Human Resources

Laboratory and Workshop Safety

  • New employees and students should not commence laboratory work until suitable induction training has been received. 

  • Eating and drinking is only permitted in the designated 'Clean areas' which are usually the write-up rooms and offices identified by the sign “Clear Area”.  Food preparation is forbidden in any area except the kitchen.

  • Unauthorised experiments are strictly forbidden

Personal Protective Equipment

Laboratory coats, gloves and glasses must be worn at all times unless there is justification for not doing so which must be agreed with the Head of Department in advance. 

  • Safety Glasses provide protection against impact injuries and splashes to the eyes.  

  • Disposable protective gloves provide short-term protection for the hands.  Different grades of glove are available which should be identified as part of the CoSHH assessment.   Never wear rubber or plastic gloves when working near naked flame.

  • Lab Coats provide protection against spills and contamination. 

 Do not take lab coats into Clean Areas.

Cryogenic Safety

Cryogenics can cause asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen, embrittlement of materials from extreme cold and frostbite.  It can lead to explosion due to pressure build-up and condensation of oxygen and fuel such as hydrogen and hydrocarbons.

The following precautions should be taken:

  • Use low pressure containers equipped with pressure-relief devices

  • Protect skin and eyes from contact

  • Use and store in well ventilated areas

  • Keep away from sparks or flames

  • Use materials resistant to embrittlement