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Safety Alerts & Bulletins

Quality of KN95 face masks and lack of compliance with European standards (June 2020)

The Health and Safety Executive have issued a Safety Alert on the quality of face masks and the standards to which they must comply in order to be classified as personal protective equipment.

European Commission issues safety alert on ineffective and potentially hazardous hand sanitising gel. (June 2020)

Do not use this product (Shield) which is manufactured in the UK and ensure it is disposed of as Hazardous Waste.

Failure of vision port on a lithium evaporator (June 2018)

Cryogenic liquids pressurised storage vessel service requirements and dispensing hoses (March 2018)

University and NHS Trust fined for death of worker (December 2017)

Product Recalls (December 2017) Relating to two products that have recently been recalled by their suppliers, Argos (Simple Value 2Kw Upright Fan Heater) and B&Q (Everflourish Remote Control On/Off Sets) due to the risks to users. This Alert advises staff and students to stop using these products immediately and then explains what to do next to obtain a full refund.

Engaging Contractors (Safety Bulletin which was issued post an incident involving a contractor suffering life threatening injuries whilst carrying out activities on behalf of the University). This Bulletin reminds staff how to engage contractors and the procedures that must be followed prior to their appointment.

Laser Pointers

Chemical Storage Cabinets (relating to the suitable selection of appropriate safety cabinets for storing chemicals)

Chemical Storage (relating to the basic principles of chemical storage and good chemical management)

Tumber Dryers