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Health, safety and risk

The primary functions of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (the School) are research and teaching, but these aims must be achieved, so far as is reasonably practicable, with no adverse effect on the health and safety of any member of staff, associate or student or external related to the University.

It is the aim of the School to comply with the University’s general health and safety policy statement; to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all staff and students; and to provide information, training and supervision necessary for these purposes. The minimum standards to be adopted are those laid down in statutory legislation and associated codes of practice. See the University Health and Safety web pages and the University Health and Safety Policy Statement and Organisation.

Osen Kilic-Yildirim and Adam Skerritt, the School's Safety Advisors can advise all staff and students on health and safety and risk assessments. Contact them via

The allocation of duties for safety matters and the particular arrangements for implementing the policy are set out in the School's Health and Safety Policy below. The School requires all individual members to actively contribute to a safer working and teaching environment. At the very minimum, this involves staff and students providing risk assessments of activities, and defining and following suitable control measures.

Members of the School work in a variety of environments including classrooms and laboratories, as well as overseas. The School staff and students engage with international field trips and regularly conduct their research and studies off campus. It is important that the School maintains this diversity with full regard to the health and safety of all involved.

Alessandro Schiesaro, Head of School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

SALC Health and Safety policy

Your safety responsibilities

All staff, whether new to or transferring within the University should receive and understand health and safety information as part of the general induction into the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

This will cover:

  • University information for all new staff - this is given via the short mandatory e-learning course, THS1E delivered online
  • relevant local information, given by the line manager/supervisor, and
  • local induction delivered by School Safety Advisor(s).