Last week equipment in the Emergency Control Centre that processes data from automatic fire and intruder alarms in the University, failed. The buildings are still protected by fire detection and warning systems so the fire alarm will sound to enable all occupants to evacuate safely in the event of fire. The Emergency Control Centre must be alerted by phoning 4444 in the event of a fire alarm in your building. We would rather have too many calls than none at all. Fortunately the equipment is in the process of being replaced and should be completed within the next week.


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HSE have issued an Improvement Notice to Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to the effect that they were contravening Regs. 2 & 3 of the Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992. Reg. 2 requires analysis of workstations to assess health and safety risks; Reg. 3 requires that workstations meet certain specified criteria as set out at the end of the Regulations.  MMU have had to revise its self-assessment questionnaire; identify all users; identify and ensure the competence of staff responsible for managing the assessment process and implementing control measures; draw up an action plan and timetable for assessing the workstations of all users. 


A HSE inspection of part of the University’s facilities at the Harpur Hill site in Buxton was carried out in April. They were generally satisfied asking for some minor works to be carried out.


NHS Safety Notices received

1.    Baxter Colleague 1 and 3 volumetric infusion pumps (Code No’s FKM8151, 2M88151K and 2M8153K.) If fluid enters the main body of the pump they may “power on” or “power off” without the user operating the controls and without any alert or alarm registering.

2.      The MDA is warning that there is insufficient data to substantiate claims made about the clinical utility of the DR-70 in-vitro diagnostic blood test for detection of cancers.

3.      Spacelab Medical Ltd – an anomaly in the ECG software fails to detect low heart rates in the range 12 to 15 btm when specific conditions occur. Model Numbers 90342, 90344, 90348, 90470, 90478 and 90496 are those affected. 

4.      Medtronic KAPPA 700/600 Dual Chamber Pacemakers – Medtronic have issued a letter to doctors relating to sub-muscular implants.

5.      Picker R703 MkII and R500 MkII X-ray generators – report that wear or damage to the manual exposure time selector can lead to non-termination of X-ray exposure.

6.      Benchtop vacuum steam sterilisers – those with a “prion cycle” will not minimise the risk of prion transmission. Use single-use devices or professional cleaning and sterilisation services.

7.      BD Vacutainer Systems are recalling BD Safety LockTM Blood Collection Sets Catalogues No’s 367282, 367284, 367286 due to possible blood leakage from the tubing.

Further information can be obtained from Safety Services on 26198


A demonstrator was “burnt” under his chin when using a UV transilluminator even though he was wearing full protective clothing and face visor. The exposure occurred whilst he was looking up to talk to students while standing over the equipment. All transilluminators used for teaching should be fitted with a safety screen to prevent similar UV radiation exposure to unprotected skin.


Please ensure you place printer and photocopier toner cartridges into plastic bags and seal them prior to placing them in waste bins for collection by the Campus Cleaning staff. We have had a couple of incidences where cleaning staff have inadvertently scattered toner powder on themselves and around offices when emptying waste bins with unsealed cartridges.


Avoid the use of staples if at all possible when re-sealing envelopes for the internal mail system. We have received another “staple wound” which can be avoided by the use of adhesives tapes.


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