Health and safety

Whether in the UK or overseas, the health and safety of secondees is paramount. A risk assessment must be carried out if the location of the secondment is anywhere other than the University of Exeter. This should include the 7 Health and Safety factors:

  • Type of work; inherent risks and controls available locally (eg H7S management, fire safety and first aid provision)
  • Travel and transportation to and from the work location (road hazards and risk)
  • Work location and/or region (local customs, local politics)
  • General/environmental health (dealing with illness, difficult working conditions)
  • Individual needs (disability?)
  • Insurance limitations (who is providing insurance cover, employee and public liabilities)

The Health and Safety team can provide further advice on health and safety in fieldwork and should be contacted by the line manager or the secondee prior to any secondment agreement taking place if there are any concerns. Read further information on risk management.