Health & Safety information for the Medical School.

The information provided in these pages should be used in conjunction with the School 'Health & Safety Manual' and the University `Health & Safety Code of Practice'.

The Council of the Medical School are committed to safeguarding the health, safety and welfare at work of all its staff and students. We consider safety an essential component of all activities within the School. The School Council is responsible for ratifying policy on safety matters, acting on advice from the Health & Safety Committee, which is also charged with implementing this policy. We regard legally required levels of practice as being the minimum acceptable. We believe that the measures contained within the School manual have already led to a safer working environment for all. The policy will be continually reviewed and developed as we strive for progressively higher standards of health and safety in the School.

Although the council is ultimately responsible for safety within the School, it is the legal responsibility of all staff and students to play their own part in the maintenance of our high standards and to act in a responsible manner when working in the School. By law, everyone has a safety responsibility. It is important that all persons appreciate the extent of this responsibility. Every person has the responsibility for the health and safety of himself/herself and of all other persons who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions. Various training courses are run by safety services, details of which can be found on there site.


The Health & Safety Committee was set up in accordance with University guidelines to maintain appropriate standards of safety throughout the School. The Safety Committee takes direction from, and reports back to the Dean and Health and Safety Services on a regular basis. Minutes from its meetings are circulated to all committee members and are available for inspection by any interested parties.

The Health & Safety Committee

  • Chair: Dr Colin Bingle
  • School Safety Officer: Mr Kevin Corke
  • Biological Safety Officer: Dr Martin Nicklin
  • Radiation Safety Officer & Neuroscience: Ms Anne Gregory
  • Laser Safety Officer: Mr Mark Arianns
  • Office Safety Officer: Mrs Linda Hudson
  • GM Safety Officer: Dr Martin Nicklin
  • Cardiovascular: Dr Andrea King
  • Human Metabolism: Mr Russell Metcalfe
  • Oncology: Mr Andy Platts

The Facilities team leader will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Health & Safety within the school in conjunction with the lead technicians within each area.

Terms of Reference

1. Monitor the effectiveness of health, safety and welfare arrangements in the Medical School and make recommendations to the School management Committee and to other Committees as appropriate.

2. Consider, and take action as appropriate on, reports from departments, university and safety representatives.

3. To review health & safety processes and procedures, including appropriate risk management measures, to ensure that they comply with relevant legislation and meet current University requirements

4. Consider and approve amendments to the Schools safety manual.

5. Monitor the adequacy of health and safety training and communication.

6. Consider reports from the Health and Safety Executive and other external authorizing bodies and action as appropriate.

7. Set up and monitor working parties as appropriate to address specific issues.

8. To monitor Health & Safety training across the Medical Schools departments and Units.

CoSHH

Before any experimental procedure involving the use of chemicals or reagents is undertaken, potential hazards must be identified and an assessment made of the risks posed by these hazards in the work activity in which they are involved. This risk assessment is a legal requirement to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Act and is the responsibility of the research workers supervising the research projects. Before undertaking experimental procedures, all members of staff must read the relevant CoSHH assessments (an electronic signatures is taken before down loading a CoSHH assessment and this is used to confirm that the form will be read and adhered to).

For further information contact your Floor/Area Leader or the Facilities Team Leader.

Risk Assessments

A risk assessment must be undertaken on all operations or processes which may be hazardous to the operator. Those using such processes must familiarise themselves with the risk assessment before starting work.

For further information contact your Floor/Area Leader or the Facilities Team Leader.

Good Laboratory Practice

  • Common sense at all times!
  • Never eat, drink or apply cosmetics in the laboratory.
  • Wash your hands in the designated sinks whenever you have finished your lab work.
  • Be familiar with the potential hazards involved in your work and take appropriate precautions.
  • Wear protective clothing as needed, lab coats are a minimum.
  • Keep your work area clean and tidy.
  • Dispose of materials appropriately.
  • Use appropriate care with electrical equipment.
  • Use appropriate care with sharps
  • Use appropriate care with substances of extreme temperatures (liquid nitrogen or hot liquids).
  • Operate, maintain and service all your equipment properly, if in doubt ask!
  • Work in appropriate containment hoods where necessary.

Out of hours working

Out of hours working is considered to be between 6pm and 8am, any member of the School working during this time must have attended a 'out of hours course', attended a fire lecture within the last 12 months and also complete a 'Permission for out of hours working' form.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS MUST NOT WORK OUT OF HOURS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

Further details regarding out of hours working can be found in the school H&S manual.

Use of Display Screen Equipment

In order to reduce the risk of injury, the Law states that users of Display Screen Equipment (DSE) are required to have their workstations assessed.

Definitions of user, DSE and DSE assessments are detailed in the document for download which you should read carefully.

DSE Online training

The University has put in place an online Display Screen Equipment training system to meet its responsibilities to you. It only takes around 20-30 minutes to complete and provides useful information on how to set up and use DSE equipment including the chair and workstation.

Further information on The Medical School DSE and Office Safety policies may be obtain from Linda Hudson (linda.hudson@sheffield.ac.uk)

Useful Links

CoSHH

Risk Assessment