The Open University since 2006
Alternatively you can skip the navigation by pressing 'Enter'.
Life Story: CourtshipFriday, 6th May 2016 14:00 - EdenWithout Tinder to rely on, how do animals find the right mate? Read more: Life Story: Courtship
Thinking Allowed 2016: Migrant WomenAvailable for over a yearWhat have the generations of immigrant women living in Britain got to say about their experiences? Read more: Thinking Allowed 2016: Migrant Women
All in the Mind - Summer 2016: All in the Mind Awards and psychology in filmsAvailable for over a year
Thinking Allowed 2016: The Flaneur - Walking in the CityAvailable for over a year
Shakespeare Speaks: A pound of fleshAvailable for over a year
Joe Smith - Earth In Vision IntroductionJoe Smith, Professor of Environment and Society at The Open University, introduces Earth in... Watch now: Joe Smith - Earth In Vision Introduction
Take the photographic memory testCan you capture scenes just by looking at them? Find out with our photographic memory test. Launch now: Take the photographic memory test
Artists and authorship: the case of RaphaelIndividual artists have been the traditional focus of art history, but how do we evaluate the... Try: Artists and authorship: the case of Raphael now
Organisations and management accountingThis free course, Organisations and management accounting, examines the nature of organisations,... Try: Organisations and management accounting now
Health, safety and risk assessment are of paramount importance both in the laboratory and the field. This free course, Health and safety in the laboratory and field, will help make you more aware of the hazards and risks involved wherever you undertake your research, as well as giving you an overview of the legal requirements attached to this work. The course discusses issues involved in the handling of chemical and biological agents, basic safety procedures and common field-work hazards.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the legal framework of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulations associated with it
- understand the employers’, employees’ and visitors’ duties
- evaluate hazards and risks in order to carry out a risk assessment
- understand the legal requirement to report any accident or dangerous occurrence
- develop risk assessments for scientific laboratories that use chemicals or biological organisms or both.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Overview
- 1 History of health and safety
- 2 Legal requirements of health and safety in the UK
- 3 Office safety
- 4 First aid and emergency procedures
- 5 General laboratory health and safety
- 6 Chemical health and safety
- 7 Hazards, risk and the process of risk assessment
- 8 Biological health and safety
- 9 Field-work health and safety, UK and abroad
- 10 Risk assessment exercise
- Keep on learning
Study this free course
Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
Health and safety in the laboratory and field
This course is designed to introduce you to the concepts of health and safety within a science laboratory or in the field. There are a number of legal requirements that must be adhered to before carrying out work in a laboratory. One of these is the necessity to carry out risk assessments on the chemical and biological agents that are to be used as part of your practical work activities. As part of this process you may be required to think about minimising exposure of yourself and colleagues to these chemical and biological agents. The following background and information is intended to make you more aware of health and safety aspects of your laboratory and field-based research work.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of postgraduate study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Science courses or view the range of currently available OU Science courses.
Copyright & revisions
Originally published: Thursday, 3rd March 2016
Last updated on: Thursday, 3rd March 2016
- Creative-Commons: The Open University is proud to release this free course under a Creative Commons licence. However, any third-party materials featured within it are used with permission and are not ours to give away. These materials are not subject to the Creative Commons licence. See terms and conditions. Full details can be found in the Acknowledgements and our FAQs section.
- This site has Copy Reuse Tracking enabled - see our FAQs for more information.
If you enjoyed this, why not follow a feed to find out when we have new things like it? Choose an RSS feed from the list below. (Don't know what to do with RSS feeds?)
Remember, you can also make your own, personal feed by combining tags from around OpenLearn.
All our alternative formats are free for you to download, for more information about the different formats we offer please see our FAQs. The most frequently used are Word (for accessibility), PDF (for print) and ePub and Kindle to download to eReaders*.
- Word (1.5 MB)
- PDF (1.9 MB)
- ePub 3.0 (1 MB)
- ePub 2.0 (1 MB)
- Kindle (594 KB)
- RSS (159 KB)
- HTML (1.1 MB)
- SCORM (1.1 MB)
- OUXML Package (23 KB)
- OUXML File (69 KB)
- IMS Common cartridge
*Please note you will need an ePub and Mobi reader for these formats.