Under Health & Safety legislation employees must not do anything which may put themselves or others at risk. They must co-operate with their employer and anything which is put in place for the benefit of their health and safety. This means following work instructions, participating in activity or equipment related training and adhering to any controls identified through the assessment of risk.
Ensure you follow any procedures or safe working practices identified for the area in which you are working. In respect of labs this will usually mean wearing lab coat, protective eye-wear and gloves.
If you use your own vehicle for University business purposes then make sure you extend your insurance to cover business use. If you don't, you probably won't be covered in the event of an accident.
Keep your vehicle in roadworthy condition and check your tyres regularly. Take extra care in adverse weather conditions.
If you need to work after dark or travel as part of your role you may wish to follow some simple guidelines:
- Consider locking your doors if travelling after dark
- Park your vehicle so that it faces the way you intend to exit the area
- Keep your vehicle keys handy e.g. in your pocket
- Lock your vehicle and put any valuables out of sight
Never put yourself into a position of risk if you can avoid it. If your work activities sometimes involve any of the following then you might need to consider improving your personal safety:
You can help improve your own personal safety and reduce risk.
Room based meetings or interviews: