Welcome to the Chemistry Safety wiki space!
This wiki is currently being updated (Aug 2015) - if you have any questions or comments, please contact Robyn Bott (Safety Coordinator) or Marianne Harkins (Technical Manager)
This wiki collects the health and safety documents and links for staff and students, if you think something is missing or no longer current, please contact us.
For information on services the Technical Team provides, please visit Technical Services Guide.
|Dr Robyn Bott||Safety Coordinator||6919|
|Dr Marianne Harkins||Technical Manager||3437|
|Mr Malcolm Holley||Faculty Manager||6727|
|Prof Chris Frost||Head of Department||3641|
|Mrs Debbie Robarts|
UHSE Science Safety Adviser
|Mr Ewan Basterfield||Research Coordinator||3345|
For information on work with GMO, please visit the Introduction to the GM Wiki.
Information from the University Health, Safety and Environment team can be accessed through the Human Resources 'Staying Safe and Well' web-pages, and their Wiki pages 1st Stop for Health & Safety - UHSE - Home.
An induction for new staff, postgraduate students and undergraduate project students is important and should be organised by your line manager or supervisor. If you haven't been assigned an induction session, please contact Robyn Bott to arrange one. You should have an induction before starting any practical work.
You are all asked to do things to cooperate with the department in managing 'health and safety'. These are the reasons we ask you to do these things.
Please complete and return the safety declaration.
Health and Safety Handbook
The Department has a handbook for all staff and students. Please complete and return the declaration (section 11 of book).
First Aid: Call x666 (or 01225 38 3999 from a mobile) for a Security First Responder.
If you need the emergency services, call 999 but ALSO CALL SECURITY on 666. This is so they can direct the ambulance when it arrives on campus, so help arrives as quickly as possible.
Fire: Use a fire call point (red "break glass" boxes) to evacuate the building and phone Security on 666 or 01225 38 3999. Inform them it is a real fire and not a false alarm!
Reporting Incidents and Accidents
Please report all incidents and accidents to the Safety Coordinator/ Technical Team using the form or email.
Incidents are events that cause, or have the potential to cause ("near miss"), injuries to people or damage to property. Examples of 'near misses' are; realising that a fume cupboard isn't working, a small fire that was easily extinguished, noticing a loose paving slab on a University path, etc. By reporting incidents you create a record, which provides evidence that action needs taking to minimise the chance of a more serious incident occurring in the future. Examples of previous incidents. If you don't report the incident or defect someone may be injured as a result of a delay in remedying it.
If there's a problem in the department please email the Technical Team (Ewan Basterfield, Research Coordinator or Marianne Harkins, Technical Manager). You may be asked to submit a green button request instead.
If there's a problem but it's not in the department please use the 'green button' on the Estates website.
You can also report incidents directly to University Health, Safety and Environment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training and Supervision
It is the responsibility of the supervisor/ line manager to ensure that provision for training and supervision is made. It is very important that we ensure we provide correct information, instructions and training, and don't allow people to pass on bad habits or incorrect information.
The electronic Fire Safety training is administered by UHSE, please complete the training and test here.
Type of Training
|GMO (GMP)||Karen Croker|
|Gas Cylinders||Russel Barlow|
|Hazardous Waste||Russel Barlow|
Out of Hours Working
Electrical safety - extension cables http://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice/electrical-items/extensions-and-leads/
You can also access Department of Chemistry Internal Communications, which contains more information about Chemistry events and news.