Hazards and safety managment topics A–Z

Please find below a list of the most common hazards and H&S topic areas associated with the Universities activities along with links to useful information. If in doubt please contact us using our online form.

The HSE define a hazard as

A hazard is something (e.g. an object, a property of a substance, a phenomenon or an activity) that can cause adverse effects. For example:

  • Water on a staircase is a hazard, because you could slip on it, fall and hurt yourself.
  • Loud noise is a hazard because it can cause hearing loss.
  • Breathing in asbestos dust is a hazard because it can cause cancer.

For more detailed information on a hazard or safety issue click on a topic:Staff under water 

A-Z list

Biological safety 

Carriage of dangerous goods 
Compressed air 
Compressed gas 
Confined space 
Contractor work 
Cranes and other lifting devices 
Cryogenic materials
Display Screen Equipment 
Dust - wood 
Electric equipment in low-risk environments PAT 
Electrical safety at work

Fire / Explosion 
First aid equipment 
Flammable atmosphere 
Flammable materials 
Fork lift truck 
Hazardous substance 
Hot work
Human factors 


Lone working 
Machinery usage 
Manual handling 

Nanomaterials in research

Personal safety 
Pneumatic drills
Pressure systems 

Radiation (ionising) 

Radiation (non ionising)
Skin diseases / conditions 
Slipping / tripping hazards 
Static electricity
Temperature extremes 
Transport related 
Travel overseas 
Waste management 
Work experience visits (to the University)
Work at height