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Risk assessment - a safe way of working: 10, 17 February & 3 March 2022, online, Midlands region

This online course has been designed for reps who are looking to better understand the risk assessment process. The course will take account of the pandemic, look at how current health and safety legislation can help and discuss strategies for involving members. Good risk assessments are paramount in keeping members safe in a long term pandemic and beyond.

Please read the following prior to applying for this course.

Course meeting dates: 10, 17 February & 3 March 2022


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. Your course tutor will advise nearer the time. Please see para below regarding facility time for the whole day.


Total duration: 15 to 18 hours


Delivery method: Online & course meetings via Zoom or teams 

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. 

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.

Online courses are no different to face to face courses in terms of time off for training. Time of 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.

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

Within the course we will look at the following:

  • overview of current Health and Safety legislation (focusing on risk assessment)
  • how to best use current legislation locally
  • how members issues are progressed and their concerns raised
  • methods of returning to face to face teaching with safe systems of work in place
  • monitoring safe systems of work
  • organising and communication with members around the risk assessment process
  • risk assessment for the longer term.

Disclaimer - 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, you place will not be fundable.  

This course sits on our UCU Share point and teams platforms. You will be sent instructions and a video to help you through the log in process and your course tutor will tell you how you can best use both parts of the platform.

Please enter your membership number on the application form below. It helps the course administrator find your details more easily and is an enormous help. Thank you.

Before you complete this form, please see above for information on college registration and identification that may be required.