Due to closure of Lecture Theatres in Hicks Building and the Biology Building, Fire Lecture venues may well have changed since the original details were circulated. Check venues on the Safety Services web site before setting out.


The following NHS Safety Notices have been received: -

  1. Dental Practice staff have reported instances of leakage of mercury from proprietary "pre-dosed" amalgam capsules during trituration. This can cause contamination of amalgamators and could increase the exposure of personnel to mercury vapour.
  2. Guidance on "Best practice in use of ceramic femoral heads in hip replacement implants" – relating to various manufacturers and suppliers.
  3. Little Sister 3 and SES2000 Benchtop Steam Sterilisers. There is a fault with the internal wiring of the long chamber versions of these two steam sterilisers that could result in overheating, fumes, smoke and possibly fire. Arrange for upgrade wiring kits to be fitted.
  4. Pin-Index valves on Medical Gas Cylinders, Size C, D, E, F & G: Potential for mismatch to medical devices. If the Pin-index valves on BOC and Linde gas cylinders do not conform to BSEN 850 there is a risk of inadvertently fitting certain types of regulators upside down.
  5. Eastleigh Apnoea Respiration Monitor RE200. If the breath light on the monitor does not indicate the baby’s breathing with the sensor under the mattress, the monitor is not to be used. The monitor should not be used on babies weighing less than 1kg.
  6. Intavent LMA Pro-Seal. Intavent have issued a Technical Bulletin correcting the dosage of midazolam stated in the Instruction Manual for this laryngeal mask airway.

For further information on these contact Safety Services on 26198


With warmer weather approaching the NRPB have issued a new poster/pamphlet for national Science week entitled "Sunsense: protecting yourself from UV radiation". Copies can be downloaded from the web on


The HSC has recently revised its enforcement policy, confirming that work-related death, resulting from a breach of legislation, will normally result in a prosecution, and that enforcement officers will look to bring directors and senior managers to account wherever appropriate. They list 8 other criteria where prosecution would normally result, these include: -

  • A reckless disregard for health and safety requirements.
  • Repeated breaches of the law give rise to significant risk, or poor compliance.
  • The management of health and safety is far below what is required by health and safety law and gives rise to significant risk.
  • The gravity of the offence, and the seriousness of any actual or potential harm, warrants it.
  • Failure to comply with an improvement or prohibition notice.
  • Deliberately supplying false information about matters that give rise to significant risks.
  • Intentionally obstructing Inspectors carrying out their duties.
  • Working without, or in contravention of, a licence or safety case.


Cardiff University report an incident with a Denver (Force 13) Benchtop Centrifuge. The rotor disintegrated during a run causing the lid to blow out sending particles of plastic across the room. Clips securing the lid prevented the lid blowing fully open preventing more debris from being ejected. Fortunately no one was hurt during this incident, but the cause has not yet been established. If you have such a machine in your laboratory check for wear in the rotor, if possible and ensure the rotor is balanced during a run. Hull University had a similar incident with a Denver centrifuge a few weeks ago, where the lid was blown off the unit.


Look after radioactive sources, as losing one can be expensive. The loss of an anti-static device (Po-210) last year cost a Kidderminster garage £21,000 & £2000 costs. Security of sources is seen as high priority by the authorities in the light of Sept 11th events in America


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