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1. SAFETY AND HYGIENE

Overview

The instructions, rules and guidelines mentioned below are but a synopsis of the current legislation applicable. Consequently they should not be treated as exhaustive. The aim of this document is to summarize the principal security rules inherent to our activities. It should permit all GENOPODE users to effect an autocontrol of the security and hygiene measures pertaining to their own specific case and then take the necessary steps to fill any gaps in their knowledge of security and hygiene procedures; It does not dispense GENOPODE users of the obligation to familiarize themselves with official documents relating to any particular issue or problem arising. The CIG staff must contact the different people in charge mentioned in this document in order to keep informed of all new procedures.

Official documents (laws, orders, decrees, authorizations, ...) relating to particular work-domains (narcotics, animals, radionuclides, toxins, ...) can be requested from the safety coordinator of the CIG.

Introduction

The security guidelines presented below are extracted from the current laws applicable and the recommendations of different expert work-groups and committees.

1.1 Responsibility

Within the CIG, the overall co-ordinator for security issues is

Carlos Luzolo (phone number: 3951)

A person responsible for security issues is also appointed on every floor of the building. Their names appear on the emergency phone numbers list displayed in each laboratory.

Person with responsibility for:
• “Chemicals” :       Carlos Luzolo Soba  (phone number: 3951)
• “Biologicals”:       Bernard Thorens   (phone number: 3981)
• “Radioactivity” :   Fabienne Lammers (phone number: 4136)
• “Animal house” :  Patrick  Gouait  (phone number: 3912)

a) The group-leaders are responsible for ensuring that the official security directives are applied within their groups. They must also:

– Regularly remind and update their colleagues about the security rules and ensure they are aware of the correct behaviour to adopt in case of emergency.
– Ensure that new collaborators receive security instruction.
– Ensure that students receive security instruction.
– Periodically organize various exercises on the measures to take in case of fire (alarm, intervene, save, evacuate, ...)

b) Everyone has, within the framework of their own work domain, an obligation to undertake the necessary security measures, inform the other collaborators and ensure the agreed standards of comportment are applied.

c) In the event of an accident, the University of Lausanne, a Faculty, a section, an institute director, a group leader, a person in charge of a research project, a research collaborator (assistant, post-doc, student) can be held liable.

 



1.2 General Recommendations

a) A list of emergency phone numbers and summary of the correct behaviour to adopt in case of fire or accident is displayed in each lab and on every notice board.
b) All GENOPODE users have an obligation to inform themselves of the behaviour to adopt in case of emergency and of the recommended procedures concerning first aid (location of showers, of blankets, etc.), evacuation (fire extinguisher, alarm release mechanism, location of urgent phone numbers, location of exits, assembly point).
c) Anti-fire doors are equipped with a magnetic mechanism that controls their automatic closing in case of emergency.
d) It is recommended not to engage in work carrying any element of personal risk before ensuring that you are not alone (in particular outside of standard working hours).
e) If an experimental procedure (agitation, kinetic studies, HPLC, etc.) has to be conducted during the absence of surveillance (evenings weekends etc), the relevant apparatus must carry a clearly visible sign, stating “Do not switch off”, and indicating the time period concerned. The nature and risks of any substances used must accompany it. Moreover, the person directly in charge of the equipment has to be informed.

1.3 Elementary security rules

a) Wearing a labcoat made of a weakly flammable material (cotton) is strongly recommended during all laboratory activities.
b) Wearing security glasses is strongly recommended in places where the projection of objects or liquids could occur. The wearing of medical glasses instead of security glasses is allowed.
c) Wearing gloves and/or masks is obligatory during any activity involving the manipulation of radioactive, toxic aerosol, corrosive and/or irritating materials.
d) It is forbidden to orally aspirate liquids with a pipette or any similar instrument.
e) It is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in the laboratories. Food and drink may not be stored in the laboratories. It may only be kept in the fridges specifically designated for this use.

f) It is forbidden to transit between the place of work and the building’s public places (restaurants, cafeteria, class rooms, etc.) while wearing an overall, gloves or any other protecting item. These must be removed before leaving the laboratory area.
g) Access to exit ways and balconies must always be kept free. The alarm button, showers, blankets, eye-rinsing taps must always be accessible.
h) Wearing sandals or open shoes is not authorized in the laboratories.
i) Roller-blading, cycling, skating or any other rapid means of locomotion are forbidden in the building, Walk, don’t run!

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