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UCEA and USHA partnership work achieves national recognition

UCEA and Universities Safety and Health and Association (USHA) are delighted that they have been shortlisted for an award in recognition of their most recent work in producing key health and safety guidance for the higher education sector.

UCEA and USHA are finalists for the 2011 Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) and The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Award for Partnership Initiative, as a result of the joint work to produce the Health and Safety in Fieldwork Guidance 2011. The document provides a framework for establishing policies and procedures that enable staff, students and other participants in higher education to undertake fieldwork safely. It also allows institutions to demonstrate that they are following good practice to manage fieldwork; fieldwork that often takes place in the most remote and challenging of environments and circumstances.

UCEA’s employer-led health and safety committee provides an important network, helping institutions to develop their practice. The recognition of this excellent work with USHA is a timely reminder of UCEA’s work alongside many higher education sector organisations on members’ behalf, including supporting member institutions with equality and diversity issues in employment.

The SHP IOSH Awards ceremony www.shp-iosh-awards.co.uk (the complete list of finalists is available to view) will take place at London Hilton, Park Lane on 20 October 2011 and is seen as the highlight of the health and safety calendar.

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Notes to editors

UCEA’s Health and Safety Executive Committee has a long-standing joint working arrangement/partnership with USHA. USHA's mission is to ensure the wellbeing of university staff, students and visitors through the promotion of health and safety in higher education.

The Guidance on Health and Safety in Fieldwork (Including offsite visits and travel in the UK and overseas) can be located via this link.

For further information:

Andy Fryer, UCEA Communications Manager: a.fryer@ucea.ac.uk or Marc Whittaker, UCEA Communications Officer: m.whittaker@ucea.ac.uk. Telephone: 020 7383 2444