Hazards in Scientific Organisations

Hazards in Scientific Organisations

Identification and Risk Assessment of Hazards

  • Hazard identification is a crucial first step, it involves recognising all potential sources of harm in the scientific organisation.
  • Physical hazards might include tripping/falling objects, sharp instruments, high noise levels, or radiation.
  • Chemical hazards include dangerous substances or mixtures that can harm the eyes, skin, or if inhaled/ingested.
  • Biological hazards could include bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other organisms that could cause illness to humans.
  • It’s important to conduct a risk assessment to determine the likelihood and severity of harm from each identified hazard.

Control Measures in a Scientific Organisation

  • Use of protective personal equipment (PPE). Examples include eye goggles or safety glasses, lab coats, gloves, and respirators, depending on the nature of the hazard.
  • Follow established protocols and guidelines for hazardous operations and procedures.
  • Implement safety measures like structure and equipment safety checks and proper labelling of hazardous materials.
  • Training employees in safety procedures and how to respond in the event of an emergency.

Hazardous Material Handling and Disposal

  • All materials should be handled with due care and attention. Proper manual handling can prevent injuries caused by lifting or moving heavy objects.
  • Hazardous materials should be disposed of correctly to minimise danger to staff and the environment. This includes proper waste segregation.
  • Things like chemicals, biological materials and radioactive substances must be disposed of in specially designated containers.

Emergency Preparedness

  • Understand first aid procedures and knowing the location of equipment.
  • Regular drills to ensure staff are prepared in case of a fire, chemical spill, or other emergencies.
  • Emergency exits should be clearly marked, unblocked, and easily accessible.

Remember, safety is everyone’s responsibility, and all personnel should be encouraged to identify and report hazards to maintain a safe working environment.