Health and safety toolkit

Our Health and Safety Statement

The University of Portsmouth Students' Union (the Union) is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees and students, so far as is reasonably practicable, through the development of a positive Health and Safety culture.

The Union is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of contractors, other visitors and the general public who may be affected by the Union’s activities, so far as is reasonably practicable.

The Union considers that good health and safety performance is a fundamental prerequisite if the Union’s strategic aims are to be effectively realised.

In order to achieve this, the Union aims to:

  • Develop and promote a positive health and safety culture
  • Comply with all relevant legislation
  • Resource adequately health and safety provision
  • Ensure risk assessments are undertaken and risks are controlled adequately
  • Prevent injury and ill health of all persons affected by the activities of the Union
  • Adopt and promote best practice in all aspects of health and safety at work
  • Monitor and review the effectiveness of the Union's arrangements and make improvements as required

Primary responsibility for ensuring the safety of any activity rests with those line managers who arrange and direct the work. Safety, including personal security, is therefore an important issue that needs to be considered at all levels of management. All individual members of staff, visitors and students must also pay appropriate regard to their health and safety responsibilities.

Legal compliance is a substantial undertaking. It demands the integration of health and safety management into all planning activities. This commitment should be visible from senior management down to the individual employee. The support and co-operation of all staff and students is essential to achieve legal compliance.

Management of risk is the key to achieving the Union’s health and safety objectives. The process of risk assessment will be used to ensure that this is done in an efficient, systematic and cost effective manner. This should ensure that resources are targeted towards those areas and activities where the greatest risk exists.

The Union’s primary Health and Safety objectives are:

  • To increase the number of near miss and minor injury forms being completed to ensure appropriate reporting, and increased awareness and opportunity for better controls of safety risks
  • To ensure all staff and student groups are trained in all the health and safety courses relevant to their role
  • To reduce the levels of work related sickness to nil

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A to Z of Satefy

The details below are the arrangements and procedures in place to support a positive health and safety culture at the University of Portsmouth Students' Union. The Union expects all staff, students and visitors to abide by these arrangements.

Adventurous Activities




Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

Crime Reporting


Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness

Display Screen Equipment


Drugs and Alcohol

Electrical Safety

Emergency Evacuation

Emergency Services


Fire Safety

First Aid

Food Safety

Home Working

Incident Reporting


Ladder Inspections

Lone Working

Manual Handling

New and expectant mothers


Occupational Health

Overseas Travel

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans

Personal protective equipment

Risk Assessments


Serious Incidents

Slips and Trips


Sports Injuries

Sports clubs and societies




Temporary/Agency Workers


Working at heights training

Workplace Inspections

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The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union has a vision of creating a positive impact with every Portsmouth student during their time at University.

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