In the event of an emergency, call 000 (0-000 from internal phones) for Ambulance, Police, Fire Brigade, and HAZMAT.
After-hours assistance is available through ANU Security 24/7 on 6125 22 49.
All incidents and hazards are to be reported through ANU's Reporting System "Figtree".
The Research School of Chemistry is committed to ensure the safety of its staff, students and visitors.
For their own sakes, and in their own interests, all staff and students are required to observe ANU Procedures and Policies and RSC safety Regulations. ANU's principles of this commitment are defined in the ANU Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy, and specific responsibilities for Directors, supervisors/managers, and all other workers are spelled out in the ANU WHS Responsibilities Procedure.
RSC EMERGENCY RESPONSE
- RSC First Aid Officers and facilities (list, pdf, 626 KB)
- RSC First Aid Facilities (map, pdf, 1.2 MB)
- RSC Emergency Response Team (ERT) (pdf, Nov. 2018)
- Emergency exits and external isolation points (pdf, 254 KB)
- Automatic External Defibrillators on the ANU Campus (link to PDF map, updated 03/12/2018)
- ANU Emergency Flip Chart (pdf, 1.7 MB; Nov. 2016)
- Technical Officers (Training and Supervision) (pdf, Mar. 2018)
BUILDING ACCESS LOGIN
A new sign-in system for presence in RSC buildings has been set up and is accessible via the tablet at RSC reception (building 137). The following sign-in rules apply:
(i) RSC staff and students must sign in outside business hours (Mo-Fr, 8:00-18:00) when entering the building, independent of the kind of work that is being done.
(ii) Visitors must sign in any time and must be accompanied by RSC staff at all times unless inducted into the building to the appropriate level.
(iii) Contractors must sign in for any job done on site at any time.
Please read the latest RSC and ANU safety alerts (a collection of past and present ANU Hazard Alerts can also be found here).
- As of 1st July 2017, the incident reporting has changed from HORUS to Figtree (TD 01/09/2018)
- Updated ANU Training Needs Matrix released Feb. 2018 (TD 01/01/2019)
- Fire Hazard From Drying Ovens (TD 01/01/2019)
- Incident Reporting System FIGTREE now accessible to students (PDF, TD 01/01/2019)
- No laboratory waste to go down the sinks (PDF, TD 01/01/2019)
- The Comcare Prohibition Notice on BBQs running on LPG bottles at ANU has been lifted. Anyone intending to set up and run the RSC BBQ must be trained (first training round was held on 23 October 2018) and sign off on the relevant ANU procedure prior to first use.
- Recent case of rapid acryloyl chloride polymerisation lead to container breakage followed by worker exposure to HCl vapours. Check your fridges and freezers regularly and dispose of any temperature sensitive items that may react violently if material/container quality is questionable.
- Asbestos found in gauze mats for bunsen burner work (PDF, TD02/01/2019)
- Our duties at ANU (Directors, Mangers, Students, Staff, Contractors, Visitors)
- ANU Work Health and Safety (WHS) web page
- RSC safety regulations (pdf, 1.7 MB)
- RSC Safety induction presentation (pdf, updated 05/09/2018)
- RSC Procedure - SDS requirements at RSC (pdf, updated 26/10/2018)
ANU WHS POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND GUIDELINES
Please note that the below collection of links is not an exhaustive/comprehensive list of all ANU policies, procedures, and guidelines, but rather a list of highlighted items with relevance to our work at RSC.
- ANU Policies, procedures, and guidelines (web link) - searchable collection of all ANU policies, procedures, and guidelines
- ANU Strategic Plan (web link) - any work carried out at ANU is to align with ANU's objectives outlined in the ANU strategic plan, which includes WHS objectives.
- ANU Chemical Handbook (pdf, ANU resource) - central document for any chemical work at ANU
- ANU WHS Policy (web link) - outlining the overarching responsibilities of ANU, its executive, senior managers and all workers in the context of a healty and safe work environment.
- ANU Risk Management Policy (web link) - outlines ANU's approach to risk management, including risk identification, reporting, and training/education in the risk management space.
- ANU Risk Management Procedure (web link) - procedure that sits underneath the corresponding risk management policy. It lists staff and students' responsibilities in a risk management context, and it provides broad guidance on the risk assessment methodology.
- ANU WHS Management System Manual (web link) - a useful guide that explains/defines key terms in the risk management field, and that provides a summary of critical compoenents of the ANU WHS Management System, such as training, emergency planning, hazard/incident reporting, or inspections/audits.
AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS AND LEGISLATION
- Training/Information Document on GHS (pdf, 10.9 MB; SafeWork Australia)
- The overarching pieces of Commonwealth WHS legislation are the WHS Act 2011 and the WHS Regulations 2011.
- Codes of Practice
- Australian Standards (via ANU library; choose "Australian Standards"; ISIS/HORUS password required from outside ANU)
- Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code
RSC WHS COMMITTEE
The RSC WHS Committee (formerly Advisory Committee on Safety; ACS) is composed of the RSC Director, RSC School Manager, RSC WHS Manager, and 5 Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs), elected from a variety of work areas across the RSC (e.g. academia, chemical research, biochemical research, workshops, students, postdocs, teaching). A minimum of 4 meetings are held each year, and everyone at the RSC is encouraged to raise safety related issues with the Committee.
- RSC WHS Committee members (updated 24/08/2018)
- The RSC WHS Committee was established in accordance with and will work under the RSC WHS Committee charter.
- Collection of RSC WHS Committee meeting minutes (pdf, 5.23 MB, updated 21/11/2018). Hardcopies of the latest meetings can be found on the RSC safety noticeboard in the foyer of building 137.
- Corrective Action Log (updated 22/11/2018)
- RSC Risk Register (updated 19/06/2018)
- ANU Training Catalogue (inlcuding WHS courses)
- Thanks to all the volunteers who attended First Aid, SCBA/Hazmat, and ECO training at RSC through 2018!
- ANU Training Needs Matrix 2018 (PDF, 19/02/2018)
- RSC Training Requirements (PDF, updated 16/03/2018)
- Fridge/Freezer door sign template (WORD, updated 02/11/2018)
- Laboratory door sign template with fume cupboard allocation (WORD, updated 02/11/2018)
- Experimental/instrument room door sign template (WORD, updated 02/11/2018)
- Generating Safety Data Sheets in ANU's name (directly imported chemicals, in-house synthesised chemicals, legacy items) (WORD, updated 06/11/2018)
CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CMS)
The ChemWatch based Chemical Management System (CMS) replaced the former Chemical Inventory System (CIS). The CMS is the ANU mandated system for managing chemical holdings. Please note that the CIS is was phased out in 2017 and has not been maintained since then.
A guide on the most relevant CMS operations such as searching for Safety Data Sheets (SDS), for chemical containers, adding containers, or performing a stocktake are described in this CMS guide.