Training

Health and Safety Training Matrix

The following matrix shows the University training programme offered to staff at all levels, with the exception of specific statutory training organised locally (e.g. gas safety, local departmental induction, etc.).

All the health and safety courses are run on campus (online courses excluded) where there are sufficient numbers of staff on the waiting list. If there are insufficient numbers, staff may be able to attend a public course off campus where a suitable provider is available.

Accident Investigation

Accident investigations are necessary to identify the causes of an accident and to ensure corrective actions are implemented.

This half-day course can be organised on request or where sufficient numbers are available to attend and will normally cover:
reasons for investigating accident and incidents

  • accident causation
  • the process for investigating accidents effectively
  • how to facilitate an effective investigation

If you wish to express interest in the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/Department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training for First Aiders

This half day course provides First Aid staff with the skills in adult basic life support and the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Individual and teamwork will be used to build skills and confidence in the use of AEDs.

On completion of the course, candidates should be able to assess a collapsed victim, perform chest compression and rescue breathing (ventilation), operate an AED safely and correctly.

Where there are insufficient numbers of staff available to run a course on campus, staff may be able to attend a public course by First Aid Focus Ltd at their premises in the Adelphi Centre, 12 Commercial Road, Glasgow G5 0PQ.

Please refer to the First Aiders section for further details, including how to register.

Cardinus Safety For Line Managers (People Managers only)

This 1 hour online course is a required module as part of the People Passport Programme. To access, click on Cardinus and enter your normal User ID and your surname. Select ‘Safety for Line Managers’ to run the course.

The course includes the following sections:

  • Training Emergencies
  • Workplace safety
  • Use of DSE
  • Employee Health
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Working from home
  • Personal safety
  • Off-site safety
  • Risk assessment and risk control

If you cannot log into Cardinus your details may need to be added or updated, please email healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk 

If you experience problems whilst using Cardinus, for example, the page sticks, then please try the following ‘fixes’:

Internet Explorer Compatibility View
Cardinus Compatibility View

If problems are still occurring then please email healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Cardinus - Workstation Safety Plus

Workstation Safety Plus is a complete solution for the Display Screen Equipment regulations, (DSE Regulations), providing online employee training and risk assessment in one easy to use package.

GCU staff can learn how to carry out their own DSE Assessments online and forward issues to their local DSE Assessor for agreeing solutions, in conjunction with occupational health and safety as appropriate. 

Course Content

Workstation Safety Plus covers the essential training requirements of the Display Screen Equipment Regulations.  The comprehensive instructional modules takes just 30 minutes to complete.  At the end, the user should understand the requirements of the DSE regulations, how to adjust their chair, the importance of short but frequent pauses or changes of activitity and more.

To access the training, please click on the link below:

Workstation Safety Plus

To log on to the course and assessment, enter your normal User ID and your surname. Select Workstation Safety Plus to run the course.

If you cannot log into Cardinus, your details may need to be added or updated. Please email your local DSE Assessor or health and safety co-ordinator/champion in the first instance. If the DSE Assessor or local health and safety co-ordinator/champion are unable to add the name of a member of staff to Cardinus, please email healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

If you experience problems whilst using Cardinus, for example, the page sticks, then please try the following ‘fixes’:

Internet Explorer Compatibility View
Cardinus Compatibility View

If problems are still occurring then please email healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

COSHH Assessors

This one-day course is designed to give participants a practical overview of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations as well as providing the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct “suitable and sufficient” risk assessments for hazardous substances. The course is designed for members of staff within each Department/School who have been delegated responsibility for assessing risks in relation to the COSHH Regulations. These individuals may be senior lecturers, managers, health & safety coordinators, supervisors, or other staff. The course will cover the following areas:

  • Legal requirements
  • Identification of hazardous substances and evaluating risk
  • Assessment process
  • Hierarchy of control measures
  • Gathering information
  • Evaluating risks to health
  • Deciding on necessary measures


This is a 1 Day course run on Campus.

If you wish to attend the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

COSHH Awareness (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) - Half Day

This half day course will provide participants with a practical overview of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations as well as identify, use and control hazardous substances safely. The course is designed for all members of staff who have contact with chemicals/dust/ biological agents as part of their job.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Legal requirements
  • How individuals can be harmed
  • Identification of hazardous substances within the workplace
  • What the employer must do
  • What the employee can do to help
  • Putting precautions into practice
  • Hierarchy of control measures

If you wish to attend the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessor

This course is designed to provide participants with a practical overview of the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) regulations. It also looks at the safe use of DSE as well as providing the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct “suitable and sufficient” assessments for DSE users. In addition, the course includes a session on the administration of the online training and assessment programme, Cardinus Work Station Plus.

By the end of the course delegates should be able to:

  • Identify the hazards associated with DSE
  • Define user and workstation
  • Understand the safe use of DSE
  • Conduct a DSE assessment
  • Administer Cardinus Workstation Safety Plus (ie. how to add staff names, check training and assessment details etc)

The course is run on campus from 9am – 1pm.

If you wish to attend the course, please email your name, School/Department or Directorate/Department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessor Refresher

This course is suitable for staff that have previously attended a DSE Assessor course and require a skills update. A session on Cardinus Work Station Plus is also included.

If you wish to attend the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Training & Assessment (All Staff)

The University provides access to online training and self-assessment for staff using Display Screen Equipment through Cardinus - Workstation Safety Plus.

This is an online package that includes the following:

  • a short training session (around 30 minutes) that will take you through the requirements of the DSE Regulations including how to sit at your workstation correctly, make adjustments to your chair, prevent screen glare and the importance of short but frequent pauses or changes of activity.
  • A DSE Assessment that will ask a series of questions relating to your workstation.
  • A User Action Report – contains the results of the DSE Assessments

The online training provides staff with possible solutions for any problems identified. Staff should implement the solutions that are within their capability to do so and where identified issues cannot be resolved, contact their local DSE Assessor for further assistance.

Please click on the following link for access to a list of DSE Assessors (in development)

Event Management

This 1 Day course can be organised on request or where sufficient numbers are available to attend and will provide information on the legal requirements relevant to running events and the assessment process involved.

If you wish to express interest in the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/Department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Fire Warden Refresher

Fire warden annual refresher training is an online refresher course that must be completed by all fire wardens to update their fire knowledge. Those who are required to carry out this refresher training will receive an email on an annual basis asking the delegate to complete all modules within 4 weeks of the invitation.

Please email Jacqueline.Balmer@gcu.ac.uk to register for the course.

Fire Warden Training

This 1 Day course trains selected personnel to carry out the duties of a Fire Warden.

Training will be in line with the employee’s obligation to comply with The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, which became law in October 2006.

This course is also accredited by the Institute of Fire Engineering.

The key benefits of the course include:

  • Understanding the Fire Marshall and Warden duties
  • Assisting with a full evacuation
  • Understanding the law and implementation of controls
  • Instruction on the safe use of fire extinguisher via a controlled live fire demonstration and practical practise

Please email Jacqueline.Balmer@gcu.ac.uk to register for the course.

First Aid Annual Update

The Health and Safety Executive recommend that First Aid staff receive an annual refresher so that their skills can be maintained to ensure they continue to be prepared to competently handle emergencies within the workplace.

This annual half day course provides first aiders with the necessary ongoing training in the years between requalification courses. It also includes a refresher on CPR/AED’s.

Where there are insufficient numbers of staff available to run a course on campus, staff may be able to attend a public course by First Aid Focus Ltd at their premises in the Adelphi Centre, 12 Commercial Road, Glasgow G5 0PQ.

Please refer to the First Aiders section for further details, including how to register.

First Aid at Work Course

This 3 day course aims to provide First Aid staff with the knowledge, confidence and abilities to deal with first aid emergencies in the University.

Candidates will be continuously assessed throughout this course to ensure they achieved the necessary standards. Practical assessments include CPR, recovery position, dealing with spinal injuries, wounds and bleeding, fractures, shock and secondary assessment.

Candidates will also have two theory tests to check their acquired knowledge and when they are successful candidates will be issued with a First Aid at Work certificate.

Where there are insufficient numbers of staff available to run a course on campus, staff may be able to attend a public course by First Aid Focus Ltd at their premises in the Adelphi Centre, 12 Commercial Road, Glasgow G5 0PQ.

Please refer to the First Aiders section for further details, including how to register.

First Aid Requalification Course

This 2 day course must be completed by First Aiders every 3 years and prior to their qualification certificate expiry date. Please note that if the certificate has expired the first aider is no longer considered to be competent to act as a first aider and the 3 Day qualification course would have to be attended.

The course provides first aiders with a thorough updating of their skills, reviewing and incorporating any changes.

Candidates will be continuously assessed throughout this course to ensure they achieved the necessary standards. Practical assessments include CPR, recovery position, dealing with spinal injuries, wounds, bleeding and shock.

Candidates will also have two theory tests to check their acquired knowledge and when they are successful candidates will be issued with a First Aid at Work certificate.

Where there are insufficient numbers of staff available to run a course on campus, staff may be able to attend a public course by First Aid Focus Ltd at their premises in the Adelphi Centre, 12 Commercial Road, Glasgow G5 0PQ.

Please refer to the First Aiders section for further details, including how to register.

IOSH Managing Safely - online course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is delivered online via the internet with a project completed by the learner onsite and marked by an IOSH certificated consultant. Learners will gain a broad based knowledge of health and safety and safe systems of work to enable them to handle health and safety within their area.

The course takes approximately 24 hours to complete and a period of 6 months is allowed for completion.

The eight interactive modules which include video introductions and an online video tutor, are as follows:-

Course Content

  • Introducing Managing Safely
  • Assessing risks
  • Controlling risks
  • Understanding your responsibilities
  • Identifying hazards
  • Investigating accidents and incidents
  • Measuring performance
  • Protecting our environment


Learners who successfully complete the online and practical assessments at the end of the course are awarded an IOSH certificate in Managing Safely.

Note: the course is available in audio.

Please email healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk to register for the course.

 

 

IOSH Managing Safely Refresher

The Online Managing Safely Refresher course is suitable for staff who have previously undertaken the full version IOSH Managing Safely course. It is IOSH’s view that it is best practice for Managing Safely certificate holders to renew their learning within a three year period. The refresher course provides learners with the latest best practice and legislation changes and ensures that their knowledge and best practice is completely up to date.

Managing Safely Refresher is delivered and tested online. The course takes approximately 5 to 6 hours to complete and unlike the full Managing Safely course there is no requirement for a final written workplace project. A period of 6 months is allowed for completion. Delegates who successfully complete the online assessment at the end of the course are awarded an IOSH certificate in Managing Safely.

The course has eight interactive modules which include video introductions and an online video tutor, six modules are mandatory and two are optional. The modules are:-

  • Introducing Managing Safely Refresher
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Control
  • Your Responsibilities as a Manager
  • Identifying Hazards (Optional)
  • Investigating Accidents and Incidents
  • Measuring Performance
  • Protecting our Environment (Optional)


Pre-requisites

To be able to undertake the online Managing Safely Refresher course candidates must have completed the full Managing Safely course within the last 3 years.

Please email healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk to register for the course and attach a scan of your original certificate with the email or send a photocopy via the internal mail to Health and Safety.

IOSH Safety for Senior Executives

This 1 Day course is suitable for those in a senior role who are responsible for determining policy and strategy planning for health & safety, including PVC’s, Directors and other senior Managers. In completing the course, delegates will gain an understanding of their legal responsibilities and the importance of integrating health & safety strategy into business objectives at an organisational level.

If you wish to attend the course, please email your name, School/Department or Directorate/Department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Introduction to Health and Safety Management System

This provides an introduction to the Health and Safety Management system within the University. The session is run by the University Health and Safety Advisor on a one-to-one basis or for a group of managers and/or health and safety co-ordinators. For managers, this is included in the People Passport Programme, but may also be re-visited where there is a re-organisation of departments resulting in new appointees requiring training.

If you wish to express interest in the course, please emailyour name, School/department or Directorate/department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Online Travel Awareness Course

Online travel awareness course (available to all staff travelling on GCU business)Drum Cussac provide GCU staff with an interactive online travel awareness course - ITRNomad, the aim being to enhance travel safety and security.  This web based e-learning course consists of interactive content to engage and develop an understanding of travel security risks, online assessments and videos showing real people's travel experiences.

To access the course:

  • Click on the following link http://gcu.itrnomad.drum-cussac.com/ and then click on ‘Register to enter this site’ – enter your details and click ‘Register’
  • You will then receive an email from ITRNomad so that you can set your password and activate your account
  • Once this is complete, ITRNomad will send you a confirmation email and you will then be able to access the course


If you have any problems logging in, please email healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Manual Handling Assessor

This 1 Day course provides a practical overview of manual handling operations as well as providing the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct “suitable and sufficient” assessment for manual handling tasks. The course is aimed towards those with the responsibility to conduct manual handling assessments or manage/supervise manual handling tasks.

By the end of the course delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the legal requirements for manual handling assessments
  • Have an awareness of the risks caused by lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and moving loads, and of the ways the risks can be controlled
  • Understand the basic workings of the spine and joints and possible causes of injury
  • Understand and be able to apply the principles of safe lifting and carrying
  • Conduct an effective manual handling assessment

If you wish to attend the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Manual Handling Awareness

This half day course covers the essential knowledge that is needed by staff whose role involves Manual Handling and will provide delegates with the practical skills for safe lifting techniques. Delegates will be made aware of the risks arising from manual handling operations and how they are controlled, as well as being introduced to correct lifting techniques.

By the end of the course delegates should be able to:

  • Have an awareness of the risks caused by lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling and moving loads, and of the ways the risks can be controlled
  • Understand the Manual Handling Operations Regulations
  • Understand the basic workings of the spine and joints and possible causes of injury
  • Understand and be able to apply the principles of safe lifting and carrying

If you wish to attend the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Radiation Protection Supervisor (RPS) Training

If you wish to attend any of the following RPS courses, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Please note that the cost of the radiation courses are funded by the relevant School/Department.

RPS - General

This course is for those appointed to the role of Radiation Protection Supervisor. Those attending should have a working knowledge of the equipment to be supervised, although no prior knowledge of radiation safety is assumed as the course will cover the basic principles of radiation protection.

The appointed RPS can attend a course off-site (normally 3 Days) or attend a tailored course on campus (normally 2 – 4 hours depending on the role).

RPS - Refresher

This is a course for those who are active in the role of Radiation Protection Supervisor and who wish to update their knowledge of legislation and practical issues. Those attending should have attended a Radiation Protection Supervisors' course in the past 5 years.

This course provides an update on recent legislation and the principles of radiation protection.

The appointed RPS can attend a course off-site (normally 2 Days) or attend a tailored course on campus (normally 2 – 4 hours depending on the role).

 

Risk Assessment Course

The British Safety Council Level 2 Award in Risk Assessment provides training in the core skills of risk assessment and is the essential building block for anyone who carries out, or is responsible for conducting a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.

This is a 1 Day course run on campus. Following this staff will be required to carry out a risk assessment in their own area and submit this online to the British Safety Council for evaluation. A Level 2 Award in Risk Assessment will be gained following a successful evaluation (ie. a pass). 

On completion of the course, delegates will: 

  • Understand the importance of risk assessments
  • Understand the principles of controlling risks
  • Understand how a risk assessment is undertaken

While the Level 2 Award in Risk Assessment is a stand-alone qualification, it allows for lateral progression to other British Safety Council Level 2 qualifications covering specific risk assessments in COSHH, DSE, Fire and Manual Handling, and progression to the Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health.

Please note, that to register onto this course (or the waiting list) staff must email their name, School/Department or Directorate/Department, email address and date of birth to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

This will enable the British Safety Council to email a link to delegates so they can complete their online evaluation. The date of birth is required by the British Safety Council as a unique identifier for their online assessment system and will not be used for any other purpose. If you have any queries, please contact healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Student Placement Assessor

This 1 Day course can be organised on request or where sufficient numbers are available to attend and will provide information on the legal requirements relevant to student placements and the assessment process.

If you wish to express interest in the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/Department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Work at Height

This course can be organised on request or where sufficient numbers are available to attend and will provide information on the legal requirements relevant to work equipment and the assessment process. Duration of the course is typically 6 hours.

If you wish to express interest in the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/Department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk

Work Equipment Assessor

This 1 Day course can be organised on request or where sufficient numbers are available to attend and will provide information on the legal requirements relevant to work equipment and the assessment process.

If you wish to express interest in the course, please email your name, School/department or Directorate/Department details to healthandsafety@gcu.ac.uk