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Provided by: Department of Physics - Health & Safety

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Physics Health & Safety: Induction Part 2 - Risk Assessment Briefing


This risk assessment briefing follows the basic departmental induction and is mandatory for all new staff, students or visitors who will be doing one or more of the following:

  • running experiments
  • providing technical support
  • carrying out workshop or maintenance work
  • managing other people's work
  • running events

You may only attend this session if you have done Part 1 (see "prerequisites" below).

Target audience
  • Staff, students and visitors working at Physics who will be doing practical work or managing events or other people
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

You will also need to BOOK AND ATTEND the Physics Induction Part 1 - this will take place immediately before this session


By the end of this session participants should be able to:

  • Identify significant hazards in a basic risk assessment
  • Evaluate risk levels
  • Choose suitable measures to control the significant risks
  • Find University guidance and forms for risk assessment
  • Explain significant findings of a risk assessment to others

To provide information on the elements of risk assessment and how to do a basic assessment for work, events or work areas.


Presentation and short case studies


There will be a short quiz at the end of the session (please bring a pen).


This session follows approximately 10 minutes after the Departmental Induction Part 1: HS & HR induction briefing.

Exemption from this session will be granted if participants can provide clear (written) evidence of having:

  • attended a similar session at the University of Cambridge or elsewhere,


  • extensive experience of risk assessment in practice

One session of one hour


Twice a month

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