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Health and safety

The University of Manchester is a large complex and evolving institution. Staff work in a range of environments, of which each presents its challenges for safe working practices.

Staff Learning and Development facilitate a programme of training courses and other resources summarised here.

The team are also available to provide advice on the delivery of learning and development opportunities to enable and support a competent workforce, working in conjunction with the University's Safety Services team. 

Resources including the University Health & Safety Policy Statement, safety toolkits, forms (e.g. risk assessments, accident forms, personal evacuation plans etc.) as well as specific advice, guidance and contacts, are all available to support and guide your learning via the Safety Services website

Competency Development Framework for Safety Advisors. 

Online and classroom training 

Biological safety


TMS60: Child protection policy and guidance

This course is aimed at staff whose work may bring them into contact with young people (under 18) in the course of their official duties.

TPREVENT0517: Prevent online training

You may have been directed here by your line manager or simply want to know more about PREVENT. Your starting point should be the Home Office online package (see above). This takes around 45 minutes to complete and is sufficient for most of our staff.

If you need a greater depth of knowledge and understanding (for example if you are in a student-facing role) then the Workshop for Raising Awareness of Prevent (WRAP2) should be your next step, after first completing the Home Office online package.

The University of Manchester is a specified authority under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. As such we are subject to legally-binding sector-specific Duty Guidance and must demonstrate “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism“. Duty Guidance covers such areas as risk assessment, action planning and staff training.

The following is an extract from the Duty Guidance:

"Compliance with the duty will require the institution to demonstrate that it is willing to undertake Prevent awareness training and other training that could help the relevant staff prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and challenge extremist ideas which risk drawing people into terrorism. We would expect appropriate members of staff to have an understanding of the factors that make people support terrorist ideologies or engage in terrorist-related activity. Such staff should have sufficient training to be able to recognise vulnerability to being drawn into terrorism, and be aware of what action to take in response. This will include an understanding of when to make referrals to the Channel programme and where to get additional advice and support."

Online trainingThe Home Office has produced an online training package for PREVENT. This will take you around 45 minutes to complete.

WRAP2: Workshops for Raising Awareness of Prevent

If you think that you require further training, the University organises “WRAP 2” training sessions. These “Workshops for Raising Awareness of Prevent” typically take 2.5 hrs to complete and are facilitated by the Regional FE/HE Prevent Coordinator. They offer the opportunity to explore some of the issues in greater depth and are delivered face to face, rather than online.

You can book on to a WRAP2 course via Karen Morgan Tallents, Compliance & Risk Officer

0161 275 8913


Electrics and machinery

  • THS14: Portable appliance testing (PAT)
    This course is aimed at individuals who will be carrying out testing and inspection of all portable electrical equipment in their workplace on a regular basis.
    Booking information and cost to your School or Faculty can be found by clicking the link above.
  • THS5: Abrasive wheels
    This course is aimed at staff who use abrasive wheels.  The course will enable staff to mount, dress, balance and identify correctly/incorrectly fitted abrasive wheels. 
    Booking information and cost to your School or Faculty can be found by clicking the link above.
  • TLCA405: Woodworking machinery safety training
    This course is intended for staff who use woodworking machines and supervisory staff responsible for areas where these machines are used.
  • Booking information and cost to your School or Faculty can be found by clicking the link above.

First aid

Learn hands only CPR and be a lifesaver.

Find out how to use a defibrillator (AED).


  • THS119: Emergency first aid at work
    The Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification is designed to offer appropriate training for those who will be offering First Aid cover in lower hazard working environments such as offices, shops and libraries.  

  • THS87: First aid at work certificate
    This course has been designed for those working in an area with higher hazards and/or large numbers of people. The training covers the majority of injuries/illnesses that may happen in the workplace.  This course leads to a certificate in first aid, which is valid for three years. 

  • THS88: First aid at work requalification
    This course is intended for staff who need to refresh their first aid at work certification, which needs to be renewed every three years.
  • THS87: First aid at work certificate is a pre-requisite course THS88: First aid at work requalification, listed above.

  • THS96: Specialised burns
    This course is aimed at any staff who will be working with or coming into contact with hydrofluoric acid, phenol, cryogenic substances and other chemicals.  The course will look at the specific hazards associated with these chemicals and the appropriate means of response in case of an incident.

  • THS111: Resuscitation update
    This course is intended for staff who have already undertaken CPR training in the past.  The course focuses solely on the recovery position and CPR.
  • THS999 Lifesaver
    Teaching Staff and Students CPR and how to use an AED has the potential to save numerous lives. Lifesaver focuses on those CPR skills most likely to save a life. Lifesaver is a revolutionary new way to learn CPR developed by the Resuscitation Council (UK), once you have applied for this course you will be redirected to the external resource. 


If you need bespoke first aid training or have any queries, please contact

Fire training

  • TLCF100 Fire Awareness E Learning 
    Fire Brigades in the UK attend over 36,000 workplace fires a year. This session will cover the University's general procedures and arrangements in respect of fire and emergencies, guidance for emergency evacuation, and practical advice on how to avoid fires in the workplace and ensure safety if a fire does occur.

  • TLCF101 Fire Evacuation Marshal Training
    The University of Manchester's Health and Safety Policy and the Regulatory (Fire Safety) Reform Order 2005, require Heads of Schools and Heads of Departments to appoint Evacuation Marshals to assist in the evacuation of people from a building in the event of a fire alarm activation. This course will cover their role and duties during emergencies and evacuation.  TLCF100 Fire Awareness E Learning is a pre-requisite for this course.

  • TLCF105 Practical Fire Extinguisher Training
    Fire extinguisher training is suggested for those with role specific-responsibilities i.e. Security personnel or those involved in high fire risk activities (e.g. work on the open bench with large volumes (over 500ml) of extremely flammable or highly flammable solvents, or pyrophoric materials where ignition sources are present or likely to be present)

    Please contact your School Safety Advisor or the Fire Training And Evacuation Coordinator in Health & Safety Services if you are uncertain if you should be undertaking this training.

    If this training relates to a specific piece of equipment such as a laser cutter your School/ Faculty would need to raise a purchase order to cover the full cost if this course is delivered on a bespoke basis. If you are joining a scheduled course you will be required to provide us with a cost code.

  • TLCF200 Introduction to ResQMat E Learning
    This session is an introduction to the use of the ResQmat.  A ResQmat is a type of emergency evacuation equipment used to aid in the escape of people with mobility difficulties.  If you are named as a helper on a Personal Emergency Evacuation plan, you will also need to take the practical session (accessible once the online course has been completed)

Gas safety



TLCA100 Cryogenic Gases E Learning

This course is aimed at staff who are involved in the handling, storage and/or use of cryogenic gases.  The online course provides theoretical training to assist in reducing the specific risks associated with handling cryogenic gases

TLCA105 Compressed Gases Workshop

This session is aimed at laboratory and workshop staff who regularly use high pressure and cryogenic gases in experiments, pilot plant operation and metal joining processes.  This workshop will focus on the hazards and risks associated with compressed gases.


TLCA101 Compressed Gases & Cryogenic Workshop

Combines both TLCA100 Cryogenic Gases E Learning and TLCA105 Compressed Gases Workshop in to one, face-to-face course

General health and safety

HSE Accident investigation guidance

THS1E: Online health and safety induction (staff)
This online health and safety course is MANDATORY for all staff. It provides a basic introduction to health and safety at the University.

TLCA505 IOSH Working Safely
This course is aimed at staff with no supervisory or managerial responsibilities but who have health and safety related duties. The course covers the essentials of health and safety, including workplace hazards, risk, ways of improving safety performance and environmental considerations. The course leads to a certificate awarded by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

IOSH Managing Safely
This course is aimed at managers and supervisors who handle the health and safety of their teams. The course leads to a certificate awarded by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The course covers the current legislation, codes of practice, hazards and risk assessments that managers need to understand and consider.
This course is available as both an e-learning option or as a 3 day workshop in the first instance. 
You need only apply for one of the course options.
Please ensure you read the course overview and provide the requested information upon application.

TLCA550 IOSH Managing Safely Online

TLCA555 IOSH Managing Safely

If you have completed your IOSH Managing Safely Qualification over 3 or more years ago and wish to refresh your skills we now offer select dates for IOSH Managing Safely Refresher.

TLCA551 IOSH Managing Safely Refresher

TLCA605 NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health
This course has been designed for staff who have a responsibility to meet University obligations and legal compliance with regards to health and safety in order to carry out their work. This course leads to a nationally recognised and accredited qualification in health and safety. IOSH Managing Safely is a pre-requisite for this course.
Booking information and cost to your School or Faculty can be found by clicking the link above.

Lone working

A code of practice for safety of social researchers

Arrangements, procedures, policy and guidance

Foreign Travel Advice

Practical Solutions

The effects of drugs

Guidance for the health and safety in Fieldwork

Occupational Health Travel Risk Assessment

HSE Lone Working Guidance

Suzy Lamplugh Trust


TLCO220 Driver Awareness E-Learning (Driving for work)

The course highlights some of the everyday risks associated with driving for work. This training is suitable for anyone that drives as part of their job to regularly go ‘offsite’.

TLCO230 Lone Working Out of the Workplace

This course is aimed at field researchers who are often required to work outside of the University campus although it is suitable for anyone required to work off campus. The course will help to raise awareness of the importance of personal safety when working alone or as part of a group. This online course course replaces THS82 Lone Worker Training for Field Researchers.

Manual handling

Some of the most common forms of work-related ill-health are back problems and other aches and pains. These injuries are most commonly associated with the manual handling of materials, by either trying to move excessive weights or a failure to use correct lifting procedures. This online training session is aimed a those who carry out  low risk manual handling activities and will outline how we can all try to avoid injuries and be safe within the workplace.

  • A new practical manual handling course will be added here soon, please check back for details

Risk assessment

  • TLCO210 Management of off-campus activities 
    This course is aimed at staff who will be accountable for the H&S of staff, students and other participants involved in off-campus activities. The course provides an understanding of systematic management and planning to fieldwork activities.


  • THS4N2: Slinging safely (novice)
    This course is suitable for trainees or as a refresher course for experienced slingers.  It is also suitable for those supervising individuals who carry out slinging.  The course covers the essentials of how to sling properly when using cranes or other lifting equipment. This course is delivered by an external provider and your School/ Faculty is required to raise a purchase order for the provider for the full cost. 

  • THS4RX: Slinging safely refresher (experienced)
    This course is aimed at experienced slingers who require refresher training and for supervisors of staff who carry out slinging.  The course covers both the theory of proper slinging and practical elements. This course is delivered by an external provider and your School/ Faculty is required to raise a purchase order for the provider for the full cost. 

UV, laser and radiation safety

  • THS75: Safe UV practice: a users guide
    This classroom-based course is aimed at staff who will be working with UV equipment.  This course examines the safe practice of using UV-emitting equipment, including transilluminators.

  • THS42E: Laser safety awareness eLearning
    This course is intended for any staff or students at the University who are likely to be exposed to laser radiation exceeding that from a Class 2 laser.  This course aims to provide the necessary training for the safe handling of lasers.

  • TLCX215: Radiation awareness training (level 1)
    This course is aimed at research scientists with little or no experience of using radioactive materials.  This course covers the fundamentals of working safely with radioactive materials.

Working at height

  • TLCO500: Ladder Awareness Online
    This course is intended for staff who regularly use ladders or steps in their roles.  It will provide staff with an effective understanding of how to use steps and ladders safely in the workplace.

Bespoke training

In addition to the open programme of training courses summarised above, Staff Learning and Development are available to arrange targeted health and safety training for particular teams, locations and staff groups.

If you wish to take advantage of this provision, please contact Staff Learning and Development or phone 0161 275 2525.