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Latest news from the Health and Safety Department.

 

Conference 2016 workshop notes and feedback

The workshop notes from the conference have now been analysed and summarised. We also undertook a post conference survey and the results of this have also been reviewed. Both of these can be found at https://www.ed.ac.uk/health-safety/safety-responsibilities/safety-conference-2016

REACH and CLP Regulations

REACH and CLP Regulations are reasonably complex but ECHA have published one sheet documents which give a quick overview of the main points that are relevant to users of chemicals.  A basic one page guidance poster is availble at http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/22372335/reach_clp_tips_reach_regulation_en.pdf with a more indepth version at http://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/22372335/reach_clp_tips_all.pdf.

More guidance on CLP is on our website at http://www.ed.ac.uk/health-safety/guidance/hazardous-substances/ghs-clp

Nanosafety guidance

The UK Nanosafety Group (UKNSG) has updated and published a 2nd edition of guidance to support safe and responsible working practices with nanomaterials in research and development laboratories. The 2nd edition of the guidance provides updates to account for changes in legislation, recent studies in the literature, and best practice since 2012. In particular, specific sections have been revised to account for the full implementation of Global Harmonised System (GHS) which came into force on 1 June 2015 through the CLP regulations. The document explains the approaches that are presently being used to select effective control measures for the management of nanomaterials, more specifically control banding tools presently in use. Significant changes can be found in the following sections: ‘Hazard Banding’, ‘Exposure Control’, ‘Toxicology’, and ‘Monitoring’.

You can download the guidance document for free at http://www.safenano.org/uk-nanosafety-group/

Health and Safety Bulletin - May Issue

We are pleased to let you know that the May issue of the Health and Safety Bulletin is now available to view and download.

Health and Safety Bulletin

University Health and Safety Policy

The University Health and Safety Policy has been reviewed and the new version officially launched at the recent Health and Safety Conference held in the Informatics Forum on 16th March 2016.

The Health and Safety Policy is issued upon the authority of the University Court. It is published in two documents - the University Health and Safety Policy and a Framework document, also divided into two - Organisation and Arrangements.

This policy replaces the Keynote Guide and 8 Parts of the previous policy and any local copies should be destroyed and  replaced with the new policy and any links updated. The old 8 Parts of the Policy plus the Keynote Guide are still available online for reference only.

The majority of the Policy remains unchanged, however, some key changes can be found on our website - Key changes to the Policy.

 

Tight fitting face masks and facial hair

To ensure that any tight fitting face mask, both half and full face masks, protect the wearer against hazardous substances, the person must be clean shaven. This requirement is discussed during the facefit testing process but it is worth reminding staff of this on a regular basis. Further information can be found at http://www.ed.ac.uk/health-safety/guidance/ppe/facefit  and more specifically at http://www.docs.csg.ed.ac.uk/Safety/general/respirators/facial-hair.pdf.

 

IOSH Managing Safely course

Image of the March 2016 IOSH Managing Safely classroom
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) course Managing Safely was run for the first time at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Peffermill playing fields in March this year. Over the four day duration of the course, the fifteen delegates, and the two course tutors, Joe Brannigan and Lawrence Dickson, all enjoyed the excellent training facilities available at the Laurie Liddell Clubhouse, and plan to use the venue to run the course again at the end of November this year. Anyone interested in attending this course should contact safety.training@ed.ac.uk.

 

Biosafety Training Institute (BTI)

The BTI is delighted to announce two exciting updates:

  • Approved for Observer status with the International Federation of Biosafety Associations

    • The IFBA’s mission is “safe, secure and responsible work with biological materials” lays the foundation for the implementation of strategies to minimize the serious dangers that can arise from the failure to implement sound biosafety and biosecurity practices

  • Are now providing the first ISTR accredited full e-learning Biosafety Practitioner Level 1 course
    • The Institute serves safety professionals in technology and research including education, industry, government agencies and consultancy. The aim of the Institute is to enhance the knowledge, competence and professional development of its members through networking, accreditation, knowledge exchange, workshops and symposia, communication with regulators and partnerships with other safety organisations.

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Zika virus

The Health and Safety Department has published advice for University staff or students who intend to travel to, or have recently returned from, an area which is affected by the Zika virus. This is published on the University Business Travel website.

Zika virus