Health & Safety

All physical activity needs to have a risk assessment.

Health and Safety is crucial when participating in events and activities both on and off campus. As a group leader for any activity or situation, you have accepted responsibility for leading others. Your role is to ensure they are not exposed to any foreseeable risks. This includes safe passage of travel, maintenance of equipment and notice of any pre-existing medical conditions. If you are ever in doubt please just get in touch with Student Activities and we will be happy to help.

Risk Assessments

A Risk Assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your event or activity, could have the potential to cause harm to people, so that you can assess whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm in advance.

You need to have a risk assessment for all your activities.

Consider the potential risks of everything your group does; whether it be a one-off event, regular training sessions or large group activities. You need to consider risks for everyone who may be exposed at any time.

A risk assessment must be completed BEFORE your activity takes place.

Download our risk assessment document

Dealing with accidents & incidents

In the event of any serious accident or incident which potentially involves the emergency services or which could attract media attention, please follow this procedure:

  1. Firstly, ensure the safety of yourself and then the group.
  2. Contact the emergency services if necessary and ensure that before you call you are in a situation where you can pinpoint your exact location. You will then need to provide them with your name, the number you are calling them from and a brief summary of what the situation is i.e. the number of injured and the nature of those injuries. Where possible treat any casualties if it is safe to do so.
  3. Contact the Student Activities Manager (0118 378 4119) and if on campus, Campus Security (0118 378 7799) and provide the following information:
    • Your name and the location of where you are calling from.
    • The name of the society/sports club involved, A brief description of the incident.
    • The names and numbers of the students involved.
    • The name of the hospital any casualties have been taken to.
  4. Do not make any statement to the media, except from a ‘no comment response’. Do not discuss any aspects of the incident with any groups or individuals that are not connected to the emergency services 5. It is the responsibility of the vehicle driver or group leader to ensure that every member of the group is briefed on what to do, should such a situation arise.