Risk Assessment and Health & Safety

First Aid assistance and Reporting an accident

YSJU is committed to ensuring high standards of health and safety & wellbeing for our students, staff and visitors.

You can access the University policies and procedures plus contact details for the University Health & Safety Officer on the University Health & Safety webpages.

You can also find out more about Wellbeing on the University Wellbeing webpages.

Any health and safety and wellbeing issues are raised at the University Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee which has representatives from both the staff and student body. The committee also provides a forum for the debate and agreement of Faculty policies and procedures in relation to the health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors.

Lead roles

Jonny Woolsey j.woolsey@yorksj.ac.uk – Health and Safety Working Group

Matthew Hawthorn m.hawthorn@yorksj.ac.uk – Wellbeing Working Group

Your feedback

To help us maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone we would like to ask for you to feedback any ideas and suggestions.

This process is only used to help us maintain and improve our processes and will be treated as confidential. You can access the feedback form here and then please email it to Jonny Woolsey j.woolsey@yorksj.ac.uk.

We welcome your feedback; please work with us to help us create a safe and healthy place to study and work in.

Lifting heavy objects safely

Safe lifting

  • To save injury to yourself or damage to the item follow these good handling techniques for lifting:
  • Think first and plan
  • Can handling aids be used?
  • Where is the load going to be placed?
  • Will I need help?
  • Remove obstructions along the way.
  • For a long lift, consider resting the load midway on a table or bench to change grip.
  • Don't lift or handle more than can easily be managed. There is a difference between what can be lifted and what can be lifted safely.

Before lifting

  • Adopt a stable position with your feet apart and one leg slightly forward to maintain balance.
  • Be prepared to move your feet during the initial lift to maintain your stability.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing or unsuitable footwear to make moving easier.
  • Get a good hold.

To lift

  • At the start of the lift, slightly bending your back, hips and knees is better than stooping or squatting.
  • Don't flex your back any further whilst lifting. This can happen if you begin to straighten your legs before starting to raise the load.
  • Avoid twisting or leaning sideways, especially whilst your back is bent.
  • Keep your shoulders level and facing the same direction as your hips.
  • Turn by moving your feet rather than twisting and lifting at the same time.

Whilst lifting

  • Keep the load close to your waist and to your body for as long as possible, with the heaviest side closest to your body.
  • If a close approach is not possible, try to slide it towards your body before lifting it.
  • Keep your head up and look ahead, not down at the load.
  • Move smoothly to avoid jerking muscles and joints.
  • Put the load down first and then re-position it if necessary.

Finally, if you are in any doubt whatsoever, ask a technician for advice and / or help.

Permission to use a replica weapon

Download the procedures here Use of Weapons Guidelines (PDF 0.3MB)

Carrying out a risk assessment

It is important that a risk assessment is conducted for any activity that you are taking part in. Activities could include a performance, filming or taking part in an exhibition. A step-by-step guide is available on the Forms, Policies and Procedures page.

The aim of a risk assessment is to ensure that all reasonable effort has been made to minimise the likelihood and severity of potential risks. Technical staff conduct assessments of the Specialist Learning Spaces and stationary equipment within the design centre workshops. These are available on the equipment page.

Completed and approved risk assessments must be issued to everyone involved in the activity and an electronic or hard copy maintained within the area’s Technical Hub.

If you are going to be involved in a particular activity and you are unsure how to assess the risks please speak to your technical team or contact the Head of Technical Services for advice.

Working at height

Working at height covers all work undertaken at any level above what is normally regarded as floor level but there are times when you may need to rig lighting etc. and so will need to work at height.

You must undertake specific ladder training with one of the technicians before working at height and then make sure the work is properly planned, and supervised by a qualified technical member of staff or inducted competent person. You must only use the university’s equipment that you have been inducted on; this will only be the Tallescope, A-frame ladders and step ladders.

Full details of working at height can be found here.

If using the Tallescope you will need to complete the following forms beforehand:

As always, the technical team are happy to assist - if in doubt, please ask.

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