Health and Safety
The Schools offer a safe working environment for both staff and students alike. Science laboratories are commonly multiple hazard environments.
Additionally, some students have health conditions or disabilities that may need to be taken into account in regards to their study, or in the case of an emergency. Because of this, we recommend that students who have any health condition or disability that may affect their safety, or that of others, consult with and discuss this with their paper co-ordinators, so that any necessary precautions may be taken.
Check out the School of Science's Health and Safety pages
- Footwear must be worn in the Blocks housing the School of Science. Some laboratories and workshops restrict entry to those wearing reinforced shoes. Read the notices on the door of any room you are about to enter to see the restrictions that apply.
- Make sure you know the location of fire extinguishers and fire exits for each laboratory or workshop you enter. When the fire alarm sounds, you must obey the instructions of the laboratory supervisor and floor warden, leave by the nearest exit, and go down the nearest staircase to the assigned assembly point outside. Do not stop to collect your belongings. Lifts must not be used in a fire. Anyone in a wheelchair or on crutches will be guided to the landing furthest from the fire and helped out by the Fire Service.
- You must wear safety glasses and other protective equipment as directed by the laboratory supervisor. Prescription glasses are NOT safety glasses. There are specific requirements for some specialised laboratories. Laboratory coats must be worn in laboratories and workshops where hazardous substances are used.
- You must not eat or drink or bring food into any laboratory.
- You may not enter any laboratory outside the times scheduled for laboratory classes except with the permission of the supervisor or technician in charge. You must not enter any laboratory labelled with a hazard symbol unless a Science & Engineering staff member is present.
- You are forbidden to take any chemicals, equipment or any other material from any laboratory for private use.
- Equipment may be taken out of laboratories only with the written permission of the supervisor or technician in charge.
- Visitors may be allowed in laboratories only with the permission of the supervisor or technician in charge. ALL visitors must sign in at the School Office (FG.G.04), or Departmental Office as well as at the entrance to the Large Scale Laboratory.
- For their own safety, children under 16 are not allowed in laboratories or workshops.
- Before going on a field trip, you must read and adhere to the field trip safety regulations supplied to you by the lecturer in charge. A full set of field trip safety regulations and requirements is held in departmental offices. Please note that it is forbidden to take alcohol, drugs, or firearms on any field trip.
- Accidents in the laboratory, field trips or workshop must be reported to the laboratory supervisor and the prescribed form must be filled in. Accidents in the University grounds should be reported to Student Services.