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Health and Safety Policy

The Department recognises that failures in health and safety management can potentially lead to loss of life, personal injury, damage to property and legal action. Control of risk is a management responsibility inseparable from other aspects of professional management.

The underlying principle of the Health and Safety policy is that those who create the risks must manage them.

The Head of Department will ensure that, as far as is reasonably practical, everyone who may be affected by the activities of the Department, is aware of the health and safety arrangements, and has appropriate information, equipment, knowledge, time, training and supervision to enable risks to health and safety to be identified and controlled.

As required by the management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and other regulations, no work shall be undertaken unless suitable and sufficient assessment of risk has been carried out by the appropriate person. This will be the person who supervises any activity, whether this is a field trip, practical task, or office or teaching.
All staff in a supervisory position must be familiar with the University and Departmental Health and Safety policy and recognize that they have in this respect responsibility for those whom they supervise. This means promoting and practising good working standards, ensuring equipment is maintained in a safe condition, ensuring that instructions are in place and being followed, and reporting and investigating accidents in order to identify and implement remedial measures. Where students are involved this person is the teaching officer connected with the teaching or undergraduate studies, or the academic supervisor.

In accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, all occupants of Departmental buildings must liaise and agree their arrangements for managing health and safety.

A list of persons concerned with safety is available on this web site and they should be consulted if any guidance is required. Any suggestions regarding the improvement of health and safety practices within the Department are welcome and should be submitted to the Safety Officer or to the Departmental Safety Committee in writing.

The list below provides links to the Health and Safety handbook (Cam-only).

  1. Organisation for carrying out this policy
  2. General conduct and sanctions
  3. Risk Assessment
  4. Chemical safety guidelines
  5. Biological safety
  6. Ionising and non-ionising radiation
  7. Gas safety
  8. Pressure systems and vessels
  9. Electrical safety
  10. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  11. Miscellaneous safety issues
  12. Security arrangements
  13. Emergency arrangements
  14. Monitoring of policies
  15. Field work