Department of Petroleum Engineering
Laboratory Safety Induction
Introduction Safety within the Department of Petroleum
Engineering is vital to ensure the health and well-being of all our
staff and students. Both State and Federal legislation dictate
laboratory safety. The notes in this handbook are not intended to
be a comprehensive compilation of safety practices and techniques,
but rather as a guide to assist you in establishing your laboratory
practices and protocols for working in isolation including field
activities. This handbook also details specific requirements for
using laboratories in Building 613 (ARRC), 619 (Tech Park) and 127
at Curtin University. There are additional notes associated with
activities and facilities associated with the National
Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL); contact Peter Sheppard 92662500;
0401103143 or Kat Southall 64368953 for more details.
All staff, students and visitors of Curtin University are
Adhere to the safety regulations and University policies
outlined in this
booklet. Anyone performing experiments or undertaking activities
that may cause concern to you or Curtin University must read this
handbook and sign the attached declaration prior to starting work.
Activities may include chemical handling/processing; biological
material; high voltages; Ergonomics (lifting, repetitive tasks);
radiation; extreme temperatures and pressures.
Familiarise themselves with the location and operation of safety
(fire extinguishers, fire blankets, safety showers, first aid
equipment and emergency exits) within the area in which they
These regulations are in place to protect all staff, students
and visitors in the Departments.
Please contact the Departments Laboratory Technician for all
laboratory enquiries and concerns. Document control Revision:Date
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Important Safety Contacts
In Life Threatening Situations dial 0000 on any campus phone or
mobile phones or off campus dial 000 .
For Other Assistance (internal phones on campus) ext. 4444 or
mobile phones or off campus dial 9266 4444 or 1300 004 444
Elected Worksafe Occupational Safety and Health
Tanya Jones (PE)
First Aid Attendant David Parks
Ali Saeedi 613.6H07 9266 4988 Fire Wardens
Building Warden Jeff Arbon (CSIRO) 0407440337 Deputy Building
Warden Ken Fogarty (CSIRO) 64368608 Building Manager Ken
Fogarty(CSIRO) 64368608 0407440337
Floor Wardens (Building 613)
Level 2 and 4 Level 6
Dominic Howman Tanya Jones Rachel Liu
9266 2329 9266 4672 9266 7857
Curtin Health and Safety 9266 4900 Health Service 9266 7345 9.00
am to 4.30pm
For emergencies, a Nurse is in attendance at Bentley Campus 8.00
am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday during semester times.
Evacuation and Emergency Procedures It is the duty of the person
'on the spot' in an emergency situation to make the decision
(a) Call for HELP and assistance if the situation is less than
(b) Call for 'EVACUATION' if it is critical. This person makes
the decision if
delay is likely to endanger life. Dial 0000 (or 9266 4444 or
1300 004 444). The Laboratory Manager, Fire Warden or Safety and
Health Representative or in their absence, a senior officer must be
EMERGENCY EVACUATION GUIDELINE
The sounding of the EWIS Alert and Evacuation alarm will
constitute the evacuation signal. The alternate evacuation signal
will be a fire alarm bell or a verbal directive issued by the
appropriate warden or member of staff.
In some instances, such as a chemical incident, bomb threat,
medical emergency, etc. instructions will be given over the
buildings PA system prior to the evacuation alarm being
1 Discovering an Emergency
1.1 Remain calm 1.2 Dial 0000 (or 9266 4444 or 1300 004 444) to
report the emergency 1.3 Press Fire Alarm, break glass if
available/appropriate 1.4 Alert Wardens and other occupants 1.5
Only attempt to deal with the actual emergency if you have
training such as fire extinguisher, use of first aid and it is
safe to do so 2 Emergency Evacuation
2.1 The Alert and/or Evacuation alarm or a Floor Warden or other
staff may give a verbal warning. Once the Alert alarm has
commenced it will automatically go in to the Evacuation tone.
Always react immediately, follow your wardens instruction and
commence evacuation of the building You must leave the building
even if you believe it to be a false alarm or a drill
2.2 Remain calm 2.3 Ensure that persons in your immediate
vicinity are aware that they may
have to evacuate 2.4 Collect small personal belongings (such as
keys, purse, etc. do not take
computers and other large items) providing they are IMMEDIATELY
and SAFELY accessible
2.5 Assist disabled persons in your immediate area as required
2.6 Unless directly involved in controlling the emergency or
immediately leave the building by the first available Emergency
Exit 2.7 Lifts are not to be used in an emergency evacuation
2.8 Proceed to the designated Assembly Area do not congregate
around the exit doors, and remain at the Assembly Area until
directed otherwise by a Warden
2.9 Do not re-enter the building until the Fire Chief or
Emergency Response Officer has given the all clear
All buildings situated on campus and in Technology Park have
emergency lighting and all emergency exits are signed in green with
white writing or a running man symbol.
In an emergency the demonstrator in teaching laboratories will
direct the students to:
(i) place bags and personal belongings under benches and await
instructions (ii) if time permits, turn off electrical devices
and/or equipment and
discontinue laboratory operations; and, (iii) in a controlled
sequence, move along the main aisles and exit in an
orderly manner through the nearest appropriate exit to the
Curtin Health and Safety 9266 4900
Curtin Universitys Health and Safety office deal with workers
compensation, injury management and risk management. It is
important that you view the website,
http://healthandsafety.curtin.edu.au/, as it contains detailed
guidance notes and policies on safety and health issues at Curtin.
A list of the Universitys Safety and Health Representatives is also
Curtin H&S manages the ChemAlert database which is used to
manage all hazardous substances on the University campus
Curtin H&S also manages hazard and incident reporting via an
online system accessed at
the event of any accident, property damage or exposed hazard it is
your Duty of Care to report it via the prescribed Curtin H&S
system. Near misses should also be reported via this system. The
intention is not be judgemental but to use the information
constructively to improve the Departments safety and provide best
practice to staff and students.
Laboratory Protocol The following are taken from the
Australian/New Zealand standard AZ/NS 2243. 1:2005 Safety in
Safe Laboratory Conduct
1. Always act responsibly. Horseplay, running, unauthorised
experiments etc. are strictly forbidden. 2. Appropriate clothing
must always be worn. This includes as a
minimum: Safety glasses, personnel wearing contact lenses must
inform the laboratory supervisor as special precautions may be
required. Neither sunglasses nor common prescription glasses are
acceptable A laboratory coat as required. Closed-in shoes or
protective footwear steel capped shoes as required Disposable
gloves are available and must be worn as required.
Consult the Material Safety Data Sheet to ensure the appropriate
gloves are being used.
3. No food or drink is to be handled or consumed in a
laboratory. 4. Do not smoke within the laboratory area. Curtin has
smoking policy. 5. Never undertake any work unless the hazards
of the operation are known and the safety precautions adopted
(refer to the following section on Risk Assessments). 6. Always use
protective devices appropriate to the type of operation being
carried out, giving consideration to personnel operating in your
vicinity. 7. Regard all substances as hazardous unless there is
definite information to the contrary. 8. Report all accidents, no
matter how trivial, to your supervisor. 9. Do not work in isolation
unless the requirements of the Universitys
Working Alone or in Isolation minimum standards are adhered to.
10. Always use safety carriers for transporting chemicals in glass
containers with a capacity of 2L or greater. Never carry
incompatible substances together.
11. Immediately wash skin areas which come into contact with
chemicals, irrespective of concentration, and report this to your
12. Immediately report all spills to your supervisor and ensure
they are cleaned up immediately. 13. Never store incompatible
substances in the same area. 14. Maintain the minimum required
quantities of hazardous substances in the
laboratory work area. Working quantities 15. Always use a fume
hood or glove box when working with highly toxic,
volatile or odoriferous substances. 16. Label all safety
equipment and maintain it in good operating condition.
Check and inspect safety equipment for correct operation in
with the manufacturer's instructions and report in writing any
requirement for maintenance.
17. Ensure that all safety equipment remains accessible to the
laboratory personnel at all times.
18. Keep safety information and emergency procedures prominently
displayed at all times in each laboratory.
19. Dispose o f specialised wastes (e.g. broken glassware,
biological and radioactive substances) in containers reserved for
the particular type of waste.
Department and Laboratory Procedures All of the information
contained in this document and more, is available at
http://petroleum.curtin.edu.au/ - click on Health and Safety tab
and enter your Curtin intranet credentials.
Purchasing All chemical and equipment purchases are to be done
via the Laboratory Technician. They can assist you in catalogue
searches and with pricing enquiries. To make an order a Request to
Order form (available from the Administrative Officer) must be
completed and submitted. Note: NGL equipment orders require HSE
pre-purchase forms to be completed prior to a purchase order being
Moving Chemicals through B613
All goods must be carried appropriately, using a Winchester
carrier or trolley. For all gas cylinders and volumes greater than
2L or 2kg a trolley equipped with a spill kit and appropriate
restraining features must be used.
If you require equipment you must contact the Laboratory
Technician to gain approval and ensure that it will not interfere
with their research activities. Gas, Gas Cylinders and
It is recommended that you seek advice from technical support
staff prior to handling gas cylinders. A small supply of gas
cylinders is kept in the gas shed, which is located outside the
building adjacent to level 2, and is accessible via the Laboratory
Technician. All gas cylinders must be transported with a gas
trolley and be appropriately strapped in. You should not travel in
the lift with an asphyxiating gas. All cylinders must be clamped
into position away from heat sources.
The appropriate regulator must be fitted to the cylinder for
operation. Advice can be sort from our gas suppliers or technical
All electrical appliances and residual current devices are
inspected and tested and tagged as required by CSIRO. The CSIRO
Building Manager will request that you present all equipment used
in laboratories for testing and tagging on six or twelve monthly
cycles. The supplier of new equipment shall be deemed responsible
for the electrical safety and it should be tagged on installation.
Equipment in an office environment must be tested and tagged on a
cycle. When power boards and extension cords are required they
should not be used to power other power boards or extension cords.
Double adapters are not permitted. In all laboratories or in a
situation where equipment is frequently plugged in and out, the
power board must be individually switched.
Hazardous Substances Registry and Dangerous Goods Manifest
Occupational Safety and Health Legislation states that we must
maintain a current hazardous substances registry. The Australian
Dangerous Goods Code dictates that we must maintain a current
dangerous goods manifest. This is done via the ChemAlert database.
The substance must be identified by name and supplier, quantity and
storage location. Regular audits will be conducted to ensure up to
date manifests and registries via ChemAlert. SDS (Safety Data
For each hazardous substance supplied to the University: - An
SDS must be obtained before or on the first occasion that it is
supplied - The SDS must be readily available to any employee or
student who could be
exposed to the substance How do I obtain an SDS? For most
substances the simplest way to obtain an SDS and to ensure it is
readily available, is to use ChemAlert. Unfortunately, there are
some substances that do not exist in ChemAlert, in which case they
can be obtained from the manufacturer. It is the responsibility of
the manufacturer to provide Safety Data Sheets for the hazardous
substances they supply. You should contact them directly to obtain
an SDS. It is your responsibility to ensure that the SDS is
forwarded to Curtin H&S for loading onto ChemAlert.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
The minimum personal protective equipment while handing wet
chemical in the laboratories is a laboratory coat, fully enclosed
shoes and safety glasses. Spectacles are not sufficient and must be
covered with over-goggles. The minimum PPE in instrument only
laboratories is safety glasses and fully enclosed shoes. Laboratory
coats must not be worn in office areas, staff room or student
Dangerous Goods Storage and Handling
All chemicals must be stored in the appropriate location.
Quantities of chemicals must be minimised in open laboratory space.
After each use
the product must be returned to the appropriate storage
Occupational Safety and Health Regulations and Hazardous
Substances Regulations prescribe labelling of hazardous substances
and dangerous goods. The table below outlines the requirements for
chemical labelling. Labels can be generated with the ChemAlert
database. Labels should be sealed from potential spillage and
dripping. Printing and laminating facilities are available in the
Photocopying Room in the front office.
Label Requirements Capacity of Container
A: Greater than 500mL or g
B: 500mL or g less C: Container is too small to attach label
as per B Single word(s) and/or dangerous goods class and
subsidiary risk label (where applicable)
YES YES YES
Identification information: (i) product name
(ii) chemical name
(iii) UN number (where required by ADG code)
(iv) ingredients and formulation
YES YES (most significant) NO
Directions for use
Where appropriate NO NO
YES YES (most significant) NO
First Aid procedure
YES YES NO
YES NO NO
Details of manufacturer or importer
YES YES YES
Where relevant NO NO
Reference to SDS
YES YES NO
All fume cupboards have monitored air-flow which is integrated
into the air- handling of the laboratories. When in use the sash
must be pulled down
completely to ensure appropriate extraction for lab occupants
protection. Each fume cupboard is fitted with an emergency stop
button. If an incident were to occur which required enhanced fume
extraction, power and gas shut-off, this button should be pressed.
To reset the services, follow the instructions on the panel. No
more than 2.5L of Class 3 Flammable can be used in a fume cupboard
at any time.
In the event of a power failure, turn off all appliances, close
the sash and exit the lab.
Hazard zones are areas identified as having environments that
could lead to ignition from flammable vapours and flammable gases.
Laboratory risk management practices are in place to ensure that
ignition sources of either fixed or portable nature are not
introduced into hazard zones. All laboratories have a hazard zone
300mm from the floor and 300mm in the front of all Class 3
Flammable cabinets. Ignition sources cannot be used within these
areas. Ignitions sources cannot be used in any Dangerous Goods
Emergency Shutdown Button
Emergency Shutdown buttons are located throughout the
laboratories. These are to be pressed only in an emergency, for
example; significant chemical spill, gas leak or an electrical
incident. This will terminate all electrical and gas services to
that level lab zone. Advise others, exit the laboratory and take
appropriate action. Once the button has been pressed notify the
Laboratory Technician immediately. An override assessment will then
be conducted and pending approval services reinstated within thirty
minutes. This button must not be obstructed. Avoid activities next
the button to avoid accidental pressing. Storage of Chemicals
Storage of chemicals in laboratories should be kept to a
minimum. It is essential that chemicals are stored appropriately in
laboratories. The Australian Dangerous Goods Code - Storage and
Handling Regulations require that dangerous goods are stored in
accordance with the law. These regulations are designed to prevent
accidents involving the range of chemicals that are identified as
Dangerous Goods. Australia has adopted a classification system
based on the United Nations system. Dangerous Goods are divided
into nine classes based on their hazardous properties. The
regulations specify how storage areas are designed, constructed and
located to minimize risks. Classification System
1 Explosives 2.1 Flammable gas 2.2 Non-flammable gas 2.3
Oxidising gas 3 Flammable liquid 4.1 Flammable solid 4.2
Spontaneously combustible 4.3 Dangerous when wet 5.1 Oxidising
agent 5.2 Organic peroxide 6.1 Toxic 6.2 Infectious7 Radioactive 8
Corrosive 9 Miscellaneous
Chemicals must be segregated when stored to ensure they do not
mix in the event of a spillage. The table below will enable you to
determine how chemicals should be stored in the laboratory. By
selecting the classes of chemicals in question, the point of
intersection identifies how the chosen classes should be stored
relative to each another (Reproduced from the Western Australian
Explosives and Dangerous Goods (Dangerous Goods Handling and
Storage) Regulations 1992).
L - substances which are liquids S - substances which are solids
0 - no general segregation required 1 - segregate by a distance of
at least 1m 3 - segregate by a distance of at least 3m X -
segregate in separate depots at least 5m apart or segregate by a
of at least 5m with the use of a screen wall.
The individual who generates chemical waste is responsible for
that chemical waste until it has been completely disposed of by the
appointed waste management company. Although small amounts of a
variety of chemical residues produced in the laboratory may be
safely disposed of to the sewer system. Water corporation
guidelines must be strictly adhered to. Go to
www.watercorporation.com.au/indwaste or call 131395 for more
details. Many laboratories have established waste containment for
common waste. All generated waste (including washing residue) must
be stored in suitable and accurately labelled containers. If you
are uncertain about the residue you must inquire with the
Laboratory Technician on how to proceed. It is preferred that large
volumes of waste are removed from the working environment. Waste
containers can be stored in the appropriate storage cabinet until
professionally removed. All containers must be clearly labelled
with the name of the person responsible for the waste, where it has
come from and what it is. A waste manifest document (attached) must
also be completed and submitted to the Laboratory Technician for
approval prior to storing. The Laboratory Technician will
coordinate with the appointed waste disposal company on a quarterly
rotation for the disposal of chemical waste. Advanced notice is
given to all requesting waste disposal requirements and waste
manifests. The waste disposal company will then advise of
segregation of waste requirements and collection dates. Nominated
representatives from groups may be requested to participate in the
Glass and Sharps Waste Laboratories will have a number of sharps
disposal bins. All sharp objects and broken glass must be disposed
of in the sharps bins and not go into the general rubbish bins.
Small quantities of contaminated materials can also be disposed of
into these bins. Bins should be completely sealed and using a
suitable trolley taken down to the Hardstand area outside of the
building and disposed of in one of the large dumpsters located in
the Hardstand area.
Hazardous substances for which health surveillance is
Although this department is infrequent user of chemicals it is
still important to understand their use and health issues. If in
doubt contact Health and safety 9266 4900.Below is a list of
substances for which health surveillance is required. If you intend
using any of the listed substances you must contact the Laboratory
Manager prior to use to discuss potential exposure and health
Acrylonitrile Inorganic arsenic Asbestos
Benzene Cadmium Inorganic chromium Creosote Isocyanates
Inorganic mercury 4, 4-methylene bis 2-chloroaniline (MOCA)
Organophosphate pesticides Pentachlorophenol (PCP) Polycyclic
aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) Crystalline silica Thallium Vinyl
Carcinogenic substances to be used only for bona fide
The label and the associated MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)
will show if the substance is carcinogenic. If in doubt, contact
Health and Safety 9266 4900 for further information. Records must
be established and kept current for each person who is likely to be
exposed to a carcinogenic substance whilst in the workplace.
General maintenance; faulty electrical, plumbing, mechanical and
building related items, can be requested through CSIRO, email Jeff
[email protected] or lodge a maintenance form at:
Procedure for Risk Assessment and Safe Work Procedure
The relevant supervisor must approve all activities undertaken
in the workplace.
In the Department of Petroleum Engineering all activities must
assessed prior to being undertaken and have signed approval from
relevant supervisor. Risk Assessment Preparation
For all new activities a full risk assessment must be undertaken
using the Health and Safety Risk Assessment pro-forma and risk
matrix, Attachment 1. The staff member or student wishing to
undertake the procedure normally prepares this.
In this process, each step in an activity must be identified and
any potential hazards highlighted. Using the risk matrix a
consequence or impact of that hazard is identified and then
correlated with the likelihood of that hazard being realized. The
intersection of consequence and likelihood is the risk rating. If
the rating is above low, further risk management action is
Risk management is the application of the hierarchy of
Elimination eg. eliminate materials or elements of the process
that carry significant risk
Substitution eg. substitute a safer chemical or safer process
Isolation eg. barriers, enclosures, remote operation Engineering
eg. local exhaust ventilation, dilution ventilation Administrative
eg. supervision, use of safe work procedures,
housekeeping, organization of work to limit contact, standards,
PPE eg. face shields, safety glasses, goggles, gloves, aprons
Determine the residual risk by undertaking a risk assessment of the
procedure with the controls in place. The intention is that the
residual risk be lower than the initial risk assessment.
Each activity or task is then assigned to someone, so as to
ensure that it is completed or complied with. This may be, the
operator, the supervisor, Lab Manager etc.
Once the risk assessment has been completed, the editing process
is done between the staff/student and the relevant supervisor. Once
the risk assessment is agreed to, the supervisor must then approve
the activity and sign the
document. The activity must then be undertaken according to the
risk assessment. If the procedure changes, the activity must be
re-assessed going through the process described above.
Safe Work Procedure Preparation
If the activity becomes routine and is used by multiple people,
a Safe Work Procedure can be developed. Using the Departments
pro-forma, Attachment 2, a similar process is followed. Most likely
a risk assessment has been done on the activity. If not, then this
needs to be undertaken first. This transcribes quite simply into
the SWP template, the only difference being is that we are
recording the residual risk only. A record of training and approval
to conduct the activity is detailed at the back of the document.
This allows multiple people to conduct the same activity without
having to prepare individual risk assessments. If at any point, the
user wishes to change a parameter of the approved risk assessment
or SWP, a new RA and SWP must be prepared and approved by the
All chemicals at Curtin University are required to be risk
assessed, using the Curtin Health and Safety Chemical Risk
Assessment worksheet, Attachment 3, and the manufacturer provided
SDS. Once completed this is to be appended to the SWP or RA. An
e-copy of the Chemical RA and SDS is to be sent to
[email protected] to be uploaded onto ChemAlert. This
is only for new chemicals in the workplace and does not need to be
repeated if stocks are replenished.
It is important when preparing to undertake any activity, that
into account the environment that you are working in and the
activities that are being performed by colleagues in the vicinity.
In the Department of Petroleum Engineering, several people can be
using neighbouring lab spaces at any one time. It is important to
ensure that what you are doing is compatible with your neighbour
and vice-versa. The RA or SWP for each activity should be displayed
or accessible nearby so that everyone has access to this
Document Retention and Storage
Legislation dictates that all documentation and records of
training be retained and stored securely. The Department of
Petroleum Engineering does this via J: drive. Once the SWP or RA
has been approved and signed, it then needs to be scanned and
loaded into the relevant folder. The folders are generated as per
supervisor last names. To be granted access to the folder please
contact the Laboratory Manager, who will make this request on your
behalf. It is recommended for document tracking and inter-document
referencing that each document be numbered.
For emergency management after hours, there is a need to be able
to advise emergency services what activities are being undertaken
in the building unsupervised. All activities that are left
unsupervised must be risk assessed and the supervisor must
specifically approve the activity to be left unsupervised. Once
approvals have been obtained, the risk assessment then needs to be
emailed to the departments Laboratory Technician. If during normal
hours, you leave your approved activity unsupervised, the RA or SWP
must be on display and a sign notifying of an unsupervised
experiment must be completed and on display.
Visitors to the Departments Visitor
Visitors can enter the Department of Petroleum Engineering for
short periods with no access to departmental laboratory facilities.
For longer periods or access to departmental laboratory facilities,
University Associate status is required see below. Visitors can
only access the departmental facilities when escorted by a staff
member of the Departments. The visitor must be escorted at all
times. The visitor cannot work in laboratories or undertake
fieldwork on behalf of Curtin University.
If you have a visitor that is coming to the Department and they
will be taken into laboratory spaces, you will need to ensure the
Advise the Administration Team Leader and Laboratory Manager
prior to arrival (email is sufficient).
Sign the visitors in to the Visitors Register at Reception,
collect a visitors card.
If entering the laboratories, ensure the visitor is wearing
appropriate footwear (must fully cover the foot) and provide safety
Advise the visitor of the building evacuation procedures. Escort
the visitor at all times.
A University Associate is a person engaged by Curtin who is
affiliated with the University and may provide services to the
NOTE: If you have a visitor/guest that will be in the Department
for an extended period and/or will require regular access to
laboratory areas and other facilities, they are required to obtain
University Associate status.
This is to ensure that Workers Compensation and Public Liability
Insurance are available to the University Associate. It has the
added advantage of not having to escort the person in and out of
secure areas. If available the department may be able to provide
some desk space, please speak with the Laboratory Technician. If
you have someone coming into the Department who requires University
Associate status, you must ensure the following is done in advance
of their arrival;
Contact the Administration Team Leader and arrange University
paperwork to be completed, in some cases this will require a CV
and Visa documentation.
Contact the Laboratory Manager for induction details, desk
allocation and access permissions.
Arrange parking permits if required (at the hosts expense). When
the person arrives;
Introduce them to the Administration Team Leader and
Manager. Submit induction questionnaire to Laboratory Manager.
Fit and collect any PPE requirements. Direct them or escort them to
Student Central to collect an ID card (as
with all staff, a University Associate must have their Curtin ID
on them at all times in the workplace).
Demonstrate emergency and evacuation procedures to the person.
Show them where the evacuation stairwells are and the location of
the muster points.
Show the person where the amenities, caf and staff room are.
A contractor is a; sub-contractor, consultant, supplier and
their employees that are engaged by Curtin University to perform
works or services on Curtin University campuses.
If you have a contractor coming to the Department to undertake
work, you must;
Advise the Laboratory Manager in advance of arrival. Advise the
Contractor that they must undertake the Curtin University
Induction (this is valid for 2 years), which is an online course
and costs $11. Speak with the Laboratory Manager about this.
Arrange parking permits if required (at the hosts expense). Sign
the Contractor in to the Visitors Register at Reception, collect
visitors card. Introduce them to the Administration Team Leader
Manager. Provide a copy of the Induction paperwork for the
Laboratory Manager. If entering the laboratories, ensure the
Contractor is wearing appropriate
footwear (must fully cover the foot) and provide safety glasses.
Advise the Contractor of the building evacuation procedures.
In the Department, the Contractor can only work during normal
business hours. Arrangements can be made to work outside of normal
hours, contact the Laboratory Manager to discuss.
Outreach activities require a risk assessment approach and you
must consult with the Laboratory Manager to make arrangements.
Prior to arranging group tours, you must consult with the
Laboratory Manager and Head of Department.
Movement of groups of people through the research labs/offices
and undergraduate labs can cause disruption to occupants, create a
security issue and can be a hazard in itself. Building
Normal business hours are 8am 6pm, Monday to Friday (excluding
For access to offices and laboratories, individuals must have
the required University status (Staff, Student or University
Associate) and ID card; they must have completed the required
induction and be granted approval by their supervisor and the
Laboratory Manager. Short-term visitors (anyone without an ID card)
must sign in at reception and must be escorted at all times; they
must also be advised of the evacuation procedures.
Working in the labs out of hours
Monday to Friday
8 am to 6 pm
Normal business hours
Activities require regular supervisory approval
6 pm to 10 pm
Out of hours
Activities require regular supervisory approval plus a buddy
10 pm to 6 am
Staff, Students and University Associates must not be in the
Department between 10pm and 6am without written permission from the
Head of Department and Laboratory Manager
6 am to 8 am
Out of hours
Activities require supervisory approval plus a buddy
Weekends and Curtin public holidays
6 am to 10 pm
Out of hours
Activities require regular supervisory approval plus a buddy
10 pm to 6am
No activities to be undertaken without approval from Head of
Department and Laboratory Manager
A risk assessment and contact plan must be performed and
approved by the supervisor and Laboratory Manager prior to
commencing after hours laboratory work. It is advised that you
review the risk matrix on page 15. Only low risk activities (eg.
computer labs) may be performed without a buddy, more hazardous
situations (eg. wet laboratories, workshops) will require a buddy
in the immediate vicinity.
Staff and students are to strictly adhere to the provisions of
the Working alone or in isolation Policy;
When accessing the building after hours it is advised to call
the Security office (9266 4444) to advise them of your
Undergraduate project students are not permitted to work outside
of normal business hours (green times above) and are not permitted
to work unsupervised in a laboratory.
Building access inquiries should be directed to the Laboratory
Visitor parking is available at the Curtin entry to B613.
Deliveries of large packages and hazardous material are made via
either the Hardstand or the Curtins entrance at the rear of the
building. Any other type of
delivery is made to the CSIROs main front desk. Bike Storage
There is a secure bike storage facility available to staff,
adjacent to the Curtin Entry on Level 4. Access is granted via the
Building Manager. Bikes are not permitted in the building and must
be stored in the provided locations.
The lighting system in the buildings main corridors is motion
sensor controlled and will turn off automatically. If motion is not
detected the lights will turn off. If you are in the area and
require the lights to remain on, you must make some movement. The
light will turn back on again.
B613 is co-tenanted by CSIRO. The Department shares casual
lounge areas, the staff room, bike store with the CSIRO.
Part of the B613 accommodation is shared office space. Ensure
you respect peoples privacy, maintain respectful noise levels,
consume meals in the staff room or common room, ensure the office
doors close upon entry and exit to maintain a secure area.
All doors between laboratories and offices must remain closed to
ensure appropriate air handling; they must not be pinned open.
A copy of the Australian/New Zealand Standard for Safety in
Laboratories (AS/NZS 2243.2:2006) can be found in each laboratory,
it is also accessible via the Library Database listings; Standards
Australia. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with
Safety Declaration and Questionnaire Attached is a safety
induction quiz that must be completed by all new staff and research
students working in any laboratory. This is to ensure that you have
read and understood the safety and laboratory protocols whilst
working in The Department. There is also a declaration for you and
your supervisor to sign, this is to be submitted to the Laboratory
Manager. Incorrectly answered questions will result in the quiz
being returned to you for correction.
Department of Petroleum Engineering Safety and Building
I have read the Department Laboratory Handbook and Safety Notes.
I will follow all the safety regulations outlined in it and
understand my obligation to assist in maintaining a safe working
environment in the Department. Before commencing any new
experimental procedure I will perform a Risk Assessment and obtain
necessary approvals from my research supervisor and Laboratory
Name (print): ID No.
School/Department: CIRCLE AFFILIATION
Student Project Honours PhD Staff University Associate
Supervisor/Line Manager name (print):
For the Laboratory Manager Quiz completed: Declaration signed:
Relevant lab key provided:
1. After a building evacuation, where should personnel assemble
two locations)? 1) 2)
2. In a life threatening emergency on campus, what phone
should be used? (a) 0000 (b) 4444 (c) 4900 (d) 2500
3. What is the minimum PPE while handling wet chemical
in laboratories? (a) glasses and fully enclosed shoes
(b) safety glasses, lab coat and fully enclosed shoes (c) safety
glasses and lab coat
4. When preparing a risk assessment, what are the six elements
hierarchy of controls? i. ii. iii.
iv. v. vi. 5. How do you obtain and SDS?
6. Who are the Departments Safety and Heath Representatives?
8. What should you do prior to undertaking any new procedure and
should approve this? 9. Who is responsible for ensuring the SDS
for your newly purchased chemical
is placed on ChemAlert? (a) Mum (b) Stores Officer (c) You (d)
Head of Department
He a l t h & S a f e t y Ri s k As s e s s m e n t
Activity / Task / Location: Date:
Developed by: Approved By:
Risk Residual Hazard Identification Assessment Control Risk
Risk Control Measures
1. Eliminate, eg: eliminate task, remove hazard
2. Substitute eg: replace with less hazardous process,
3. Isolate eg: enclosures, restricted access;
4. Engineering eg: guarding, separation, redesign;
5. Administrative eg: Safe Work Procedure, training;
6. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) eg: gloves, goggles
ho is responsible to
ent the changes
Health & Safety Risk Matrix DETERMINING THE RISK LEVEL: Risk
Level = Consequence Level x Likelihood Level
Maximum Foreseeable Exposure: For each risk, select the expected
Consequence Level and the expected Likelihood Level assuming
controls are either not in place or controls fail. Residual Risk
Exposure: For each risk, select the expected Consequence Level and
the expected Likelihood Level given the type and effectiveness of
the controls that are in place.
LIKELIHOOD The event may occur only in exceptional
Not expected but the event may occur at some time
The event could occur at some time
The event will probably occur in most circumstances
The event is expected to occur or has occurred and is continuing
IMPACTS Likelihood Level
Health and Safety C
Highly Unlikely Unlikely Possible Likely Highly Likely
Permanent Total Disability
Single fatality. Permanent Total Disability
Lost Time Injury >10 days.
Incident reportable to relevant Authorities
Lost Time injury
Attachment 2 Department Safe Work Procedure (SWP)
Document Number 000-00 A unique number that can be used to
identify the activity in a lab book or risk assessment eg
What is the procedure that you are planning to undertake?
This SWP is developed to fulfill the requirements of the
Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
Add other Codes of Practice and guidelines as required.
This instruction applies to all employees, students, and
University Associates. This procedure must be read in association
with other relevant University and local laboratory
4.0 Related documents
Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 Occupation Safety and
Health Regulations 1996
Add titles of other documentation as required.
5.0 Location of task and/or equipment
Building and lab number or fieldwork location (needs to updated
6.0 Equipment Requirements
All equipment will be maintained to the manufacturers
instructions and inspected regularly.
7.0 Skill/Training Requirements
List any specific training that is required prior to undertaking
task or using equipment.
Date of preparation 9th March 2012
Date of revision 9th March 2013
**If there are any changes to this procedure, it must be updated
and go through the approval process again. Every 12 months, the
procedure must be revised and updates made accordingly. All users
are required review and sign again.
8.0 Job Step Steps in process/task
Potential Hazard What could cause injury/harm
Controls What can be done to minimize the risk of injury
Residual Risk Assessment C
Activities may include preparation, steps, clean up, removal of
waste and emergency procedures.
This should be descriptive enough, so that authorised personnel
can follow the instructions accurately.
Any hazard identified with preparation work before the process
Any hazards identified as a part of using the specified
equipment or process.
Any hazards associated with cleaning or disposal of waste
generated from the process, ie. Hazardous waste.
Any specific emergency procedures required, eg. Working alone,
working with HF, working with cyanide
List the controls required to make the risk associated with the
hazard as low as possible.
9.0 Personal Protective Equipment
This protective equipment must be used for this procedure; eg.
Lab coat Safety Glasses Enclosed Shoes Neoprene Gloves PP Apron
Hard copy of all Safe Work Procedures will be available at
location of procedure at all times. An electronic copy will be
stored on the Department of Chemistry J Drive. Evidence will be
maintained for all training undertaken in Safe Work Procedures
This SWP was prepared by
Personnel Performing Task Sign On
I have read and understand my obligations to comply with the
requirements of this procedure. I will advise my supervisor in the
event additional hazards are identified.
Chemical Risk Assessment Worksheet
INTRODUCTION The questions in this Worksheet are designed to
prompt you to think about the risks you face when using chemicals
and whether you believe the current controls will adequately
protect you. You should not proceed with the use of a product if
you believe it is unsafe. There are two elements to the Risk
Assessment: You will need a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for the product
(obtained from Chem Alert or from the supplier); and you will need
to consider circumstances of use in your area. Complete the Risk
Assessment in consultation with your supervisor. SECTION 1: SUMMARY
Chemical / Product Name Storage Location Building: Room:
Manufacturer / Supplier Lab for Intended Use Building: Room:
Safety Data Sheet Hazardous and Dangerous Goods Is a current SDS
Available? (You must obtain it)
Yes No Is the chemical classified as Hazardous?
Yes No Assessment Date: Is the chemical classified as Dangerous
Yes No (if applicable) Class: Sub Class:
Assessor Supervisor SECTION 2: USE
Task Description: (Including any storage or disposal
Quantity: (including units)
Duration of Use:
Frequency of Use:
Note: Substances that are not classified as a Hazardous
Substance or Dangerous Good require no further assessment (i.e. you
do not need to compete the remaining sections).
SECTION 3: HOW CAN EXPOSURE OCCUR? Dermal (Skin):
Inhalation: Vapour Aerosols
Sharp objects Open wounds
Who is potentially exposed? : (e.g. Students, Lab Staff,
SECTION 4: POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS Acute (Immediate) Effects
Chronic (Delayed) Effects
Eye and skin Irritant / Corrosion Sensitising Agent
(Skin/Inhalation) Central Nervous System CarcinogenicAsphyxiant
(Inhalation) Liver/Kidney Disease Respiratory Tract Irritant
Brain/Nerve DiseaseToxic by Skin Exposure Respiratory DiseaseToxic
by Ingestion Reproductive System Disease Other (Specify): Other
LI K E LI H O O D
The event may occur only in exceptional circumstances
Not expected but the event may occur at some time
The event could occur at some time
The event will probably occur in most circumstances
The event is expected to occur or has occurred and is continuing
IM P A C T S Likelihood Level
I P T
He a l t h a n d Sa f e t y
n s e
q u e
n c e
L e v
HighlyUn l i k e l y Un l i k e l y Po s s i b l e Li k e l y Hi
g h l y L i k e l y
Multiple fatalities. Permanent Total Disability
Ca t a s t r o p h i c
Ex t r e m e
Single fatality. Permanent Total Disability
Ma j o r
Hi g h
Lost Time Injury >10 days. Incident reportable to relevant
Mo d e r a t e
Me d i u m
Lost Time injury
1. Elimination Eliminate materials or elements of the process
that carry significant risk.
2. Substitution Substitute a safer chemical or safer process. 3.
Isolation Barriers, enclosures, remote operation. 4. Engineering
Local exhaust ventilation, dilution ventilation. 5. Administrative
Supervision, use of safe work procedures, housekeeping,
organisation of work to limit contact, standards, training,
6. PPE Face shields, safety glasses, goggles, gloves, aprons.
SECTION 7: SPECIFIC ACTIONS TO REDUCE RISK List specific actions
that will be carried out for each of the controls you nominated in
Control Action 1. Elimination 2. Substitution 3. Isolation 4.
Engineering 5. Administrative 6. PPE Note: If after the
implementation of all of the controls above, the risks of using the
remain MODERATE or higher (based on the Risk Matrix in Section
5); expert advice must be obtained so as to reduce risk before
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (1996) require
that Risk Assessments are retained. Risk Assessments must be
revised if procedures change and are to be reviewed every 5 years.
Save a copy of this Risk Assessment, to be retained in your area.
Give it a unique name (eg CRA + product name + your name). Send a
copy to Health and Safety. Any queries should be directed to the
Curtin Health and Safety Ext. 4900.