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Safety Essentials


It is the duty of your line manager, supervisor or host to ensure you have received information, guidance and instruction about the following local arrangements:

  • Fire exits, emergency procedures and assembly points.
  • Security arrangements, including appropriate access.
  • Specific hazards associated with the work.
  • Risk assessments and safe systems of work.

All new staff (permanent, temporary, part or full-time) and visitors (here for longer than a few days) should attend a Departmental Safety Induction. This will include an explanantion of the Departmental Health and Safety Policy, specific instructions such as fire precautions and evacuation procedures, the location of first aid facilities, and other safety arrangements and advice that are relevant to the work of the new employee/visitor. This induction is undertaken by the Department Safety Officer and/or local Safety Representative and must be documented before commencing hazardous work, lone working or supervising others.

Email the Department Safety Office on , if you have not been contacted about Safety Induction within seven days or if you have any other health and safety concerns.

Fire and Emergency Procedures

On discovering a fire:

  • Operate the nearest fire alarm and alert those nearby

On hearing the evacuation (continuous) alarm:

  • Make safe any experiment or equipment
  • Leave the building by the nearest exit, do not use lifts
  • Move directly to the Assembly Point, using a safe external route

Assembly Points for the Main Site are -

  • Coe Fen (from Inglis Building)
  • Dept of Architecture car-park (out of hours, before 8:30am and after 5pm)

For CAPE -

  • rear car park and grassy area next to the Computer Laboratory opposite front entrance

For Reece Building (IfM) -

  • car park opposite main entrance

For Whittle Laboratory -

  • car park

For Schofield Centre-

  • grass verge beside access road

Report details of any fire or incident to the Fire Marshal, Security or Fire Brigade (once on site) and await further instructions


  • Wait for someone to tell you to get out
  • Walk through a building as a short-cut to the Assembly Point
  • Re-enter any buildings until instructed to do so
  • Stand in any roadway or beside reception as this will hinder access by the Fire Brigade

On hearing the standby (intermittent alarm):

  • Make safe any experiment
  • Evacuate laboratory and clean room areas, assemble in Atrium and await further instructions (CAPE only)
  • Be prepared to leave upon hearing the evacuation (continuous) alarm


The Department of Architecture car park is under the building opposite Reception (Main Site).

Fire Wardens may assist and direct evacuation, your co-operation is appreciated.

The full fire and emergency procedure can be found here.

First Aid

If you require first aid or witness an accident call Reception and they will call available first aiders and direct them to you. Out of hours (5pm to 8am) call University Central Security on 31818 or the Emergency Services directly on 999, stating Department of Engineering and your location.

If no response from Reception (or if your site does not have a Reception) call First Aiders directly.

If you have allergies or other medical conditions that may affect, or be affected by, first aid treatment please make the Department Safety Officer, Ian Slack, , aware. Any information provided will be held in the strictest confidence.

Laser Safety

All Class 3b/4 lasers must be registered with the Laser Safety Officer and risk assessed before first use.  To ensure that the proposed location and use of a laser is appropriate and safe, discuss the purchase of new lasers or movement of lasers with the Laser Safety Officer beforehand.

All users of Class 3b/4 lasers must complete a laser user authorisation form and attend the University Class 3b/4 laser course.

Each laser procedure should be covered by a set of Local Rules and a risk assessment.  All users must be named as having read and understood these documents.

Full guidance, all forms and further information can be found here.

Radiation Safety

Radioactive materials and X-ray equipment must only be brought into the Department with prior permission of the Radiation Safety Officer in consultation with the University Radiation Protection Advisor (RPA).  Only registered radiation workers are permitted to carry out work with ionising radiation.  All work must be risk assessed and proposed disposals of radioactive material must be discussed with the University RPA.  Please refer to University Policy 'Management of Work with Inonisign Radiation' and associated documents that are available on the University Safety Office website