The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) applies to everyone who enters and uses Glasgow Clyde College.  This is intended to protect health and to ensure personal wellbeing and safety.

Importantly, this Act requires everyone to be responsible for their own safety and for the health and safety of others.  This means we all have a duty to anticipate the effects of our actions and behaviour.  You must not interfere with, or damage, any equipment provided for the health and safety of college users.

Glasgow Clyde College cares about your Health and Safety.  Please allow us to exercise our responsibility by making your own thoughtful contribution to the health and safety of yourself and others.

General instructions:

·         If you discover a fire, sound the alarm using the nearest break glass point or contact a member of staff

·         Do not attempt to tackle a fire

·         Do not stop to collect personal belongings

·         Close doors and windows, and switch off gas and electrical appliances if possible, but only if it does not delay your exit

·         Do not use the lifts.

·         Make your way to the nearest available fire exit and proceed to the nearest assembly point

·         Do not re-enter the building until the ‘all clear’ has been given.  This will only be given after a representative of the fire service has given permission for re-entry to the building.

Fire doors are there for your protection and are a crucial factor in maintaining the integrity of escape routes in the event of a fire so please ensure that they are kept closed at all times.  If you notice fire equipment that appears to have been tampered with in any way, or equipment blocking fire exits or exit routes, please contact your tutor or Reception immediately.

Fire Safety – Advice for Students with a Disability
Any student with mobility or associated difficulties will have a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEPs) drawn up to support them while attending College.

Earplugs are available for use when waiting for the evacuation lift during an alarm.

Contact Student Services for further information on any aspect of fire safety and evacuation.

First Aid and Accident Reporting
If you require first aid assistance, contact Reception or any member of staff.

We are keen to make the College as safe a place as possible to study.  It is important, therefore, that any accidents involving staff or students, any relevant incidents or cases of disease, are reported, so that steps can be taken to minimise the risk of recurrence.

Please ensure that all such occurrences are reported via your tutor or Reception.  Students are, in their own interests, encouraged to keep the College informed of any medication they may be taking or conditions from which they suffer which may affect the administration of first aid.  All information will be treated in confidence.

Environmental Management
The College is keen to encourage recycling of materials where possible.  Efforts will be made to generate energy savings throughout the College and students are encouraged to assist in this process by minimising their use of disposable materials where possible, and switching off lights and power when areas/pieces of equipment are not in use for significant periods of time.  Recycling bins for aluminium cans are available throughout the College.

Students can support the campus staff in maintaining a safe and clean environment by using the litterbins provided.

Machinery/Equipment Safety
Any students required to use machinery or equipment within the College will receive full instructions of its safe use.  Such machinery or equipment will only be used with adequate supervision.  Protective equipment must be worn as advised by the tutor.

The College will ensure that any statutory checks on particular machinery will be carried out as required.

Any student who observes a fault, or potential fault, on any piece of machinery or equipment, should bring this to the attention of the tutor immediately.

Use of Computer Screens
It is important that all students using screens understand the following:

·         The importance of comfortable posture, and periodic postural change

·         How and why it is important to adjust furniture and equipment

·         Sensible layout and positioning of workstation equipment

·         The importance of taking regular breaks in order to give specific muscle groups the opportunity to relax

·         Any requirements for screen cleaning and maintenance

·         The need to report problems promptly to the tutor

Food Hygiene
If you wish to take food out of any of the food areas, please ask for a covered container in order to minimise the risk of spillage.

Communicable Diseases
Whilst there are many diseases that can be potentially transmitted within our community, the most serious of these fall into two main categories:

1             blood-borne viral diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis B which are transmitted through contact with body fluids and

2             bacterial infections, such as meningitis that are transmitted by close physical contact.

Students are reminded of the potential seriousness of an occurrence of any such disease within the College, and are requested to take urgent action to notify the necessary personnel where such an occurrence is diagnosed or suspected.  Any such incidents will be promptly reported to the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who will co-ordinate any necessary action and treatment.