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1 Completed by: Technical Staff & Academic Staff WHS Risk assessment and control form Adel Mitry, Michael Morris, Meloni Muir, Sharon Herkes, Isabel Arnaiz For additional information refer to Risk Assessment and Control Form - guide to completing the form, OHS Risk Assessment and Control Procedure, WHS Risk Rating Procedure and the Hierarchy of Risk Controls. Faculty/Division: Medicine School/Unit: All schools and units SOMS/PHYSIOLOGY Document number RA-PH-SM-1 Initial Issue date Current version 01 Current Version Issue date Next review date Risk assessment name Skeletal Muscle (BMedSci & PHSI2006) Step 1: :- Identify the Activity and the location of the activity Description of Activity Description of Location This practical involves the setting up of trays with consumables including Power labs and accessories and Palmer stand holder for Perspex muscle bath and Dissection instruments. This also involves the sacrifice of Cane Toads by Pithing and removing the skin off their legs. Students use the muscle in the practical. In Room E401 Anderson Stuart Building F13 Step 2: :- : Identify who may be at risk by the activity: A number of people may be at risk from any activity. This may affect the risk controls needed. These people may include fellow workers, visitors, contractors and the public. The location of the activity may affect the number of people at risk Persons at Risk Technical Staff, Academic Staff, demonstrators and students. Page 1 of 10

2 Step 3 to 7:- Identify Hazards, Risks and risk controls. 1. An activity may be divided into tasks. For each task identify the hazards and associated risks 2. List existing risk controls and determine a risk rating using the UNSW Risk Rating Procedure 3. Additional risk controls may be required to achieve an acceptable level of risk (Use hierarchy for risk controls).re- rate the risk if additional risk controls used. Tasks Hazards (Step 3) Associated risks (Step 4) Existing risk controls Risk rating with existing (Step 5) Additional risk controls required (Step 6) Risk Rating with additional (Step 7) C L R C L R Before Practical 1.Atrrange for delivery and housing of Cane Toads 1. Manual Handling 1. Injury to back or neck 1. Use Trolley, always lift object closer to chest 2.Setting up Laser Machine 2. Laser Hazard 2. Injury to the eye 2. Do not look direct to the laser beam by using the signage 3 C M Page 2 of 10

3 Tasks Hazards (Step 3) Associated risks (Step 4) Existing risk controls Risk rating with existing (Step 5) Additional risk controls required (Step 6) Risk Rating with additional (Step 7) C L R C L R 3. Collecting the consumables & trays from the cabinets including the Power labs 4. Setting up the Power Labs and computers 3. Manual Handling 4a. Electrical Hazard 3. Injury to back or neck 4a. Electrical shock or fire 3. Use a trolley. Lift objects close to your chest. Store heavier objects on middle shelves. 4a. all electrical cords are tagged. Check tags on electrical cords for servicing details. 1 D L 1 E L 4b. Repeated bending and walking. 4b. Injury to back longterm injury 4b. Undergo training in Manual handling. Do stretch exercises. 1 C L 5. Amphibian Ringer Solution is made in large quantity and transported to the lab. 5. Manual Handling 5. Back or neck injury. 5. Large plastic container with tap for dispensing chemicals is placed on a trolley whilst empty and solution prepared on trolley. No lifting is required to transport it once full. 2 D L Page 3 of 10

4 Tasks Hazards (Step 3) Associated risks (Step 4) Existing risk controls Risk rating with existing (Step 5) Additional risk controls required (Step 6) Risk Rating with additional (Step 7) 6. Cane toads are pithed and the skin, upper body and internal organs are removed. 7. The muscle dissected by demonstrators for use by students in the practical. Refer to RA-GEN-03 (Pithing of Cane Toads) Refer to SWP-GEN-05 (Pithing of Cane Toads) 7. Sharps 7. Cuts 7. Sharps bin on desk. Scalpel blades are disposable. And placed directly after use into Qlicksmart (Blade removal system). During Practical C L R C L R 2 C M 8. Student use the power lab 9. Cane Toads and Toxin Glands at the back of the eye 10. Students use paraffin and Amphibian Ringer 8. Electric hazard 9. Chemical Hazard 10. Chemical hazard 8. Electric shock 9. Temporary blindness 10. Solution contains chemicals may 8. The PowerLab is already connected and the students are not required to connect or disconnect the power supply. The PowerLab units are tested and certified to be used on Human subjects. 1 D L 9. Correct PPE (eye gogle) 2 D L 10. Correct PPE (lab coat, covered shoes, gloves). 2 D L Page 4 of 10

5 Tasks Hazards (Step 3) Associated risks (Step 4) Existing risk controls Risk rating with existing (Step 5) Additional risk controls required (Step 6) Risk Rating with additional (Step 7) C L R C L R solution. cause irritation. After Practical 11. Dismantling the setup and PowerLab after the practical and putting it back into cabinets 11a. Sharps instruments 11b. Electrical hazard 11a. Cut/infection 11b. Electrical shock or fire 11a. do not handle instruments from sharp end and always use gloves and full PPE. 11b. Power Labs are switched off before removal. And tested and tagged regularly and always checked for any visible damage before use. 2 D L 2 D L 11c.Physical hazard 11c.Neck or the back may be injured 11c.Manual handling training, put heavy material into the middle of the cabinet, put material close to the chest when handle heavy material, use a trolley. 1 D L 12.Washing dissection instruments and dissection boards using soap and water 12. Sharp instruments 12 Cuts/injury 12. Wear gloves, lab coat. Hold instruments by the handle (not sharp end).first aid kit available in the laboratory. 1 D L Page 5 of 10

6 Tasks Hazards (Step 3) Associated risks (Step 4) Existing risk controls Risk rating with existing (Step 5) Additional risk controls required (Step 6) Risk Rating with additional (Step 7) C L R C L R 13. Disposal of the Toad cadavers and Biological Waste. 13a. Biological hazards 13b physical hazards 13a. Infectious 13b. Physical injury to the neck or back 13a,b. Wear gloves, lab coats, covered shoes. Use trolley, manual handling 1 D L 14. prepare muscle on class slide and cover slips for laser diffraction 14. physical hazards, 14. cuts 14. Wear gloves 1 D L Page 6 of 10

7 Step 8: :- List Emergency procedures and controls.list Emergency controls for how to deal with fires, spills or exposure to hazardous substances and/or emergency shutdown procedures Emergency controls to deal with fire: 1. Contact Sydney University Security on Ext or (02) Contain the fire and smoke only if safe to do so. That is close doors and windows, but ensure you have a safe exit path yourself. If safe to do so, extinguish the fire with fitted fire extinguishers or hose reels in the building 3. Evacuate yourself and others Emergency controls to deal with Spills: 1. Clear the area 2. Check for any persons involved 3. Contact Sydney University Security on Ext or (02) Isolate the spill (if safe to do so) using suitable spill kits (Spill kit located N243 Anderson Stuart Building F13) Emergency controls to deal with Personal Injury: 1. For minor cuts inform first aid officer and use the nearest First Aid Kit. (First Aid kits Rm 329 Bio-Science and Rm N243 Anderson Stuart Building F13) ) 2. For minor burns place affected area under running tap water for at least 20 min 3. Call Sydney University Security on Ext or (02) to seek medical help. Evacuation Procedure: 1. On hearing the alarm sounding as: beeep beeep.prepare to evacuate and follow instructions from any Public Announcements or Emergency Team members. Remove PPE wash hands, save files, turn off equipment, collect personal items and remain calm. 2. On hearing the alarm sounding as: whooop whooop.evacuate the building immediately. Leave the building via the nearest safe emergency exit. Do not use the lifts. Proceed as directed to the Evacuation Assembly Area, in front of the Anderson Stuart Building main entrance. 3. Proceed as directed to the Evacuation Assembly Area, in front of the Anderson Stuart Building main entrance. Page 7 of 10

8 Step 9:- Additional controls Implementation Date all controls implemented : I(name): have implemented the controls identified in step 6 (signature) Step 10:- List legislation, standards and codes of practice relevant to this risk assessment 1. Australian Code of Practice for Care and Use of Animal for Scientific Purpose (2004) 2. Building_Fire_Protection_Equipment.pdf 3. Code red emergency Fire related incidents.pdf 4. Fire_Extinguisger_Guidelines.pdf 5. Medical Incident Guidlines.pdf 6. OHS421_Chemical_spills_Guideline.pdf 7. Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.pdf 8. Legislation_electrical.pdf 9. Guide to safe manual handling.pdf 10. OHS705_Guide_to_setting_up_your_workstation.pdf Step 11:- Authorisation Authorised by: Date: Signature: Step 12:- Acknowledgement of Understanding Page 8 of 10

9 All persons performing these tasks must sign that they have read and understood the risk assessment (as described in OHS329 Risk Assessment and Control Procedure). Note: for activities which are low risk or include a large group of people (e.g. open days, BBQ s, student classes etc), only the persons undertaking the key activities need to sign below. For all others involved in such activities, the information can be covered by other methods including for example a safety briefing, induction, and/or safety information sheet (ensure the method of communicating this information is specified in the risk assessment). Risk assessment name and version number: RA-PHSL-11 Skeletal Muscle I have read and understand this risk assessment Name Signature Date Page 9 of 10

10 UNSW Concise OHS Risk Rating Table (OHS696) (Refer to OHS328 OHS risk rating procedure and/or OHS307 Hazard and Incident Reporting Procedure ) Step 1 Consider the Consequences What are the consequences of this event occurring? Consider what could reasonably happen with existing controls in place or if an incident has occurred consider what could have reasonably happened as well as what actually happened. Look at the descriptions and choose the most suitable Consequence. Step 2 Consider the Likelihood What is the likelihood of the consequence identified in step 1 happening? Look at the descriptions and choose the most suitable Likelihood Step 3 Calculate the Risk 1.Take the consequences rating (1-5) and select the correct column 2.Take the likelihood rating(a-e) and select the correct row 3. Select the risk rating where the two ratings cross on the matrix below. VH = Very high, H = High, M = Medium, L = Low CONSEQUENCES 5. Severe : death or permanent disability to one or more persons 4. Major : hospital admission required 3. Moderate :medical treatment required 2. Minor : first aid required 1. Insignificant: injuries not requiring first aid A. Almost certain: expected to occur in most circumstances B. Likely: will probably occur in most circumstances C. Possible: could occur at some time D. Unlikely: is not likely to occur in normal circumstances E. Rare: may occur only in exceptional circumstances LIKELIHOOD A M H H VH VH B M M H H VH C L M H H VH D L L M M H E L L M M M Risk level Required action Very high Act immediately: The proposed task or process activity must not proceed. Steps must be taken to lower the risk level to as low as reasonably practicable using the hierarchy of risk controls. High Medium Low Act today: The proposed activity can only proceed, provided that: (i) the risk level has been reduced to as low as reasonably practicable using the hierarchy of risk controls; (ii) the risk controls must include those identified in legislation, Australian Standards, Codes of Practice etc. (iii) the risk assessment has been reviewed and approved by the Supervisor and (iv) a Safe Working Procedure or Safe Work Method has been prepared. (v) The supervisor must review and document the effectiveness of the implemented risk controls. Act this week: The proposed task or process can proceed, provided that: (i) the risk level has been reduced to as low as reasonably practicable using the hierarchy of risk controls; (ii) the risk assessment has been reviewed and approved by the Supervisor and (iii) a Safe Working Procedure or Safe Work Method has been prepared. Act this month: Managed by local documented routine procedures which must include application of the hierarchy of controls. Current Version: 3.3, 19/11/2010 Page 10 of 10

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