Health and safety
More information is provided below on how to work safely at Walter Bower House
Covid-19 and Walter Bower House
Similar to other workplaces at the University, Walter Bower House has been risked assessed for the mitigation of Covid-19 in accordance with the University’s guidance for using buildings safely. Please read this guidance and adhere to the University’s Covid Code while working in or visiting Walter Bower House.
There are two fire assembly points for WBH, which can be viewed on the building layout plans. It is important to familiarise yourself with the fire drill procedures by taking part in the WBH online induction training.
The fire alarm is tested every Tuesday morning at 10am. Listen to a sample of the fire alarm sound here
You should not bring any untested and potentially dangerous electrical items to WBH (toasters, heaters, hairdryers etc.). These items could pose a fire risk and may interfere with the building’s systems.
First aid boxes can be found throughout the office areas, in the contemplation room, at reception and at the gym. The contemplation room can be used for first aid issues or if you feel unwell and need to lie down.
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Heating, lighting and environment
The WBH building system automatically controls heat, light, air and other features. Because of this, the windows don’t open within WBH. However, manually operated roller window blinds are fitted to most windows to prevent glare. If you have any problems with comfort or want to report a fault, please contact reception.
Working safely with display screen equipment
- Carry out the online DSE training.
- Make adjustments before you start to work. Pay particular attention to the position and angle of your monitor, mouse and keyboard, and the height and position of your chair and feet. For more information see the desk ergonomics guide.
- Try to swap between screen-based and non-screen based tasks throughout the day.
- Walk around and move away from your desk when you can and take regular exercise during the day. Take the stairs rather than the lift, for example.
- Protect yourself when using portable devices such as smartphones and tablets. Avoid prolonged use, position your tablet at eye level and use a stylus and shortcuts to prevent nerve damage in your fingers.
- Have regular eye tests and adjust the brightness and contrast settings on your screen to prevent eye strain.