Health & Safety » Things you should know
- Most injuries at the university are due to back-pain. You must set-up your computer workstation correctly
- The UNSW 24-hour emergency number is x56666
- The list of trained first aiders and fire wardens for Wallace Wurth is located next to the lift
- If you have an accident you must report it using myUNSW
- Know the risks relevant to your work, this will be found in the risk assessment or safe work procedure
- Electrical equipment must not be used unless it is tested and tagged, or has a new-to-service tag.
- Electric-bar heaters are prohibited
- Regular H&S news updates are shown on the H&S home page
If you work in a lab:
- You must know all the risks in the lab: Check the safety notice on the door and local risk assessments and safe work procedures (SWPs)
- All work with genetically modified micro-/organisms requires approval from the university’s Gene Technology Research Committee
- Work with radiation requires a licence and approval from the university’s Radiation Safety Committee
- Import of certain biological agents require an AQIS license
- Work with Schedule 8 drugs of addition requires written approval from Department of Health, contact UNSW RECS.
- Work with Schedule 10 carcinogens require written approval from SafeWork NSW.
- Work with Schedule 14 hazardous chemicals require health monitoring
- Working alone or after-hours requires approval from your supervisor (and Head of School during Christmas shut-down)
- Visitors/contractors are not allowed into a lab without supervision and/or induction and/or training.
- When you purchase equipment or hazardous goods you must complete a pre/post purchasing checklist
- Check what immunisations you need
- Know how to dispose of hazardous waste
- Know how to transport hazardous substances around the building
- Know how to access Safety Data Sheets for the chemicals that are in your lab
- Know what to do if there is a spill or release of a hazardous substance
- Be familiar with the spills kit
- Know the location and how to operate the emergency shower and eye wash
- Know how to operate the biological safety cabinet and fume cupboard
- Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC) and fume cupboards must not be used if the test date has expired
- Know what personal protective equipment (PPE) is required and where it is stored