UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


General Resources

This page contains several resources, including forms and procedures, that relate to safety in the Department. For more information on any of these, please contact: chemeng.safety@ucl.ac.uk.

 Induction Forms

Fire Induction Form

Everyone in the department must complete a Fire Induction on their first day on-site. It includes details on how to raise the alarm and a physical walk of the fire escape route. It must be recompleted every two years or if there has been a change in work location (e.g. different floor or building). 

This is usually performed by the Area Safety Representative for the office / lab used by the new starter.

Laboratory Induction Forms

All new starters that perform any work in a laboratory must complete a Local Lab Induction on their first day in the lab. It includes instructions on how to manage waste, spills, and order PPE. 

This is usually performed by the Area Safety Representative and the form may be adapted to better suit each lab.

Forms for Area Safety Representatives

Monthly Supervisor Safety Lab Check Forms

Each month, the Area Safety Representatives for labs in Chem Eng must complete a safety checklist. The results from the safety check must be passed onto the Supervisor of the lab to create any necessary actions. The DSO will monitor the completion of the Monthly Safety Check in the termly lab Inspections.

The forms below are example documents for different types of lab and may be amended to suit the needs of each different lab.

Lab Door Hazard Signage

All labs in the department must display the hazards that are stored or used in them.

The Area Safety Representative must use the below template to update the door hazard signage for labs when new hazards are introduced. 

General Forms 

Out of Hours Work Forms

This form must be used to request out of hours access for Lab Working. Please note, certain high hazard activities should not be performed out of normal working hours.

Each out of hours laboratory activity must have an authorised risk assessment updated to include the additional risk of working out of hours and the details of a lab 'buddy' that will accompany them. This buddy can be someone within shouting distance (e.g. in an adjacent office).

Please submit to: chemeng.safety@ucl.ac.uk

Hazardous Waste Form

Hazardous Waste must not build up in labs and should be routinely removed through the correct waste streams. 

For chemical waste, the below form can be used to request removal from Estates. A staff member will have to submit an Estates Request for waste removal. Then, after receiving the work number, reply to the email with the completed waste form. 

Shared Workplace

Working in other UCL departments requires each department to understand where the safety responsibillities lie. The below form can be used as an example to detail where the responsibility lies for various safety concerns.

Once complete, please email to: chemeng.safety@ucl.ac.uk.

Off-Site Working

Whenever work takes place off campus, the following must be filled in and sent to the Off-Site Work Co-ordinator: chemeng.safety@ucl.ac.uk.For more information please see the UCL webpage on off-site working. 

  • A completed itinerary (including the contact details of persons to be contacted in an emergency. 
  • For hosted research, a risk assessment, that includes hazards for working offsite. 
  • Contact the Insurance Manager June Campbell for advice on what Insurance is required. 


Waste Procedure

The procedures for clearing general and hazardous waste in the department are detailed in the document below. It includes flow charts and which waste to contact the DSO for assistance. 

Spill Procedure

The spill procedures for the department are detailed below. This can be used in the event of a major or minor spill and should be followed for best practice. In emergencies or if the lab user is unsure of what to do, always contact the safety team. 

Young Person Visitors

Guidance on young person visitors is detailed below. Young Persons are defined as students above the compulsory school age (16 years old) and below 18 years old. They may be visiting the department for activities such as shadowing or summer schools. More information can be found on the UCL webpage