On this page, you'll find procedures around:
- Safety clothing and equipment
- Electrical appliances and power leads
- Computer comfort and safety
If you have any questions, email the Health and Safety team.
Safety clothing and equipment
Safety equipment and clothing can protect you from hazards. You must wear safety items if you're instructed to. Make sure items fit you properly such as ear muffs, safety glasses, high-visibility vests, and appropriate footwear. You'ill be asked to leave an area if you're not wearing the required safety items.
Do not operate any machinery unless you have been instructed, shown and authorised to. You should:
- Never use machinery that's being cleaned or is under maintenance
- Stop using machinery that isn't working properly and immediately tell your lecturer or technician
- Remove loose clothing and jewellery and tie long hair back
- Make sure any machine safety guards and devices work properly before using the machinery - if they're missing or damaged, don't use the machine.
Before using a ladder, make sure it's in good working condition. You should be trained to use a ladder safely and authorised by your lecturer or technician to use one.
Make sure you:
- Place it on level and firm ground
- Wear sensible soled footwear
- Do not block doorways
- Do not stand on the top rung of a stepladder - stay two steps down
- Move the ladder instead of over-reaching
- Use the safety catch of locking bar
- Have someone to help you keep the ladder steady at the base.
Electrical appliances and power leads
If you notice or cause any damage to electrical appliances, you should report it immediately to your lecturer or a technician. Don't use the appliance. Make sure power leads don't cause a tripping hazards.
Computer comfort and safety
You can take steps to prevent discomfort and pain caused by using a computer:
How to change your mouse to the left
You can change your computer settings by:
- Go to the Start menu
- Click settings
- Click Control Panel
- Click Mouse
- Click the check box that says "Switch Primary and Secondary Buttons" or the box that allows left you to use the left mouse.
- Click Apply
Now place the mouse on the left and centre your bellybutton at the "B" button on the keyboard.
- Be patient as you learn. Your speed and accuracy will improve with time and it's worth it to reduce your risk of injury.
- Some discomfort on the left is normal and will reduce as you get used to the movement. Try not to tense you arm, lift your shoulder or over-clutch the mouse.