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Challenges for Health and Safety in Higher Education and Research Organisations Editors: Olga Kuzmina, Stefan Hoyle


About this book

This book provides a summary of the main obstacles for creating and maintaining high standards of health and safety in higher education and research organisations. The obstacles include high staff turnover and an uncertain and constantly evolving research environment, small groups lacking unified management structure, deadline time pressures, restricted funding models and existing "old school" culture. Often the Health and Safety specialists and personnel managers in these organisations find themselves reiterating the same information, which gets lost as soon as the new cohort of workers arrives.

Providing insight into methods of managing health and safety, training, and supervision, which help to build a strong and reliable health and safety system, this book is a collection of "best practices" from experienced safety professionals and researchers in Europe and the United States. These experiences demonstrate how health and safety professionals have overcome these issues and provide readers with ideas and models they can use in their own organisations. The information contained within is aimed at health and safety professionals and managers in universities and research organisations conducting scientific and engineering research with transient workers and students worldwide.

Book content

  • Introduction: Main Challenges Faced in the Research and Higher Educational Organisations
  • Managing Legal Risks in an Uncertain Environment
  • The EU and Safety Management in Higher Education
  • Safety Culture, Stress and Wellbeing
  • Educate not Indoctrinate: Training and Support for Workplace with High Turnover of Staff
  • Safety in Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratories - How to Train Safe Chemists
  • The Medical School: Managing Safety in Medical Education
  • Safety Outside of the Classroom
  • Stakeholder Engagement 
  • – Getting the Leadership Team and Stakeholders Buy-in
  • The Role of Technical Staff in Maintaining Good Health and Safety
  • Liaison with Emergency Services
  • When the Walls Come Down: Secrets of Open Space Safety
  • Health and Safety Considerations in Design of Teaching and Research Laboratories
  • Innovation Spaces: The New Campus Risk Paradigm
  • The Commercialisation of Higher Education and its Impact on Safety Management
  • Please Throw it Away: Dealing with Ageing Equipment, Infrastructure (and Staff) Safely
  • Green and Sustainable While Avoiding Risks
  • Organise, Not Agonise: Checking and Revision

The print version of this book is planned for release on 16 November 2020. Information about this book is subject to change without notice.

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This book contains 250 pages.

Publication details

Copyright year
2021
Print ISBN
978-1-83916-159-9
ePub eISBN
978-1-83916-281-7

Author information

Dr Olga Kuzmina is a qualified Health and Safety specialist, with more than 10 years’ experience of working in manufacturing, research and academic environments. She routinely advises on handling, storage and disposal of hazardous chemicals, including corrosives, oxidisers, carcinogens, toxic substances, pyrophoric and otherwise hazardous materials. She created organisational policies on waste routes, safe solvent purification, safe chemical storage and disposal. She developed and delivered health and safety training. Dr Kuzima is highly skilled in chemistry and engineering and fluent in English, Russian and Polish. She holds project management, teaching and professional qualifications including: PRINCE2, FHEA, CChem, CSci and CEnv. She was a winner of the 40under40 outstanding Health and Safety professionals award in 2018. Dr Kuzima has 15 scientific publications including co-authorship and co-editing of the Application, Purification, and Recovery of Ionic Liquids book published by Elsevier in 2016. She has also contributed to a book for the RSC on Polymerized Ionic Liquids.