Manchester Institute of Biotechnology – Risk Assessment
Date: Assessed by: Validated by: Location: Review date:
29/08/12 Sandra Kennedy Tanya Aspinall MIB wet labs 29/08/13
Use of mobile self-sealing butane/propane gas burners
Activity Hazard Person(s) in Existing measures to control risk Assessment Result
Lighting the flame Gas User and persons Gas burners should be ignited with specifically- MEDIUM A
Flame - in close proximity designated electronic igniters (not matches or
Extreme heat cigarette lighters)
Heating of liquids Hot User and persons Take care with all solutions or items heated using a MEDIUM A
or implements liquid/instrume in close proximity gas burner. Handle with care to avoid burning or
nts – risk of scolding. Do not use flammable substances (e.g.
burn/scolding ethanol, chloroform) with open flames. Ensure that
flammable substances are at a safe distance from all
open flames. If flaming tools only small quantities of
flammable liquids should be used at any time and
should be kept away from the flame in glass
containers with lids.
Removing spent Release of gas, User and persons For mobile gas burners, do not attempt to puncture MEDIUM A
cylinders or risk of in close proximity the gas cylinder. Always follows the guidance notes
attaching a new explosion of the manufacturer when using mobile-gas burners.
cylinder This is particularly important when removing spent
cylinders or attaching a new cylinder.
PROCEDURE TO BE ADOPTED IN AN EMERGENCY (e.g. escape of gas, fire, burns)
Gas release: refer to the safety handbook.
If you become aware (e.g. by smell) of the presence of flammable gas in a room you occupy or enter, then leave the room immediately
whilst warning other to do the same, and extinguish all open flames. Do not use any electrical apparatus.
Natural gas, butane and propane are explosive and flammable.
In addition, they are toxic by inhalation. If gas is inhaled, then move to area of fresh air as quickly as possible and seek medical
Authorisation by PI
I confirm that I have considered and understand the experiment and the associated hazards. I am
satisfied that all of the hazards have been identified and that the control measures to be followed will
reduce the risks to acceptable levels.
Print name: Signed:
Declaration by researcher
I confirm that I have read this Risk Assessment and that I understand the hazards and risks involved and
will follow all of the safety procedures stated.
Declaration by PI
I confirm that the researcher who has signed below is competent to undertake the work. My counter-
signature indicates that I am happy for the work to proceed.
Name (please print) signed PI countersignature date