Health and Safety
Under Health and Safety legislation when you are carrying out research or associated study activities as a postgraduate researcher (PGR), you are required to follow your University/Institution health and safety policies, standards & guidance. All doctoral students receive an induction when they start at their institution. As part of this, departments are responsible for explaining the arrangements that they have in place to manage health and safety.
If you have a long-term health condition or disability or have concerns about your mental health that could affect your ability to carry out your research or studies, or which requires additional support in order to secure your health and safety, you should discuss this with the Disability Services at your Institution. They can provide advice and guidance on how the Institution can make reasonable adjustments to support you.
It is important to recognise that research and fieldwork activities can be stressful for a variety of reasons and can therefore raise potential mental health and wellbeing risks. Issues can arises as a result of the subject matter or the location in which you are working. Should you have any such concerns, we strongly recommend that you contact you Institutional Wellbeing Services for Advice.
Health and safety risk assessments should be undertaken to ensure compliance with all health and safety obligations, and to choose and validate the institutional insurance for this work. This includes any reasonable adjustments that help to ensure the health and safety of those with disabilities or long-term health conditions. If you are involved in carrying out research tasks, then you should be actively involved in the risk assessment process and be familiar with the significant findings of the risk assessments for the work that you will be doing and the control measures that you will need to follow. Whenever you are assessing risk, it is important to remember that risks may be more than physical, and that psychological risks may also apply.