Health and Safety Policy
Health and Safety in the Technical Resources is a shared responsibility ...
It is our responsibility ...
...to provide a consistently safe working environment for you in the School’s technical areas. This includes risk assessment and maintenance schedules as part of an effective safety management. We continue to emphasise the importance of amalgamating Health and Safety awareness with the educative processes. Where appropriate, workshops and workshop support materials will carry all the relevant health and safety information necessary.
It is your responsibility ...
...to build up good Health and Safety awareness in the School environment. We expect you to behave in a safe and professional manner in accordance with the relevant Health and Saftey management code in each technical area.
If you are unsure of any Health and Safety requirement, always refer to the relevant technical member of staff or manager.
Remember, awareness and respect for other people working in the technical areas is crucial. Good Health and safety management is based on the premise of common understanding and response, and benefits all parties.
Health and Safety specific to the print centre.
Whilst the machinery in the print centre may appear to be of low level risk, basic safety procedures must be followed.There are annual safety checks carried out on each piece of equipment by a specialist engineer and technical staff undertake regular maintenance and visual checks on machinery. Any electrical equipment is either hard wired in or PATT tested in line with all faculty equipment.
When using a particular piece of equipment users should adhere to concerns pointed out to them at induction:
The equipment should be operated slowly and methodically and each piece of equipment only used for the task it is designed.
It is important that it is only technical staff who set and adjust the pressure on any press.
Long hair should be tied back and inappropriate clothing avoided.
The print centre provides aprons to wear whilst working and gloves for use with oil based inks and solvents.
Specific tasks should be carried out within a designated area, i.e.when using solvents or plate developer do so where there is adequate extraction.
When using the process room within the etching area, students must wear the appropriate gloves and eye goggles. Ferric Chloride used to bite copper plates is contained in trays within an extraction booth with running water adjacent to the trays. Care should be taken when placing plates in and out.