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Thu 27 Aug 2020
09:55 - 12:40

Venue: Department of Physics

Provided by: Department of Physics - Health & Safety


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Physics Health & Safety: H&S Induction

Thu 27 Aug 2020


Departmental health and safety induction for people starting at the Department of Physics between July and end of September 2020.

Session 1 of this briefing is for everyone and covers what to do in the event of an emergency, and how to report problems.

There will be a short break before Session 2, which is for people carrying out practical experiments in a laboratory, doing other practical (e.g. maintenance) work, managing events or other people.

Both sessions will be conducted live on MS Teams. Details will be sent to you with joining instructions.

Note: You are still required to complete the Covid-19 Pandemic Safety Briefing

Target audience
  • Anyone who will be carrying out practical work (research or support) at the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge between July and end September 2020
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 27 Aug 2020   09:55 - 11:15 09:55 - 11:15 Department of Physics map Saba Alai
2 Thu 27 Aug 2020   11:40 - 12:40 * 11:40 - 12:40 * Department of Physics map Saba Alai
* Optional session.

By the end of Session 1, participants should be able to:

  • Explain what to do if they hear a fire alarm, find a fire or need first aid
  • Describe their own, their supervisor's and the department's responsibilities for health and safety
  • Explain the requirements for safe working out of normal 'OPEN' hours of the department
  • Find information on how to set up workstations so they avoid lost time due to musculoskeletal problems

By the end of Session 2, people doing practical experiments/work or managing events/others should also be able to:

  • Identify hazards and related risks
  • Consider how they can carry out their project/activity without undue risks to themselves and others
  • Draft a risk assessment for their proposed project/event
  • Justify their risk control measures to their supervisor and others

To enable students, staff and visitors to work safely at the Department of Physics, and comply with legal and other requirements, regardless of what they are doing.


Presentations, with short exercises


There will be a short written assessment after each session.


You must attend these sessions to be allowed to carry out any work at the Department.

If you were a summer student/visitor and have attended an induction in the past two years, please tell the Undergraduate or Graduate Office or HR (as appropriate to your position).


Two sessions: Session 1 is approximately one hour, followed by Session 2 (risk assessment, around 1.5 hours) after a 15-minute break.


Ad hoc - at least monthly

General Health and Safety

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