It is important that as Researcher Supervisors you understand what may be applicable to you and to the students that you supervise and that you manage the risks effectively for all normal and abnormal (emergency) situations relating to the research under your control. The risk assessment must cover what to do in an emergency such as knowing what to do if there is a failure, spill, alarm sound or fire, etc. Risk management plays a vital role in the workplace so it is important that students establish sound practices whilst at the University. It should not just be considered as a method for preventing incidents. Good risk management should also consider financial and business risks covering business continuity and emergency planning. Making sure those that could be affected by the research such as those working in the vicinity or infrequent visitors such as cleaners, contractors or emergency personnel are also informed of the risks (and ensuring that the risks are adequately controlled) should not only keep people safe, but should help the University meet its own expectations.
Similarly eliminating poor safety behaviour is vital if the University is to ensure a positive health and safety culture. Staff at any level should be prepared to tackle this to raise standards.
Risk assessments may need to also consider research off campus or out in the field. Please follow this link if you are supervising students engaged in this type of research.
The next part of the training explores Lab Rules, Induction, Competence and Supervision.