Guidance information and publications produced by the Health and Safety Department which are relevant to hazardous substances used within the University.
Following Code of Practice CS CoP001 Laboratory hygiene will minimise risk to laboratory users.
Good laboratory practice
The object of Code of Practice CS CoP002 Good laboratory practice is to provide a standard for good laboratory practice when working with chemicals rather than attempt to be specific regarding either substances or procedures.
Guidance and advice on more common hazardous substances is linked below.
Guidance and advice on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2005
A large number of organic solvents are in regular use in many University schools.
Misuse of Drugs Act
The Misuse of Drugs Act is the main piece of legislation covering drugs and their categorisation.
Drug Precursor Chemicals
Companies who deal in precursor chemicals need to be licensed or registered with the Home Office.
REACH (Registration, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) is the new system for controlling chemicals in Europe.
Nanotechnology involves the creation and/or manipulation of materials at the nanometre (nm) scale (1-100nm) either by scaling up from single groups of atoms or by refining or reducing bulk materials.
Hazards associated with mercury and disposal methods.
Ethidium Bromide is a potent mutagen which has been commonly used as a nucleic acid stain for many years.
Ether (diethyl ether, ethyl ether) is an extremely common solvent that is routinely used in varying quantity in laboratory procedures through out the University.
Hydrofluoric Acid is classed as a hazardous substance, therefore the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2005 must be complied with.
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) came into force on 9th December 2002.
Safety Data Sheets
Safety Data Sheets should be consulted prior to beginning work with any chemical and also when completing your risk assessment.
All guidance on asbestos in the University can now be found on the Estates Department asbestos webpages.