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We offer a wide range of Health and Safety (H&S) training courses to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Schools, Institutes, Directorates and, on request, external organisations.

The scheduled H&S training courses listed ensure that the H&S training needs of QMUL are met. Staff and Postgraduate Research 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. 

Please note that as of 07.11.2018 we have decided to make a small change to how we provide proof of attendance for some of our course. We will no longer be producing individual delegate certificates for non-accredited Health & Safety courses.  This is due to the time consuming nature of the task.  Instead, delegates will receive tailored emails confirming attendance.  These changes will not affect accredited courses e.g. IOSH, MHFA, First Aid etc. whose attendees will continue to get certificates.  

 

On-line: Online Health & Safety training courses for Fire Safety and Display Screen Equipment Assessment are for Queen Mary staff and postgraduate students only - access and information on each module can be found here

Classroom based: Scheduled ‘taught’ health & safety training courses are open and free upon registration to all QMUL staff and postgraduates (note - certain nationally accredited courses provided may have a fee). Below you will find a course calendar and descriptions of each course.  If you are uanble to find what you are looking for please email the H&S help desk.

Booking onto a course

QMUL staff and postgraduate students with access to MyHR must book onto all required H&S courses via MyHR.  How to book a Health & Safety course via MyHR [PDF 229KB]

Those without access to MyHR (QMUL temporary staff, postgraduate students and others associated with QMUL e.g. visiting academics/researchers) should book onto H&S courses through the CPD booking system

External organisations: For the H&S training courses open to external organisations there is normally a fee chargeable. Please complete the training request form below and email it to hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk

Training Request Form [DOC 14KB]


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


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


This course will introduce the skills required to carry out a hazardous substances risk assessment, in order to carry out a thorough risk assessment in line with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) UK environmental legislation.

 This course will provide attendees with the ability to identify different hazards (physical, health and environmental), risks involved, and the appropriate control measures to put in place for safe working. The course is based on Health & Safety Executive’s ‘five steps for risk assessment’ and the COSHH ‘Hierarchy of Control’ of hazardous substances.

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

 Duration: 10:00 to 13:00 (three hours with a 15 minute break, and a 15 minute test at the end).

 Syllabus: A range of subjects are covered including: • hazardous substances • hazardous substances risk assessment • safety data sheets • GHS symbols • routes of exposure • hierarchy of control • waste disposal • storage/transport; emergency arrangements; how to review an assessment; asphyxiants. 

 Certification: Attendees must successfully complete a written assessment. Valid for a 3 year period.

 Suitability: This course is open to all QMUL staff and postgraduate students who wish to gain the skills needed to carry out a hazardous substances assessment. This is suitable for all who work with hazardous materials, especially suited for those who will be using hazardous chemicals in research or teaching laboratories.

 Requalification / Refresher: attend and successfully complete the hazardous substances assessment (HS015) refresher course.

Course Schedule: Calendar

Bookings:
QMUL Staff and postgraduate students with access to MyHR should login to the QMUL MyHR system Training Module to check the course schedule and book or request a place. Line managers must then approve this training request in order for your place to be confirmed. Those without access to MyHR (QMUL temporary staff, postgraduates, and external attendees) should follow the procedure at https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php. If the course is fully booked please contact the HS helpdesk and request to be placed on a waiting list.

Joining instructions will be sent out approximately two weeks before the course. Details of course costs will be sent to postgraduate students not on QMUL payroll and external attendees, payable via Eshop.

 Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk


This refresher course will update attendee’s skills and knowledge on how to evaluate risk, interpret safety data sheets and how to carry out and review a hazardous substances assessment ( in line with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002, The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) UK environmental legislation). . A practical ‘table-top’ hazardous substance 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.

 Duration: 90 minutes, including a 15 minute test.

 Syllabus: A range of subjects are covered including: • hazardous substances • hazardous substances risk assessment • safety data sheets • GHS symbols • routes of exposure • hierarchy of control • waste disposal • storage/transport; emergency arrangements; how to review an assessment; asphyxiants. 

 Certification: Attendees must successfully complete a written assessment. Valid for a 3 year period

 Suitability: For QMUL staff and postgraduate students using hazardous chemicals in research or teaching laboratories, who must have previously attended QMUL hazardous substances assessment training. It is beneficial to also have a good level of experience in completing a hazardous substance risk assessments.

 Requalification / Refresher: attend and successfully complete the hazardous substances assessment (COSHH) refresher course every three years. If attendees have not previously attended this course, then they should attend Hazardous Substances Assessment (COSHH) HS005.

Course Schedule: Calendar

Bookings:
QMUL Staff and postgraduate students with access to MyHR should login to the QMUL MyHR system Training Module to check the course schedule and book or request a place. Line managers must then approve this training request in order for your place to be confirmed. Those without access to MyHR (QMUL temporary staff, postgraduates, and external attendees) should follow the procedure at https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php. If the course is fully booked please contact the HS helpdesk and request to be placed on a waiting list. Joining instructions will be sent out approximately two weeks before the course. Details of course costs will be sent to postgraduate students not on QMUL payroll and external attendees, payable via Eshop.

Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk


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


Bespoke off site / fieldwork risk assessment workshops are available for groups of 4 or more. These sessions will focus on health and safety arrangements for scenarios provided by delegates. To enquire please contact hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk and provide information on what your training needs are, including scenarios to be covered and some indication of suitable times for delivery.


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


Description: Fire Marshal

 This course is designed for QMUL staff to act in the role of Fire Marshals. The course will teach candidates about the causes and effects of fire and how it spreads. Fire Marshals are expected to act as eyes and ears within their workplace by identifying potential fire hazards, carrying out weekly checks, reporting defects and assisting in the evacuation of occupied buildings. The course is theoretical and practical with training given in the selection and application of portable fire-fighting equipment. 

Syllabus: Fire Statistics • Fire Science • Human Behaviour • Hazard Spotting • Emergency Procedures • Fire Marshal Roles and Responsibilities • Quiz • Practical Fire Training

Certification: A short quiz with a 70% pass mark required and practical fire training. A certificate valid for two years is provided.

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.

Course Schedule: Calendar

Course Feedback: What delegates thought 

Requalification / Refresher: Fire Marshal Refresher Training must be repeated every 2 yrs this is an e-learning package located in the Fire Safety Module on QMPlus.

Bookings: QMUL Staff and postgraduate students with access to MyHR should login to the QMUL MyHR system Training Module to check the course schedule and book or request a place. Line managers must then approve this training request in order for your place to be confirmed.

Those without access to MyHR (QMUL temporary staff, postgraduates, and external attendees) should follow the procedure at https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php. If the course is fully booked please contact the HS helpdesk and request to be placed on a waiting list.

Joining instructions will be sent out approximately two weeks before the course. Details of course costs will be sent to postgraduate students not on QMUL payroll and external attendees, payable via Eshop.

Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk 


Description: First Aid for Laboratory Workers:

This short course is aimed at staff and PhD students who work in laboratory's. It covers Basic Life Support, how to deal with chemical burns and contamination including specific guidance on Hydorfluoric acid, Liquid Nitrogen and Phenol and contaminated sharps injuries. 

Duration: 3 hours.

Syllabus: Basic Life Support • Primary and Secondary survey's • Recovery position • Choking • Bleeding - wound care outside the lab & contminated sharps injuries • Burns - hot, cold and chemical • Hydofluric acid, Phenol and Liquid Nitrogen injuries • Ashyxia • Treatment for soft tissue injuries (muscles, ligaments and tendons)

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 Laboratory staff and post graduate students who wish to gain a basic knowledge of emergency first aid and specific knowledge on how to deal with injuries caused by chemicals and contaminated sharps. 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 3-hour requalification course.  

Course Schedule: Calendar

Course Feedback: What delegates thought 

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.


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.  

Course Schedule: Calendar

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


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: 1 day - 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.  

Course Schedule: Calendar

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


Description: A Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF):

This comprehensive two-day course is only 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.  

Course Schedule: Calendar

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/


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


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.


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.


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

Course Schedule: Calendar

Course Feedback: What delegates thought 

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


Description: Adult Mental Health First Aid (2 Day)

 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.

Duration: 2 days

Syllabus: 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.

Certification: 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.

Suitability: This course is open to all QMUL permanent staff who wish to gain knowledge on how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. MHFA will not teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening. To learn more about the duties and the role of a QMUL mental health first aider, please visit: http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/a-z/mental-health-first-aid/

Requalification / Refresher: There is currently no refresher training for this course, however it is recommended that mental health first aiders attend at least two out of four support sessions organised by the Health and Safety Directorate each year.

Course Schedule: Calendar

Course Feedback: What delegates thought 

Bookings: QMUL Staff and postgraduate students with access to MyHR should login to the QMUL MyHR system Training Module to check the course schedule and book or request a place. Line managers must then approve this training request in order for your place to be confirmed

Those without access to MyHR (QMUL temporary staff, postgraduates, and external attendees) should follow the procedure at https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php. If the course is fully booked please contact the HS helpdesk and request to be placed on a waiting list.

Joining instructions will be sent out approximately two weeks before the course. Details of course costs will be sent to postgraduate students not on QMUL payroll and external attendees, payable via Eshop.

Non-attendance charge: When a participant fails to attend a course without cancelling 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 cancelling your place. Cancellations should be made 48 hours before the event.

Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk


This course provides non-research staff with an overview of the hazards (e.g. biological, chemical, radiation) and potential risks, which they may encounter when carrying out their duties in hazardous environments such as laboratories or workshops. The course includes interactive activities to provide attendees with the ability to identify hazards/risks in order to select the appropriate control measures to use in order to protect themselves and others. This course also covers emergency procedures briefly, for particular hazards.

 Duration: 2.5 hours, with a 15 minute test at the end.

 Syllabus: This course will allow you:

  • To be able to recognise a lab and be aware that each one is unique
  • To be able to recognise the hazards/controls before entering a lab
  • To recognise labs where supervision/further instructions are required before entering
  • To be able to identify how hazardous material can enter the body
  • To be able to describe how to protect yourself
  • To be able to describe types of emergencies, and what to do in an emergency
  • To be able to recognise how your work activities can impact the lab

 Certification: Attendees must successfully complete a quiz. Valid for a 3 year period

 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, cleaning, installation of equipment and services and security patrols).

 Requalification / Refresher: attend and successfully complete this course again – every three years.

Bookings: QMUL Staff and postgraduate students with access to MyHR should login to the QMUL MyHR system Training Module to check the course schedule and book or request a place. Line managers must then approve this training request in order for your place to be confirmed. Those without access to MyHR (QMUL temporary staff, postgraduates, and external attendees) should follow the procedure at https://www.esdcourses.org.uk/userlistcourse.php. If the course is fully booked please contact the HS helpdesk and request to be placed on a waiting list. Joining instructions will be sent out approximately two weeks before the course. Details of course costs will be sent to postgraduate students not on QMUL payroll and external attendees, payable via Eshop.

Course Schedule: Calendar

Course Feedback: What delegates thought 

 Further Information: If you require any further details please contact the Health & Safety Directorate at hs-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk


Description: This 2 hour course will provide information on the regulatory requirements and Queen Mary University of London’s 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) and a small group exercise.

At the end of the session participants will:

  • Understand the regulatory framework underpinning the safe management of hazardous waste
  • Understand the different hazardous waste categories and criteria for assigning waste streams
  • Understand Queen Mary University of London’s 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

Note: The safe management of radioactive wastes will not be covered in this course. Please see http://www.hsd.qmul.ac.uk/training/ for Working Safely with Ionising Radiation.

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

Certification: Summative practical assessment is ongoing by the instructors, along with a written test at the end of the session.

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


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)

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


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.

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


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:

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


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


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.

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

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