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Research Scenario Exercise

  • Test and maintain relevant equipment as required to ensure laboratory remains fit for use
  • Establish expectations with the student (including target setting, out of hours authorisations, etc)
  • Induction on workshop rules and training related to equipment in the laboratory to be provided
  • Identify others that may be conducting research in a similar area or consult the H&S Department for advice/guidance or support
  • Review their research proposal and their initial risk assessment
  • Establish or make the student aware of any emergency procedures where relevant
  • Store chemicals appropriately (keeping fume cabinet storage to a minimum)
  • 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
  • Ensure that a minimum amount of chemicals are purchased and that there are suitable facilities in place for their storage
  • Purchase of chemicals using e-procurement OPeRA system (ensuring relevant hazard level assigned and approval granted) and minimum quantities considered
  • Make sure the laboratory is cleaned up after use – keep room tidy and safe for others to use
  • Ensure relevant approvals have been granted (ethical, HTA, GMBSC, Departmental, etc)
  • Ensure student works to the local laboratory rules
  • Ensure spills are dealt with and other emergencies are tackled as required
  • Enforce the wearing of personal protective equipment where relevant
  • Check suitability of facilities in relation to their proposal
  • Supervise where and as appropriate (dependant upon level of risk and other support available)
  • Check that the proposed work will not detriment others working in the vicinity and visa versa
  • Establish whether there is sufficient competence (own/student), considering training, knowledge and experience
  • Ensure defects are remedied as necessary and waste is removed regularly
  • Ensure suitable notices are displayed for any overnight reactions or equipment left on (to warn others of the hazards)
  • Ensure the University Health and Safety webpages are consulted for up to date information
  • 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
  • Enforce the use of any control measures (as per their risk assessment)
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