Health and Safety
The primary function for Health and Safety is to advise, assist and support staff to effectively manage health and safety within the college. We continuously strive for improvement and we expect all our staff, students, contractors and visitors to help us achieve this by following our policies, procedures and guidance.
City of Glasgow College is committed to providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work and study environment for staff and students. The College has set out its aims in the Health and Safety at Work Policy Statement for achieving this.
The College encourages and expects staff, students and visitors to co-operate on matters of health and safety and to act responsibly whilst on College premises.
You can find further information about Health and Safety at the college below:
The College makes every effort to ensure measures are in place to control health and safety risks at the College. However accidents do happen and when they do the College has a procedure in place for reporting an accident/incident. Furthermore the College procedure requires that an investigation takes place and, if necessary, corrective action is taken to reduce the risk of a re-occurrence.
If you have accident on the College premises please advise your lecturer/host, reception or a janitor, immediately. First aid treatment will be provided, if necessary.
If you have an accident outside the College e.g. on a college trip or excursion, or at another employers workplace whilst on work placement or whilst on College business, then please report it to your College lecturer/manager as soon as possible.
There are fully qualified first aiders at each College Campus building. Should you require first aid treatment, please advise your lecturer/host, reception or a janitor.
There are also first aid rooms at each campus.
The College encourages and welcomes input from Trade Unions, staff and students on improving health and safety.
Staff and Trade Unions
It is a legal requirement to consult Trade Union representatives on matters of health and safety. The College has a Health and Safety Committee which meets at least 3 times per year and minutes of the meetings are produced and posted on the staff intranet. The Committee consists of management and TU safety representatives.
Individual members of staff can raise health and safety matters directly with their manager, Estates or the Health and Safety Team.
There are a number of ways for students to raise issues including health and safety. The details are covered in the Students section of the website.
If any visitor has concerns regarding health and safety at the College, they should raise the matter with their host, reception or a janitor.
The College is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment and in particular managing the risk of fire. This commitment is included in The College Fire Safety Policy, which also covers the arrangements for assessing and controlling the risk of fire and spread of fire.
Fire Alarm System
All College buildings have automated fire alarm systems which include smoke/heat sensors, fire alarm call points and fire alarm sounders.
Fire Alarm Test
The fire alarm is tested weekly, on a Thursday at 1100 hrs, at all College buildings. The alarm will sound for 10-15 seconds. The purpose of the test is to ensure that the system operates properly and to familiarise occupants with the sound of the alarm.
Fire Emergency Action Plans (FEAPs)
Detailed FEAPs are in place for all College buildings and these are communicated and available for all staff and students attending the college. FEAPs contain details of evacuation procedure and it is important you know what action to take. Your manager, host or lecturer should advise you of the procedure. If you are visiting the college you can also pick up the leaflet: Health and Safety and Security Information for Visitors. The main action to take is as follows:
On Discovering a Fire
Raise alarm by activating a fire alarm call point.
On Hearing the Fire Alarm
- Leave the building by the nearest, safest exit or as directed by staff or fire marshals.
- Escape routes and stairwells to evacuate premises are signposted.
- Close doors behind you.
- Proceed to designated assembly area.
- Do not use lifts.
- Do not take risks.
- Do not delay or stop to collect personal belongings.
- Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so.
Do you require assistance to evacuate the building?
If any staff or students have a mobility difficulty or other impairment and you require assistance to evacuate the building please advise the appropriate person as soon as possible e.g. staff should advise their manager; students should advise Student Development on application or their lecturer so that arrangements can be put in place for your safe evacuation in the event of a fire emergency. These arrangements will be documented on a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) and copied to you.
Visitors should advise Reception and they will be provided with details. (also refer to section for Visitors).
In addition to the College health and safety policies and procedures, there are also guidance notes that provide practical safety information and instructions.
- Use of Personal Portable Electrical Appliances.
- Fire Doors.
- Storage of Materials and Obstructions within Escape Routes.
- Guidance in Use of 13 Amp 4 Gang Bar Adapter.
- Using Display Screen Equipment.
The College is committed to a healthier workforce and promoting the health and wellbeing of staff and students.
The College holds the Healthy Working Lives Scotland Gold Award. Events promoting health and wellbeing take place throughout the year and the College also provides a range of facilities and information covering physical and mental wellbeing and healthy eating choices.
The Student Association also promote and run health and wellbeing events for students.
You can access the current Health and Safety Policies and Procedures using the links below. These are reviewed on a regular basis and revised if necessary to reflect organisational and legislative changes.
- Risk Assessment Procedure.
- Accident and Incident Reporting and Investigation Procedure.
- Work Placement Procedure.
- Educational Visits and Field Trip Procedure.
- Manual Handling Procedure.
- Display Screen Equipment Procedure.
- Lone Working Procedure.
- Violence at Work Procedure.
The college extends a warm welcome to all visitors. If you require directions or assistance please go to Reception Desk and they will gladly help you.
The health and safety information below is also available at reception. It is important to read this information.
Health and Safety and Security Information for Visitors.
Standard Emergency Evacuation Plans.