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School of Physics Safety Manual


University Health and Safety Policy

This document specifies the overall objectives to comply with all statutory Health and Safety requirements, adopt all other reasonably practicable means to eliminate hazards and reduce the risk of injury to its employees, students, visitors, contractors and members of the public, and the risk of damage to property. It makes reference to relevant statutory provisions and describes the organisation within the University for policy making, provision of advice, monitoring of Health and Safety, and executive responsibility. Finally, it outlines the arrangements in place to carry out statutory Health and Safety duties. Appendices to the document contain the following further information:

Appendix A List of Policy Statements, Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes on individual health and safety issues that the University has prepared or is preparing:

Appendix B Statements of relevant statutory provisions related to the University, and covering:

The Health and Safety at Work, etc (1974) Act

EEC based UK legislation the so called 6-pack of:

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1992, 1999)

Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations (1992)

Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992)

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER, 1992, 1998)

Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (PPE, 1992)

Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations (1992)

Other H&S legislation as follows:

Occupiers Liability Act (1957)

Factories Act (1961)

Offices, Shops and Railways Premises Act (1963)

Fire Precautions Act (1971)

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981)

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR, 1995)

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH, 1988, 1994, 1999)

Noise at Work Regulations (1989)

Electricity at Work Regulations (1989)

Environmental Protection Act (1990)

Food Safety Act (1990)

Appendix C List of staff with health and safety responsibilities for policy making, advising and monitoring

Appendix D List of staff with executive responsibilities for health and safety

Appendix E Form to record personal details for use in cases of emergency

Appendix F Emergency procedures for accidents involving injury

Appendix G Emergency procedures in case of fire

Specific University Policy Statements and Guidance


The following University Policies, Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes can be found via the documentation on the Health and Safety website:

The Management of Health and Safety at Work (Regulations, 1999) Guidance Notes and Risk Assessment Form

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health - Policy, Code of Practice and Guidance Notes and Assessment Form

Ionising Radiation Safety Guidance Notes, Monthly Returns Form, Usage and Disposal Sheet (and guidance notes)

Laser Guidance Notes

Association of University Radiation Protection Officers Guidance on the safe use of lasers in education and research

Use of Radiation and Radionuclides - Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes

Manual Handling Operations - Guidance Notes and Assessment Form

Portable Electrical Appliance Inspection and Testing Policy - Code of Practice and Guidance Notes

Fire Safety Policy, Code of Practice and Guidance Notes

Meningitis Policy and Code of Practice

Staff use of private vehicles on University business Policy and Code of Practice

Minibus Passenger Transport Vehicles Policy, Code of Practice and Guidance Notes

Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults on Campus - Policy, Code of Practice and Guidance Notes

Smoking Policy

Further Regulations

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER 1998)

Petroleum Consolidation Act (1928)

Abrasive Wheels Regulations (1970)

Woodworking Machines Regulations (1974)

Pressure Systems and Transportation of Gas Containers Regulations (1989)

Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations (1994)

Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations (2002)

Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations (1977

Radioactive Substances Act (1960 and 1993)

Ionising Radiations Regulations (IRR, 1999)

Genetic Modification (Contained Use) Regulations (2000)

Mines and Quarries Act (1954)

The Construction (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations (1996)

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (1994)

Construction (working Places) Regulations (1966)

Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations (1990)

Health and Safety (Dangerous Pathogens) Regulations (1981)

The Poisons Act (1972)

Poisons Rules (1982)

Petroleum Consolidation Act (1928)

Further Information

Further information is available from the University Health and Safety Office, including.

UCEA Code of Practice 2001

UCEA Safety in Fieldwork

UCEA Health and Safety Guidelines for Working Overseas

UCEA Stress Management

UCEA Health and Safety Guidance Placements of HE Students

CRC Handbook of Laboratory Safety

RSC Safe Practices in Laboratories

Useful websites include:

The University also has a limited site license for the Barbour Index Health and Safety Documentation Service details on how to log into the system are available from the University Health and Safety Office.


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