The Institute of Technology Sligo is committed to providing and maintaining a safe learning and working environment for all. We intend to continually improve our health and safety management systems and expect all of our staff, students, visitors and contractors to actively participate in this process. Following our policies, procedures and guidance will enable you to meet and where necessary, to exceed the requirements of legislation.
- Institute Safety Statement
- Emergencies and First Aid
- Event Safety
- Chemical Safety
- Eye Care
- Safety during Pregnancy
- Health and Safety Procedures and Forms
- Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments
- Healthy Campus
Health, Safety and Welfare Officer Role:
‘To provide advice and assistance on all aspects of Health & Safety to IT Sligo management and employees’
- Health, Safety & Welfare Officer
- Yvonne Roache
- Tel: +353 (0) 071 9305336
- Mob: +353 (0) 87 9961875
- Office : The POD (Beside the ATM)
Institute Safety Statement
In accordance with Section 20 of the Health and Safety at work Act 2005 IT Sligo is required to prepare a written Safety Statement specifying the manner in which the safety, health and welfare of employees is to be secured and managed.
In response to this IT Sligo has prepared a Framework Safety Statement outlining IT Sligo policies on health and safety matters and defining the necessary management structure for the implementation of these policies. Specific health and safety issues of relevance to IT Sligo as a whole are detailed in this Framework Safety Statement.
The Framework Safety details what the duties and responsibilities are of the management of IT Sligo as the employers and our own duties as either employees or as students of IT Sligo
Emergencies and First Aid
IT Sligo has in place comprehensive systems, procedures, resources and equipment in place to ensure the safety of its campus users in the event of an Emergency.
These systems are tested frequently and ensure that IT can act in a speedy manner should an incident occur.
You must report as soon as possible all accidents or incidents that occur on campus or off campus on a college approved activity. You should report the accident to your Manager, the lecturer in charge, the person in charge of an area or if you are in doubt report it directly to the Health, Safety and Welfare Officer.
Please ensure an Accident report form has been completed as documented evidence is very important to ensure a full investigation is conducted.
Steps to follow when you hear a Continuous Fire Alarm
- Walk quickly and calmly to your nearest fire exit
- If you are taking a class at the time of the Alarm, advise students to leave the room in an orderly manner and guide them to the nearest Fire Assembly Point
- If you are in a Laboratory or Workshop shut down equipment if safe to do so and if time permits
- Do not stop to collect personal belongings
- Do not use the lift, always use the stairs
- Close all doors behind you as you leave
- If impeded, be aware of alternate exit routes
- Assist those who have difficulties with mobility
- Report to your designated assembly point and advise your Fire Warden if you are aware of anyone who has not evacuated the building or any other problems you have noticed
- Do not return to the building until the “All Clear” has been given
- Do not leave the campus grounds during an evacuation
First Aid Response
In the event of a minor medical incident summon a First Aid Responder by dialling the First Aid Response number (071) 9305333 or ext 5333
Familiarise yourself with the location of your nearest first aid kit and Defibrillator (AED).
In the event of a major medical emergency such as person collapsing, suffering from chest pain or where there is risk of serious injury etc you should not delay in calling for an ambulance yourself. In addition you should have someone else call the First Aid Response number.
Dial 112 or 999 (on a campus phone you will have to dial “9” for an outside line)
- Give the phone number you are calling from
- What emergency services you require
- Location of the incident be specific
- Chief complaint
The Institute has in place systems to ensure that all events organised and held on college property are managed in a safe manner. Event organisers have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of the people attending the event or working at it (paid or voluntary) and must take all actions, in so far as is reasonably practicable to ensure all activities are undertaken in a safe manner.
Event organisers must ensure that they use the Facilities Booking Form if they wish to organise an event on campus this includes displays on the concourse and other open plan areas, use of rooms, Hume Hall etc.
In advance of the event the organiser must obtain the Facilities Booking form from the relevant person and they must fill out the Form in full, including the Event Risk Assessment Section and have it signed by the nominated person in charge. Please see the guidance below.
|Event Location||Point of Contact|
|All rooms, lecture hall, Hume Hallfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Knocknarea Arena and adjoining facilities||Knocknarea Area Personal|
The Facilities Booking Form must be signed off by the relevant Departmental Manager or in the case of students the Lecturer in charge or the Student Union President (for non – academic events).
The Health, Safety Officer can advise employees if required but has no responsibility for signing off or approving events unless specifically requested to do so by the Executive.
Chemicals are used in all departments at IT Sligo e.g. cleaning solutions, toners, oils, lubricants, paints, dyes etc and a vast array of chemicals are in use in the School of Science and Research.
Many chemicals can be potentially harmful, they can, however, be used safely providing that the appropriate precautions are taken. You should always consult the Safety Data Sheets for detailed information on how to handle, store and dispose of any chemical you use.
IT Sligo has a comprehensive ‘Chemical Monitoring Database’ which can be accessed by all IT Sligo employees and students to gather information on the chemicals they are using.
Employees are entitled, but are not obliged to undergo, an appropriate eyesight test if they are a regular user of display screen equipment. These tests can be availed of every two years.
If you work in a laboratory or workshop and wear prescription glasses you can get prescription Safety Glasses free of charge.
We operate a voucher system with Specsavers, they are the colleges appointed optician and they must be used by IT Sligo employees in order to avail of VDU or prescription Safety Glasses.
Please contact the Health, Safety and Welfare Officer if you wish to avail either service.
Safety during Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a part of normal everyday life; it is not an illness. Many women work during pregnancy and many return to work while they are breastfeeding. Because there are some hazards in the workplace which may affect either the health of the woman or her developing child, an employer has specific responsibilities as set out in Chapter 2 of Part 6 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application Regulations) 2007.
While an employee does not have to inform their employer that they are pregnant, it is important (for you and your child’s health and safety protection) that you provide them with notification as early as possible. Until such time your employer is not obliged to take any action other than those resulting from risk assessments conducted for all employees.
Pregnancy Risk Assessments
Early notification, in confidence, to the employees manager will ensure that the hazards which may present a risk can be identified and subsequently removed or reduced thus safeguarding the safety of the expecting mother and her developing child.
Once the employer has been notified by the pregnant employee, the manager must complete a written Risk Assessment for that employee. The Risk Assessment should be reviewed periodically as the pregnancy progresses, in particular if there has been a change of the work activities.
IT Sligo has put in place a Mothers Room in order to facilitate pregnant employees needing to rest and employees or students wishing to express and store breast milk. The room is located in the first floor of the Students Centre Block H room no H1020. Employees who want to avail of the facility should contact the Health, Safety and Welfare Officer in the strictest confidence.
Health and Safety Procedures & Forms
The Institute have developed a number of Health and Safety Procedures that detail how the various Health and Safety aspects of campus activities are managed.
All these Policies, Procedures and their respective Forms are available to download on the Staff Portal.
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments
Health and safety needs to be properly managed. To do this you need to know what the main hazards and risks are within your area of work so that you can control them effectively.
A ‘hazard’ is anything that may cause harm
The ‘risk’ is the chance, high, medium or low that somebody may be harmed by the hazard, together with an indication of how serious the harm could be.
It is the responsibility and duty of each Head of Function and their respective Departmental managers to ensure risk assessments are conducted of the workplace and work activities for which they have ownership.
Risk Assessments must be completed by the academics in charge, for all Field Trips/Off Campus Activities and for Student Projects that are laboratory or workshop based.
The Healthy Campus Initiative aspires to create a learning environment and organisation culture that enhances the health, well-being and sustainability of its community and enables people to achieve their full potential. The pursuit of a balanced lifestyle will be valued, physical and emotional health will be fostered and all our campus community shall be encouraged and supported to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.