Student Safety


Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999, the University has a responsibility to provide a healthy and safe environment for staff, students and visitors to its premises. These notes are intended to highlight some of the important areas where the University has established safety guidelines and to inform students of their responsibilities for health and safety while attending University. Further information can be found on the University Health and Safety web pages.

Health and Safety Policy statement

A reference copy of University of the Arts London’s Health and Safety Policy is available in all College libraries. Each College has also produced a statement of local arrangements (part three of the overall policy) that gives details of the health and safety contacts who deal with various aspects of health and safety. This statement is posted at conspicuous points on the premises.

Safety rules

During your course you will be given lectures or codes of safe practice covering various aspects of the curriculum, use of machines, hazardous substances, wearing protective clothing, etc. All safety rules must be followed, not only for your own safety but also to ensure the safety of your fellow students and staff. The College also has a legal responsibility to ensure that students comply with all its safety rules.

You must not introduce any unauthorised substances or equipment into the College without the prior consent of the Dean of School. All new substances are required to be assessed in accordance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations before they may be used.

Electrical modifications or the construction of electrical circuits are not permitted unless they are made under the direct supervision of a College-approved electrician or technician.

Health and Safety Standards

A series of Health and Safety Standards have been prepared. The Standards detail the requirements of Health and Safety Legislation and best practice for a variety of activities and topics. They provide a minimum standard for health and safety practice, failure to meet these standards may result in disciplinary action.

Accidents and Injuries

It is a legal requirement that the University maintains records of accidents that occur on its University sites. If you suffer from an injury while on University premises, you must ensure that it is recorded on University of the Arts London’s accident/injury form. This form may be filled in by yourself or any person acting on your behalf. It must be signed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor/site Health and Safety Manager or appointed deputy who should ensure, so far as is reasonably possible, that the facts and information are correct. The location of report forms, normally the College and School Offices and the building reception desk, are stated in the local Health and Safety Statement. It is important that if an injury is subsequently shown to be more serious than first thought, local records must be amended accordingly.

Fire and Emergency Evacuation

In the event of a fire or other emergency requiring evacuation of the building, you must follow the procedures appropriate to the situation. Such procedures will be given to you during your induction at the start of the academic year. In the event of fire, leave the building by the quickest route, do not use lifts and do not stop to collect belongings. You must not re-enter the building until the attending fire officer or authorised member of University staff says it is safe to return. In the event of a bomb alert, follow instructions given at the time by staff and the emergency services. If you require assistance to evacuate then you should talk to your Course Leader and a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) will be prepared in consultation with you. If you are inviting others to the University who require assistance in an evacuation you must refer to the sites General Emergency Evacuation Plan (GEEP).

No Smoking Policy

The University does not allow smoking on any of its premises, or in vehicles. Smoking is also restricted in most University grounds, restrictions will be clearly marked. This includes all staff, students, contractors and other visitors to University premises, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

It is not the purpose of this policy to dictate to individuals whether they smoke or not, other than when they are on the University’s premises. Smoking is prohibited at all times around the entrances to all University property. Smoking will also not be permitted in student bars or other commercial areas of the building, nor will it be permitted in common areas, i.e. kitchens, corridors, lounges or University residences.


All Colleges have an inspection system for buildings and machinery as well as for monitoring safe practices. Occasionally, however, an unsafe condition may arise and you should report any occurrence or hazardous situation immediately to the lecturer in charge of your class or to your course tutor. If you are in doubt about the safety of any process, practice, machine or substance, you should immediately consult a member of staff for advice before proceeding. All Colleges have a Health and Safety Committee that meets once a term. A Student Representative can sit on this committee, and safety policy matters concerning students may be raised. If you have an item that you would like discussed or acted upon, you should consult your Student Representative.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Section 8

Section 8 of the Act places a duty on all persons, including students. It states:

No person shall intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health, safety and welfare in the pursuance of any of the relevant statutory provisions.

This includes such acts as unauthorised removal of guards from machinery, discharging fire extinguishers without proper cause, removing or obliterating any safety notices, etc. A breach of this section is a criminal offence.


The University and its constituent Colleges seek to make a healthy and safe working environment for all staff, students and visitors. We cannot achieve this without the co-operation of all concerned.