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Laboratory, Workshop and Studio Safety

Policy Framework

The University has a duty to ensure the safety and health of persons undertaking activities in Laboratories, Workshops and Studios used for University purposes.

The Workplace Safety Procedure (Coming Soon) outlines requirements for:

  • safely operating within laboratories, workshops, studios and:
  • minimise the risks associated with access to, and use of, University of Tasmania laboratories, workshops and studios, restricting access to competent persons or those who are supervised by competent persons.

Supporting Forms

There are a number of key risks that may be relevant to the work being undertaken in a laboratory, workshop or studio and should be referred to when undertaking risk assessments to ensure University requirements are in place:

Personal Protective Equipment

Health Monitoring

The Workplace Safety Procedure (coming soon) provides information on health monitoring for both new and existing workers at the University.

For example:

  • noise and hearing;
  • hazardous chemicals;
  • asbestos;
  • microbiological hazards;
  • hazardous manual tasks.


Remote or Isolated Work

The Remote or Isolated Work Minimum Standard (under review) provides advice of the management of remote or isolated work either on campus or any other place where work is carried out by or on behalf of the University.

Purchasing of Hazardous Materials

Australian Standards provide a number of standards relevant to laboratory, workshops and studios, in particular:

  • AS/NZS 2243 Safety in Laboratories Series:
    • Part 1: Planning and operational aspects
    • Part 2: Chemical aspects
    • Part 3: Microbiological aspects and containment facilities
    • Part 4: Ionizing radiations
    • Part 5: Non-ionizing radiations—Electromagnetic, sound and ultrasound
    • Part 7: Electrical aspects
    • Part 8: Fume cupboards
    • Part 9: Recirculating fume cabinets
    • Part 10: Storage of chemicals.
  • AS/NZS 2982:2010 Laboratory design and construction

Australian Standards are freely accessible through the University Library database, Standards Online Premium.

To ensure safety and health of persons working in laboratories, workshops and studios a specific laboratory, workshop or studio induction must be completed before starting work. Further information on induction and training is available here

A Risk Assessment is a simple tool to look at an activity such as a task, project or event to identify health and safety risks that are likely to pose a threat t a person's safety or impact on operations of the University and to establish appropriate risk controls to minimise harm.

The University Project/Task Risk Assessment Procedure (under Review) provides guidance on the minimum requirements for University of Tasmania staff and students to follow when planning an activity (both on and off campus) so that work health safety risks are managed.

The following documents provide useful information: