Member health & safety factsheets

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:

Health and safety law 

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:  TUC Safety representatives and safety committees [1Mb] (opens in a new window)

Your health, your safety: A guide for workers - HSE/TUC leaflet [104kb] (opens in a new window)

Health and safety law: what you should know - HSE leaflet [64kb] (opens in a new window)

Health and well-being

Sickness absence questions [147kb] (opens in a new window)

What to do if you are involved in an incident or injury at work - UCU member factsheet [164kb] (opens in a new window)

How long can you be expected to work without being given a break? - UCU factsheet [146kb] (opens in a new window)

Stress: employer liability - UCU member factsheet [150kb] (opens in a new window)

Long-term sickness absence - UCU factsheet [143kb] (opens in a new window)

A guide for new and expectant mothers who work - HSE booklet [628kb] (opens in a new window)

If you believe that you are being bullied, the chances are, you are - UCU member factsheet [144kb] (opens in a new window)

What to do if you are being bullied or harassed [163kb] (opens in a new window)

What to do if you witness bullying or harassment [157kb] (opens in a new window)

Guidance for those accused of bullying or harassment [160kb] (opens in a new window)

Who listens? Bullying in further and higher education [159kb] (opens in a new window)

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

Back to top

Working environment

Mouse infestations - UCU factsheet [95kb] (opens in a new window)

Working with VDUs - HSE leaflet [112kb] (opens in a new window)

Smokefree workplaces: a guide [220kb] (opens in a new window)

Teleworking - UCU factsheet [158kb] (opens in a new window)

Out of 'site', out of mind? IOSH guidance on teleworking [83kb] (opens in a new window)

Working alone in safety: controlling the risks of solitary work - HSE leaflet [37kb] (opens in a new window)

Temperature and ventilation - UCU factsheet [164kb] (opens in a new window)

Back to top

Hazards

Hazards Conference Report 2013 [22kb] (opens in a new window)

Asbestos in the workplace - UCU factsheet [164kb] (opens in a new window)

Read the label: how to find out if chemicals are dangerous - HSE factsheet [101kb] (opens in a new window)

Worksmart FAQs on chemicals


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.

Last updated: 3 March 2016