Latest news from the Health and Safety Department.
The UK Nanosafety Group (UKNSG) has updated and published a 2nd edition ofguidance 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/
We are pleased to let you know that the May issue of the Health and Safety Bulletin is now available to view and download.
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.
We are sad to announce that Carrie McEachen, who was the Departmental Administrator and then, for a short period of time, the Personal Assistant to the Directorate, has retired from the University from the end of January 2016. We wish Carrie all the best in her retirement and thank her for her hard work during her time with us.
Updated section on health monitoring
Section E - health monitoring, has been updated to give further guidance on when health surveillance may be required and how to determine if biological monitoring is required. The accompanying guidance notes have also been updated to reflect this change.