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Risk Assessment

A risk assessment is used to assess the risks and decide on the safety measures you need to adopt to complete an experiment; it mainly covers the equipment used (eg. centrifuge, use of UV transilluminators, power packs, etc), what the hazards are and what you need to do to complete your work safely. It is a balancing act between the risks posed by the procedure, weighed against the time and effort to implement the control measures. The higher the risk, the more that needs to be done to control the dangers posed.

Risk assessments MUST be completed for all standard procedures used in the laboratory.

The risk assessment should look at the risks involved (eg. UV source, high temperatures, manual handling, electrical hazard, etc) and explain how the risks are being minimised/controlled.  

A standard form with full guidance notes on how to complete the risk assessment can be downloaded.  A library of completed standard Risk Assessment forms for the MIB can be found below.  It is advisable to check here first, as the procedure you wish to use may already have been assessed!

ALL risk assessments relevant to your work should be printed out as a hard copy, signed by you and your supervisor, and a copy put in your lab safety file. By signing the risk assessment, you are confirming that you understand the risks involved and will be following the appropriate measures to minimise the risks.

 

Equipment Risk Assessments

3D Bioplotter

3D Discovery

3rd floor cell culture lab - 2017 review

4DX

 

AffymetrixAFM

AFM

Agilent (Gene Expression Microarray)

Agilent 2100 Bioanalyser

AKTA Express Protein Purification

Anaerobic Fermenter 2x5L

Autoclaves

Autoclaves - prestige media classic

Automated Cell Counter‌

 

Band Saw

Big Glovebox (LG crystallography)

Biomek FXP

Bioscreen IL

Biotage

Breakdown leakage and ionisation_tester

Broken Mercury Lamp

Buchi Rotary Evaporator

Bulk Storage Flammable

 

Carbon Electrode Reconditioning

Carbon Nanoparticles

Carboxylating GO

Catalyst Regenerator

Cell Disrupter

Centrifuge

Chemical_Transport_MIB to Smith_RA

Chemiluminescence Wester Blot detection geldoc system

Class II Mcrobiological Safety Cabinets

Cold Rooms

Cooling Instrumentation_using_solid_CO2_and_LN2

Cryofree

Cryogenic Stopped Flow

Cryscam

Cyanide Use - general

 

DESI MS

Usage of dioxygen and gas cylinder

Dishwasher

DragonFly-MXOne

DYMAX 2000-EC Series UV curing flood lamp

Electrical equipment (general use)

Electrical -potentiostat

Electrical_tube_rotator

Electrospinning Spraybase‌

Use of Eppendorf Concentrator plus

EPR - cryogenic system

EPR - flow_photo

EPR - general_operation

EPR - vacuum system

Eve_Robotic_Platform

 

Fermenter (20L_Steam_Generator)

Fibre Spinning

Freezers

Freeze Dryer

French Press

Fume Cupboard

 

Gas Burners

Gas Cylinders

GCMS

Gel Drying

Glass Etching with fluorosilic acid

Glassware

Glovebox

Grinder

 

Handcrank Centrifuge

Handheld Insulation Tester (1000v)

HeadStirrer

Helium Capture Apparatus

High Power Sonic Bath

High Pressure Cell

High Pressure Stopped Flow

High Shear Mixer

HobbyDrill

Home-made_magnet_holder

HPLC

HPLC - nanospray

Hydrogen Gas Cylinder

 

Ice Machine

IL Diffusion

Image PRep

Incubators, ovens_and_heat_blocks

Intellicyt

 

Lab Sterilization_by_UV_bulbs

LED_test apparatus

LEDs

Liquid Nitrogen - safe handling

Liquid nitrogen - cryostat

Liquid nitrogen dry shipper

 

Magnetic field effect stopped flow spectrophotometer in anaerobic glovebox

Mass Spectrometry (Maldi)

Mechanical Test Rig - Lloyd Testing Machine

Mercury_and_broken_thermometers

Use of mercury-containing items (eg. thermometers)

Mercury spill cleanup

Microarray Glass Slide Scanners

Microwave

Mosquito

MS including LCMS

 

Nanodrop‌

Nanosurf AFM

NMR

 

Oxygen cylinder

 

PA_tester

PCR

pH Meters

Phoenix

Photobioreactor FMT150

Picodrop

Pipetting

Plasma Cleaner

Portable_UV_lamp_for_decontamination_of_Orbital_incubators

PPE Statement

 

Quartz Crystal Microbalance - with_a_gas_sparge

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Radioactivity

Raman

RDE equipment (potentiostat, mass flow controllers, water recirculator) - overnight use

Receiving & Processing - MIB Stores

Rheometer

Rotary Blade Tool

Rotary Pump - oil change

Rotating disc electrode with a gas sparge

 

Sharps

Solid CO2 (dry ice)

Solvent Use

Sonicator

Spectroscopy Equipment

Use of SPEX SamplePrep 6700 Freezer/Miller

Stepladders

Stopped Flow

Storage - over_head_height

Stratalinker‌

Syngene Chemiluminiscence ‘Genegnome’ machine for western blot ECL detection

 

Use of Temperature Jump instrument

TG40

TissueLyser  

Typhoon

 

Ultrasonic Bath

UV_lamp_for_polymerisation

UV - Ozone Cleaner

UV steriliser - steri-beam

 

Vacuum Concentrator

Vacuum Pump

VP-ITC Micro Calorimeter

 

Waterbaths

Western Blot System (Biorad)

Experimental Procedures

Agar plates‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

Allergenic Powdered Foodstuffs

AMF

Annealing at low_temperatures

 

Beryllium Salts - generalBlue bin collection

Blue bin collection

Bioactive_molecule_NMR_screen

Biofilm Fixation

 

Cleaning solid surfaces with a heated mixture of ammonia and hydrogen peroxide

Colony Cultures for DESI-MSCongo red plate staining

Congo red plate staining

Crosslinking_carboxylated_GO_with_ 2-Maleimidoethylamine_trifluoroacetate_salt

Crystal Freezing

 

Dissection

 

Electrochem with fluidics

Electrochem with fluidics

Electrophoresis_using_agarose-polyacrylamide_gelsEtching silica and glass with fluorosilicic acid

Etching silica and glass with fluorosilicic acid

Ethidium_UV

 

FixedCells

FTIR_analysis_of_fixed_cells

 

Handling Graphene Suspensions

Histological Staining

Histological Staining-GiemsaStain

 

Liquid Chromatography separation

 

Preparation of standard culture media (eg. LB broth, LB agar, etc)

Mint_Plant_Extraction

Mixing Araldite Resin

Mixing Graphene_and_hydrogels

 

NMR sample prepNMR spectroscopy of recombinant human prion protein

NMR spectroscopy of recombinant human prion protein

Nucleic Acid Extraction

 

Oxygen plasma cleaning

 

PCR plate purification using vacuum manifold

Plant Extraction - MetabolomicAnalysis

Polyacrylamide gels for RDC measurement

Preparation and use of hydrogels containing triamcinolone acetonide

Propane production with PAS

 

Spray deposition of nanoparticlesWork Bench Soldering

Work Bench Soldering

Surface_cleaning_with_NH3_and_ H202

Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy using_colloidal_nanoparticles

 

Thermal Desorption

Triamcinolone Acetonide_in_hydrogel

 

Weighing CMR chemicals

Biological risk assessment

For biological projects, you will have a separate biological risk assessment form for the research project. This will be either a GM or Biological Agents form, and describes the whole project. These forms are found in the “Biological safety” section of the MIB intranet. Biological risk assessments must be approved by the EPS/MIB GM/biohazard committee before the work can commence. These forms must be read and signed by all members of the group working on the project. By signing the risk assessment, you are again confirming that you understand the risks involved and will be following the appropriate measures to minimise the risks.

Laser risk assessment

For laser projects please refer to the Laser Safety section of the intranet.

Other types of risk assessment

There are special rules regarding young people working in the labs, and a separate risk assessment needs to be completed. Please contact Tanya Aspinall (65187) for further details.

A risk assessment must also be completed for pregnant women working within the MIB. This must be completed as soon as possible during the pregnancy, and is completed in strict confidence. Please contact Tanya Aspinall (65187) for further details.