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High Cross Rock Store

Academic Staff Member

Professor M.A. Carpenter

Senior Technical Officer

Steve Laurie Tel: 33931


High Cross, Madingley Road (adjacent to the British Antarctic Survey Building)
Tel: 33456 (Sedgwick Museum) or 01223-359098 (Rock Store phone)


  1. This is a geological rock store. The department's curator and museum director determine what is stored. The conservator must be consulted before any non-geological items can be stored.
  2. A written risk assessment must be done for this area and updated each year or sooner if there is a significant alteration to work practices or the building. An visual assessment must be done each time before you move heavy items. See Appendix 8 for information on manual handling.
  3. Collecting or moving rock trays and drawers which are accessible only by using tall steps is only done if allowance has been made to empty or handle them, e.g. by means of staging or similar, which avoids carrying them one-handed on the steps. If working between mobiles they must be locked (a spacer stop bar or similar to lock the space open is mandatory).
  4. The main entrance and the fire exits must be kept clear.
  5. Because of the remoteness of this building the working hours of this store must be strictly controlled. Working alone must be restricted to tasks that do not entail manual handling or tall ladder work. Normal departmental work hours apply ( 9am to 5pm) with contact being made during the lunch hour. Logging in and out of times to senior technician in museum or designated person is mandatory.
  6. When moving very large specimens and cabinets with mechanical aids the Head of Section and Departmental Safety Administrator must be informed.
  7. The Head Technician of the section is responsible for overseeing the annual programme of maintenance for the mobiles and lifting equipment.


Departmental Codes of Safe Practice



Last updated on 25-Sep-09 09:39

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