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Human Resources

Health and safety

The health and safety team are here to ensure that you are safe while undertaking activities at the University.




Based in the Health and Safety Centre, the team provide a professional service to University staff and students and their goal is to ensure the University is at all times a safe and healthy environment for staff, students and visitors.

There are several University policies, procedures and guidance documents available to support us in achieving this goal which may be found in the relevant section on this site.

The University's health and safety and occupational health staff are based in the health and safety centre, which is in the Foster Building.

There are four members of staff working in the centre to offer you advice and information.

  • Steven Westcough - Health and Safety Adviser
  • Lynn Smith - Health and Safety Officer
  • David Errington - Occupational Health Adviser
  • Emma Shaw - Assistant Administrator

They are supported by department safety officers.

Department safety officers

All new University staff and students are shown the University's health and safety induction presentation.

Health, Safety and well-being report 2018/19

When starting at the University all staff and students are provided, during induction, with the relevant Health and Safety information. From September a campaign is being launched to remind student to "Watch Your Step" and as well as the content below, messages will be displayed on screens across the University, including the big screen in Campus Heart.

Accident reporting


All accidents resulting in injury must be recorded on an accident report form, obtainable from either the link below, your administration office or the health and safety centre. Send the completed form to the health and safety centre. Any absence from work resulting from an accident must be reported as soon as possible to the health and safety centre by the appropriate supervisor or manager.

Accident and incident report form

Personal emergency evacuation plan


All Teesside University students must be able to leave buildings safely in the event of a fire or other emergency. We understand that many people with disabilities or other medical conditions will be able to escape unaided; however, some may require assistance. Therefore, we request that you consider your emergency evacuation arrangements in relation to your own needs. If necessary we will draw up a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) with you.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan Procedure
PEEPS information and examples
Initial emergency evacuation questionnaire for staff and students
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans - students

Smoke-free campus


The University has a No Smoking Policy which supports the vision of a smoke-free campus.

No Smoking Policy

Find out more about the stop smoking services available.

Occupational health


The occupational health adviser works in the health and safety centre, providing an accessible, confidential, advisory service for all employees. Advice and support is provided regarding the effects of health on work and work on health.

More about occupational health

Health and well-being


Our vision at Teesside is to nurture the physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being of our students and staff to enable them to achieve their full potential. We want students and staff to feel they are part of a University community, where they feel valued and supported.

More about health and well-being