School of Biological and Chemical Sciences school of biological and chemical sciences safety manual




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School of Biological and Chemical Sciences




SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL SCIENCES

SAFETY MANUAL


The manual is arranged in four sections, the first deals with chemical hazards and general laboratory Health and Safety. The second section deals with working within the biological laboratory environment, the third section field work, the fourth section with psychology.


Contents Section


General Lab and Chemical environment

General regulations 1

Emergency procedures 2

Accidents and reporting 3

First aid and medical 4

Fire 5

Security 10

Bomb threat 11

Chemical contamination of eyes and skin 12

Access to the Fogg, Joseph Priestley and Francis Bancroft buildings 13

Working alone 16

Hazards laboratory 18

School Safety Committee 20

Assessments under COSHH 21

COSHH, BIO-COSHH and General Risk Assessment 35

General laboratory regulations 38

Cryogenic liquids 53

Gas cylinders 54

Chemical Hazards 81

Carcinogens, Mutagens and substances toxic to reproduction 85

Autoclaves 93

Centrifuges 94

Leaving the laboratory 95

Working with biological agents in hazard groups 1 to 3 96

Introduction 97

Risk Assessment 100

Definitions 103

Containment 111

Authorising work in containment Level 2 and above laboratories 113

Training 115

Personal protective equipment (PPE) 117

Health monitoring and Immunisation 119

Storage of Samples 122

Transporting biological agents 126

Disposal of biological agents 128

Disinfection 130

Biological hazard signs 135

Commissioning of Category 3 Laboratories 139

Microbiological safety cabinets 143

Proper use of safety cabinets 157

Hazard groups for materials that may be encountered 166

Containment for work with cells 167

Requirements for Containment level I 168

Requirements for Containment level II 169

Requirements for Containment level III 171

Procedures for work with Genetically Modified Organisms 182

Policy and procedures for the Management of Clinical Waste 205

Clinical waste definition 207

Contents Section


Clinical waste procedures 209


Fieldwork


Introduction 217

General regulations 218

Medical treatment and first aid 219

Accidents and reporting 220

Working alone 221

General behaviour 222

School safety committee 223

Assessments under COSHH 224

COSHH, BIO-COSHH and General Risk Assessment 225

General safety 226

Terrain 232

Location 239

Overseas work 240

Projects and research protocols 244

Undergraduate project student and postgraduate student 245

Guidelines for safety field work and similar activities

Activity undertaken 246

Small group or independent activity 265

Required reading 266


Psychology


Psychology 267

Activities involving animal related hazards 268

Risk factors 269

Risk control measures 270

Persons at risk 271

Health surveillance 272

Exclusions 273

Relevant statutory provisions and other guidelines 274

Ethics committee 275


Appendices


Appendix 1 Reportable accidents and dangerous occurrences

Appendix 2 Health matters

Appendix 3 The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH Regulations)

Appendix 4 School grading to conform to Electricity at Work Regulations

Appendix 5 Advice for field workers on Leptospirosis

Appendix 6 Advice for field workers on Lyme disease

Appendix 7 Advice for field workers on Adders (Vipera beris)

Appendix 8 Advice for field workers on Hemlock Water Dropwort (Oenanthe crocta)

Appendix 9 Advice for field workers on Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)

Appendix 10 Field work risk assessment and method statement

Appendix 11 Field work medical questionnaire

Appendix 12 Overnight form

Appendix 13 Accident report form


    1. GENERAL REGULATIONS

This Safety Manual provides specific information for staff and students working in the biology laboratory areas within the Fogg and Joseph Priestley building’s. It provides a written record of the customary procedures and a reminder of safety issues of particular relevance to those working in biology laboratories.


Staff and students should familiarise themselves with the colleges Environmental Health and Safety Web pages at


http://qm-web.safety.qmul.ac.uk/index.html


These provide details of college policies and procedures, safety courses and links to other useful sites.


The School safety website also has the Biology Division Safety Manual, Chemistry Division Safety Manual and Field Study Manual. As well as this document, these is provide a written record of Departmental procedures and a reminder of safety issues of particular relevance to work in the divisions and the School overall.


Copies of this manual are available for view or downloading at


http://qm-web.chem.qmul.ac.uk/safety/


  1. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

IN EMERGENCY DIAL 333

College Security will set up a conference call to the emergency services and listen in while you report the emergency, and will also summon College staff to your assistance.


  1. ACCIDENTS and REPORTING




  • All accidents no matter how minor must be reported to the School’s Safety Officer, College Safety Adviser on the ‘Accident & Dangerous Occurrence Report’ [see Appendix 4] form which can be found in every First Aid Box or downloaded from, the School Safety Website or from the College website.


http://qm-web.safety.qmul.ac.uk/procedures/emergency/f_accident.doc

One copy of the completed form must be returned to:


  • College Health and Safety Office

m.giguere@qmul.ac.uk

Tel: 13 5310


One copy returned to:


  • School Safety Advisor

A.g.scott@qmul.ac.uk

Tel: 13 3009


      • One copy to be kept as a record for the Supervisor, PI, or Chief Technician.




  • If the accident is such that treatment is given by the Health Centre or a casualty department, the form must be completed on return to the School. Copies of the accident report should be sent to the research supervisor, the Safety Officer, Head of School and the College Safety Adviser.




  • The Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 requires that certain accidents and dangerous occurrences must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive within seven days of the incident. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. Appendix 1 summarises those accidents and dangerous occurrences that must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.




  • The full list of reportable accidents and dangerous occurrences is contained in the Reporting of Incidents, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985.




  • The College Safety Adviser is responsible for reporting accidents or dangerous occurrences in the correct manner (see Appendix 5) and it is therefore essential that he is notified as quickly as possible after the accident.




  • When a reportable accident or dangerous occurrence has occurred, the site of the incident (other than for purposes of making the area safe) must not be cleaned, tidied up, or in any other way disturbed until both the College and Safety Advisers have conducted an initial investigation.




  1. FIRST AID and MEDICAL TREATMENT




      • The appropriate course of action to take in the event of an accident will depend on the nature of the injuries sustained.




  • Minor injuries can be treated by oneself using materials from the First Aid boxes which are located in all teaching laboratories in both the Fogg, Joseph Priestley and in the research laboratories in the Francis Bancroft buildings. The larger research laboratories in the Fogg and Joseph Priestley buildings, The General Office on the 3rd Floor of the Fogg Building, and the 1st floor stores Joseph Priestley building also have first aid boxes.




  • A list of current First Aiders in the Fogg building is displayed on each floor. In the Joseph Priestley building they are displayed on notices in the Store Room and elsewhere, first aider lists are also displayed in the Francis Bancroft building, contact security if in doubt. Specify your exact location. First Aid Boxes are located in every laboratory and workshop.




  • In a medical emergency or if the injuries are more serious a qualified First Aider can be summoned by dialling 3333 and asking the operator for assistance.




  • Give your address and exact location




  • Tell the operator that you are calling from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences.




  • Fogg building




  • Joseph Priestley




  • Francis Bancroft




  • If no qualified First Aider can be found or if further treatment is necessary this may be obtained from:




      • During working hours (0830-1600 Monday to Friday), non-life-threatening accidents may be dealt with at:


Queen Mary Occupational Heath department.

Ground Floor, Geography Building

Telephone - 020 7601 7825 (15 7825 internal).


  • Because the route to the Medical Centre can involve negotiating stairs, steps and Bancroft Road, anyone going for treatment should be accompanied in order to guard against possible further accidental injury.




      • In the unlikely event of treatment not being available, or If the injuries are thought more serious, Emergency medical treatment may also be obtained in:




      • The Accident & Emergency (A&E) department of the Royal London Hospital,

Whitechapel, London E1.

(Approximately 2 Km westwards along the Mile End Road).


  • If an ambulance is required, members of staff have access to external telephones. If no member of staff can be found there is an emergency telephone at the 3rd floor general office Fogg building, 1st floor stores Joseph Priestley building or Porters’ desk in the Ground Floor Francis Bancroft building Foyer. Follow the dialling instructions displayed above the phone and ask for an ambulance. Give the address as:


Queen Mary, University of London

School Biological and Chemical Sciences

Fogg Building

Bancroft Road

London, E1 4NS


Queen Mary, University of London

School Biological and Chemical Sciences

Joseph Priestley Building

Westfield way

London, E1 4NS


Queen Mary, University of London

Francis Bancroft building

Library square

London, E1 4NS.


  1. FIRE:

The college Health & Safety Department have a College Fire Safety Officer, Dennis Browne and an Assistant Fire Safety Officer, Keith Vagg, Their respective contact details are:
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