The Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA) promotes safety and health in higher education ensuring the wellbeing of university staff, students and visitors.

It produces statistical analysis of the sector’s H&S performance, runs events seminars and conferences, and publishes professional standards and guidance documents.

USHA leads the way with consultation and lobbying on national policies on the world stage, and offers members a community of support, knowledge sharing and networking.

Autumn Seminar 2015


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The USHA Autumn Seminar is on the 20th October 2015 at the Pendulum Hotel Manchester.

The revised 'Leadership & Management of Health and Safety in Higher Education Institutions Guidance' is being launched. This replaces the health and safety management code of best practice, published in 2001 by UCEA (Universities, Colleges, Employers Association) and USA (University’s Safety Association now University Safety and Health Association, USHA).

This event is supported the Manchester Business School and the event sponsor is Sevron.

Full programme details are here leadership.usha-seminar.org.uk

Fire Seminar 2015


Over 90 attended this year’s event held at the County Thistle Hotel in Newcastle.

Sponsored by Checkmate the seminar looked at ‘the built environment’ and speakers included Colin Todd Chair of the FIA Fire Risk Assessment Council; Peter Aldridge from the Association of Healthcare Fire Officers and Mark Almond & Gary Howe from Zurich. There was a poignant presentation by Andy McKay from the University of Glasgow following the fire last year at the Glasgow School of Art

Delegates were welcomed to the seminar by Veryan Johnston, Executive Director of Human Resources at Newcastle University

Here are some of the seminar presentations

Here are photographs taken at the seminar



USHA's Annual Spring Conference 2015


The sun came out for the delegates attending this year’s annual Spring Conference which was held at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel in Bournemouth. 

Supported by HEOPs its Chair Dr Alan Swann joined delegates to learn more about ‘Securing a healthier future for Higher Education’.

The event was sponsored by Sevron online safety management specialists.

You can view the conference presentations here


You can view the photos here




USHA's Estates Seminar


A record 65 USHA members attended the 2015 Estates Seminar which took place at Eversheds in London.

Delegates heard from the Health and Safety Executive and Association of Project Safety on the new CDM regulations as well as news of the plans by USHA for an Asbestos Awareness Roadshow to be held across the UK. The seminar was sponsored by HBE Risk Management.

Click here for all the presentations