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Special measures for safe working from the Maxwell Centre during the Covid-19 pandemic

Last updated on the 13/10/2020

Maxwell Centre has partially reopened after the lockdown, but there are still many restrictions in place, and we are following guidance issued by the Government and the University of Cambridge

Safe Working Protocol and Risk Assessment issued by the Department of Physics apply to all use of the Maxwell Centre. 


Building access activation eligibility:

  • Maxwell Centre users who completed the return to work process and received an email from the Physics HoD inviting them back on site are allowed to work from the Maxwell building subject to compliance with the safe working protocols. 
  • If you are a registered user of a Maxwell Centre office and/or lab (i.e. current university staff member, student, equipment user or visitor under an active contract/access agreement), and would normally be working from the Maxwell Centre building, you may be eligible to return to work on premises, subject to:
    • being nominated for return to working within the Maxwell Centre by your Line Manager
    • authorisation from your Department/organisation to return to work on site (subject to their local rules); for Cavendish Lab staff/students this requires a return to work interview with your PI/supervisor
    • completing an online safety briefing and passing the quiz assessment at the end
  • New registrations and access requests will be processed by the relevant administrators (Cavendish personnel and students - contact your Hub admin, all others should contact Maxwell Centre administration in the first instance).
    • For new starters additional requirements include the completion of the Departmental Safety Training, as well as the Maxwell Centre induction, which are now available online.

Access requests processing:

  • Once evidence of your full eligibility and training is recorded, the Departmental process takes at least 48hrs to run for access activation, at busy periods it may be longer, so please plan ahead.
  • When your card is activated for access you will receive a formal invitation email from the Head of Department, after which you can start working from the Maxwell Centre.

Notable changes to the working arrangements:

  • If you have symptoms of any illness you must not come to work on site.
  • If you have been at the Maxwell Centre, and develop suspected Covid-19 symptoms within 14 days after (temperature of 37.8C or above, new cough, loss of taste and/or smell) you must call the Cavendish Hotline Number: 01223 765743, operating 8am-10pm seven days a week. You will be asked for further details, and invited to take a test, as people you were in contact with may need to self-isolate.
  • Everyone needs to sign in and out of the building register whenever they arrive/leave the Maxwell Centre building.
  • Rule of 6 applies to all gatherings within the building, apart from organised teaching exemption for undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Room notices are displayed throughout the building describing maximum capacity and permitted use of each space. Many office and lab areas require booking in advance, see Related links provided.
  • Maxwell Industrial hotdesking access is suspended under further notice.
  • No day visitors are allowed on site. 
  • Access to the building may be denied to anyone in breach of the rules.