SCMH Health & Safety (Open Forum June 2019)

SCMH, in conjunction with the guidelines published by the University Safety Committee, is committed to maintaining and enhancing the Health and Safety of all staff, students, patients and visitors to benefit individual well-being and accomplish high standards of medical care, research and teaching within the School.
With the support of the health and safety committee, it is the responsibility of principal investigators and line managers to not only manage risk but to ensure that working practices follow guidelines found not only in our school health and safety website, but that of the Universities. All senior staff are encouraged to attend Safety courses which would not only familiarise them with their legal responsibilities to the health and safety of their students and staff members but also give them an understanding of assessing and managing risk.

All new staff/students should be made aware by PIs that they must read and sign/acknowledge the school's Health & Safety policy 2018 and complete within one week. The signed document should be either returned to the appropriate person outlined on the front cover of document or to your local safety coordinator
Below is a diagram of the steps that should be followed by each new member.

Health and Safety Guide for Staff and Students

Reporting of Incidents

As an school it is of utmost importance that we record all incidents that happen whilst carrying out our duties within the University.  This not only identifies risk but it will also help us manage risk.  That being said, over the last year, we have had a number of needle stick injuries.  Below is a number of guidelines for avoiding needle stick injuries and what to do in the event of such an incident (needle stick/cuts)


Staff or Postgraduate students who require Hepatitis B vaccinations must carry out a risk assessment & email completed form to Occupational Health Unit detailing requirement for Hepatitis B vaccinations. Please inform H&S Committee Chair who will provide budget code to charge. Appointment will not be arranged until both Risk assessment form has been completed and Budget Code received by OHU.

1. Risk Assessment - Requirement if working with human samples (tissues/fluid)

2. Risk Assessment + Hep B Vaccination request form to be emailed to OHU

  • Initial titre screen (if unsure)
  • Course of Hep B vaccinations dependent on titre over a period of 1- 6months 

3. This is funded by the school

4. Applies to staff/post grads working in labs over 1 year

Travel Risk Assessment

Important that those traveling overseas for attending conferences and or other laboratories, and those authorising such travel, are alert to the potential dangers and consider in advance what should be done to identify and manage known risks.

Travel Insurance can be arranged for employees, their spouses or partners, and students provided they are undertaking travel on University related business.

Applications should be submitted as soon as travel arrangements have been finalised.

The policy will cover these individuals whilst on a journey either

  • Outside the United Kingdom
  • Within the United Kingdom, but only if -
  • it involves air travel,
  • it involves an overnight stay

 *** Please be aware that Personal travel insurance policies will NOT necessarily cover a business trip. ***

Completed, a copy stored and kept by line manager/PI  as well as a copy being emailed to Amina Choudray

Bi-Annual Lab audit

In accordance with an school-safety  audit that was carried out by the University Safety & Environmental Protection Service, It was identified that as good working laboratory working practice our school has to  carry out our own bi annual “mini lab” audit.

This would include the recording of actions such as servicing of equipment (tissue hoods, centrifuges, electrical equipment), ensuring correct storage and disposal of chemicals, safety training offered to all staff and post grads, proper securing of gas cylinders, and good working practices and safety procedures. It is hoped that these will be carried out August/January.


First published: 29 July 2019