Risk Assessments and Safety Information
This web page outlines the School policy on risk assessments and contains links to all risk assessments associated with current projects in the Particle Physics group.
ContactsGroup Leader: Stefan Söldner-Rembold
Group Safety Officer: Jo Pater
Risk Assessment Policy and PreparationIf you are a PI or academic supervisor of research staff or students, you are responsible for ensuring that risk assessments are produced for all work under your control, and that they are "suitable and sufficient". Richard Cutting and Alan Wardle can assist with this, but you have to take ownership of the document by signing it as the assessor. AW and RC then countersign it to confirm its suitability as a risk assessment, and not to comment on the scientific consideration of any hazards. This responsibility cannot be devolved, but you can involve others, such as SEOs, EOs & RAs, in the risk assessment process.
Some potentially useful tools in the preparation of risk assessments can be downloaded here. The Mind Maps are courtesy of Catherine Davidge from H&S Services. They are an excellent memory aid of the range of things that may need to be considered when producing the assessment. Obviously, not everything will apply to every assessment.
- A blank risk assessment form
- The University's guidance note on the Role of Generic and Dynamic Risk Assessments
- Guidance notes on how to produce a risk assessment
- Mind Map of the general risk assessment process
- If your experimental work involves chemicals, a separate chemical risk assessment should be carried out using this form which should be appended to the main risk assessment.
- Mind Map for Chemical Risk assessments
Assessments should be reviewed annually, or more frequently if there are any significant changes required. If no changes are necessary, they should be re-dated to indicate that they have in fact been reviewed.
Once a risk assessment has been approved, it should be communicated to anyone who may be affected by that work; some form of written confirmation this has happened is recommended.
All risk assessments for a lab/area should be kept in a visible location in the lab; Richard Cutting can supply a yellow ring binder for this.
Risk Assessments for Current ProjectsAll links are Risk Assessments unless otherwise indicated.Footnotes are described in the blank risk assessment form.
General Equipment, PCs, etc.
Anyone who needs to work with radioactive sources must become familiar with the following material:
- A brief explanation of HEP's safety rules for radioactive sources
- Local Rules for the Management of Radioactive Materials
- Risk Assessments for Radioactive Sources:
- Radiation Safety Course (.mov files)
- A list of our sources
- Safety data sheets:
- Manchester University's Health and Safety Services' Procedure for Ionising Radiation Safety
- Wiring Robot
- Geiger Cell Readout
- Overnight Permit
- Test Tank
- Wire-spooling apparatus
- Ultrasonic Baths
- Water still (coming soon)
- Bio-Circle Cleaning Stations (coming soon)
- Ultrasonic wire-cleaning rig (coming soon)
- Cleaning chemicals (coming soon)
- Probe Stations
- Smartscope with Dynamic Range Sensor Laser (Coming soon)
- Assembly Stages
- Glue Dispenser
- Wire Bonder (coming soon)
- Air compressor and dryer (coming soon)
- Pulsed Diode Laser
- Soldering and Hand Tools
- PCB Oven
- PCB Reflow Oven
- SMT Rework / Auto Placement
- BGA Rework
- Plasma Cleaning
- FR4 Milling
- FR4 Cutting
- Ultrasonic Bath
- UPS / Air Conditioned Area
- Environmental Chamber
- CO2 evaporative cooling rig user's manual from NIKHEF;
Safety information can be found on page 2. Please read the manual before using the system.
All users must be trained by Julian Freestone.
Maintained by Jo Pater
Last modified Mon 30 March 2015 . View page history
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