Scalpels, Blades 1.
Hypodermic needles (see also hope ref)2.
Broken glass (see also hope ref)
Cuts or needlestick injuries to user, other lab personnel, and cleaning staff.
Some risk of injury exists however the following actions/safety precautions should eliminate or reduce risks to an acceptable level.
handling broken glassware.
Discarded sharps and broken glass must only be placed in bins designated for that purpose.
Glass bins must be disposed in accordance with waste protocol (ref) and not by cleaning staff. Plastic sharps containers must be sealed, labelled with Lab No. and stored in lockable bin at the rear entrance of CSB.
Sharps must not be left on the bench, in drawers, cupboards, on shelves or in any unsafe way when not in use.
Fit a hypodermic needle to a syringe while it is still in its sheath. Do not re-sheath after use. Dispose of needle directly after use. If removal of needle is required use removal notch on sharps bin.
A blunted hypodermic needle should be used whenever a technique permits.
All dropped sharps must be found immediately and disposed of appropriately.
Protect the hands when pushing glass tubing through rubber bungs, into tubing. Use of a suitable lubricant may assist this process.
Protect the hands when breaking glass tubing or ampoules.
Use a scalpel blade remover when separating blade from handle after use.
It is the responsibility of the PI/supervisor to ensure that staff are made aware of the hazards associated with their work.
It is the responsibility of the PI/supervisor to ensure that adequate training in handling sharps is provided for all members of their laboratory and to ensure that relevant information is displayed.
It is the responsibility of the steward to ensure that adequate and appropriate equipment (including waste bins, brush and dustpan) is available where sharps are used in the laboratory.
Disposable /thick gloves are to be available in Central Stores. Safety spectacles are available in each laboratory.
Any incident to be reported to PI/Team leader immediately and an incident report form completed.
The PI/Team leader will investigate with the Health & Safety Advisor. The findings will be reported to the R&D risk management committee.
To be undertaken during the Divisional Health and Safety Inspections, where appropriate, in accordance with the School Health and Safety Policy.
Assessment to be reviewed annually by PI/Team leader.