Health and Safety

The University’s Health and Safety Office provides a central resource of information on all aspects of safety at work. The local information below should be read in conjunction with the University Health and Safety Policy.

Faculty of History Health and Safety contacts

Departmental Safety Officer
Steven Corbett (Custodians' Lodge, Ext. 35300,

Fire Safety Manager
Steven Corbett (Custodians' Lodge, Ext. 35300,

First Aid
Angela Wilson (4th Floor, Ext. 35307,

Steven Corbett (Custodians' Lodge, ext 35300,
Maciej Krzciuk  (Custodians' Lodge, ext 35300,

Call University Security on 01223 31818 (routine calls) or in an emergency by dialling 101 on an internal phone.

Faculty Safety Committee
Terms of reference, Faculty safety policy and Faculty Safety Committee meetings minutes are available from the Departmental Safety Officer.

The First Aider (see above) can assist in the event of accident, injury or illness in the Faculty Building. All accidents must be reported to the First Aider or to the Departmental Safety Officer (see above) and an accident form must be completed.

Emergency Procedures
An alarm will sound in the event of fire. On hearing the alarm you must leave the building immediately by the nearest signed exit, without making detours to collect possessions. Do not use the lifts. The Fire Assembly Point is Lady Mitchell Hall, on the south side of the Faculty. Do not re-enter to the building before the official ‘all clear’ is given by a Faculty Fire Warden.

Exiting the Faculty Building during ‘Closed’ Hours
The Faculty building is open for the same hours as the Seeley Library (see details posted on the Library’s web pages and on Faculty notices). At other times the building is electronically locked. If you need to exit the building when the doors have locked, please press the green ‘exit’ button located to the left of the doors.

Emergency Telephones
The Faculty has a phone system which relies on an electrical supply. Phones in the Senior Combination Room, Graduate Research Room and Junior Common Room have battery back-up and can be used in the event of a power cut. The lift emergency phone will also continue to operate.

Children must be under the supervision of an adult at all times.

Academic Staff Risk Assessments

The Safety Office advise that academic staff should complete Risk Assessments when working away from the University, and that this is particularly important when escorting students on study trips.

Detailed advice is available from the Health and Safety Office website.

The Faculty has also compiled some templates which can be adapted as required. Copies should be sent to the Safety Officer, Steven Corbett, for file, at

Graduate Students working away risk assessments

If you are applying for working away from Cambridge as a graduate student, please use the UK risk assessment or overseas risk assessment form and return it with your application.

Staff and students can check insurance implications with the Insurance Section.