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Departmental H&S for Staff

Geography Department: health and safety policy statement 

Key Facts: health and safety information for Geography staff

Health and Wellbeing

DSE (Display Screen Equipment) / VDU assessment

First Aid

  • Who are the trained first aiders in Geography?

          First Aid trained staff:

Jenny Kynaston
Adrian Palmer
Marta Perez
Jose Iñaki Valcarcel
Moya Watson

          Fieldwork First Aid trained staff:

Simon Armitage
Simon Blockley
Ian Candy
Bethan Davies
Vandana Desai
Mike Dolton
Gwilym Eades
Katy Flowers
Harriet Hawkins
Alison MacLeod
Ian Matthews
Claire Mayers
Alice Milner
Jay Mistry
Oli Mould
Alasdair Pinkerton
Danielle Schreve
Rachael Squire
Varyl Thorndycraft
Katie Willis

Field work First Aid:

Since September 2010 staff and some postgraduate students involved in field courses and research in Geography have received training in fieldwork first aid. While this covers the key skills that first aid at work trained staff also receive it is designed to go beyond basic first aid and give staff undertaking fieldwork the key basic & advanced first aid skills they need in the outdoors. These members of staff are recognised as qualified Emergency First aiders and are included along with First Aid at Work trained staff in department signage.

The training is provided through the Health and Safety Office and any enquiries should be directed to their office in the first instance. H&S Office contacts

Driving / Vehicles

If you need to be insured on vehicles hired through the department you must see Claire Mayers in QB130, with both parts of your licence.

You will be required to undertake a short driving assessment with an assessor before being confirmed as a driver for the department.

Laboratory User Pages (includes CoSHH/CLIP/GHS information)

1th 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.

13th June 2013: the Geography Laboratories were successful in achieving the Green Impact Gold award in 2013 for the energy saving and recycling measures implemented in these areas. 

Fieldwork Risk Assessment

Risk assessment forms:

Both of the forms MUST be completed electronically, handwritten forms will be returned for revision. For student projects supervisors must be involved in the process and sign the form before being returned to Claire Mayers. Advice on completion can be sought from 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.

Manual handling Risk Assessment

Verbal and Physical abuse (violence)


College Health and Safety

College Health and Safety Pages
College Health and Safety policies and procedures 


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