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Health and Safety

The University takes Health and Safety seriously, therefore we take certain measures to ensure that we exercise our duty of care over you when you are on work experience. This applies particularly to those who are obliged to undertake a period of work experience to meet the course requirements.

CUED takes the following steps to try and reduce the possibility of your Health and Safety being put at risk:

  • On arrival all students are given a briefing by the Health and Safety Officer regarding the potential hazards and dangers within the Department. Emphasis is given during the talk that these hazards and dangers exist outside the Department whilst on work experience. Students in Year Two will be given a refresher.
  • All students who are obliged to undertake industrial experience to meet the course requirements will be issued with a logbook, which contains information on Health and Safety, a checklist and a letter for your prospective employer outlining our responsibilities.
  • The Department of Engineering employs a full time Health and Safety Officer, who can advise on any matters relating to Health and Safety. If you wish to contact him you can him should you need any specific help or advice.
  • The University also provides Insurance in the form of Public Liability cover. Full details are available from the University Insurance Section. However it is important to note that this is not applicable to students undertaking Industrial Experience.

The University's Public Liability policy will extend to provide cover where the University's business is being carried out away from its usual premises.

In the UK any organisation over five people in number is legally required to register with the Health & Safety Executive and they are subject to the possibility of inspection. Employers and Public Liability Insurance is compulsory and the certificates must be publicly displayed. Copies of CUED's policies are located in several public areas. If you are in any doubt as to whether the company has insurance or not, ask to see the certificates.

Students working abroad are subject to the Health and Safety policies of each different country and these will vary accordingly. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance, and if you are in any doubt about your personal insurance, you are advised to take out this as well. The organisation should outline its liabilities to you in a contract or on your arrival. The University's policy will cover you for Third Party Liability only, and not any injury to you.