Identification and recording of hazards is an important step in the risk management process.
The University has developed an online hazard identification system which allows selected users working in higher risk departments (such as the Science, Engineering and Medical Faculty) to log the hazards which are present within their own workspaces.
This hazard identification system is part of the well-established QuEMIS Management System, which already has modules for Space Management, Asbestos Management and Asset Management.
The 'Hazards Module' within QuEMISLink opens in a new window provides a user friendly Hazard GridLink opens in a new window and supporting Hazard Grid GuidanceLink opens in a new window, containing approximately 40 typical hazards across four different hazard categories, allowing users to select whether they have low, medium or high level hazards within their workspace at the click of a button. The four hazard categories are: biological, chemical, radiation and lasers, and physical.
The systems provides a means for local managers and principal researchers to assess and document up to date information on the location of significant hazards, local rules and risk assessments for specific facilities including laboratories and workshops.
The benefits of the system include that it acts as a central repository for:
- Hazard information for staff and maintenance personnel on a room by room basis
- Risk assessments
- Emergency contacts
- Emergency plans and information for emergency responders
- Notice boards
- Other documents (such as inspection and audit reports)
In addition to this the system allows:
- Access to drawings of buildings and rooms via AutoCad
- Web based, multiple user access
- Information sharing within and between departments
Approved users can access the Hazards Module via this linkLink opens in a new window.
If you require access or any further information discuss with your Departmental Contact or get in touch with the Health & Safety team by using the SHE Assure system and filling in an Ask for Advice formLink opens in a new window.
A quick overview of how to use the system is available below.
There are two different versions, one for Departmental Contacts and one for Space Owners.
Hazard Assessment database (QuEMIS) - this requires a login and password and use of the VPN if off campus. Those requiring a login should contact Health and Safety Services.