Reviewing the processes to assess laboratory risks in terms of both Health and Safety.

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    Speaker: Michael Ellerby
    Duration: 90 Minutes
    Product Code: 700085
    Level: Intermediate
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There is often an assumption that laboratory people know about lab safety. While there is some truth in this, there is still much that can be learned by reviewing and thinking through the processes and the variations that comprise laboratory safety.

This Intermediate level webinar covers many aspects of laboratory safety and will help the delegates to assess their own laboratory risks in terms of both Health and Safety.

Aspects that will be considered in this Webinar include:
• Fire
• Breakage of glassware
• Sharps
• Spillages
• Pressure equipment & gas cylinders
• Extremes of heat & cold
• Chemical disposal
• Some reactive chemistry issues, including “scale up”
• Healthcare hazards
• Laboratory equipment   

why should you attend

This Webinar is for delegates who wish to develop an understanding of the risks associated with work in the laboratory environment and the routes to manage these risks.

The approach will be cover Laboratory Risk in general, but with consideration of some specific examples to demonstrate the points being made. The webinar will help delegates to meet their duty under Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Health Act of 1970 that requires employees to “furnish to each of employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees”.

This webinar is relevant to the general laboratory environment, including: Chemical Laboratories, Research Laboratories, Development Laboratories, Analytical Laboratories, healthcare laboratories, etc.

If you are concerned that you are not fully aware of the hazards that laboratory work presents or if you need information on how these hazards can be controlled, then this webinar is exactly what you need to help you. This includes, but is not limited to, chemical hazards. There will be a discussion on a range of other relevant hazards and on the control measures to be employed to avoid or control these hazards.

This webinar aims to guide you to the information you need to help you identify and manage the risks in the laboratory environment. The approach is based on the principles of risk assessment, but with the focus being on protecting workers by the use of proportionate controls.

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Areas Covered

Laboratory safety need not be complicated, but it must be realised that laboratories can be dangerous places, with a vast array of potential hazards available to cause harm. This webinar focuses on the harm that may be caused, as well as how people (and organizations) can be protected from that harm by the appropriate use of Control Measures arrived at through the process of Risk Assessment. Typical hazards that will be mentioned include:

• Fire
• Breakage of glassware
• Sharps
• Spillages
• Pressure equipment & gas cylinders
• Extremes of heat & cold
• Chemical hazards
• Some reactive chemistry issues hazards
• Biological hazards
• Laboratory equipment   

Consideration will not only be given to the hazards, but also to some of the associated control measures and to the important role of having a meaningful Laboratory Good Practice Guide in place

Fire Safety will consider the storage of substances, the use of hot equipment, naked flames, etc. as well as touching on the general fire safety arrangements of the premises.
Consideration will be giving to the safe use of glassware, dealing with broken and potentially contaminated glassware and other sharps. The use of pressurized gas cylinders will be discussed, as well as consideration of where these should be located, moving and handling of these cylinders. The issues of chemical and biological hazards will be discussed, including storage arrangements, labelling, dealing with spillages, etc. There will be a mention of simple aspects of biological laboratory safety. The hazards associated with radiation and with strong magnetic fields will be mentioned. The use of naked flames (such as Bunsen burners), hot surfaces and heat from exothermic reaction will be covered along with the use of very cold media, including cryogenic liquids

Learning Objectives

• An understanding of the hazards associated with laboratory work
• An understanding of the Control Measures that can be put in place to avoid and reduce the risks associated with laboratory work


• Research and Development Managers
• Laboratory Managers
• Laboratory Technicians
• Research Workers
• Chemists
• Test House Workers
• Product Development Operatives
• Healthcare Workers
• Chemical Hygiene Officers
• Technical Professionals
• Health and Safety Professionals
• Managers


Michael Ellerby is a well-respected Health and Safety Consultant who leads an enviable team of health and safety experts. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honours) from the University of Liverpool UK and Law degree - LLB (Hons) - from the Open University in the UK. He is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, a Chartered Member of the of Institute of Occupational Safety, a Member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and a Member of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and is listed on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR Registered Consultant). Michael is also a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Scientist.

As well as his Health and Safety Consultancy work, Michael has acted as Competent Person for many organisations, including acting as the Head of Safety Services Department for the University of Sheffield in an interim capacity.

Michael runs many training courses in the UK, in the Middle East and also delivers Webinars to the American market. He is Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Certified Trainer and has written and delivered a large and diverse range of training courses. He has acted as a technical author, consultant editor and reviewer of a wide range of safety publications for Companies such as Croner (now Wolters Kluwer). Michael started his career in industrial (chemical) research and development before moving into process development and technical management. While working as a production manager, Michael developed an interest in, and aptitude for, health and safety management. He later moved into health and safety consultancy and after working for one of the UKs largest health and safety consultancies, he moved into independent practice. Michael has utilised his backgrounds in Chemistry and in Law to shape the nature of his service delivery and training courses.

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