi format assessment and hazard marking exercise will be awarded the IOSH Working Safely Certificate.

Delivery

The course is delivered under licence by members of the College Health and Safety Directorate:
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this webpage
For further information on this course, please contact  hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Costs
To enable the successful IOSH training programme to be extended to all Department/Schools and to offset increased costs, as from the 1st April 2012, Departments/Schools sending delegates on the Working Safely course will be send an internal transfer charge of £150 per delegate for the Working Safely.

Non Attendance/Cancellation Charges
In line with the Learning Institute policy, any cancellation received less than two days before the scheduled course date may incur a fee of £40 to the school/department.

Manual Handling & Lifting - HS004

A two hour course intended for all staff interested in learning how to lift and shift heavy objects, on a regular basis or from time to time, without sustaining injury.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Be aware of the general requirements of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Understand the basic structure of the lower back
  • Understanding posture in minimising physical stresses on the body during lifting,
  • Be able to carry out a basic assessment of manual handling risks in terms of the task, the load, the working environment and physical capabilities of the individual

Suitability:
For all staff, including those responsible for the health and safety of others

QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students with access to MyHR - to book or request this course, please login to MyHR  
QMUL Staff and Postgraduate Students without access to MyHR – to request this course, please follow the instructions on this webpage
For further information on this course, please contact hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Mental Health First Aid - HS040

The course will: - Give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on and relate to people's mental health. Teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support. Independent research and evaluation shows that taking part in an MHFA course: - Raises awareness and mental health literacy Reduces stigma around mental ill health and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support - Boosts knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues Encourages people to start a conversation with a person who may be experiencing a mental health issue - Promotes early intervention which enables recovery.

Pre-requisites
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. Everyone on an Adult MHFA course is taught a set of skills which enables them to support someone experiencing mental health issues.

Programme
Our MHFA instructors deliver training in four manageable chunks, each with a focus on how to apply Mental Health First Aid skills: Session 1 Mental Health First Aid, mental health, and depression. Session 2 Depression (cont.) and suicidal crisis. Session 3 Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders & self-harm Session 4 Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Everyone who attends the course will receive a copy of the MHFA manual and workbook, which are both excellent support resources. When you have completed the course you will also receive a certificate to confirm that you are a trained Mental Health First Aider.

For further information on this course, please contact  hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Laboratory Safety for Non Research Staff - HS018

This 2.5 hour course gives an overview of the hazards (e.g. biological, chemical, radiation) and potential risks, which non-research QMUL staff may encounter in the laboratory environment during their duties, such as maintenance works, transport of packages, goods and waste, installation of equipment and services and security patrols.

Short talks on the hazards, potential risks and control measures to enable safe working will be presented and interspersed with small group exercises.

The learning outcomes from this course:

  • Identify hazards present in the laboratory environment (e.g. biological, chemical, radiation)
  • Identify warning signage and safety information for these hazards
  • Evaluate potential risks during the course of duties in the laboratory environment
  • Be able to identify the control measures applicable for the work (personal, procedural and management)
    Be aware of emergency procedures for particular hazards

Suitability:

For non academic staff from QMUL Professional Services departments who enter the laboratory environment for various duties (e.g. maintenance, transport of packages, goods and waste, installation of equipment and services and security patrols).

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Safe Management of Laboratory Hazardous Waste - HS024

This 2 hour course will provide a detailed look at the regulatory requirements and College management arrangements (from laboratory to final disposal) for safe disposal of hazardous waste typically produced from laboratory activities (e.g. clinical, GM, biological, chemical).

The session will include practical scenarios for the management of laboratory hazardous waste (waste categorisation, waste treatment and protocols, waste transport, accidents / emergency response) conducted as small group exercises.

At the end of the session participants will:

• Know the EU and UK regulatory framework underpinning the safe management of hazardous waste
• Understand the  different hazardous waste categories and criteria for assigning waste streams
• Understand the College management and arrangements  for laboratory hazardous waste
• Be able to apply the knowledge gained into writing / implementing laboratory protocols / risk assessments for safe management of hazardous waste

Suitability:

The safe management of radioactive wastes will NOT be covered in this course – this is covered in Radiation Protection Supervisors training / Ionising Radiation Users training

Staff (technical, research, portering, estates) and postgraduates responsible for managing laboratory hazardous waste.

Those attending this course should have previously attended the College H&S COSHH Risk Assessment in Laboratories and/or Working with Biohazards course/s (or equivalent course/s from other institutions).

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Selection of Laboratory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - HS028

This 2 hour course will provide detailed look into the selection of personal protective equipment (PPE) for laboratory tasks and activities. The safety principles to be followed under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations for the selection (including the criteria for a suitable risk assessment and requirements for provision), use (including limitations for protection, correct use and compatibility with substances and tasks), maintenance (including storage, defects, cleaning), and final disposal of PPE will be identified.

The standards applicable to specific laboratory personal protective equipment such as laboratory coats, hand /arm protection (e.g. gloves), eye / face protection and respiratory protection will be explored.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Know the safety principles behind the selection of PPE and the regulations that govern selection and use of PPE
  • Understand the limitations of PPE for protection
  • Understand the criteria for correct use, maintenance, storage and disposal
  • Be aware of relevant standards applicable for PPE
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment to select the correct PPE for their work

Suitability:

Staff responsible for selecting and purchasing laboratory PPE (e.g. staff responsible for writing risk assessments for tasks requiring PPE, research and teaching laboratory managers, technicians and supervisors) and those involved in College procurement of laboratory PPE.

Those attending this course should have previously attended the College H&S COSHH Risk Assessment in Laboratories and/or Working with Biohazards course/s (or equivalent course/s from other institutions)

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For further information on this course, please contact  hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Working at Height - HS008

This course covers risk assessments and use of access equipment

A 2-hour course for staff who work at heights and those who manage staff working at heights.

At the end of the session employees should be able to assess any risks associated with working at height, assess the suitability of access equipment and know how to use access equipment.

Suitability:
For staff who work at height or manage staff working at height.

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Working Safely with Biological Hazards - HS020

This 3-hour course will provide an introduction to the basic principles of bio-containment and procedures for working safely with biohazards (clinical, biological, pathogens) in the laboratory setting. Topics will include bio-containment, handling biological/clinical waste, disinfection & decontamination, personal protective equipment, transport, storage and the principles of risk assessment (using QMUL Bio-COSHH templates). Relevant legislative requirements in the context of the management of biological hazards will be covered.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Know the hazards arising from working with biological / clinical sample samples / pathogens and routes of infection 
  • Understand the principles of bio-containment
  • Know the measures required to contain biohazards from start of work through to waste disposal and storage
  • Be aware of relevant legislation underpinning biological safety work
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment of their work

For laboratory research, technical and teaching staff working with clinical and biological (tissues, blood, and cells) material, human or animal pathogens. Particularly useful for those starting full time laboratory work (e.g. new PhD and post-doctoral staff).

This course covers work generally conducted at Containment Level 1 & 2 laboratories.

Note – From Sep 2014, Genetically Modified (GM) Agents Risk Assessment and Notification is being covered in a separate course.

Course Schedule and Booking:

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Working Safely with Biological Hazards and GM Agents - REFRESHER - HS030

This 90 minute session will provide a refresher to the key principles of bio-containment and safety procedures for working safely with biological hazards (clinical, biological, pathogens) and genetically modified (GM) agents in the laboratory.

A workshop based exercise will include bio-containment, handling biological/clinical waste, disinfection & decontamination, personal protective equipment, transport, storage and the process of risk assessment (using QMUL risk assessment templates).

Updates to the legislative requirements in the context of the management of biological hazards and genetic modification work will be covered.

  • the hazards arising from working with biological/clinical/pathogens & GM agents and routes of infection
  • the key principles of bio-containment
  • the key measures required to contain biohazards and GM agents from start of work through to waste disposal and storage
  • the relevant legislation underpinning biological & GM work and be aware of legislative updates
  • the risk assessment process

Suitability:

For laboratory research, technical and teaching staff working with clinical and biological (tissue, blood, and cells) material, human or animal pathogens and genetically modified agents or materials who need or would like to refresh their knowledge on the subject.

This course covers work generally conducted at Containment Level 1 & 2 and GM Class 1 & 2 laboratories.

Presenter: Dr Mark Ariyanayagam (H&S Manager and Biological Safety Adviser)

Course Schedule and Booking:

To check the course schedule and book or request a place, please login to the
QMUL MyHR system Training Module (those on QMUL payroll) or
CPD (those not on QMUL payroll)

For further information on this course, please contact  hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Working Safely with Ionising Radiation - HS006

A half day safety awareness course for users of ionising radioactive sources (radio isotopes, x rays and sealed sources). The course is presented in compliance with the latest regulations governing the use of ionising radioactive sources. It covers elementary radiation physics; college / local rules and management systems for working safely with ionising radiation sources; monitoring, ordering and disposal of radioactive materials.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Understand the requirements of the Ionising Radiation Regulations1999 and the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010
  • Understand the use of radiation monitoring instruments and dose meters,
  • Be aware of personal dosimetry methodology,
  • Be familiar with the requirements of the college / local rules,
  • Be aware of safe methods for working with ionising radioactive sources,
  • Be aware of the College inventory system for the receipt, use and disposal of ionising radioactive sources (IsoStock).

Suitability:
For new users of ionising radioactive sources and as a ‘refresher’ training for existing users.

However this training cannot be used as the basis for appointment as a Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS).A separate training course is conducted for this purpose.

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