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Health and Safety

Safety is of paramount importance to the UCD School of Chemistry. All staff members and students have important obligations and responsibilities in relation to maintaining the safety of our workplace. Please ensure that you review the documents provided below.

To support our activities, the Safety, Insurance, Operational Risk, and Compliance (SIRC) Office in UCD provides staff and students with advice and support across many areas including compliance, risk, safety, health, hygiene, emergency response, training, and insurance.

For advice on any aspect of workplace health and safety contact sirc@ucd.ie.

Risk Assessment Templates

UCD Chemical Agents Risk Assessment Template [SIRC] (opens new window)
UCD Nanomaterials Risk Assessment Template [SIRC] (opens new window)
UCD Biological Agents Risk Assessment Template [SIRC] (opens new window)
UCD Machinery and Equipment Risk Assessment Template [SIRC] (opens new window)
UCD Lone Working Risk Assessment Template [SIRC] (opens new window)
UCD Home Working Risk Assessment Template (opens new window)

UCD Covid-19 Risk Assessments

A number of Covid-19 related Risk Assessment templates are available at this link.
Please note that these are subject to change, so consult the SIRC COVID-19 pages regularly for updates.

In particular, note the following templates:
UCD High-level COVID-19 Risk Assessment [SIRC] (opens new window)
UCD Task-specific COVID 19 Risk Assessment Template [SIRC] (opens new window)

Chemical Risk Assessments

UCDC1 Handling and Use of Chemical Agents (General)
UCDC2 Storage of Chemical Agents (General)
UCDC3 Handling and Use of Flammable Liquids - Solvents (General)
UCDC4 Handling And Use Of Cryogenic Liquids (General)
UCDC5 Use Of Compressed Gases (General)
UCDC6 Use and Handling Of Corrosives (General)
UCDC7 Use and Handling Of Hydrofluoric Acid (General)
UCDC8 Use And Handling Of Cyanide Compounds (General)
UCDC9 Use And Handling Of Mercury and Mercuric Compounds (General)
UCDC10 Use And Handling Of Organic Peroxides (General)
UCDC11 Use And Handling Of Potentially Explosive Materials (General)
UCDC12 Use And Handling Of Laboratory Diagnostic Kits (General)
UCDC13 Use and Handling Of Carcinogens and Mutagens (General)
UCDC14 Use and Handling Of Reproductive Toxins (General)
UCDC15 Use and Handling Of Irritants, Harmful Agents and Sensitisers
UCDC16 Use and Handling Of Toxic Agents (General)
UCDC17 Use and Handling Of Dry Ice (General)
UCDC18 Dealing with chemical spillages (General)

Biological Risk Assessments

UCDD1 Handling and Use of Class 1 Biological Agents (General)
UCDD2 Handling and Use of Class 2 Biological Agents (General)
UCDD3 Use and Propogation of Cell Lines (General)
UCDD4 Use and Handling of Biological Material of Human - Animal Origin (General)
UCDD5 Diagnostic Laboratories (General)
UCDD6 Handling and Use of Class 3 Biological Agents (General)
UCDD7 Centrifugation of Biological Samples (General)
UCDD8 Dealing with Biological Agent Spillages (General)
UCDD9 Zoonoses (General)
UCDD10 Use and Propagation of Cancer Cell Lines (General)
UCDD11 Use of Mobile Devices in Microbiological Laboratories

General Risk Assessments

UCDE1 Use of Centrifuges (General)
UCDE2 Use of Autoclaves (General)
UCDE3 Use of Bunsen - Gas Burners (General)
UCDE4 Cold Rooms - Walk In Freezers (General)
UCDE5 Use of Fridges (General)
UCDE6 Use of Laboratory Glassware (General)
UCDE7 Use of Ovens (General)
UCDE8 Use of Microwave Ovens (General)
UCDE9 Use of Sharps (General)
UCDE10 Use of Homogenisers (General)
UCDE11 Use of Hot Plates - Stirrers (General)
UCDE12 Use of pH Meters (General)
UCDE13 Use of Rotary Evaporators (General)
UCDE14 Use of UV Light Sources (General)
UCDE15 Gel Electrophoresis (General)
UCDE16 Use of Laboratory Personal Protective Equipment
UCDE17 Use of Microtomes (General)
UCDE18 Use of Laboratory Pumps (General)
UCDE19 Electrical Safety in the Lab
UCDE20 Fire Safety in the Lab
UCDE21 Manual Handling in the Lab
UCDE22 Handling and Disposal of Lab Wastes
UCDE23 Laboratory Personal Hygiene
UCDE24 Use of Water - Oil Baths (General)
UCDE25 Use of Hot Air Guns (General)
UCDE26 Use of Wax Baths (General)
UCDE27 Use Of Ice Makers (General)
UCDE28 Dissection (General)
UCDE29 Use Of Hand Sanitizers - Soaps (General)
UCDE30 Handling And Use Of Disinfectants (General)
UCDE31 Use Of Lasers (General)
UCDE32 Use Of Laboratory Analytical Equipment (General)
UCDE33 NMR (General)

Contact UCD School of Chemistry

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 2132 / 716 2425 | E: chemistry@ucd.ie