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Departmental H&S for Students

These pages are intended as a quick link to certain health and safety information and related forms or policy documents. For a full list of college policies and procedures please see the main college website, the link to which is at the bottom of the page.

Geography Department, health and safety policy statement

Health and Safety for Students

Student regulations, policies and codes of practice

Student health and well-being

Fieldwork Risk Assessment

Risk assessment forms:
Both of the forms MUST be completed electronically, handwritten forms will be returned for revision.

Students: supervisors must be involved in the process and sign the form before being returned to Claire Mayers. Advice on completion can be sought from your supervisors or the Health and Safety coordinator (Claire Mayers)

Guidance documents:

The notes below are not intended to be an exhaustive list of hazards and control measures; they are to be used as an aid to completing the forms and to prompt consideration of the hazards relating to your own research and fieldwork.

Laboratory Users 

1st October 2012

Green Impact Universities and College is now in its second year at Royal Holloway. It is a departmental environmental accreditation scheme with a competitive streak run nationally by NUS.

In addition to the ongoing environmental considerations across the department we are working with the Sustainability team on the Green Impact project. We have created a team within Geography (Team Geography) to implement and champion the key aspects of sustainability that we can roll-out across the department to make measurable changes to our environmental impact.

As part of this initiative we are looking at the specific ways in which our laboratories can reduce their environmental impact. 


Responsible energy usage: keeping fume cupboard sashes down where possible, switching off lights, ovens, hotplates, drying cabinets when not required. 

Water conservation/recycling: all our water stills use reverse osmosis to purify water. This is instead of distillation - a more energy intensive method to achieve the same result. We do not use water for cooling purposes minimising our throughput although we do use a lot of water for sieving – this can be minimised by not leaving the taps running during the sieving process.

Chemical use/reuse/disposal: we collect all of our polypropylene tubes (strictly, only those that have contained water and no chemicals) to place in the recycling bins.

Equipment reuse/recycling: We will always offer our unused equipment to other laboratories, research groups and /or departments before disposing of it.

Consumables reuse/recycling: where we can, we will reuse or recycle. Our containers will always be reused for waste disposal or decanting. Those that are returned with waste chemical disposals, once decontaminated are recycled.

First Aid

  • Who are the trained first aiders in Geography?

First Aid at Work trained staff:

Jenny Kynaston
Adrian Palmer
Moya Watson
Marta Perez
Jose Iñaki Valcarcel

Fieldwork First Aid trained staff:

Simon Blockley
Ian Candy
Simon Armitage
Vandana Desai
Bethan Davies
Katy Flowers
Mike Dolton
Innes Keighren
Ian Matthews
Jay Mistry
Alasdair Pinkerton
Alison MacLeod
Danielle Schreve
Claire Mayers
David Simon
Alice Milner
Varyl Thorndycraft
Harriet Hawkins
Katie Willis

First aid trained staff in Geography can be identified on the 4x photo posters and are highlighted in green on the departmental emergency plans posted prominently around the department.

First aid is available in the department from trained staff for you or anyone you discover injured during the normal working day (9am-5pm.)

Outside of these times, call Security on their emergency number 444 (internal phone) or 01784 443888 (mobile).

Accident/incident report forms are available in the front office QB162 or from the Health and Safety Coordinator, Elaine Turton in Room QB130.

Make sure you know:

- Your nearest first aiders

- The emergency contact numbers for the Security Office

- Your nearest telephone (if not in your immediate work area.)

- Where the Health Centre is on campus

- Where the accident forms are kept and when you should complete one.

Accident / Incident reporting

Fire Safety

 Weekly fire alarm testing times in the Geography Department:




Assembly point



10:05 am




14:20 pm




14:45 pm




14:30 pm


Munro Fox


11:15 am



Alarms will sound for up to 30 seconds. If they continue for longer exit the building and proceed to the assembly point.

Make sure you know:

- Your nearest emergency exit & alternative exits

- Your emergency exit routes

- Your nearest call point location (red box)

- Your building’s assembly point location and number

- Your nearest fire marshal

Use of DSE (Display Screen Equipment) or VDU's 


College Health and Safety


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