Particle Physics Group



Risk Assessments and Safety Information

This web page outlines the School policy on risk assessments and contains links to all risk assessments associated with current projects in the Particle Physics group.


Group Leader: Stefan Söldner-Rembold

Group Safety Officer: Jo Pater

Risk Assessment Policy and Preparation

If you are a PI or academic supervisor of research staff or students, you are responsible for ensuring that risk assessments are produced for all work under your control, and that they are "suitable and sufficient". Richard Cutting and Alan Wardle can assist with this, but you have to take ownership of the document by signing it as the assessor. AW and RC then countersign it to confirm its suitability as a risk assessment, and not to comment on the scientific consideration of any hazards. This responsibility cannot be devolved, but you can involve others, such as SEOs, EOs & RAs, in the risk assessment process.

Some potentially useful tools in the preparation of risk assessments can be downloaded here. The Mind Maps are courtesy of Catherine Davidge from H&S Services. They are an excellent memory aid of the range of things that may need to be considered when producing the assessment. Obviously, not everything will apply to every assessment.

Assessments should be reviewed annually, or more frequently if there are any significant changes required. If no changes are necessary, they should be re-dated to indicate that they have in fact been reviewed.

Once a risk assessment has been approved, it should be communicated to anyone who may be affected by that work; some form of written confirmation this has happened is recommended.

All risk assessments for a lab/area should be kept in a visible location in the lab; Richard Cutting can supply a yellow ring binder for this.

Risk Assessments for Current Projects

All links are Risk Assessments unless otherwise indicated.Footnotes are described in the blank risk assessment form.

General Equipment, PCs, etc.

Radioactive Sources (Schuster 5th Floor)

Anyone who needs to work with radioactive sources must become familiar with the following material:

Once the potential user is familiar with all of the above, he or she must contact Jo Pater to register as an authorised user. Only then is unsupervised work with the sources permitted.

Further information:

Spark Chamber (Schuster 5-05):

SuperNEMO tracker construction (Schuster 5-17/18)

Semiconductor Detector Assembly and Testing (Schuster 5-20)

Electronics Workshops (Schuster 5-22/24) Environmental Chamber and Cooling (Schuster 5-25)

Workshop (Schuster 5-26)

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