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H&S 1: Induction (Health & Safety Reps role and functions): 10,17,September & 1,8,15, October 2021, Online, Scotland

This online course forms the first part of UCU's Health and Safety training programme. This course is for new H&S reps, those who have been in the role sometime but have never been trained, along with those in the branch who want to further understand the role, and legislation that enables H&S reps to hold institutions to account.

Course meeting dates: 10th 17th September & 1st, 8th 15th October 2021

Duration: 21 - 25 hours over 5 weeks

Venue: Online

Course meeting times: weekly course meetings are 2 hours long and held between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. unless otherwise directed by the course tutor. Each course meeting will take place on the dates above. Please expect some activity group work outside of the course meeting dates.

Delivery methodOnline & course meetings via zoom or teams, supported by both self-directed and collaborative working.

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 3:00 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 off 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.

The course will cover: 

  • the role and functions of a safety rep
  • how to obtain facilities and time off to carry out the safety rep's function
  • using the safety reps and safety committee regulations
  • employers' duties under health and safety legislation
  •  a trade union and equal opportunities approach to health and safety
  • how to organise UCU members around hazards at work - including the Covid-19 pandemic
  • develop essential safety rep skills

This course will touch on the Covid-19 pandemic and H&S - however, the UCU Risk Assessment: A safe return, may be more appropriate if you wish to deal solely with Covid-19 pandemic issues around returning to work. 

Please ignore references to lunch and overnight accommodation on the application form.

You may be asked to register with the delivering college in which your trade union tutor is employed. Some colleges may ask for your passport or equivalent identification details to register. UCU are working to limit these asks, but as it stands, if you do not register with the college you will be unable to join the course.

Your email address will be sent to the TUC on whose learning platform the course is situated. They will send you the course link where you will find your introductory activities and initially meet your course tutor.

Please enter your membership number on the application form below - It help the course administrator find your details more easily and is an enormous help. Thank-you

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