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All courses are free of charge to current University of Dundee employees.

Some courses are provided regularly - other courses can be delivered upon request.

Courses tailored to a School/ Support Service’s specific needs are available upon request e.g. risk assessment.

Please contact Safety Services to arrange for delivery and content of a training course not listed below.

Mandatory Online Training


All new University of Dundee staff and post graduate research students must complete basic online health and safety training. This training complements and extends the information provided during initial induction and is not a replacement for face-to-face induction training that should take place within the first few days of a person starting work.

The Modules

There are five core modules that all people must complete. These are:

Each module contains an assessment that must be completed and passed (pass mark is 80%).

In addition to the core modules, those people with certain role types must also complete additional modules as follows.

For laboratory-based workers:

For Managers:

Each of these additional modules also contains an assessment to be undertaken and passed (pass mark is 80%).

All modules are intended to be short and informative. In some cases, the information will be a simple reminder for people. Hopefully everyone will find the modules useful, regardless of their level of previous experience.


People are automatically enrolled on the course within a short time of starting in Dundee and will receive an introductory email that explains how to access the modules. Briefly:


The modular nature of the content means that people can undertake them in stages. There is no need to perform them all at once. Remember that everyone MUST complete the first five modules and their associated assessments. Completion of the other modules is required for people in the categories specified. You will not be deemed to have completed the module until you have passed the associated assessment. You may retake the assessment as often as you wish until you have achieved the pass mark.


Please note that the completion of the relevant modules (and their assessments) has been made mandatory by senior University management. Should you not have completed the required modules after two weeks of being enrolled, you will receive a reminder and be given a further two weeks to complete them. Should you still not complete the modules after this time, your name will be provided to your Dean/Director for management action.

Other online training courses

Currently available courses

Safety Services will be running a Spring/Summer season of Fire Fighting Training Classes. These are 30 minute sessions, with actual fire fighting in a controlled environment. The classes are open to all staff, but would be of particular usefulness to those who work with open flames.

Each class is limited to 10 people.

Dates for 2020




The gardens yard next to Hawkhill House




If you are interested in attending any of the above sessions, booking can be made through Ciara Norman

Courses run by Safety Services

A printable version of the training courses provided by Safety Services is available here

These courses are by request only.

 CourseDurationCourse Objectives
1 School/Service Safety Representatives 2 hours Outline role.

Introduction to risk assessment.
2 Accident/Incident Investigation 1 hour Understand why investigation is necessary.

Learn how to carry out an investigation, and to identify and recommend improvements.
3 Workplace Safety Inspection 1 hour Understand the benefits of carrying out inspections.

Obtain skills and tools to carry out an inspection.
4 Management training
4.1 Senior Management 15 mins Outline their role
4.2 Heads of School 1 hour Understand remit and range of responsibilities for health and safety.

Understand how the University's health and safety management structure works.

Look at the commonest causes of lost time.

See the benefits of good health and safety management.
4.3 E&B senior managers 1 hour Benefits of effective management.

Outline University's H&S policy.

Outline available sources of help.
5 Risk Assessment
5.1 Understanding Risk Assessment 2-3 hours To improve the quality risk assessments and to identify key risks within Unit.

To outline a simple and robust methodology to carry out risk assessments based upon the principle of continuous improvement.
5.2 Manual Handling Risk Assessment 2 hours To recognise high risk manual handling operations that require a detailed assessment.

To complete manual handling risk assessments through observation and questioning.

To be able to recommend a cost effective management plan.
5.3 Stress Risk Assessment 2 hours Understand the benefits of effective assessments.

Understand what causes people to be stressed.

Understand what is involved in completing a risk assessment.
5.4 DSE Risk Assessment 2 hours Understand the hazards.

Recognise hazards in practice.

Apply suitable adjustments to reduce risk.

Complete DSE assessment forms.

Know how to follow up problems.

Decide whether someone is a "User".
5.5 COSHH risk assessment
5.5.1 Made Simple 2 hours Identify harmful chemicals.

To understand how chemicals can harm you.

To learn how to use chemicals safely.
5.5.2 Advanced 3 hours To outline Regulations.

To understand how ill health and injuries can be caused by hazardous substances.

To outline University's arrangements.

To be able to complete a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
6 COSHH Awareness Spot the Nasty 30 mins Chemical awareness
7 COSHH For Engineers 1 hour Identify harmful chemicals.

To understand how chemicals can harm you.

To learn how to use chemicals safely.
8 Manual Handling- Lifting with the Head! 1-2 hours Understand how common MH injuries are.

Learn how the spine works.

Learn how MH injuries can be caused.

Learn how to handle or lift without putting excessive strain on the back.

9 Electrical Safety Awareness 1 hour Electricity basics.

Understanding risk assessment process.

Carry out a risk assessment for your work with electricity.

Safety precautions for work on a pc.
10 Estates and Buildings
10.1 Work at height 1 hour Outline Regulations & duties.

Outline requirements.
10.2 Ladders & stepladders 1 hour Accidents statistics.

Types of ladders/stepladders.

How to work safely.
10.3 Biohazard Awareness 30 mins Properties of micro-organisms.

How to work safely.
10.4 Refurbishment- Don’t get a dose! 40 mins Basic properties of radiation.

Outline University arrangements.
10.5 Clinical & Radiological Waste for Janitors 30 mins Outline waste streams.

Explains hazards and how to prevent them.
10.6 Clerks of Work H&S role in Controlling Contractors. 1.5 hours Outline role.

What to check in method statements.
10.7 Pesticides and Herbicides 1 hour To outline health and environmental concerns.

To outline safe methods of working.
10.8 Asbestos Awareness 1 hour To recognise asbestos containing materials.

Outline how to avoid exposure to asbestos fibres.
10.9 Confined Space for IT staff 1 hour What is a confined space.

Hazards and how to control them.
10.10 COSHH for Cleaning Staff 30 mins Recognising hazardous chemicals.

Outline safe methods of working.
11 Induction training
11.1 H&S for cleaners 20 mins H&S awareness and procedures.
11.2 Engineering School Post-graduates 2 hour H&S awareness and procedures.
11.3 Medical School Post-graduates 2 hour H&S awareness and procedures.
12 Safe Use of Overhead Crane 1 hour Outline hazards.

Detail safe lifting.

Practical session.
13 Safe slinging 1 hour Seven basic rules.

Types of sling.

Safe use of slings.
14 Biological Safety
14.1 Biological Safety Adviser training 3 hours Understanding of how micro-organisms cause disease.

Understanding of what is required to work safely with micro-organisms.

Outline of University procedures for work with micro-organisms.
14.2 Biological Safety Awareness 2 hours Understanding of how micro-organisms cause disease

Understanding of what is required to work safely with micro-organisms
14.3 Safe Use of Microbiological Safety Cabinets (in conjunction with CLS; available on line) 45 min Give an understanding of:
  • types of cabinets
  • principals of airflow and operator protection factor tests
  • limitations of performance
  • appropriate and inappropriate use of cabinets
  • mode of operation and function of all controls and indicators
Give instruction in:
  • how to work at cabinets safely
  • how to decontaminate after use
14.4 Working Safely with Laboratory Animals 30 min Understand risks to your health, and how to minimise them

Brief introduction to health and safety legislation
15 Role of Occupational Health 30 min Introduction to OH service
16 Workshop Safety Training 1.5 hours Awareness training for major hazards
17 Fire Safety
17.1 Induction/ Routine Fire Safety 45 min Outline procedures
17.2 Fire Wardens/ Fire Marshals Evacuation Procedure 45 min Outline emergency evacuation procedure
17.3 Portable fire fighting equipment 1 hour What causes fires and how to extinguish them.

Practical session using fire extinguishers to put out fires
17.4 Use of Evac-Chair 2 hours Explain when and how Evac-chairs are used.

Train participants to evacuate a ‘casualty’ safely.
17.5 Specific induction training e.g. cleaning staff 30 min Procedures to be followed in event of a fire
17.6 Evacuation Lift Operation 30 min How to "pilot" an evacuation lift during an emergency evacuation
18 Radiation User Course 2 hours Introduction to ionising radiation.

Outline of University arrangements.
19 On-line training packages available through Blackboard
19.1 Using a PC safely. 20 mins Hazards and how to work safely.
19.2 Lifting and carrying. 20 mins Causes of injury and how to prevent them.
20 On-line training available through Safety Services’ web page
20.1 Being at University - Fire Safety for Students 15 mins What causes fires and how to prevent them.

What to do in event of a fire.
20.2 Fire Safety-a Fire’s worst nightmare 10 mins What to do in the event of a fire
20.3 Staff H&S handbook 15 mins Basic H&S information and instruction.
20.4 Student H&S handbook 5 mins H&S awareness.