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Health and safety in the laboratory

Mike Batham Tuesday 23 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Workshop 2B CMR15

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13 March 2010

Mike Batham

Tuesday 23 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Workshop 2B

Central Meeting Room 15

Hazards and Risks in Laboratories - Chemical Hazards and Biological Hazards and a summary of COSHH. Other hazards including Compressed gases, Ovens and Furnaces, Cryogenic liquids and solids, Electrical hazards, Genetically Modified materials and Radiation. Workshops hazards, saws, grinding, drills lathes etc.

Control Systems- limiting access, fume cupboards, biological safety cabinets and local exhaust ventilation.

Personal Protective Equipment:

Dust and Animal allergen masks- requirement for fit testing under COSHH              

Gloves fit for purpose – this section illustrates the importance of protecting your hands from harmful chemicals, allergens and infectious agents. It identifies the types of gloves available and describes the protection offered by each material. It also highlights any potential problems individuals may experience through their use and suggests ways to minimise the effects of prolonged glove use.

Safety glasses – this section discusses the types of safety glasses available, emphasises the importance of ensuring a ‘good fit’ and explains the procedures in place to enable wearers of prescription glasses to obtain prescription safety glasses.

Mike Batham’s first degree is in Environmental Science from University of Kent, he then studied for Masters in Advanced Analytical Chemistry at Chelsea College University of London and then his PhD is in Analytical/ Physical Chemistry from Kings College, University of London. He then worked as an Analytical Chemist for Richardson-Vicks an over the counter pharmaceutical company developing and validating analytical methods for stability trials and quality control. This was followed by work for an Analytical Instrument Manufacturer Perkin Elmer specifying and testing hardware for gas chromatographs. He also developed new applications and wrote and delivered training courses on Gas Chromatography. He worked as Analytical Chemist for Rank Hovis McDougal Foods Ltd. During this time he carried out analysis of food for nutritional labelling, carbohydrates, dietary fibre and fats, and also analysed foods for pesticide residues and worked on customer, factory contamination of foods.

He went into Academia as a Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry and then became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire. Here he developed an HNC in Analytical Chemistry validated by BTECH, Masters and Post graduate Diploma in Analytical Instrumentation and Ecotoxicology and Pollution Studies. He was part of a course team that developed a BSc in Analytical Chemistry, then HND and BSc in Environmental Analytical Chemistry (Course manager) and finally an MSc in Scientific Technology which combined Analytical Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Microbiology. He was involved in Health and Safety initially as a union representative but later developed courses in Laboratory Safety, Fieldwork Safety and COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health). After the Department closed down in 2001 he came to the Open University as the Chemical Health & Safety Advisor and in 2004 became the Faculty Health and Safety Co-ordinator.

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