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Fire Safety

  • When thinking about  evacuation of work areas you must consider all employees,  and are required to make provision for any disabled people on the premises.
  • Check that a fire can be detected in  a reasonable time and that people can be warned.
  • Do you know how to evacuate the area  in which you work?
  • Check that those in the building know  what to do and where to gather in the event of a fire.
  • Check that the fire safety equipment  is regularly inspected and maintained.
  • Check that you know what to do in the  event of discovering a fire or a fire alarm sounding.
  • Check the dates of the Trust fire  lectures on the Trust's Safety Noticeboard on the Academic Street and attend a lecture once a year.
Revised June 2005

Risk of Chemical Exposure

  • Only authorised persons may  enter and/or work in the laboratory (please note that any  person under the age of 16 must not be allowed entry into  any category of containment laboratory).
  • Laboratory coats must be worn.  Sensible footwear must be worn; e.g. open sandals are not sensible.
  • Eating, drinking, smoking, mouth  pipetting and applying make-up is forbidden.
  • No storing of food or drink for human  consumption is allowed.
  • All work must be carried out in  accordance with risk assessment.
  • All waste must be disposed of in  accordance with University policy, local arrangements will  apply for ORHT sites.
  • All accidents and dangerous  occurrences must be reported and recorded on an accident  report form.
Revised June 2005

Fumigation of microbiological safety cabinets

Microbiological safety cabinets, if they have been used for hazardous micro-organisms, must be fumigated in the following circumstances:

  • After a major spillage, or a  spillage where inaccessible surfaces have been contaminated.
  • Before any maintenance work on the  cabinet where access to potentially contaminated parts is necessary (including filter and pre-filter changes).
  • Before filter penetration tests.
  • When any changes in the nature of the  work will result in significantly different risks.

Fumigation MUST be carried out by a responsible person  with adequate knowledge of the procedure. Contact your DSO  first so that training can be arranged. UGN S1/95  Appendix (19) gives clear and precise instructions.

NOTE: Fumigation of safety cabinets before servicing is  needed not only for safety cabinets in Level III facilities, but also for any safety cabinets used to handle human blood  or tissues. We will be circulating a questionnaire to ascertain if your safety cabinet(s) needs to be fumigated,  and we will then advise you how to proceed.

Revised June 2005