Safety Handbook 2013–2014. Contents departmental health and safety policy statement 3 personal health and safety 4



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Chemical &

Biological

Engineering.




Safety Handbook

2013–2014.


CONTENTS


DEPARTMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT 3

PERSONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 4

SAFETY 4

SICKNESS AND/OR ABSENCE FROM THE UNIVERSITY 4

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF ACCIDENT OR SERIOUS ILLNESS 5

DEPARTMENTAL SAFETY COMMITTEE 6

DEPARTMENTAL SAFETY PROCEDURES 6

ETHICAL REVIEW 12

HARPUR HILL RESEARCH STATION Buxton 15

KROTO BUILDING 16

Garden Street Laboratories 16

GAS CYLINDER SAFETY 16

DEPARTMENTAL SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES 17

LOCAL RULES FOR MECHANICAL WORKSHOPS 19

PROTOCOL FOR THE DELIVERY OF SECOND-HAND EQUIPMENT 21

PROTOCOL FOR THE DELIVERY OF SAMPLES 23

GUIDANCE NOTES 27

EXPERIMENTAL ACTIVITY SAFETY FORM 27

GENERAL RISK ASSESSMENTS 27

COSHH ASSESSMENT FORMS 27

ELECTRICAL TESTING 29

OPERATIONAL PROCEDURE 29

PRESSURE TESTING 29

LASER REGISTRATION 29

GENERAL RISK ASSESSMENT 39

GUIDANCE NOTES 40

OPERATING PROCEDURES 42

EMERGENCY SHUT-DOWN PROCEDURE 43

GUIDANCE NOTES 46

WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING FOR? 46

EMERGENCY SHUT-DOWN PROCEDURE 46

START-UP/ NORMAL SHUT-DOWN PROCEDURE 46

HSE Site Guidelines For Visiting Buxton 50

DEPARTMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT


The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has a strong commitment to health and safety and, as Head of Department, the well-being of everyone on its premises is my paramount concern. No work is so important that it will be allowed to proceed if it causes an unacceptable risk to the safety or long term health of staff, students or visitors to the Department.

Whereas the ultimate responsibility for Health and Safety rests with the Head of Department, it is the legal responsibility of every member of the Department to work in a safe, tidy and considerate manner. Awareness of, and compliance with, the current legislation is explicitly required of everybody. Supervisors of research students have a particular responsibility to ensure the safe working of their students.

As Head of Department, I am advised by the Safety Committee which is chaired by Professor Styring and comprises the following ex officio members: Departmental Safety Officer, Departmental Laser Supervisor and the Departmental Biological Safety Officer. Additional members include a member of technical staff, a member of secretarial staff and a member representative of each Research Group.

The Safety Committee is responsible for recommending policy and for monitoring adherence to departmental and University Codes of Practice. It is also responsible for identifying future health and safety needs and requesting that adequate provision is made from the departmental grants.

The Departmental Safety Officer, Departmental Laser Supervisor and the Departmental Biological Safety Officer are available for advice and to liaise with Safety Services. Anyone with any doubt that they fully understand the safety implications of their work is required to consult these members of staff.

The Safety Committee meets three times a year, its meetings are minuted and these are available for inspection by members of the Department.

This policy statement is reviewed annually during summer.
Professor Phillip Wright

Head of Department



PERSONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

SAFETY


This Health and Safety Code of Practice contains information which relates to safe working practices within the Department. It must be read in conjunction with the University Code of Practice, which gives details of the University’s requirements regarding working practices and the legislation relating to these working practices:

All members of the Department, have a legal responsibility to follow the guidance and procedures in the Code and ensure that they work in a safe and responsible manner so that their working practices do not put themselves, other members of the Department, visitors or contractors at risk. It is the duty of all personnel, before undertaking any potentially dangerous task, to familiarise themselves with the relevant safety procedures relating to the task and the area where it is being undertaken.

Matters concerning safety are monitored by the Safety Committee, which reports to the Head of Department, via Professor Styring and the Executive. The Safety Committee is responsible for advising Executive on COSHH, General Risk Assessments, Manual Handling, Display Screen Assessments, Portable Appliance Testing, Biotechnology, Radiation and Laser Hazards and all other safety-related matters. The Departmental Safety Officer (Mr Richard Stacey) is the first point of call for advice on safety matters. He also organises appropriate safety training within the Department, organises regular departmental safety inspections, initiates the procedures for risk assessments of the Department’s activities and ensures that any remedial action relating to these inspections and assessments is carried out.
Also worth reading is the Leading Health & Safety at Work for Universities and Colleges

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg417.pdf

SICKNESS AND/OR ABSENCE FROM THE UNIVERSITY


If you are absent from work or cannot attend lectures for any reason you must inform the Departmental Office on telephone number 0114 222 7500 or email chemeng@sheffield.ac.uk. You can leave a telephone message on this number as voicemail operates 24 hours per day. Staff will then note this in your file and inform your line manager.

If you need to be away from term-time lectures for a short period of time, you need permission from the Head of Department.

If you require a longer Leave of Absence from the University (for example a temporary withdrawal, as opposed to absence through illness etc), you need to fill in a Change of Status form. If you need any further explanation of these procedures, you can talk to your Supervisor or the Director of Student Support.

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