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Safety policy for Biological Sciences research

All employees, students and visitors have a legal responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their acts and/or omissions, and to co-operate with their employer in health and safety matters. Special safety precautions need to be adhered to when visiting or working in our biological sciences laboratories.

Who to contact About laboratory and general safety

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students on taught modules should contact the relevant module organiser, programme director or personal tutor.
  • Research project students (BSc/MSc/MRes), PhD students and post-doctoral workers should contact their supervisor and the relevant lab manager in the first instance.
  • Lab visitors should contact the appropriate lab manager from the list below.

For safety queries regarding specific laboratories, contact the relevant lab manager from the list below and read the laboratory safety guidelines.

Biological Sciences Safety Committee Membership and structure

Note: Roles and contacts are under review following a re-organisation and will be updated as soon as possible.

The committee normally meets twice per year to review general and specific health and safety matters at a local level, and to report to departmental staff meetings. The remit of the committee includes reports from the annual departmental safety inspection, reports to the relevant College Health and Safety Committees and implementing advice and directives from the College Health and Safety Committee. Note: members of the committee are to be confirmed before the start of the academic year.

In case of emergency

  • Ring 555 from a college phone
  • Inform the duty attendant of the nature of the emergency
  • Give your name and location

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