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A micropscope in a UTS: Science laboratory

All academics

This section provides guidelines for UTS staff with a formal academic position, who teach and/or conduct research.
 

Responsibilities

The University requires that academics must:

  • Provide relevant and practical health and safety information to students, e.g. through the inclusion in curriculum and course notes.

  • Take steps to ensure students adopt safe work practices.

  • Conduct and document risk assessments on research, consulting programs/projects and ensuring that risks are eliminated or controlled.

  • Consult with staff who may be affected by health and safety risks during risk assessments, when decisions are made about the measures to be taken to eliminate or control these risks, and when these risk assessments are reviewed.

In addition to this, Subject coordinators have the responsibility to manage health and safety risks arising from the undergraduate laboratory practice programs that they design and deliver.

Extracted from the Health and Safety Responsibilities Vice-Chancellor's Directive.
 

Induction and training

All academics should complete Safety and Wellbeing Essentials online training. This covers basic health and safety information, such as incident reporting, emergency response, first aid, wellbeing and accepted standards of behaviour. Staff access the module via NEO
 

Running laboratory classes

Preparing course material

Responsibility of Subject Coordinator

This must be followed prior to printing student laboratory manuals; so that any identified risk and safety phrases and pictograms are incorporated into the manual.

  • Implement risk control measures identified by assessment. That is, paste risk and safety phrases and pictograms into laboratory manual at the point where use of the hazard is described.

  • Check with laboratory manager that safety equipment identified in the student notes are available for the class.

  • Submit form for approval.

Risk and safety measures-pictograms


Inducting students and demonstrators

Responsibility of Subject Coordinator

Ensure a safety induction is provided to students before the delivery of a laboratory practical class, which should include:


If you engage a person to act as a demonstrator for a class, then you’re also responsible for providing the demonstrator with a safety induction.

 

Fieldwork

Whenever work (generally outdoors) includes overnight stays, the UTS fieldwork guidelines must be followed. This applies to staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students.
 

Purchasing substances and equipment

Please refer to UTS Financial Services Unit’s procurement and payment procedures for Health and Safety purchasing guidelines. These show legal requirements that must be understood before procuring various goods.
 

Student placements

Where students are required to visit an external organisation for UTS coursework, both the external organisation and UTS have responsibility for the student’s safety. We need to be assured that we are not putting the student’s wellbeing at risk by first checking that the organisation has adequate safety management systems. Refer to the Student placement checklist and the UTS Course Related Work Experience Vice-Chancellor's Directive.