Health and Safety
If you have a health & safety problem
UCL has a duty of care to all its staff and students under the
Health and Safety at Work Act. Employers must avoid injury and ill-health
of their employees at all times. Employees also have a responsibility
to notify their manager of perceived risks and (of course) any accidents.
You are not required to place your health at risk in the course
of your employment. As a general rule: If you believe something
to be unsafe - don’t do it!
Your local safety or departmental
representative should be your first port of call for any health
or safety query or problem.
Due to the dispersed nature of the UCL physical site,
UCL UCU is keen to encourage more members to volunteer
to act as a local safety representative. All safety representatives
have statutory rights to deal with health and safety. These
include the ability to access training with paid leave, get
paid facility time and have direct access to the UCU full-time
officials and the UCU health and safety advice line. This
is part of our local procedures agreed with UCL management.
If you are interested in learning more about health &
safety and becoming a local safety representative please contact
in the first instance.
We have two members on the UCL Safety Committee and work closely
with the safety representatives from UNISON and UNITE. Our recent
concerns have included standards of maintenance, and work-related
At national level, UCU produces an extensive range of fact sheets
specifically for UCU health and safety reps as well as examples
of good practice and useful tools. There is a regular email newsletter
for local health and safety reps, branches and LAs, and individual
members can subscribe by contacting Linda Ball at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The health and safety calendar lists key health and safety
dates, events and training. For more details see the Health
& Safety page on the national UCU website.
Our Principal Health and Safety Officer is currently Helen Donoghue,