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CHEM8053 Safety

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide students with an awareness of chemical health and safety with respect to laboratory research in higher education and an appreciation of the underlying principles in health and safety.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Identify laboratory hazards, evaluate risk, and understanding of how to apply risk assessment to mitigate risk.
  • An awareness of health and safety legislation applicable to workplaces that employ hazardous substances.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify common laboratory hazards, the risks they may potentially pose, and how to mitigate those risks through application of risk assessment techniques.
  • Appraise and employ a variety of sources materials to apply to practical research, especially novel cases.
  • Conduct and apply risk assessment techniques to a given set of input variables/constraints.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply risk assessment in the general workplace.
  • Prepare written risk assessments and hazard identification to specific research/work cases in order to mitigate the risk of exposure as posed by hazardous reagents.


Basic introduction. COSHH & Risk Assessments (basic legal requirements) Compressed gas safety awareness Laboratory Hazardous Waste disposal. Reactive chemical hazards and explosions. Cryogenics safety awareness Radiation: an outline of potential hazards in the laboratory and risk mitigation. Effects of laboratory chemicals on the human body Fire safety with respect working in laboratories (+ practical) Electrical safety with respect to portable appliances (+ practical)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods


Independent Study71
Total study time83


Assessment Strategy

This module provides formative assessment only. There is not any summative assessment for this zero credit module.


MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance 100%
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