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NDCN has made its priority to ensure the health and safety of its employees, students and visitors. As such all occupants have a duty of care to our fellow colleagues and you must ensure you are familiar with the local Safety Policies that are relevant to you.

Safety policies

NDCN safety policies are based on the University Policy Statement, which translate the standard to achieve in order to provide and maintain a safe working environment.

It is key that new staff are familiar with relevant Safety Policies and the associated Risk Assessments.

risk assessment

In practical terms a risk assessment is a thorough way of looking at work activities to identify those things, situations, tasks or processes that might cause harm to people.

After identifying them, assessors need to evaluate the risk and decide what measures are needed to prevent the harm occurring. 

Training and instruction

All new starters must attend the Departmental Welcome session. Please contact Facilities to find out when the next induction is.

Hand out are available from our Induction and Access page.

Hands-on training and theoretical training are available from various sources, consult our Training and Instruction page to find out more.

Health surveillance

If you are working with human tissue, known pathogens, laboratory allergens or chemical linked to an occupational disease, please complete the HS1 form and email it to

Oxford University Occupational Health will deliver the services that support the University’s polices in regards to the prevention of ill health and the promotion of health and well-being.

First Aid and accident reporting

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

Find out more by looking at the First aid and accident reporting page.

Fire safety

Fire safety risk assessments have been recorded for each area occupied by NDCN and are kept up to date. Using these documents, we ensure that adequate and appropriate fire safety measures are in place to minimise the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire.

Find out more by looking at the Fire Safety page.


You must ensure that waste is segregated and disposed of appropriately and safely - for more information  check out our waste segregation policy.

The Safety Office also has a very helpful A-Z guide on hazardous waste, please liaise with a member of the Facilities team to raise a hazardous waste request.