Do not eat, drink or smoke in the laboratory.
Please read any local risk assessments or safe systems of working related to any equipment before using it. Make sure you follow any risk assessement written for you own project.
Safety Policy – Students’ Responsibilities
The University of Hertfordshire has a written Safety Policy in which students are expected to accept the same responsibilities in relation to the Safety Policy as members of the University’s staff.
All Final Year Students are required to complete a Risk Assessment Form and hand into their supervisor before starting their project.
Chemicals or Gases If your projects involves detecting gases please consult with the laboratory technician. Your supervisor and technicians must be aware of any chemicals or gases you are using.
This will apply to you if you are building an 'electronic nose'.
High Voltage or Mains operated (240 volt AC) Any project involving 240 volts or High Voltage must be checked by your supervisor and the laboratory technician before you switch on.
There must be NO exposed wires or terminals. You must ensure the components you use are suitably rated and you have mounted them on a suitable board.
Note: Components kept in our stores are not suitable for high voltage working. Copper strip board is Not Suitable for high voltage or mains Voltage.
Motors or Moving Mechanical Parts Motors must be secured so they are not operated loose on the work surface.
Fast rotating motor shafts must be enclosed so there is no danger of a person touching the shaft or what is coupled to it. Moving mechanical parts must also be protected. This will apply if you are moving heavy loads or operating at high pressures.
PCB Drilling Safety glasses are provided and must be used to protect your eyes.
Solder Fumes Solder fumes are dangerous to your health. Use the fume extractors provided.
Water or Liquid Seek advice from a technician regarding your project. You may have to work in a restricted area to ensure your safety.