Health & Safety at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

It is important for everyone to understand and work together to mitigate any possible health and safety issues at the institute.

Risk of harm posed by these hazards is generally low, due to the control measures that have been put in place.

Everyone working in the Institute, needs to be familiar with the possible hazards and risks and know what steps to take to keep to keep in order to be safe

Departmental Health & Safety Policy


It is the policy of the Department that all work is done efficiently and safely.

All who work in the Department are required to observe the provisions of health and safety legislation and University and departmental safety policies.


The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain.

The Health and Safety Executive, with local authorities (and other enforcing authorities) is responsible for enforcing the Act and a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments relevant to the working environment.

Health & Safety is an integral part of the Cancer Research UK.

It is our duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all who enter the premises at the Institute.

The reason there are not even more accidents and diseases caused by work is due to systems of prevention that are in place

Responsibility for Health & Safety

Management and implementation of health and safety in the workplace is important to everyone and to society as a whole. Everyone has a responsibility for health and safety within the workplace, to avoid injuries, ill-health, resulting in working days lost, financial cost and finally the cost to society.

Responsibility of the Employee

Each employee of the Department and each student working in the Department has responsibility to take care of their own safety and for the safety of others.

Hazards at work

All work exposes people to hazards, be they loads which have to be manually handled; electricity; working with display screen equipment; dangerous machinery; toxic substances or psychological pressures.

Identify hazards – Assess Risk and Inform, train and supervise employees at work

  • Identify main hazards (things that could cause harm).
  • There is a requirement to reduce or eliminate hazards at source, or isolate people from them.
  • Risk assessment is the key to working out what needs to be done – (the probability that harm may occur)


 The Institute have two parts to their Safety Policy

Part 1 – covers general safety, for example use of display equipment, manual handling, electricity, working at height

Part 2is specific to laboratories and workshops


Head of Health and Safety

Department Members

Research Administrator