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Module FXX-4999:
Laboratory Health & Safety

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Prof Christopher Gwenin

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To provide a basic safety grounding.
  2. To produce students with first aid knowledge.
  3. To teach fire fighting (basic) strategies and give an understanding of the nature and types of fires.
  4. To put into practice the safety skills learned throughout the rest of the year in all other courses.

Course content


This course gives a basic grounding in safety training. A series of videos/lectures are used to give the students awareness of all safety issues which include legal requirements, filling in COSHH assessment forms, use of data bases etc. The students also participate in an intensive first aid course under the guidance of the Red Cross, the successful completion of which results in certification. Also included is a practical fire fighting course where the students learn the basis of fire prevention, the correct techniques in the use of and choices of fire extinguishers. Finally the students are expected to complete an online COSHH/Risk test to indicate that they have put the knowledge into practice in their course e.g. demonstrate the proper use of COSHH assessments etc.

Course Team: Dr C Gwenin (3hrs), Red Cross Trainer (4 hrs), Fire Trainer (4 hrs).


Assessment Criteria


This is a PASS/FAIL module a) Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; b) Transferable skills are at a basic level.

For students entering year 2 (level 5) after September 1st 2013 or MSc students, the threshold criteria are set as follows: Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the assignment; conceptual understanding is acceptable. a) Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; b) Transferable skills are at a basic level.

Learning outcomes

  1. The students will obtain knowledge of practical and current first aid skills.

  2. The students will be able to correctly assess an accident situation and act appropriately.

  3. The students will be able to use fire extinguishers correctly and they will be able to critically judge the correct extinguisher to use in a given situation.

  4. The students will have the ability to fill in risk assessment forms and will have a basic knowledge of legal responsibilities.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COSHH Assessment 33.4
First Aid 33.3
Fire safety training 33.3

Teaching and Learning Strategy


After general introduction (3 hrs workshop) in semester one, the module has a (4 hrs) First Aid course (run by the Red Cross), a half day of seminars (3 hrs) including safety briefings and videos and Practical Fire Training session (run by the Fire Brigade).

Private study 90

Transferable skills

  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations

Subject specific skills

  • CC7 Information technology and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data.
  • CP9 Competence in the planning, design and execution of experiments
  • CP10 Skills required to work independently and be self-critical in the evaluation of risks, experimental procedures and outcomes
  • PS5 Information location and retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, and the ability to assess the quality of information accessed
  • PS7 Basic interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in teamworking
  • PS6 Information technology skills which support the location, management, processing, analysis and presentation of scientific information
  • PS13 The ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • SK12. Planning, including evaluation of hazards and environmental effects.
  • SK2 Demonstrate a systematic understanding of fundamental physicochemical principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical and practical problems
  • PS16 The ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-skilled teams
  • SK8 Develop an understanding of safe working practice, in terms of managing chemical toxicity, chemical stability andchemical reactivity, through knowledge-based risk assessments

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: