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When allocating work to staff or students, departments have a legal duty to take account of the capabilities of individuals, including the level of their training, knowledge and experience, in order to ensure that the demands of their work can be met without significant risks.

Occupational Health and Safety Induction - Part 1

Within the first few days of joining the University, each new staff member, including KTP Associate and Postgraduate Experimental Research Student, should participate in the University's Occupational Health and Safety Induction – Part 1 as well as their own department’s Occupational Health and Safety Induction, referred to as Part 2.


Participation in Part 1 is also mandatory for those within the above categories, for whom it has been 3 years or more since their last health and safety induction.

Occupational Health and Safety Induction - Part 2

Once Part 1 has been completed, Part 2 should be provided by the responsible line manager or the Departmental Safety Convener.  This will provide important specific departmental information, such as local fire safety precautions and other arrangements for managing the risks arising from its undertaking.


Depending on the risk profile of the department, one of two versions of a checklist will be used by line managers to cover the essential issues, namely  S27 (Higher Risk) and S27 (Lower Risk)

Postgraduate Occupational Health and Safety Induction

As an introduction to working safely at the University, all postgraduates, who will be undertaking experimental research in science and engineering disciplines, are recommended to view the following:


Following completion of all modules, please download the Confirmation of Completion (Pg) form found in the right hand side panel of this browser.


Occupational Health and Safety Induction - Part 1 (follow link above, or if you have not yet been issued with personal University log-in details, see Information for Visitors section, below);

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All three modules of the Postgraduate Occupational Health and Safety Induction, in the order shown, namely:


Module 1 - Planning for Safety in Experimental Research which introduces the three related concepts of Standard Operating Procedure, Risk Assessment and Safe Method of Working  and illustrates the contribution each to ensuring the safety of researchers.


Module 2 - Common Hazards and Advised Precautions in Laboratories which highlights a range of common hazards and simple precautions that researchers can take to enable them to work safely.


Module 3 - General Laboratory Safety which presents key aspects of Laboratory, Chemical and Biological safety relating to substances hazardous to health.

OHSaW Training Course Catalogue

OHSaW Provides a wide range of safety training course, not all of which are listed here.

A complete list of all the courses offered, and a brief overview of their content can be found here

OHSaW Training Catalogue 2016/17      

Biological Safety Training - Online Modules

As an introduction to working safely with biological materials at the University of Strathclyde, all new members of staff and post graduate researchers who will be working with such material either in Science or Engineering disciplines, are obliged to view modules 1-3. Depending on the types of work/research activities undertaken, a supervisor may advise Modules 4-6 to be completed.

All these modules can now be accessed by registering on the relevant waiting list on the Online Booking system

Once registered, within a week you will receive an email with a link to undertake the module on the MyPlace site.

CoSHH Essentials Training - Online Module

This module provides an in-depth overview of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.  It covers the different types of hazardous substances; the different ways in which these substances can enter the body; what measures can be taken to control exposure as well as emergency procedures and first aid.

It is for those working with substances hazardous to health who require to understand the need for COSHH assessments and the safety precautions associated with working with such hazardous substances. 

This course is essential for those planning to undertake the COSHH Assessment Course which can be booked separately through Online booking system.

This module can now be undertaken by registering on the relevant waiting list on the Online Booking System (under the Health and Safety Tab or by using the search facility).

Once registered, within a week you will receive an email with a link to undertake the module on the MyPlace site.

Display Screen Equipment

Staff and post graduate students who receive payment for their work and who use display screen equipment, require to complete the online awareness training and self- assessment module. This can be accessed by registering on the waiting list on the Online Booking System.  Prior to starting the online module it is recommended that you read the DSE Users Guide for On-Line Training Module to help you get started as well as answering some questions you may have about the module.

Please Note:  EEE staff should follow instructions on EEE's Department Information Portal

Information for Visitors

If you are a visitor to the University, then depending on the nature of your work, its duration and the level of supervision being provided by University staff, you may be requested to participate in the online Occupational Health and Safety Induction - Part 1.

If so, and you have been issued with a University usename and password, then you should access the OHS Induction via MyPlace

If you do not have a University username and password, then please access each of the six short video sections, which comprise the OHS induction on YouTube, via the link shown below. You will require around 25 minutes to complete all six sections.

At the end of each section, you will be asked to pariticipate in a short quiz, however, the quizzes are not available through YouTube. You will instead be required to sign a Declaration of Completion for your departments records, which will be provided by your line manager of Departmental Safety Convenor.

University Occupational Health & Safety Induction - Part 1

Ongoing Health and Safety Training

In most cases health and safety training, especially for new staff or those with increased responsibilities, is likely to be progressive over a period of time, but should be fulfilled according to a prepared plan.

Departmental line managers are responsible for determining any additional or on-going training needs of particular individuals, based on factors such as:

  • managerial responsibilities of an individual
  • the demands of any assigned health and safety role
  • the significant findings of risk assessments for the work in which they are involved, and
  • the outcomes of participation in Part 2 of the Occupational Health and Safety Induction.
OHSaW Training Programme

Where training needs are not met by the current programme OHSaW may be able to provide additional training or help source alternative providers. Please contact safety@strath.ac.uk or on Ex. 2726.

Booking a Course

All Safety Services' courses can be booked using the University's online booking system.

Record of Training

All health and safety training received by individuals should be recorded on their personal S17 Record of Training, which should be kept safe within the department.

Manual Handling Awareness
Prior to starting the online module, it is recommended that you read the Manual Handling Users Guide for On-Line Training Module to help you get started as well as answering some questions you may have about the module.

For staff involved in lower risk manual handling activities e.g. administration, secretarial.  Povides information and training on best practice lifting techniques.  This can be accessed by registering on the waiting list on the Online Booking System.  

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