The Health and Safety Service is responsible for monitoring and advising on Health & Safety across the University. We coordinate safety matters, inspect and advise on aspects of H&S and provide training.

What we do

The Health and Safety Service is dedicated to help protect the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone who visits our campuses - staff, students and others such as the public and our contractors. We achieve this by:

  • Developing safety management systems at the University.
  • Advise on risk assessments.
  • Deliver training courses.
  • Incident/accident investigation.
  • Liaison with external, professional bodies such as the Local Authorities, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and regularly reports on matters regarding legal compliance and corporate responsibility.
  • Providing technical support, guidance and assistance on all aspects of health and safety legislation to staff and students.

The service is involved in the following areas:

  • Help promote a positive and pragmatic health and safety culture.
  • Give advice on effective risk management and assessment.
  • Provide additional, 'hands on' assistance for those business operations which are higher risk.
  • Run a wide range of training courses for staff and students.
  • Conduct accident investigations and liaise with insurance representatives following claims.
  • Carry out audits of compliance and risk.


The health and safety of staff, students and visitors is our highest priority. 

Click here to view our - Health and Safety Policy Statement 2024. You can also visit the policies page for a full list of downloads.

Health and Safety Service Annual Report

Each year, the Health and Safety Service produces a report which details the work of the service and considers the University's health and safety management perfomance.  To see the most recent annual report, please follow the link below.

Annual Health and Safety Report 2022-2023

Incident and Accident Reporting

The University of Cumbria has a legal duty to report certain types of accidents, injuries and dangerous occurrences arising out of work activity to the relevant enforcing authority.

The University also has a responsibility to investigate and keep a record of all accidents causing injury, dangerous occurrences and occurrences of disease or ill health where they arise out of the work of the University.

Complete an Online Accident Report Form

Useful Links

Advice on occupational health and safety issues can come from many sources. Given below are a number of websites which may be useful if you are looking for specific information on a given occupational health or health and safety topic.

For Health and Safety information

Health and Safety Executive

Trade Union Congress

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

For information on Health Issues

NHS Choices

Local Authorities



South Lakeland

Other Useful Sites

St John Ambulance


UK Legislation

Food Standards Agency


Health and Safety Service

Telephone: 01228 242608 or 01228 279506

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