UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Safety and Security

The Department of Chemical Engineering is a safe place to work. This is not because it is free from hazards, but because control measures are put in place to minimise the risks associated with the hazards present.

Actions and procedures relating to how the Department is responding to the coronavirus pandemic can be found on our COVID information page.

Safety Handbook

The following sections are a condensed version of certain topics in the Safety Handbook, to address the most common safety questions. Use the links below to find out more about our polices and be part of creating a more safe UCL.

Safety Handbook 2022 -2023

Safety Committee

The Safety Comittee meets every two months to discuss safety related issues. Please find the Terms of Reference below. 

Safety Objectives - 2022/2023

For 2022/2023 the safety objectives for the department are:

  • Safety Training: The department to organise relevant safety trainings for suitable staff and researchers on a variety of topics by October 2022.
  • Safety Action Plan: All groups to have a Safety Action Plan by October 2022.
  • General Lab Risk Assessments: All laboratories in the department to have a good quality general risk assessment by January 2023.
  • Pilot SharePoint System for Risk Assessments: A pilot SharePoint system for risk assessments will be set-up with help from the department for one lab by February 2022.
  • Grab Packs: All labs to have a "Grab Packs" set up with help from the department by March 2023.

The UCL Health and Safety Objectives for 2021/2022 can be found on this webpage.

Safety Newsletters

Safety Newsletters are sent to the department every month.

December 2021

  • The Christmas Shutdown,
  • Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessments,
  • Recent Incidents,
  • Ordering Electrical Equipment,
  • Transporting Hazardous Goods Across Campus.

January 2022

  • Lab Inspection Results,
  • Current COVID Rules & Guidance,
  • Recent Incidents,
  • UCL Safety Objectives.

February 2022

  • Current COVID Controls,
  • Mandatory Safety Training,
  • Recent Incidents,
  • Out of Hours Policy.

March 2022

  • Help with Health and Safety Issues,
  • Easter Closure,
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE),
  • Recent Incidents,
  • The Safety Committee.

April 2022

  • Safety Objectives for 2022/2023,
  • Recent Incidents,
  • Transporting Chemicals Around the Building.

May 2022

  • Lab Inspection Results,
  • Recent Incidents,
  • Earphones / Headphones in the Lab.

June 2022

  • Appropriate Lab Attire,
  • Recent Incidents,
  • The Generic Chem Eng Risk Assessment (RA044624/3).

July 2022

  • Risk Assessments - New Safety Webpage,
  • Recent Incidents,
  • Substance Labelling,
  • Working safely with ionising radiation.

October 2022

  • Mandatory Safety Training,
  • Recent Incidents,
  • Major Incidents - Flooding,
  • Hazardous Waste - New Form for Collection.

Departmental Procedures

Find out about the safe working practices in the Department.

Research centres

Safety in Laboratories

Find out about the safe working practices in Chemical Engineering labs.

The Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering (CNIE)

Training Requirements

Find out about the essential training requirements for all staff & students.

The Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL)

Risk Assessments

Find the generic departmental risk assessments and learn how to create your own good risk assessments.