Published: 5th October, 2020
Email sent to all members of Leicester UCU, 5 October 2020
Following our declaration of a formal dispute with the University over its position on on-campus working, and related Health & Safety concerns, Leicester UCU has received concerning reports from members about their experiences working on campus last week, highlighting flaws in the University’s safety protocols.
LUCU believes that staff members should work from home wherever possible; if you do have to work on campus, make sure that UoL’s own safety procedures/guidelines are adhered to. Where they are not, report these incidents to your line manager and to LUCU as a matter of urgency, and consider whether it is appropriate to refuse continuing with the on-campus activity given the safety risk.
1. According to UoL safety guidelines on F2F contact with students: ‘all staff will receive a personal hygiene pack at the start of term containing hand sanitiser, gloves, a face covering and sanitising wipes. Visors will be provided to all teaching staff’.
UoL policy has also clearly stated that cleaning responsibilities should be shared between staff and students to ensure the safety of all subsequent users.
2. According to UoL return to campus-working procedures, all staff should complete the ‘Return to Work Checklist’ before returning to campus. This includes a declaration that the staff member has reviewed the risk assessment for the building in which they and their ‘activities on campus’ are based.
Leicester UCU’s Health and Safety officers have provided a compressed guide to many of the University’s risk assessment and other safety protocols, that may help navigate further issues.
Please continue to report concerns, and particularly breaches of UoL’s COVID-19 return to campus working and safety protocols, to your line manager and to LUCU.
Mike Mulheran and Sally Horrocks,
Leicester UCU Health and Safety representatives, on behalf of Leicester UCU Committee.