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Safety Matters: Health & Safety & Biological Safety Carmel Nichols
Why does it matter? • Safe working protects: • You • Other lab workers • Cleaners • Visitors • Your work
What does the law say? • Health Safety at Work etc Act 1974 • You must work safely • You must not endanger others • You must not misuse safety equipment • Penalty – up to 2 year in prison &/or an unlimited fine
H&S within the Medical School • School Safety Committee oversees and implements H&S policies within the school on behalf of the School Management Committee (SMC). • School Safety officer acts on behalf of the SMC in all H&S matters • Floor leaders are responsible for the day to day H&S within the school.
School H&S web pages contain information regarding H&S • • • University & School H&S Policies Risk Assessments Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Fire procedures Display Screen Advice Waste disposal Policy (http: //www. shef. ac. uk/medicine/staffinfo/h&s)
Training University Health & Safety Induction: https: //www. shef. ac. uk/safety/induction. html University Waste Training: https: //www. waste. shef. ac. uk/ Display Screen Equipment Assessment https: //sheffield. posturemindertraining. com Technical Staff will carry out a Laboratory Induction
Training • You MUST attend Fire training annually • You MUST have received training to work ‘out of hours’ (between 6 pm and 7 am).
General Lab Safety Always use the correct safety protection & Equipment provided: • Lab coat • Goggles • Gloves • Safety cabinets etc
Laboratory hygiene • Never eat, drink or smoke in a laboratory • Never apply cosmetics • Never touch your face, mouth or eyes • Never suck pens or chew pencils • Always wash your hands before you leave and especially before eating
What are the general hazards in a laboratory? • Fire • Breakage of glassware • Sharps • Spillages • Pressure equipment & gas cylinders • Extremes of heat & cold • Chemical hazards • Biological hazards • Radiation
Knowledge The person showing you a technique should inform you of all the Hazards & Risks associated with the procedure and YOU should obtain & READ copies of the relevant COSHH and Risk assessment forms before you carryout procedures on your own.
When in doubt – ASK!!! • Do not carry out a new or unfamiliar procedure until you have been fully trained & understand the precautions necessary for safe working • DO NOT GUESS!!!!