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Research Scenario Exercise

  • Ensure student works to the local laboratory rules
  • Make sure the laboratory is cleaned up after use – keep room tidy and safe for others to use
  • Purchase of chemicals using e-procurement OPeRA system (ensuring relevant hazard level assigned and approval granted) and minimum quantities considered
  • Induction on workshop rules and training related to equipment in the laboratory to be provided
  • Establish whether there is sufficient competence (own/student), considering training, knowledge and experience
  • Ensure spills are dealt with and other emergencies are tackled as required
  • Test and maintain relevant equipment as required to ensure laboratory remains fit for use
  • Ensure that deviations during the experimental phase are not made without first assessing the sufficiency of the existing methods of risk management. Where deviations introduce new or higher risks, revise the risk assessment and written methodology as appropriate
  • Identify others that may be conducting research in a similar area or consult the H&S Department for advice/guidance or support
  • Enforce the use of any control measures (as per their risk assessment)
  • Enforce the wearing of personal protective equipment where relevant
  • Check suitability of facilities in relation to their proposal
  • Ensure that a minimum amount of chemicals are purchased and that there are suitable facilities in place for their storage
  • Establish expectations with the student (including target setting, out of hours authorisations, etc)
  • Establish or make the student aware of any emergency procedures where relevant
  • Review their research proposal and their initial risk assessment
  • Ensure relevant approvals have been granted (ethical, HTA, GMBSC, Departmental, etc)
  • Cost and seek approval for procuring any additional items for the research following University procurement and any funding rules applicable and identify whether any additional resources (technical or other) are necessary
  • Ensure suitable notices are displayed for any overnight reactions or equipment left on (to warn others of the hazards)
  • Ensure defects are remedied as necessary and waste is removed regularly
  • Ensure the University Health and Safety webpages are consulted for up to date information
  • Check that the proposed work will not detriment others working in the vicinity and visa versa
  • Store chemicals appropriately (keeping fume cabinet storage to a minimum)
  • Supervise where and as appropriate (dependant upon level of risk and other support available)
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