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Health & Safety Induction

Philip Thornton
Safety Officer

Why safety is important:
 Legal requirement
 Expensive compensation claims
 Criminal prosecutions or other enforcement
action by Health & Safety Authority (or Gardai).

 The incalculable cost of human suffering,
much of which is so easily preventable.
•Take reasonable care of your own safety and anyone
affected by your actions
•Alcohol or drugs
•Co-operate with the University on H&S issues
•Improper conduct or behaviour
•Attend required training courses.
•Report defects or safety contraventions (to your
Health and Safety… and YOU!
Safety Representatives Committee
Human Resources Director (Chair)
Dean, Faculty of Science & Engineering Nominee
Safety Representatives (x 9)
Buildings & Estates Services Manager
Safety Officer
Risk Assessment
 You / Your Departments must:
 Identify hazards
 Decide who is at risk
 Assess risks
 Prioritise objectives
 Eliminate or control risks
If you discover a fire:
1. Raise the alarm by breaking the
nearest fire alarm call point.
2. Call the Campus Emergency Number
061 213333 (put it in your mobile)
or the Fire Brigade using the 999 or
112 system.
3. Do not tackle the fire and do not
take risks.
4. Evacuate.
If the fire alarm sounds:
1. Leave the building by the nearest exit point
and don’t delay to pick up personal
2. Do not use lifts.
3. Assemble at the Assembly Point for the
4. Follow the Fire Stewards instructions and Do
Not re-enter the building unless authorised.
Familiarise yourself with
the location of:
 the Fire Exits

 the Fire Alarm Call Point(s)

 the Assembly Points
Accidents & Incidents
 All accidents and incidents must be
reported as soon as possible
 Report them to your supervisor or
 Your supervisor or manager should
complete the Accident Report Form or
Dangerous Occurrence Form
First Aid
 If you require first aid assistance or come across
somebody who does:
Call Ext. 3333 or 061 213333

 For more serious health events call an
999 or 112

 Across the campus look out for H&S information signs
BLUE = Compulsory
Failure to comply not only puts you at risk, but means you’ve broken
the law.
YELLOW = Warning
Failure to take notice could put you at risk.
GREEN = Safety guidance
First Aid, Emergency Exits…
RED = Prohibitive or Fire
Blue = Compulsory
Failure to comply not only puts you at risk, but means that you
have broken the law
Yellow = Warning
Green = Safe guidance
First Aid / Emergency Exits / etc
Red = Prohibitive or Fire
Sensible Safety
 Drive slowly – the campus speed limit is 40
km/h (25 mph)
 Make sure you and your bicycle are readily
visible (night & day)
 Take care at pedestrian crossings.
 Walk facing the traffic and keep to well-lit
roads and pavements
 No smoking on the premises

Welfare of Children & Young People
 The University adopts the highest
possible standards to protect children for
whom it has responsibility.

 UL Child Protection Guidelines may be
downloaded from the University website.
Safety information available to
you from:
 University Safety Statement
 Local Safety Statement and other
Departmental sources
 Heath & Safety Essentials Booklet
 Health & Safety Unit

Welcome to UL and please contact
me if you have any questions.

Philip Thornton Ext: 2239