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Health and Safety Risk Management Policy

The University of Cambridge is committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of health and safety for all employees, students and others who may be affected by the University's activities. This is accomplished by:

  • The identification of all workplace hazards
  • The identification of all people who may be exposed to the hazards
  • The evaluation of the significant risks to which employees, students and others are exposed
  • The recognition of the likelihood of foreseeable accidents, injuries or near misses occurring
  • The selection of realistic and practical precautions and control measures

This process is called Risk Assessment.

Risk Assessments must be carried out as part of the safety management process and should include looking at the equipment we use, the buildings we occupy and the systems of work we employ. They must be reviewed at a specified time.

Risk Assessments will be carried out by persons who are trained and competent in the process but it is essential that everyone participates to make it a success.

Health and Safety performance will be monitored regularly to ensure that Risk Assessments are adequate and that the control measures are being applied and working effectively.

Guidance on Risk Assessment is contained in the University Health and Safety Risk Assessment Handbook.

The handbook includes

  • Policy Statement
  • Risk Assessment Guidance
  • Practical steps for effective Risk Assessment
  • Suggested Action Plan
  • Walk through Assessment form
  • Risk Assessment forms
  • Worked Examples

Useful links include:

Contact the Safety Office for training information and details.

Other risk assessment presentations are available on request for:

  • Supervisers in Libraries
  • Fieldwork
  • Events Management
  • Colleges