Before starting ANY experimental work in the Spivey Group Labs certain health and safety training is required. Exactly what courses need to be completed depends to some extent on the prior experience of the individual and their College status. This is assessed using a Health & Safety Training Requirements matrix.
All researchers, prior to starting any experiments, must:
- Complete College 'Day-one Induction'. This involves completing the College Day-one Induction Form & discussing the associated notes with either Alan or a designated post-doc. The process for Day-one Induction and obtaining a swipe card is also shown on this Flowchart.
- Initiate their Faculty 'Laboratory Local Induction Record' . This involves starting to comple the FoNS Laboratory Local Induction Record Form with either Alan or a designated post-doc.
- Complete a Departmental General Risk Assessment Form.
Additionally, UG project students starting in the lab should check through the following summary to make sure they have completed all appropriate training.
Once forms 1 and 2 above (i.e. Day one induction and Faculty local induction record) have been completed and signed then they must be scanned and uploaded to the College's Sharepoint Safety Training Record: https://share.imperial.ac.uk/services/SafetyDpt/TrainingRecords/Training/SitePages/Home.aspx
For all experiments carried out in the Spivey Group Labs specific risk assessments are carried out by completing an Imperial College Chemistry COSHH Form.
These are printed onto the reverse side of every page of the lab books we use.
- An example of a Completed Imperial College Chemistry COSHH form
- How to decide on the Reaction Category (i.e. A-D)
COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, see:
Risk Assessments & Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
The following are a series of generic risk assesments and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for operations/procedures/equipment used on a routine basis in the Spivey Group Labs. Whenever a group member uses one of these bits of kit or carries out this type of operation for the first time they read these assessments and sign them as part of their ongoing lab training:
- Acid/Base Baths - Use
- Balances - Use
- Cyanide - Use protocol
- Centrifuge - Use
- Dry Ice - Handling the pellets and use in slush baths
- Fire Risk - Whole lab
- Fume Hood - Protocol for use
- Gas Cylinder - Argon - Use, changing regulators and manual handling
- Gas Cylinder - Helium - Use, changing regulators and manual handling
- Gas Cylinder - Hydrogen - Use, changing regulators and manual handling
- Gas Cylinder - Oxygen - Use, changing regulators and manual handling
- GCMS - Use, start-up/shut-down
- Glass Bin - Filling and Emptying
- Grubbs' Dry Solvent System on Level 6 - Use and Transport of Solvents to Lab 830
- Heat Gun - Use for TLC visualisation and related
- Heating Blocks - Use
- Hot Plate Stirrers - Use
- HPLC System - Use, start-up/shut-down
- Isomantles - Use
- Kohfler hot stage melting point apparatus - Use
- Kugelrohr - Use
- Liquid Nitrogen - Filling/transporting the non-pressurised 25 L 'onion'
- Nitrogen/high vacuum reaction manifold systems in Fume hoods - Use, start -up/shut-down, high vacuum pump use, liquid N2 cold traps
- NMR tubes - Transporting to RCS1 Building < /li>
- Oil Baths - Use
- Oven - Use of for glassware drying
- Ozone generator - Use
- Polarimeter - Use of our Perkin-Elmer 241 polarimeter
- Pyrophoric Materials - SOP for handling & use
- Pyrophoric Materials - SOP for quenching & disposal
- Pyrophoric materials - 'Flower Pot' method for disposal of Na and K residues
- Rotary Evaporator - Use, including chiller-circulator and membrane pump operation
- Sealed Glass Tube Experiments - Use
- Sharps - Disposal of and emptying of bins, use of hypodermic syringe needles and crimpers
- Silica Gel Flash Chromatography - Running a Column and Disposal of Silica Waste
- Spillage Protocol - What to do following a spillage of liquid in the lab
- Stores Run
- Ultra Sonic Bath - Use
- UV light for TLC Visualisation - Use
- Waste Solvent Drums/Containers - Use and Disposal of Contents