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Getting health & safety help

Advice for UCU members on health and safety in the workplace.

If you have a health & safety problem

Your local safety representative at department, site, branch/LA, college or university should be your first port of call for any health or safety query or problem. Elected by the union locally, they have the knowledge, are able to access training with paid leave, get paid facility time and have direct access to the union's officials and health and safety advice line. They are part of the local procedures agreed with your management, with statutory rights, to deal with health and safety.

If you are not sure how to contact your local safety rep you can use our local contacts finder to contact your branch/LA.

Are you a UCU health & safety rep?

UCU safety representatives and branch/LA officers should contact the UCU health and safety advice service which provides information to reps on all health & safety issues and problems, legislation and guidance.


You will find some factsheets containing basic information on a number health and safety issues below - these are only introductions and are not a substitute for talking to your union rep.

In this section:

Safety Representatives & Safety Committees Regulations 1977

This publication contains the Regulations, Approved Code of Practice and Guidance on trade union safety representatives appointment and functions, and the duties imposed on employers to support those functions and other safety reps activities.  Copyright release for this UCU-badged version of the Safety Representatives & Safety Committees Regulations has been given to the TUC, and permits affiliated unions to reproduce it for educational purposes.

 (.pdf) file type icon TUC Safety representatives and safety committees (.pdf) [1.6Mb]

Health and safety law 

 (.pdf) file type icon Your health, your safety: A guide for workers - HSE/TUC leaflet (.pdf) [104kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon Health and safety law: what you should know - HSE leaflet (.pdf) [64kb]

Health and well-being

 (.doc) file type icon Sickness absence questions (.doc) [147kb]

 (.doc) file type icon What to do if you are involved in an incident or injury at work - UCU member factsheet (.doc) [164kb]

 (.doc) file type icon How long can you be expected to work without being given a break? - UCU factsheet (.doc) [146kb]

 (.doc) file type icon Stress: employer liability - UCU member factsheet (.doc) [150kb]

 (.doc) file type icon Long-term sickness absence - UCU factsheet (.doc) [143kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon A guide for new and expectant mothers who work - HSE booklet (.pdf) [628kb]

 (.doc) file type icon If you believe that you are being bullied, the chances are, you are - UCU member factsheet (.doc) [144kb]

 (.doc) file type icon What to do if you are being bullied or harassed (.doc) [163kb]

 (.doc) file type icon What to do if you witness bullying or harassment (.doc) [157kb]

 (.doc) file type icon Guidance for those accused of bullying or harassment (.doc) [160kb]

 (.doc) file type icon Who listens? Bullying in further and higher education (.doc) [159kb]

Worksmart: your health at work - TUC site with FAQs on a number of workplace health issues

Worksmart FAQs on RSI

Worksmart FAQs on voice loss

Worksmart FAQs on back posture

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Working environment

 (.pdf) file type icon Mouse infestations - UCU factsheet (.pdf) [95kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon Working with VDUs - HSE leaflet (.pdf) [112kb]

 (.doc) file type icon Smokefree workplaces: a guide (.doc) [220kb]

 (.doc) file type icon Teleworking - UCU factsheet (.doc) [158kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon Out of 'site', out of mind? IOSH guidance on teleworking (.pdf) [83kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon Working alone in safety: controlling the risks of solitary work - HSE leaflet (.pdf) [37kb]

 (.doc) file type icon Temperature and ventilation - UCU factsheet (.doc) [164kb]

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 (.docx) file type icon Hazards Conference Report 2013 (.docx) [22kb]

 (.doc) file type icon Asbestos in the workplace - UCU factsheet (.doc) [164kb]

 (.pdf) file type icon Read the label: how to find out if chemicals are dangerous - HSE factsheet (.pdf) [101kb]

Worksmart FAQs on chemicals

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