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									Department of Physics

          Staff
         Safety
       Induction
         Objectives of this Presentation


• Welcome to the Department of Physics

• This short presentation will

• Inform you of the health and safety requirements of the
  Department

• Point you in the right direction for information on the
  departmental health and safety policy


                         Department of Physics
                         Staff Safety Induction
                  Workplace safety


• Peoples perception of                         I wonder what will
  health and safety often                       happen if I just
  makes them think it
  doesn’t concern them.
  Especially if they are
  doing research without a
  practical component


•       It Does


                       Department of Physics
                       Staff Safety Induction
                  Health and safety


• It affects everyone in the
  workplace.

• INCLUDING PEOPLE
  DOING THEORY BASED
  WORK




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                  Health and Safety


• Failure to follow the Universities policies can result in
  serious consequences in terms of :-

• Personal injury to oneself and others

• Legal liability for individuals and for the university

• In serious cases prosecution by the HSE



                          Department of Physics
                          Staff Safety Induction
              Health and safety office

• The university has a health and safety adviser

• A health and safety officer

• An occupational health adviser

• A fire safety officer




                          Department of Physics
                          Staff Safety Induction
       Health and Safety Office website

• Universities Health and Safety policy

• Universities Health and Safety Manual

• Contact information

• Health and safety training course details

• Useful links



                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
        Department safety structure

• Chairman of the Board of Studies

• Chairman of the Health and Safety Committee

• Health and Safety Coordinator

• Health and Safety Committee




                      Department of Physics
                      Staff Safety Induction
                  Safety committee

• This consists of technical ,administrative and academic
  staff plus a research student representative

• The department website has a list of staff with specific
  responsibilities

• These include COSHH, Manual handling, Cryogenics,
  Ionising radiation, Lasers, Display screen assessments,
  Electrical testing, Accident reporting




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
      Department Health and safety website


• Provides the following information on Health and Safety
  in the Department


• Department of Physics Health and Safety Policy
  Document
• Department of Physics Health and Safety Manual
• Online forms
• PDF forms
• Safety Committee
• List of Departmental PAT testers
• List of Departmental First aiders
• Dealing with emergencies
                       Department of Physics
                       Staff Safety Induction
            Dealing with Emergencies


• Dial 9 – 999, give clear details of emergency

• This is to outside emergency services

• Then dial 43333 to advise university security staff who
  will liaise with the emergency services




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                             Fire



• Fire Alarms: Situated throughout the building. Break the
  glass this sends a message to the Fire Brigade & sounds
  the alarms.



• If fire alarm activates you must leave the building
  immediately by nearest exit




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                              Fire

• Fire Extinguishers: Different types located all over the
  building.

• Fire Doors: Should be kept closed.

• Emergency Exits: Find out where your nearest exit is
  located.

• Fire Notices: In each room.

• Practice Evacuations occur at least once a year

                         Department of Physics
                         Staff Safety Induction
                General precautions


• Most health and safety involves applying COMMON
  SENSE

• You are responsible for your own safety

• Be responsible for your own work area, keep it clean and
  tidy

• Do not eat or drink in laboratories


                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                General precautions


• Report all accidents or incidents – report book is kept in
  Room 7

• Report any hazards you may spot

• Place notices to warn of hazards

• Dispose of chemical waste, sharps or any other
  hazardous materials with consideration to others


                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
               General precautions


• Always seek advice if you are unsure of risk involved

• Do not work alone in hazardous situations

• Do not use the lifts out side of normal working hours

• Be aware of security especially out of hours




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
               General precautions


• Fire doors shouldn’t be wedged open

• Keep emergency exits clear. You should locate those
  nearest your work areas

• Walk don’t run. Most accidents throughout the University
  are through people falling down.

• Don’t bring bicycles into the department


                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                 Safety information


• A fire action notice should be displayed in each office,
  and laboratory

• First aid notices should be displayed in each laboratory

• Out of hours working – before 7am, after 7pm Mon – Fri.
  Any time Saturdays or Sundays.




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
          Health and safety provisions


• First aid boxes                   On all levels
• First aiders                      Names should be in boxes,
                                     and phone list
• Safety signs                      Are positioned throughout the
                                     dept.
• Safety notice board               Ground floor, main foyer
• Protective equipment              Should be provided




                         Department of Physics
                         Staff Safety Induction
                Safety signs

Blue signs     Yellow signs are            Green signs are
are Compulsory warnings.                   safety guidance




                  Department of Physics
                  Staff Safety Induction
               Your responsibilities


• You are responsible for your own safety, and for the
  safety of those around you.



• If you become aware of an unsafe practice or event,
  report it to your supervisor, the department
  superintendent, or the safety coordinator




                       Department of Physics
                       Staff Safety Induction
                     So you must

• Take reasonable care of your own health and safety

• Take reasonable care for the health and safety of
  anyone else who may be affected by what you do or fail
  to do

• Co-operate in the health and safety efforts of the
  Department and of the University




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                     Your research


• Is fairly unique

• It may be new technology, to you or to the Department of
  Physics.



• We need someone to consider the risk associated with
  your work.




                       Department of Physics
                       Staff Safety Induction
                 Risk assessments


• Required by the University to ensure good, safe working
  practice

• These must be carried out by all staff

• They should be updated when the work changes or
  ceases




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                Risk assessments

• The forms are available on the department web site

• There are separate forms for theory and practical based
  projects

• You may require the assistance of your supervisor to
  complete them

• The form should be returned to the department safety
  coordinator Mr Duncan McCallum Room 136


                       Department of Physics
                       Staff Safety Induction
                   Electrical safety


• All equipment should be tested for electrical safety

• It also includes personal equipment that is used in the
  department

• For apparatus working overnight - a form should be
  collected from room 7




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                  Electrical safety


• All equipment should display a departmental bar code
  and test date labels

• It is important to ensure that you use equipment that has
  a valid test

• Contact your academic supervisor to arrange PAT
  testing




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                      C.O.S.H.H.


• If you use any chemicals at all in your work you must fill
  in a C.O.S.H.H. form which is available on the
  Departmental Safety website



• You should then make a copy for your own reference
  and send the original to the safety coordinator




                        Department of Physics
                        Staff Safety Induction
                  C.O.S.H.H. Forms


• The form helps identify how hazardous the chemical is to
  you and the environment

• It also identifies the level of precautions you are required
  to take in its use and what to do in case of an accident

• It helps provide information to assist you with your risk
  assessment




                         Department of Physics
                         Staff Safety Induction
          Display screen assessments


• Are required for computer users to determine whether a
  computer workstation is set up correctly

• It enables a user to alter the set up to reduce health risks

• The web based assessment form is on the department
  website

• They are required for laptops if used as workstation


                         Department of Physics
                         Staff Safety Induction
                 Baffled by the forms


• If you have any difficulty in filling in any of the forms that
  have been mentioned or need further information

• Please feel free to contact me

• Physics Department Safety Coordinator
  Duncan McCallum Room 136 ext 43623
  E-mail d.j.mccallum@durham.ac.uk



                          Department of Physics
                          Staff Safety Induction
                In Conclusion


• You are responsible for your own safety

• The University has a duty to comply with Health
  and Safety law, and provide you with a safe
  working environment

• Follow a common sense approach to keep
  yourself healthy, and your workplace safe


                    Department of Physics
                    Staff Safety Induction

								
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