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Choosing which sessions to attend in October

Students often ask which sessions they should choose. It is impossible to provide a tailor-made timetable and training package for around 900 students, however, the following should help:

  • Everyone working with computers, especially those whose research is computer based, should attend one of the Safe Use of Pipettes and Computers (VDU's).
  • Anyone who is likely to use pipettes intensively should also attend one of these sessions.
  • Anyone working with micro-organisms must attend one of the Biological Safety sessions.
  • Those working with ionising radiations must attend one of the 'Working Safely with Ionising Radiation/Local Arrangements and Regulations for Radioactivity' sessions.
  • Anyone who will be using cylinder gases should attend one of the Pressurised Gas Safety sessions.
  • Anyone working with cryogenic gases (liquid or solid) should attend one of the Cryogenic Safety sessions.

You do not necessarily need to attend every session. You only need to attend those sessions that are relevant to your field of study. Your supervisor, departmental safety officer or head of department should also be able to provide advice on which sessions to attend.

Those of you whose research is computer based or management based should choose your options using the same criteria that would be associated with the basic discipline of your research. Chemical/Laboratory Safety (day 1) plus Pressurised Gas Safety may be a good starting point, for example, for a theoretical chemist who works at the computer, not the bench, in order to appreciate what may be happening 'down the corridor'.

If you are in any doubt as to the best choice of options please contact the Safety Office, prior to the event if possible. On the day go to the Information Point.

Sessions start promptly at the advertised times to avoid over-running the time slots. Please note that anyone arriving late will not be allowed in.

Provisional Timetable of Optional Sessions on Day 2