Human Resources

Health and Safety

Workplace inspections

Workplace inspections are one of the primary methods of identifying and eliminating actual and potential hazards. These hazards can include problems with equipment, the workplace environment, the building, as well as with work practices. There are many different kinds of workplace inspections including daily "walkabout" inspections when you enter your laboratory or office, "pre-use" inspections of equipment you are going to run, and "spot-checks" by your work supervisor or advisors. Other inspections are more formal, and involve documenting the fact that inspections have been done on a regular basis as part of "due diligence".

The Workplace must be inspected reguarly using the University's Workplace Inspection procedure. Please email if you have any queries or require assistance to complete inspections in your area.


'The role of the Unison Health & Safety team is to work with the University in the interest of reducing injuries and ill health in the work place. This is achieved in consultation with management on new H&S policies and procedures, by ensuring accidents and incidents have been appropriately investigated  and by overseeing workplace inspections and audits. Our aim is to promote and encourage involvement of all staff in Health & Safety matters and therefore reduce the likelihood of injuries or accidents at work occurring'.

'Workplace inspections help to identify hazards and potential risks and therefore play an important role in prevention. Unison Health and Safety Rep’s are therefore pleased to have had the opportunity to be involved in the design and launch of the new workplace Inspection forms and to encourage and support staff in carrying out these inspections'.

Unison Health & Safety Officer: Jill Rice

Unison Health & Safety Rep’s : Andy Rain / Colin Fudger / Andrea Coupe

Unison Chairman: Chris Burke Hynes


Important Note: This is a link to a Hazard Warning Sign‌ to be used in incidences where a hazard has been noticed and there is an imminent need to highlight the hazard to others. Please print off and place strategically where it is clearly visible to people. Please then follow the accident reporting procedure by filling in a HS1 form. If an incident needs immediate attention, please call the Health & Safety Office on ext. 3075 and if appropriate, the Estates Helpdesk on 6677.


Inspection sheet templates can be downloaded using the links below:

Workplace Inspection Form - General Area [Word (.doc) - 104KB Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:00:00 GMT]

Workplace Inspection Form - Laboratories [Word (.doc) - 280KB Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:00:00 GMT]

Workplace Inspection Form - Workshop, Studio [Word (.doc) - 249KB Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:00:00 GMT]

Workplace Inspection Form - Cold Rooms [Word (.doc) - 175KB Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:00:00 GMT]

Workplace Inspection Report [Word (.doc) - 48.2KB Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:00:00 BST]