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Physics Health & Safety: H&S Induction Part 1 Briefing (Online)

Self-taught course


Departmental health and safety induction for STAFF, visitors, graduate students, undergraduate students (Part IB, II, or III) and MASt students starting study or work at the Department of Physics.

This briefing (Part 1) is for everyone and covers what to do in the event of an emergency, and how to report problems.

People carrying out practical experiments in a laboratory, doing other practical (e.g. maintenance) work, managing events or other people must also complete Physics Health & Safety: H&S Induction Part 2 - Risk Assessment Briefing (Online).

You may only attend this course if you have passed Fire Training Online (see "prerequisites" below).

This course is on VLE (Cambridge Moodle). When you book on this course an email will be sent to you with self-enrolment instructions.

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

Anyone only working in an office is not required to complete Part 2, unless they manage people or events.

Target audience
  • Anyone who will be working/studying at the Department of Physics, University of Cambridge
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Fire Training Online


By the end of this course (Part 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

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.


There is a short quiz at the end of the course.


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 2 years, please tell the Undergraduate or Graduate Office or HR (as appropriate to your position).


Approximately 45 minutes.


You should repeat this training once every four years, or if:

  • you have been away from the Department for at least 2 years
  • you were a student and are now a member of staff
  • you were a Part III student and are now a PhD student
  • you failed the quiz
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