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Current Postgraduate Students


Health and Safety

We believe that adequate provision for health and safety is essential to working life in the Department and the University is legally obliged to provide a safe place for you to work. We therefore aim to ensure that everyone working in, or visiting the Department, is fully aware of their responsibility for safe working practices, and of the rules and procedures which are relevant to their role.

Each new member of the department should receive a Health and Safety induction as soon as practicably possible.  You will receive a copy of the Safety Handbook and a Statement on Safety Regulations to be signed by you declaring you have read the handbook and will comply with the COSHH and other safety requirements. This book is given to all members of staff, students and visitors; it contains a wealth of general safety information.

If your work requires you to wear protective clothing such as boots, lab coats, safety glasses etc, it will be provided by the Department.

A dispensing optician also attends on-site to meet staff and students who require prescription safety spectacles. Please let Reception know if you have a requirement.

In relation to health and safety your duties are to:

  • take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and all other persons likely to be affected by your actions or omissions;
  • co-operate with the University in measures for health and safety; this includes co-operating with anyone having specific safety duties relating to safety management in your department, e.g. the Departmental Safety Officer (DSO), the Radiation Protection Supervisors, and the Biological Safety Officer.
  • comply with any request from your Head of Department, to undergo any health check and monitoring that s/he may consider necessary in relation to your duties or any change in those duties;
  • not interfere with or misuse equipment etc provided for health, safety or welfare.

Further safety information can be found:

Laboratory Guidelines

You should find that in each laboratory in the Chemistry building and bespoke to your individual group, there are two key documents:

  • Group Expectations
  • Lab Management Plan

Usually, every student will be supplied with a copy of each of the documents upon arrival: if you are not familiar with your group's version, please contact your Supervisor in the first instance.  If you require any further information, please contact a member of the Postgraduate Education Team and we will be pleased to help you with your query.