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Health and Safety

At the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology we believe that nothing we do is so important that we cannot take the time to do it safely to prevent harm to ourselves or others.  It is the policy of the MIB to pursue the highest standards of health and safety in all its activities, not just minimum compliance with legal requirements, and to seek progressive and continuous improvement in safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of all staff, students, visitors and those affected by its activities. The staff of the MIB will do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure that the requirements of current legislation and University health and safety policy are implemented. The MIB recognises that health and safety is a core management function that should be fully integrated into the management of its key activities. 

Health and Safety Policy Statement is available for downloaded.

Within these pages you will find detailed instruction, information and guidance on most health and safety related matters within the Institute, including all forms that apply. 

Health and Safety Policy

The Director of the MIB, Professor Nigel Scrutton, has overall and final responsibility for all Health and Safety matters within the MIB and has a duty to ensure that all staff and students receive a comprehensive Health & Safety Induction and understand the relevant information given during this induction.  

Dr. Tanya Aspinall, the MIB Safety and Risk Manager, has health and safety management responsibility for the MIB and is the first point of contact within the MIB for all matters relating to H&S, providing health and safety advice and support to staff and students. The MIB Safety and Risk Manager leads the MIB safety team, all of whom can provide H&S advice. 

Details of the MIB key safety contacts can be found here:

NAME

ROLE

CONTACT

Nigel Scrutton

Director of the MIB

68916

Tanya Aspinall

Safety and Risk Manager

65187

Paul Jordan

Technical Services Manager

65958

Samantha Hardman

Laser Safety Officer

65164

Martin Read

UV/Microwave/Nanomaterials Safety Officer

64175

Lesley-Ann Miller

DSE Assessor

68917

John Hughes

Radiation Protection Supervisor

62128

Colin Levy

Radiation Protection Supervisor

5090

Alan Kniveton

Safety and Electrical Equipment

64473

All PIs are responsible for the H&S management of their research projects, and have specific H&S responsibilities with regards to risk assessment of the work conducted, implementation of control measures and identification of training needs. For a full list of Health and Safety code of practice and guidance documents visit the University Health and Safety website at http://www.healthandsafety.manchester.ac.uk/ 

Local Health and Safety Rules

Under the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974, employers must safeguard, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of the people who work for them. It is the policy of the MIB to pursue high standards of health and safety in all its activities, and to seek progressive and continuous improvement in safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of all staff, students, visitors and all others affected by its work activities. 

Health and Safety at work can only be achieved efficiently with the full co-operation of all concerned. It is the policy of the MIB to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure that the requirements of current, relevant legislation and University Health and Safety policy are implemented. It is your responsibility to read and ensure you understand the information provided.

All H&S issues of policy and action are instigated via the MIB H&S committee. 

Other information sources

www.manchester.ac.uk/healthandsafety

- details of University policy & procedures (must be followed) and guidance to help you comply.

www.hse.gov.uk

- H&S information

Responsibilities for Health and Safety

safety responsibilities

The Director of the MIB, Prof. Nigel Scrutton, has overall and final responsibility for all Health and Safety matters within the MIB and has a duty to ensure that all staff and students receive a comprehensive Health & Safety Induction, and understand the relevant information given during this induction. 

Dr. Tanya Aspinall, the MIB Safety and Risk Manager, has health and safety management responsibility for the MIB and is the first point of contact within the MIB for all matters relating to H&S, providing health and safety advice and support to staff and students. Mr. Paul Jordan, the MIB Technical Services Manager, supports Dr. Aspinall in managing H&S within the Institute. 

In addition, the MIB has a H&S team which can provide specialist advice on all aspects of safety, such as laser, radiological and chemical/biological safety. The MIB also has a team of floor coordinators, comprising a senior PI and Experimental Officer for each floor. The floor coordinators work to support the MIB Safety and Risk Manager and School Safety Advisor, conducting monthly floor meetings and monthly inspections of their respective floors, and reporting back H&S problems and suggestions at regular floor coordinator meetings (Chaired by the MIB SSA) and to the MIB H&S committee. 

All PIs are responsible for the H&S management of their research projects, and have specific H&S responsibilities with regards to risk assessment of the work conducted, implementation of control measures and identification of training needs. 

In addition to the H&S responsibilities the Institute has to its workers and visitors, all individuals working within the MIB also have personal H&S responsibilities, in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974. These duties include taking reasonable care of your own H&S and that of others who may be affected by your acts or omissions, cooperating with MIB staff so that they can comply with relevant legislation, and not interfering with/misusing safety equipment. 

For a full list of Health and Safety code of practice and guidance documents visit the University Health and Safety website (http://www.healthandsafety.manchester.ac.uk/).