Remember this important lesson – always put your health and safety first

Students should put health and safety first

WITH students around the country returning to university it’s the perfect time to get on top of health and safety.

If you’re a student, moving into new accommodation, understanding the basics such as where the escape routes are in the event of a fire could help to save your life.

And if you’re responsible for health and safety at a school or college, making sure your health and safety checks are all up to date should be right at the top of your timetable.

In this blog, the team at Acorn Safety Services share their tips for staying safe and this autumn.

I’m involved in health and safety at a school or college. What do I need to know?

Making sure your health and safety programme is up to date is an important part of facilities management.

There are many checks that need to be made regularly, for example, fire risk assessments and legionella testing, which can be particularly important if a building has been closed up during the summer holidays.

A full fire risk assessment will help you to identify any fire risks and hazards, as well as any individuals who might be at risk, and give you the information you need to resolve any issues. The findings of the report will be recorded, and the relevant training will be given.

Legionella testing looks for the presence of microscopic bacteria in your water supply, which could go on to cause Legionnaires Disease if it is not dealt with promptly.

A risk assessment will look at the places where water is used or stored for example, cooling systems, condensers, hot and cold water systems and spa pools.

In addition, we offer a full asbestos service – helping to identify if your property has it and supporting with management if it does.

As a fully independent health and safety consultancy, Acorn Safety Services can carry out all these assessments for you, giving you the information you need to keep yourself and those around you safe as well as complete peace of mind for the future.

What about if I’m student?

If you’re away from home for the first time, it’s important to follow any information you are given about health and safety.

Cheshire Fire Service advises students to make sure that smoke alarms are fitted in their building and to make sure they understand where the escape routes are. It’s also important to practice this route with your housemates regularly and to ensure that any exits are kept clear.

Many accidents are easily avoidable. Always check that extension leads and computer cables are tucked carefully away whether you are inside your house or inside the classroom.

If in doubt – always ask your landlord or an official at your college or university will always have the answers.

How can Acorn Safety Services help?

With offices in Northampton, Wolverhampton and London and an expert team of health and safety consultants with clients across the UK, we are perfectly placed to help you with all of your health and safety needs.

We offer a full range of health and safety services and will soon be adding Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for commercial properties to that growing list.

Costs for our services does vary, but we offer free, no obligation quotes for anyone wanting to find out more. The price we quote is always the price you will pay.

We can offer appointments within a week, and sometimes within 24 hours on request so contact us today to book your next appointment.

For all your health and safety needs visit today or contact us at or on 01604 930380.

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