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Laboratory Safety

In addition to specific regulations, some basic guidelines/rules for general safety within CLES Laboratories are:

  • There must be no eating, drinking or application of cosmetics in laboratories.
  • Laboratory coats must be worn and be fastened in laboratories. These must not be taken into rest areas and coffee rooms. Laboratory coats should be hung up separately from other clothing.
  • All staff should be aware of suitable clothing for various activity types; for example, open shoes or shorts are inappropriate for certain types of laboratory activity.
  • There may be occasions on which long hair should be tied up.
  • Safety spectacles or visors must be worn when handling acids, alkalis, corrosive or other hazardous materials including microbiological material.
  • Safety spectacles or visors must be worn in solution-chemistry laboratories
  • Safety glassed must be worn in the teaching laboratory at all times by staff and students alike. The only exceptions being when using microscopes or if an approved Risk Assessment has been completed showing that they are not necessary.
  • Suitable gloves should be worn when handling hazardous materials.  Disposable gloves should be changed frequently to avoid contamination.
  • Remove disposable gloves before handling other equipment and books and before leaving the laboratory if possible.  To avoid contamination, one glove must always be removed to handle door-knobs etc.
  • Hands should be washed when leaving the laboratory and before meals etc.
  • Do not work with flammable solvents near a naked flame, or place them in refrigerators or freezers unless these are marked spark-proofed.
  • Mobile phones should not be used in the laboratory.  Personal calls must be taken outside the laboratory.  The only exceptions for phone use is for on-call and when required for specialist technical advice on equipment.  Phones must be turned off particularly when working with flammable solvents
  • The use of IPods and personal stereos is discouraged and must only be used with the express permission of the laboratory manager/PI and when there is no risk of contamination.
  • The presence of children in laboratories is not permitted. If it is necessary for a child to enter the building, this is permitted only on the following conditions: -
    The child is at all times supervised by a responsible adult and is not left unattended and a Children in Laboratories Risk Assessment has been completed.
    All responsibility for accidents caused will be that of the parent or person in charge of the child. CLES will not accept any responsibility.