Workplace health

Maintaining health and wellness at work for University staff.

Contact us

(0117) 455 6743

The diversity of the staff we meet in Occupational Health is very interesting. We see specialist technical staff, scientists and researchers, horticulturalists, academics and musicians, each playing a unique role with differing work challenges.

Mike Hagan, Occupational Health Adviser

Needlestick hotline

If you have a needlestick injury, call the needlestick hotline on 0117 342 3400.


Health referrals to the Occupational Health Service enable us to effectively and proactively manage the possible impact of health issues on attendance or performance at work, helping us to keep employees healthy and able to continue working.

We aim to provide a clear opinion on:

  1. Fitness for work
    Whether or not the employee has a health problem that may affect their fitness for work, or issues at work affecting their health.

  2. Return to work
    If the employee is currently absent, when they are likely to be ready to return.

  3. Rehabilitation advice
    Measures that may enable the employee to return to work before full recovery including temporary adjustments to hours or duties.

  4. Future attendance
    How much absence is likely in future due to health problems and whether the employee fit to undertake all duties.

Guidance for managers

Managers lead the referral process for members of staff. Our assessments and reports provide independent and objective advice to managers to help them support and deal fairly with employee health issues, whilst balancing work requirements with the needs of the employee.

Guidance for staff

Health assessments can provide you with an opportunity to discuss concerns in confidence with an Occupational Health Adviser and receive advice for how to improve your health and reduce any impact on your work.

Health surveillance

Workplace health surveillance is a system of ongoing health checks for staff. This helps us to:


Immunisations are available for employees who may be exposed to pathogens which have effective vaccines available. Whilst immunisations are not a substitute for good laboratory practice, they can provide an additional protective control measure against diseases.

Research passports

Research passports were designed by the NHS and the National Institute for Health Research as a system for issuing honorary research contracts (HRC). Research passports allow non-NHS researchers to carry out research involving patient contact and are usually study-specific and valid for three years.

Night workers

Night workers are offered health assessments by the University's Occupational Health Service, in accordance with the Working Time Regulations 1998.

If you regularly work for more than three hours between 11 pm and 6 am, you are classified as a night worker and will be offered an initial health assessment, plus further assessments annually.

Laboratory Animal Allergy

A leaflet about the background, risks and how to prevent allergic reactions for people working with laboratory animals.

Setting up your workspace (DSE)

If you experience health-related DSE problems and require specialist advice, your DSE assessor can ask your line manager to make a referral to Occupational Health.

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