Laboratory Safety

Training Courses

 

  • Chemical Safety and COSHH

 COSHH chemicals

 

Who should attend?

Research supervisors, technicians, laboratory workers and any others who may handle chemicals routinely and who need to understand the relevance of the COSHH regulations in the context of their work.


 

Course Details

The definition of 'hazardous substances' under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations is wide ranging, but broadly includes such agents as chemicals, dusts, micro-organisms and some naturally occurring substances, e.g. pollens. The University is required to prevent or adequately control exposure to such substances and protect the health and safety of those exposed. The first step in this process is risk assessment and key individuals handling these substances are expected to complete risk assessments in advance of new work starting in their departments or work areas.

The Safety Office is offering a short introduction to COSHH, primarily concentrating on chemical safety. The aim is to provide course participants with appropriate information to recognise chemical hazards, evaluate risks, identify appropriate control measures and to adequately document their findings. The course will include practical exercises to enable participants to apply the principles in their own work setting.

The following is indicative of the course content:

  • Legal requirements
  • CHIP, MSDS, R&S phrases
  • Hazard versus Risk
  • Risk evaluation
  • Risk control measures
  • Hierarchy of control
  • Principles of good practice
  • Health surveillance
  • Emergency procedures
  • Waste disposal
  • Documentation
  • Practical exercises

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Compressed Gas Safety

 

  • Compressed Gas Safety

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Who should attend?

Safety awareness for all those involved in the use, handling, and storage of compressed (cylinder) gases.


 

Course Details

The use of compressed (cylinder) gases is extensive in the University. The hazards associated with their use are significant and it is essential that all staff using, handling and storing compressed gases have a comprehensive knowledge of gas properties, the gas control equipment they are using and current best practice.Training is a legislative requirement and departments should identify any training needs and ensure that individuals attend relevant courses where necessary.

The following is indicative of the course content:

  • Legal requirements
  • Gas classification and packaging
  • "Before use" safety checks
  • Gas control equipment
  • Storage and handling of cylinders
  • Properties and hazards of gases
  • Emergency measures
  • Open forum

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  • Safe Use of Cryogenic Liquids

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Who should attend?

An essential course for any individual using cryogenic liquids and for those who manage installations. Departments should identify any training requirements and ensure that relevant individuals attend the course where necessary.


 

Course Details

The use of liquid nitrogen and other cryogenic liquids is extensive in the University. The hazards associated with their use are significant, and information, instruction and training on all aspects of cryogenic liquid use is a requirement of University Policy Statement S4/03

The following is indicative of the course content:

  • Legal requirements
  • Production and supply of cryogenic liquids
  • Design, construction and function of vessels
  • Properties of cryogenic liquids
    • Liquid nitrogen
    • Liquid helium
    • Liquid argon
  • Hazards - contact vs. non contact
  • Safety in vessel handling
  • Safety in cryogenic gas storage
    • Worse case scenarios
    • Ventilation and gas detection
  • Open forum

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Inspection and Maintenance of Gas Control Equipment

 

Who should attend?

Suitable for those who wish to perform their own inspection, maintenance and testing of gas control equipment, or for workshop and laboratory managers who wish to monitor and check the service provided by external contractors.



Course Details

There is a legal requirement for gas control equipment to be maintained and regularly inspected and the majority of departments in the University outsource the technical expertise for these safety checks. In conjunction with Gas Safety UK, the Safety Office is offering a training course in the inspection and maintenance of gas control equipment, such as regulators, hoses and flashback arrestors. This will allow key individuals in departments to devise and implement their own 'in house' testing programme, should they wish to do so, or enable managers to monitor and check that the service received from contractors is adeqate. Previous attendance at one of the compressed gas safety training courses is a pre-requisite.

An indicative course programme is shown for information:

  • Legal requirements and codes of practice
  • Selection and use of gas control equipment
  • "Before use" safety checks
  • Periodic checks and functional tests
  • Planned maintenance programmes for gas control equipment
  • Recommendations for maintenance of fixed systems
  • Open forum

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