Latest news from the Health and Safety Department.
We are pleased to let you know that the May issue of the Health and Safety Bulletin is now available to view and download.
Many countries have a much higher environmental air pollution than Scotland, sometimes at an unhealthy level - this aspect of travel and work needs to be considered prior to staff and students going to those countries.
If air pollution is a major risk of the country you are visiting, then the travel risk assessment should fully consider the risks from air pollution to which the individual(s) may be exposed, and identify suitable control measures in order to ensure all hazards are managed as far as practicable.
The Travel Risk assessment at https://www.ed.ac.uk/staff/business-travel/travel-safety/risk-assessments-travel-plan has been updated with an annexe of guidance tro try and minimise the risk of exposure.
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 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
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/
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.
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.
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
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.