Health & Safety Rules and Guidelines



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Introduction


Every student must comply, by law, with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and is responsible for co-operating and complying with all applicable University and local health, safety and environmental policies, procedures and guidelines including:

  • Conscientiously discharging any duty placed upon them by the University or by a specific legal requirement

  • Taking positive action to avoid, eliminate or minimise the risk of injury to fellow students or staff in their work or study area or in University accommodation

  • Diligently observing all health and safety procedures and standards

  • Promptly reporting all accidents or incidents

  • Remaining familiar with Local emergency procedures


Throughout the course you are expected to act in an attentive and responsible manner, with Health & Safety as a core objective.

Fire Alarms


It is incumbent on you to be aware of the fire exits & routes from laboratories, lecture theatres, other teaching areas and ancillary buildings. If the fire alarm is sounded evacuate the area via the designated fire escapes. Do not use the lifts or assume that the alarm is a drill.

  • Upon discovering a fire, notify academic and technical staff immediately

  • If it is safe to do so, the fire should be tackled by staff using the appropriate extinguishers and fire blankets, which are clearly located in each area

  • The fire alarm should be raised and Central Services notified on extension 2222

  • Everyone Must leave the laboratory, without stopping to collect anything, and proceed in an orderly fashion through the Fire Exits and out of the building

  • The Fire Exits are clearly sign-posted in the rooms

  • The designated Assembly points vary with the building, but you will be briefed the first time you use a room. For the Jarrett building- the bottom car park. For the McCall building- outside the refectory

  • No-one will be allowed back into the building until cleared to do so by the Brigade Fire Officer

  • Never ever assume that when an alarm sounds it is purely a “drill”. Never ever use the lifts for any fire emergency

  • Always leave the building immediately by the appropriate fire exit route.


General Rules for Laboratories & Post-Mortem Room

Personal protection


  • All students Must wear clean laboratory coats, buttoned up, at All times in laboratories. Their own dress should be suitably adjusted eg overlong sleeves, hair tied back or wear a hat, no open toed sandals etc.

  • Protective clothing should be removed if leaving laboratories, for any reason during the duration of the work, eg. to go to the toilet or to enter any recreational, tutorial or study areas.

  • Gloves worn in the laboratory should be removed & binned, and hands washed if leaving the area for any reason. Nitrile gloves are to be used.

  • Wellington Boots must be worn when working with fresh cadaver material and when working with live animals, and washed thoroughly after use. As these boots will be used when dealing with live large animals in other part of the course, it is recommended that they should have steel toe-caps

  • Waterproof aprons are also provided in the post-mortem room.

  • Disinfectant traps for cleaning of boots and a student wash-up area are present in the post-mortem room to assist good hygiene.

  • All Injuries sustained in the course of teaching sessions, no matter how minor, are to be reported at once to staff members on duty. The incidents will then be noted on an Accident Report Form.

  • If any student becomes unwell during a class, this Must also be reported to academic or technical staff so that appropriate action may be taken. It would be prudent for any student who has an existing condition requiring medication or which may result in the student feeling unwell, or where handling infectious organisms may damage their health should mention this, in confidence, to the staff on duty in order to assist staff with any aid the student may require.

  • Any cuts or abrasions should be protected with waterproof dressings and students should remember to Wash Their Hands before they leave laboratories

  • Eating (inc chewing gum), drinking, application of make-up etc. is strictly prohibited in laboratories

  • Passageways and doorways Must be kept clear at all times to provide access/egress particularly for emergencies

  • All personal possessions, apart from those specifically required for work, should not be taken into laboratories, but Must be left in the appropriate area designated by university staff for such a purpose

  • Notebooks and paper should not be taken into the post-mortem room

  • Additional local rules may apply and will be drawn to students’ attention. If in doubt seek advice



Basic procedures for good laboratory & Post-Mortem room practice


  • No student should attempt any procedure which is unfamiliar to them without prior consultation with academic or technical staff

  • No student should attempt to use any unfamiliar piece of equipment without instruction in its operation and once used should ensure that it is left in clean and working order

  • All problems or breakdowns in electrical equipment Must be reported immediately to a member of the academic or technical staff, eg microscopes

  • Care should always be exercised when handling any substance of unknown properties or which is known to be hazardous. The degree of hazard should indicate the nature of precautions

  • Always take care to read any hazard warning labels and comply with instructions. If any doubt exists advice should be sought from academic or technical staff

  • If gas cylinders are used for any reason during a laboratory class, advice on their use Must be sought before the gas is dispensed and the cylinders, which will be in a specialised cylinder trolley, Must Not be moved in any way from their location during the class

  • Slippery floors may occur particularly near sinks. Any spillages should be cleaned up when they occur. If unfamiliar with the material in use then assistance will be provided by the staff

  • Unpack specimens carefully from plastic bags.

  • Gloves or bags to be put in yellow clinical waste bags

  • Do not leave Sharps lying around. Put them in the yellow sharps bins provided for that use

  • Broken glass should be placed in the designated bin

  • Before leaving the laboratory, soak glassware in the basins provided, place plastic labware as instructed

  • Work areas must be kept tidy and left clean.

  • No equipment, consumables, chemicals, drugs or any other items whatsoever, belonging to the Faculty or used for teaching purposes in laboratories, is to be removed by any student at any time before , during or after the class

  • Faculty instructions for “Handling & Demonstration of Bovine Heads/CNS MaterialMUST be adhered to. The specific instructions are posted in the Anatomy Dissection laboratory & the Post-Mortem Room

  • There is a strict Code for Disposal of Biological Waste. Close attention should be paid to the instructions posted in the laboratories for systems of disposal

  • Additional local rules may apply and will be drawn to students’ attention. If in doubt seek advice


Clinical Areas & Cochno


All of the above instructions apply, though these areas primarily deal with live animals, and their owners.

Fourth & Final Year students must wear a name badge at all times

All students must, at all times, when working in the clinical areas wear appropriate protective clothing:

Equine: blue coveralls and leather workboots (steel toe-caps recommended)

Farm Animal: coveralls, waterproof trousers, parturition gown and wellington boots (steel toe-caps recommended)

Public Health: white lab coat, wellington boots and waterproof apron

Small Animal: either clean white coats, or surgical scrub suits if in theatre.

There are ample wash-up facilities throughout the clinical areas and Cochno and these should be used, especially bearing in mind the number of potentially serious zoonoses that may be encountered and the importance of maintaining biosecurity.


Animal Handling & Restraint


Care should be taken when handling animals of all species and if students are unsure of the correct restraining procedures they should always ask a member of academic staff or stockman.

Students should not enter the boxes of farm animal cases without first seeking permission from farm animal clinical staff or the stockman in charge.



Diagnostic imaging: students are expected to be conversant with the Local Rules and written system of work, which are readily available in diagnostic imaging areas, before starting rotations involving diagnostic imaging equipment.

Off-site visits: Protective clothing must be clean before going off-site and should be scrupulously cleaned at the end of the visit before leaving the site.

There is a Faculty Safety Policy document, and documents relating to individual buildings that are available from the Operations Unit, Small animal Hospital reception etc.

There is a specific documents relating to Safety at Cochno, Lanark practice is also available on Moodle.




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