University of Cambridge Health and Safety

University of Cambridge Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Division’s website contains information on whom to contact with regard to health and safety and on the hazards and risks commonly encountered in the University.  This can include safety when conducting fieldwork, cycle and road safety, risk assessments and prevention guidance.

Heads of Department are responsible for safety within their Departments. In discharging this responsibility they must ensure, among other things, the safety of students within the Department and that teaching and research are conducted safely and with due respect for the environment. Heads of Department and others who have responsibility for the safety of students are entitled to rely on the level of knowledge and experience to be expected from you at your particular stage of development. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on all persons (including students) not intentionally or recklessly to interfere with or misuse anything provided to ensure health, safety or welfare, and environmental legislation places a duty on students not to cause pollution.

Information and advice are available on the Health and Safety website or from Advice on Occupational Safety can be obtained from the Health and Safety Division, Greenwich House, (Tel: (3)33301, and on the environment from the Environmental Officer, Estate Management, Greenwich House, (Tel: (3)39534).

Staff and graduates students may also seek advice from the Occupational Health Service (Tel: (3)36957) on health matters arising from work activities.

The University does not provide personal accident insurance for students. Records of those facing specific risks, in laboratories for example, are maintained by the University. You are advised to consult your Tutor about making your own arrangements for adequate insurance against risks of accident and illness if you wish to have greater protection than is afforded by the statutory benefits to which you may be entitled.

University of Cambridge Student Health