All undergraduate students receive a written copy of this policy.
During practical classes and laboratory-based projects YOUR LABORATORY
SUPERVISOR is responsible for health and safety (H&S) matters
and, in the first instance, you should refer any queries on H&S to
At all other times YOUR PERSONAL TUTOR should be the first contact
regarding H&S issues arising from other aspects of your academic work.
The Departmental policy aim is to implement, as a minimum standard,
the University Safety Policy in areas under the control of the Department.
The Department will make available resources of both time and money,
so far as is reasonably practicable, so that the University Safety
Policy can be implemented.
It will also arrange for training and instruction in safety matters
so that safe "systems of work" (i.e. the way in which the
work is organised) can be developed and maintained.
The Department recognises that good health and safety practices
are an important part of the laboratory training of students.
The Department Safety Co-ordinator to provide every undergraduate
student in the Department with a copy of this document (via their
Students to be aware that supervisors must ensure that undergraduate
student practical schedules include inherent risk assessments
and that safe working practices are incorporated in them, and that
supervisors ensure that suitable and sufficient assessments are made
of the risks of all project work activities involving
hazards, that significant findings of the assessments are written
down, that the assessments are reviewed at least once a year and that
individual students' competence to perform the assessed activities
safely are agreed and documented.
To have a Safety Team, comprising representative members of the Department,
to discuss, and action, safety-related issues (including training
needs) and publishing notes of its meetings.
The Department Safety Co-ordinator to invite undergraduate student
representatives to join the departmental Safety Team.
Current reps are;
Peter Walker-Smith (Biochemistry - P.J.Walker-Smith@bath.ac.uk),
Hayley Notton (Biology - email@example.com)
Scope. The policy encompasses;
the work-related health, safety and welfare of all students in the
Department, including those on field trips and (to some extent) students
the physical environment under the control of the Department (laboratories
and offices in the Buildings 4 South and 3 South and associated facilities
such as workshop, aquaria, glasshouses and insectaries)
the protection of anyone else whose health or safety could be affected
as a consequence of work activities or the physical environment under
the control of the Department.
Supervision of undergraduate students in laboratories and workshops
Undergraduate students (including project students) must be supervised
at all times when working in laboratories and workshops. Academic staff
who are absent from the University during a laboratory practical class
for which they are responsible must ensure that a deputy is formally appointed
and students, demonstrators and technical staff must be told who the deputy
is. Undergraduate project students are not permitted to work in laboratories
between 6pm and 8am Monday to Friday and University closures.
Responsibilities of individual workers
We all have a common-law duty to look after ourselves, and others who
could be affected by what we do or fail to do. Deliberate interference
with facilities provided to comply with health and safety legislation
is a criminal offence. In the University offenders can also expect their
actions to result in disciplinary procedures.
Students must sign the safety awareness statement at the front of all
class schedules, and follow the written and verbal instructions of practical
Project students (with their project supervisor) must agree their competence
level for activities outlined in the relevant generic and special risk
Emergency evacuation procedures. On hearing the emergency alarms
you should do the following as quickly as possible without putting yourself
or others at risk;