Boycott Leicester

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Risk assessment: No return until safe, 22, & 29 March 2021, Online, (National course)

This online course has been designed for Reps and activists 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.

Course meeting dates: 22nd & 29th March 2021

Course meeting times: All meeting times for this course are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. unless advised otherwise by the course tutor

Total duration: 15 - 18 hours

Delivery method: virtual course meetings, coupled with self-directed and other online work sent to the tutor for assessment

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 recommend 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 de-brief where offered.

Some colleges may also offer a p.m. debrief between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. this is not mandatory however, we would recommend you take the tutor up on the offer where available.

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

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 you branch/region if you are having problems securing time off.

More about the course

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

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