Here you can find all of the forms, documents and information that you'll need while you're on your placement.
Health and safety on work placements
About health and safety on work placements
Students on industrial placements come within the scope of The Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990. In effect you are deemed to be an employee of the organisation providing the placement opportunity (Placement Provider) - this is regardless of the duration or location of the placement and whether or not you are paid. Please read the following information on the various responsibilities that exist during work placement. It is intended to supplement rather than replace the information which should be provided by your Placement Provider during your induction into the workplace and thereafter.
If you are concerned about any aspect of occupational health or safety during your placement, you should first discuss the matter with your contact at the Placement Provider to give them the opportunity to address your concerns. However, if you are not satisfied with their response, then please refer to your faculty who will be able to provide further advice.
What are your health and safety responsibilities?
As a student on placement, you have the same legal duties as any other employee. They include:
Taking reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what you do or fail to do. This is particularly important in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19), so it is recommended you read the latest guidance from the government to understand any implications for you and your placement experience
Co-operating with your Placement Provider on health and safety, and reporting promptly any situation you believe to be unsafe
Correctly using work equipment/items provided to you, including personal protective equipment, in accordance with training or instructions
Not interfering with or misusing anything provided for your health, safety or welfare.
What duties does the University have during the placement?
The University recognises that it has a duty of care towards you in relation to your placement to the limited extent we can contribute to preventing foreseeable injuries.
You are encouraged to make your Placement Provider aware of any personal information that may impact on the health and safety of you and others at work. If you are unsure about this, you are advised to notify your Placement Coordinator and discuss the relevance of this prior to your placement.
BU sends information on health and safety to all placement employers. This letter explains the University’s interest in ensuring your safety whilst on placement.
The University will respond to any negative feedback received from you by discussing this information with yourself/the Placement Provider to address any unresolved issues.
What duties does the employer (Placement Provider) have during the placement?
Your Placement Provider has the primary duty under the law to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, your health, safety and welfare at work. In general, this means making your workplace safe and without risks to health.
This will include: ensuring their premises, machinery and equipment are safe and that safe systems of work are set and followed; ensuring all materials and substances are moved, stored and used safely; providing you with adequate welfare facilities; giving you the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary for your health and safety, and consulting with their workforce on health and safety matters.
Your Placement Provider (UK) will also have responsibility to follow and implement the latest government guidance around working safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19) - see the government guidance which provides further guidance in the context of specific work environments. In reference to travel outside of the UK it is important you consult that latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice before planning any travel.
The provision of induction in workplace health and safety arrangements remains your Placement Provider’s responsibility as this will include matters that only they will be aware of (such as the matters listed below).
To safeguard your health and safety, your Placement Provider must:
Assess the risks to your health and safety (and record the significant findings if there are 5 or more employees) and then make arrangements for implementing the health and safety control measures identified as being necessary by the assessment
Draw up a health and safety policy and bring it to your attention (if there are 5 or more employees)
Appoint someone competent to assist with health and safety responsibilities
Co-operate on health and safety with other employers sharing the same workplace
Set up emergency procedures (e.g. action in case of fire etc.)
Provide adequate first-aid facilities and report certain injuries and dangerous occurrences to the health and safety enforcing authority
Ensure that the workplace has adequate facilities for ventilation, temperature, lighting, and sanitary, washing and rest facilities
Ensure that work equipment is suitable, so far as health and safety is concerned, and that it is properly maintained and used
Prevent or adequately control exposure to substances which may damage your health and provide health surveillance as appropriate
Take precautions against danger from flammable or explosive hazards, electrical equipment, noise and radiation
Avoid hazardous manual handling operations, and where they cannot be avoided, reduce the risk of injury
Provide free any protective clothing or equipment, where risks are not adequately controlled by other means
Ensure that appropriate safety signs are provided and maintained.
Public Liability Insurance
Your employer may ask about BU’s Public Liability Insurance. This insurance includes claims arising from injury, loss or damage to property, and means that you and your placement provider can be assured BU will have the resources to meet a legal claim from anyone who suffers as a result of something that is our fault. This insurance does not cover anything that is the legal liability of someone else.