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H&S 1 - Induction (health & safety reps role and functions): 14, 21, 28 January & 4, 11 February 2022, online, North West

This online course forms the first part of the health and safety training programme. This course is for new health and safety reps, those who have been in the role sometime but never been trained along with those in the branch who want to further understand the role and legislation that enables health and safety reps to hold institutions to account.

Health & safety rep courses

Course details

Region:North West
Course meeting dates: 14, 21, 28 January & 4, 11 February 2022

Please ensure you can attend the entire course prior to submitting your application  form. Please further ensure you have secured time off from your employer to attend.
Course meeting times: Some trade union education teams will hold their course meetings across the whole day i.e. 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Others will hold their meetings from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with an hour wash up session from 3:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please see para below regarding facility time
Course time commitment:25 to 28 hours including course meetings
Location:Online via virtual course meetings, coupled with self-directed work and some group work both virtually and in course meetings.

Course content:

    The course will cover: 

    • the role and functions of a safety rep
    • how to obtain facilities and time off to carry out the safety rep's function
    • using the safety reps and safety committee regulations
    • employers' duties under health and safety legislation
    • a trade union and equal opportunities approach to health and safety
    • how to organise UCU members around hazards at work - including the Covid-19 pandemic
    • develop essential safety rep skills.

    This course will touch on the Covid-19 pandemic and H&S, however the 'UCU risk assessment: a safe return' course may be more appropriate if you wish to deal solely with Covid-19 pandemic issues around returning to work. 

    UCU courses are funded via members' contributions and public funding.

    Information Facility time

    Online courses are no different to face-to-face courses in terms of time off for training. Time off for training is a right and one which should be exercised as part of normal industrial relations. For more info please see  Facilities and time off for UCU reps.

    We ask that you take your facility time on the same day as your course meeting. This will allow you to complete the course activities, and to contact the tutor/attend the course debrief where offered. If the course tutor is expecting you to be available for the whole day (9:30 to 4:00) then please ensure you can commit to this.

    When you apply for a course we will assume that are making a commitment to attend the course as advertised, and have secured time off from your employer. Please contact your branch/region if you are having problems securing time off.


    Important Before you complete this form, please be aware: You may be asked to register with the delivering college in which your trade union tutor is employed. Where colleges are drawing down funding for delivery you will be ask for your passport or equivalent identification details to register. This is a demand of the college who are following government requirements in order to satisfy public funding criteria. This is not a requirement UCU want to see and we are lobbying for change. However, as it stands, if you do not register with the college, your place will not be fundable.