Welcome to the University's Health, Safety and Wellbeing web-pages which have been designed to provide staff, students and visitors with the information they need to live, work, research, teach and learn safely: free from harm, injury or illness.
If you have any queries or comments on these pages please e-mail Health and Safety Helpdesk.
In response to HE Sector Guidance on the management of health and safety the University of Warwick's Health and Safety Department have developed a draft document covering what is required by this guidance and also by HSE Guidance on the subject. The University of Warwick Guidance is currently under consultation and is available via this link. The University of Warwick Guidance supports and complements the University's new Health and Safety Policy document and the two documents will be formally issued in June 2016. If you have any comments on the content please e-mail them to the H&S Helpdesk at the following email address: HealthSafetyHelpDesk@warwick.ac.uk.
If you are responsible for the appointment of contractors for/on behalf of the University this Safety Bulletin is to remind you on the correct procedure that must be followed (irrespective of contract value). This bulletin was generated following an incident where a contractor suffered life threatening injuries whilst conducting a University contracted activity.
The 'Working with Computers' web-pages now include advice on how to prevent aches and pains, how to carry out a detailed self-assessment and advice on where you can buy replacement equipment if required.
Guidance is available to support women who are trying to conceive and new/expectant mothers. The guidance aims to support a continuation of work (or study) without putting mother or baby at risk. Here you will find information for new/expectant mothers and advice for line managers, supervisors and tutors.
New lighting guidance relating to office spaces can be found via the link above. This relates to the latest CIBSE Guidance, which outlines what constitutes as 'suitable and sufficient' lighting required by health and safety legislation.
Following the recent outbreak of the Zika virus in Southern and Central America the World Health Organization have declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. According to the NHS the Zika virus is a mosquito-borne infection, which isn't harmful in most cases. However, it may be harmful for pregnancies, as it has been potentially linked to birth defects – specifically, abnormally small heads (microcephaly) in new born infants.
Before travelling to any area potentially affected by the Zika virus staff and students are advised to seek travel health advice from their GP/practice nurse or a travel clinic ideally six to eight weeks prior to planned departure date. Detailed travel health advice for any destination is also available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) websites.
Evacuation procedures have been established for the Gibbet Hill campus which include the implementation of the Evacuation Tag System, and the creation of a Local Incident Response Team.
In case of an emergency call Security on x22222 from a land line or (024765 22222 from a mobile phone)