School of Computer Science

Health and Safety

As a student it is important that you are aware of Health & Safety at work issues. Safety awareness is your best protection against accidents. You must familiarise yourself with the Health & Safety policy and procedures of your placement provider. Ask your line manager or the Industrial Placements Tutor if you have any questions. All employees have a legal right to a safe and healthy working environment and you should be given a health and safety briefing at the start of your placement.

Whilst on placement, it is your responsibility to comply with an instruction given to you by an appropriate supervisor and to bring any questions or problems, particularly those of understanding, to the attention of your supervisor. As a student undertaking a work placement you will normally have the same legal duties as other employees in the workplace. You are required to:

  • Take reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of others affected by your acts or omissions
  • Co-operate with your placement provider in complying with the provider's legal duties
  • Maintain commercial confidentiality
  • Not interfere intentionally or recklessly with, or misuse, anything provided in the interest of health, safety or welfare

Your employer has a duty to consult all staff about health and safety issues in the workplace. They do this by either talking direct to employees or to a safety representative acting on behalf of the employees. Safety reps have certain rights and functions including the legal right to:

  • represent workers in talks with the employer or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or other safety or environmental enforcement agencies
  • investigate complaints, possible hazards and dangerous incidents
  • carry out regular inspections of the workplace
  • take part in workplace risk assessments

See also: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/HealthAndSafetyAtWork/DG_10026585