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The Heads of SAAZUNIe from the Netherlands have recently been on a fact finding tour of the UK hosted by USHA, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge.

“We would like to thank your Chair Clive Parkinson, Ian Gillett from Imperial and Martin Vinnnell from Cambridge and their teams for sharing your knowledge and experience with us. We enjoyed our two day visit due to your enormous hospitality and transparency on health and safety. We have seen that your employees believe in their work, and that it has paid off in the results demonstrated.

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In general we learned two major topics form you:

  • From our point of view USHA has developed many tools to fill in the gap between legislation and the awareness of health and safety. For example you have management system(s) to create and monitor health and safety as well as behaviour.
  • Responsibility of health and safety is embedded there where the risks are created as ‘those who create the risk have to control the risk’.

The heads of SAAZUNIe also picked up that:

  • USHA can be an example for us and we are willing to explore opportunities to broaden our network possibly in Belgium and Sweden
  • Education and research is more and more international orientated and we can learn from each other and share our experiences.
  • With very little staff you can accomplish a lot in executing occupation and health and safety care.
  • We share complexity in legislation which is a hot item in UK and in the Netherlands;
  • The possibilities of a new way of training, real time observation and reflecting of the behaviour of employees and students as pointed out for your liquid nitrogen facility;
  • Training of health and safety is based on entertainment followed by information - therefore the director Health and Safety is “electrocuted” on every introduction course on an voluntary basis
  • The interaction on the corporate and department level between manager and officers of health and safety works very well in a network organisation;
  • The clinical professor(s) struggle with the urgency of clinical research and legislation;
  • In fact, research and education should be leading, and guidelines and rules are only the boundaries. - the Health and Safety office plays a crucial role in focusing on what the research needs, instead of focusing on what they haven’t got;
  • The codes and systems are implemented very well in the laboratories (as actually seen);
  • The great possibilities of a pilot plant is a perfect example for teaching the newest techniques in a very realistic way;
  • The major impact of private funding for research and accommodations;
  • The opportunities for collaboration are immense in the “cathedral”.
  • The English humor contributed to our wellbeing!

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In our opinion the best way to thank you is to hand over this ‘thank you note’ and to invite you for a ‘meet and greet’ in the Netherlands. Hopefully we can inspire you as you have inspired us.”

Delft University at Imperial

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Signed by the heads of the SAAZUNIe,

University Medical Center Groningen, Mrs. G.( Greetje) Vos (president SAAZUNIe)

Maastricht University, Mr. P. (Peter) Dormans (secretary, treasurer SAAZUNIe)

Academic Medical Center and University of Amsterdam, Mr. G. (Gerard) Frijstein

Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Mr. J. (Hans) Ferdinandus

Leiden University Medical Center and Leiden University, Mr. A. (Adri) Noort

Delft University of Technology, Mr. C. (Kees) Schotsman

Eindhoven University of Technology, Mr. M (Tiny) Verbruggen

University Medical Center Utrecht, Mr. F. (Frans) Urban

University of Twente, Mrs. M. (Mariëlle) Winkler

VU University Medical Center Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam, Mr. M. (Marten) van Til

Wageningen University & Research centre, Mrs. F. (Fennet) van de Wetering

Overseas field trips – have your say

British Standard BS8848: a specification for the provision of visits, fieldwork, expeditions, and adventurous activities outside the UK has been amended following a review, and is now open for public consultation.

Please follow the link to access the draft, review the proposed changes and leave your comments. You will need to register a username and password on the website first in order to view and comment.

Injuries To Non-Workers - Where do we stand?

During recent consultations on RIDDOR the Chair of USHA Clive Parkinson asked HSE ( Health and Safety Executive) the question about Injuries to non-workers.

In the new guidance it says

You must report injuries to members of the public or people who are not at work if they are injured through a work-related accident, and are taken from the scene of the accident to hospital for treatment to that injury. Examinations and diagnostic tests do not constitute 'treatment'
in such circumstances. There is no need to report incidents where people are taken to hospital purely as a precaution when no injury is apparent.

The question being how would we know if the injury was treatable as such? We are reliant on the person contacting the University to say that they received treatment. Universities have quite a lot of visitors and students that are either taken or sent as a precaution to A&E (another problem for the NHS which is bumping the numbers up) but we rarely get to hear about what happened. We always follow up with students as we have a contact number but they often ignore the message as for visitors we might never know.

So can we safety assume that the act of notification is on the individual themselves to report that they received treatment?

The reply from HSE was follows

Diagnostic examination or tests have never been considered 'treatment' under RIDDOR. Further, there is no requirement under RIDDOR to provide a report if you do not have information about any treatment provided at a hospital.

So, where it is clear that treatment is required (or indeed already being provided) when the person is taken from the site you would report it (assuming other criteria are met). Where it is not clear that treatment is required (a precautionary visit) and you do not receive information to confirm treatment, you do not have to do send a report.

There is no onus on the responsible person to follow up each case that goes to hospital as a precautionary measure.

This detail is published in an FAQ on reporting in schools on the main RIDDOR web pages:

USHA joins the judging panel of the prestigious Green Gown Awards 2013

USHA is once again involved in the judging for the Green Gown Awards 2013. The association is being represented by Nigel Price from Staffordshire.

Now in their 9th year, the Green Gown Awards recognise the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK.

With sustainability moving up the agenda, the Awards have become established as the most prestigious recognition of best practice within the learning and skills and higher education sector.

2012 saw the Awards go international with the winners of three of the categories from Australasia and the UK up for the International Green Gown Awards.

You can see last year’s winners of the 2012 Awards ,with case studies and videos of the finalists, highly commended and winning entries. These can be found at and provide inspiring sustainability projects and ideas to motivate and replicate in other educational institutions.

The 2013 categories and further information can be found here and

The Awards Ceremony will be in early November – the date and venue have still to be confirmed.

Affiliate member Safety 4 HEd promotes its ‘Grab Bag’ to investigate incidents


The annual USHA conference is a good opportunity to network, brush up on some skills and get to see another City! As an Affiliate member as well as an exhibitor it is invaluable.

Safety 4 HEd’s Vincent Theobald-Vega attended again this year, our second year of trading.
During this period we provided dedicated health and safety support services for the University sector; training, investigation and advisory services have been used in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales.

The feedback has been excellent, and you don’t need to take my word for it; the quotes are available on the Safety 4 HEd website at

This year we were promoting the idea of having a Grab Bag to hand in preparation to investigate incidents. This common tool is used in many workplaces and one that I have used for many years. Indeed three of the Universities at the conference already use these type of incident response bags.

If you want to try out the idea then e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request to “Grab a Grab Bag” (please don’t forget to include your name and University postal address) and we will send one to you free of charge (only one per University). If you want more, we can send them to you for a small fee.

Investigation skills are often overlooked when planning the training of School / Department Safety Officers. If you require your departmental staff to undertake investigations, do you train them to do so? If you would like an experienced HSE investigator to train your staff in basic investigation methods, look at what we can deliver for you.

Our Basic course (2 hours) is described at and our one day version (including practical elements) is described at

We can also provide training on a wide variety of other topics, including the full IOSH range of courses so do get in touch.

Mabbutt sees demand for exhaust ventilation and occupational hygiene

Mabbett – health and safety, occupational hygiene and LEV

Mabbett & Associates Ltd (Mabbett), a leading independent, integrated environmental, engineering, health and safety, and sustainability consultancy, exhibited at the USHA annual spring conference in Glasgow . It was the first time Mabbett has exhibited at the event and we wish to thank the organisers for the smooth organisation and running of the event, which attracted a wide audience of health and safety professionals from universities across the U.K.

Mabbett has provided a range of health and safety consultancy support to the further education sector across the U.K., including occupational hygiene services, fire risk assessments, and health and safety audits. This conference provided us with the opportunity to increase awareness of Mabbett and our health and safety consulting and training services to this sector.

We spoke with a number of the conference delegates and noted a number of enquiries for health and safety services, notably relating to local exhaust ventilation and occupational hygiene.

Mabbett’s team of competent, qualified and highly skilled health and safety professionals can assist you to manage all aspects of your health and safety obligations, as stipulated under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and subordinate legislation, by providing multi-disciplinary health and safety consulting and training services, to include:

  • Health and Safety Audits.
  • Risk Assessments.
  • Health and Safety Management Systems, e.g. OHSAS 18001.
  • Occupational Hygiene.
  • Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Appraisal, Design and Testing.

Visit our website at: for more information on our company and services.

We’d be pleased to hear from delegates who stopped by at our stand to discuss any health and safety support needs they may have. Likewise, if you were unable to attend the conference or did not have the opportunity to speak with us at the conference, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the contact details as noted below.

Omar Khalid, Senior Health and Safety Consultant
DD: 0044 (0) 141 227 2326; or
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Compliance in the new financial paradigm

The ‘More for Less’ agenda is having a fundamental impact on how Universities approach all aspects of HE life. At the same time legal requirements are becoming more stringent; indeed the HSE will now charge for their time investigating non compliance.

How does Papaya help to square the circle?

Papaya is a twin platform, cloud based solution, rich in interactive applications, audit and reporting tools. This includes action logs, maintenance modules, document stores and a powerful eLearning platform allowing you to create your own training materiel – whether for policy dissemination, induction or spreading best practice.

As it can work from any Wi-Fi enabled device and is very intuitive to use, you can open up compliance to your entire team, and no matter how disparate the organisation or how geographically challenging campus estate may be.

So away with excel, banish paper records to the archives and have a serious look at how you can seamlessly link the whole establishment in real time, working with legacy systems if needed and turning data into rich, comprehensive information.

Not only doing more for less but making faster and more informed decisions, Papaya will help you to plan, do, check and act. All for around £1 per person per month!

For a free demo you can contact us via our website at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.