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Health and Safety Training

There are mandatory requirements for safety training.** The bare minimum is:
  • Training on first coming to work at the Cavendish
  • Training that is adequate in relation to the kind of work that a person does here
  • Training that is necessitated by a change in their job or role
A number of University central safety courses are mandatory for graduate students and others - please see their safety training pages for details. Such courses include safety induction, chemical safety training, working with radioactive substances, and laser safety training. If no central course is available at the time you join the University, please contact the Safety Officer for details of relevant departmental courses.
Courses available at the Cavendish


Mandatory Course

Sessions are usually run twice a month. This briefing is mandatory for all new or temporary staff, all new students, and all visitors who are staying for more than one month or visiting regularly. There are additional local inductions for the Physics of Medicine and the Maxwell buildings.

The briefing covers basic safety issues (fire, first aid, HS responsibilities) and covers risk assessment for experimental work. See handout.

People not involved in experimental work, or not supervising others, will leave the session after around 1 hour. The session starts promptly at 1000 and anyone arriving more than 5 mins late will have to attend the following session.

PLEASE bring a pen!

Forthcoming dates for the next few months are as follows.

Sessions usually take place in Bragg Committee Room 213 from 1000 to 1200 except where a different location/start time is shown:


  • 20 September - MOTT Seminar Room (Room 531)
  • 4 October - Induction for new staff, temps and visiting academics (student inductions will be held separately for undergraduate and graduate students)
  • 19 October - Note: this is a Wednesday
  • 31 October - 1400 Note: This is a Monday afternoon
  • 15 November
  • 29 November
  • 13 December - Note: there is only one session planned for  December
Look at the handout

A briefing for the nominated persons who have the responsibility for checking that home-made or modified electrical equipment meets the basic requirements. Available on request

Look at the handout
Ionizing radiation

A one-hour briefing suitable for users of X-ray equipment or similar. Available on request.

Look at the handout
Manual handling training

A briefing for those whose job entails lifting and carrying. On request

Look at the handout
Asbestos awareness

A one-hour presentation suitable for all members of the Department. Covering the properties of asbestos, where it is found in the department, and what you should do if you accidentally damage it.

Look at the handout
Fire Safety Awareness

This course is run by the specialist University fire safety trainers, includes extinguisher use, and lasts two hours. It is aimed at all members of the department other than undergraduates. Booking is through the University Safety Office.

Fire Warden training

This will usually be run by the specialist fire safety trainer and lasts three hours, to include practice in use of extinguishers.   

I will also run a one-hour refresher session for fire wardens periodically and instruct new ones. Available on request.

Look at the handout
Introduction to Laser Safety

This is run by the Laser Safety Officer, and is mandatory for anyone wishing to work with Class 1 and 2 lasers (for higher classes of lasers, you must attend the university safety office course). 

**Note: due to the explicit statutory requirement for this training the Department reserves the right to withdraw swipe card privileges if new personnel do not attend within three months of joining.

University Courses

Click here for access to the Safety Office list of courses.

If you have any requirements for a bespoke course, please contact the Department Safety Officer.


This page was last updated 15 July 2016