Health, Safety and Security

Health, Safety and Security

Health & Safety Officer: Craig Ferguson (Head of Facilities)

The college not only accepts the legal duties of care set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc., Act 1974 and all associated Regulations and Approved Codes of Practice but also our moral and ethical obligations. Our aim at all times is to ensure the safest possible working environment for all of our students, staff and visitors. Everyone has a responsibility to protect themselves and others from hazards resulting from work or behaviour. It is your duty to follow closely all advice and instruction given by Lecturers, College staff, on official notices and in the Student Code of Conduct. You should not attempt to carry out work of a dangerous nature nor operate machines unless instructed to do so. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn as instructed by the Lecturer.


1.  Accidents
2. Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
3. Clothing
4. Conduct
5. Computer Equipment, College Network and Internet
6. Food and Drink
7. Fire and Emergency Evacuation
8. Discrimination/Harassment/Bullying
9. ID Card
10. Mobile Phones
11. Parking
12. Property


If there is an accident which causes injury, it is important that you take the correct actions.  You should summon assistance and wait with the casualty for a qualified First Aider. All accidents must be reported to the lecturer in charge. Accidents outside the classroom must be reported to reception.

Access to Computer Equipment, College Network and Internet

The code of conduct on computer and Internet use has been designed to protect both you and other users from inconvenience, loss, distress and possible disciplinary or criminal proceedings. All students must comply with the regulations on acceptable computer, network and Internet access. You will be issued with a copy of these regulations and will be required to sign to confirm that you have read, understood and will abide by the rules for computer and Internet access. The following are broad guidelines and should be read along with the code of conduct for computer use.  
You should

• always log on and log off
• keep a backup of your work
• leave your workstation clear when you have finished
• be aware that you may be monitored while you are using a computer or while accessing the Internet
• only use the Internet for careers, job search or course related work

You must not

• use your login for another student
• consume food or drink in the computer suites
• move equipment or disconnect cabling
• open .exe files
• alter settings
• load software
• send or receive pornographic material, computer viruses or offensive material which would contravene legislation / constitute a criminal offence
• use the Internet to hack into other internal or external computer systems
• connect your own computer equipment to the College network


Children are only allowed in the central atrium and are not allowed in classrooms / workshops / salons / study areas nor should prams or pushchairs be left unattended in corridors.  Children and young people are the sole responsibility of the accompanying adult and must be kept under close supervision at all times whilst on the College campus.
The College operates a child protection policy in order to safeguard the welfare of the children, young people and vulnerable adults who attend the College. Members of staff have a duty of care to prevent physical, sexual or emotional abuse and to report any suspicions of abuse.

A copy of the policy is available from the Head of Student Services.

Clothing / PPE / Team Colours

At all times clothing should be suitable and appropriate to the activity being undertaken. Where required, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn at all times. Football / team colours should not be worn in College.

Conduct & Disciplinary Procedures

All students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner and co-operate with any reasonable request by a member of College staff. By signing the College enrolment form, you agree to be bound by the Student Code of Conduct and the College rules and regulations. Students who breach the College rules and regulations on conduct, Health & Safety or academic matters will be disciplined and may be suspended or withdrawn from their course of study. Students have the right of appeal.  The following activities are strictly prohibited:

• smoking/vaping on college premises out with the designated smoking area
• gambling in any form
• use or possession of intoxicating liquor, drugs or hazardous substances on College premises
• dropping of litter, spitting, theft, vandalism or violence
• interfering with fire equipment, fire doors or fire alarms
• wilful action which could place any person in danger or could result in an accident
• use of the Internet or Email to access, download or send offensive or pornographic material
• harassment, bullying, behaviour or language that is sectarian, sexist, racist, ageist or homophobic
• remaining in the building when a fire / evacuation siren has been sounded


Food and Drink

Food and drink must not be consumed in classrooms, workshops or computer labs. Hot and cold drinks with a secure lid may be consumed in the Library and Learning Centre.  Packed lunches may be taken in the atrium and in the food court.  If you wish, you may bring your own food to each to these areas.  Tables must be cleared and all rubbish deposited in the appropriate bins provided.  Recycling provision is made, this must be used.

Fire / Emergency Evacuation of the Building

In case of fire, follow the instructions on the fire notices. If the alarm sounds, leave the building by the marked exit route and only re-enter after an all-clear has been sounded. You should familiarise yourself with the location of the emergency exits.  Muster points are clearly signposted in the College car park.  You must leave access roads clear and obey any instruction from a College Fire Warden.  You should not leave the campus grounds during an evacuation. If you have a mobility difficulty, you should agree your personal evacuation plan with Learning Development.

Discrimination/ Harassment / Bullying

South Lanarkshire College is committed to creating an environment free of discrimination, harassment and bullying, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Discrimination, harassment and bullying in any form, including cyber-bullying, whether involving students or staff, won’t be tolerated.  Bullying may take the form of exclusion, ridicule, teasing, suggestive comments posted on social networking sites, touching or assaults.  If you feel you’re being harassed, bullied or discriminated against, you should contact your Course Tutor or Head of Student Services as soon as possible.  They’ll listen and give you support.  All allegations of bullying and harassment will be investigated and, if appropriate disciplinary action may be taken.

ID Card

You should carry your student ID card whenever you are in College.  You will require it to gain access to corridors, register your attendance in class and you may be asked to produce it to verify your identity – for example, for access to study areas, for entry to examinations, etc.  There is a charge of £5 for a replacement card.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones must be switched off or changed to silent before entering the library, classrooms, workshops, computer labs and Learning Centres. At other times they should be used responsibly so as not to disturb others.

Parking & Speed Limits

The cycle park is beside the nursery and a shower / changing room is available.  Access is available from Student Services.
The car park is accessed from the main College entrance at Kelvin Road.  Your student ID card may be required to gain entry to the car park.  Vehicles may only be parked within the designated spaces and not exceed the speed restriction of 10mph.  Drivers are required to make vehicles secures against theft and may not park on yellow lines, on pavements, or in bays designated for disabled permit holders.


Please do not leave any personal valuables unattended.  If you suspect or discover a theft of personal or College property, you should report this immediately to a member of staff. It is advisable to have insurance cover for your personal property as the College will not accept liability for loss or damage.  Lost property should be handed to the Building Supervisors and any enquiries regarding lost property should be made at reception.