BMRC Laboratory Management

All Medical School staff, students or visitors whose laboratory research will be based in the BMRC building should note that Health and Safety processes within the BMRC building are managed by Science Faculty (not by FMH). Whilst all Medical school staff / students must follow the Health and Safety management processes set out by the Medical School, they must follow all local rules and policies relevant to their laboratory research work which are put in place by the Science Faculty and School of Biological Sciences for occupants of the BMRC.

Pre-requisites for Access to BMRC Labs

In order to gain card access to the BMRC building, as well as the FMH Code of Practice, all individuals must also read the BIO & BMRC Code of Practice document and receive Health and Safety Induction Training from the BMRC Laboratory Co-Ordinator.

Laboratory Security

All individuals granted card access to any areas of the university should be aware of their individual responsibilities with regards to building security. Individuals should not allow 'tailgating' of individuals they do not recognise through access doors, especially in higher risk areas or during 'out of hours'. All users must adopt a 'challenge policy', ask individuals if they also have authorised access and in the same vein do not be affronted if challenged yourself. If you have any doubt or concerns about anyone in UEA buildings, do not hesitate to contact UEA security on x2352 (or x2222 in an emergency).

Laboratory Access Hours

Standard laboratory working hours are between 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday. All staff are encouraged where possible to restrict laboratory work to these hours, however it is accepted that some work may be necessary outside of these core hours.

Staff and PG students who require access to buildings during limited access hours (between 6am – 10pm 7 days a week and during bank holidays and UEA concessionary holidays) must ensure a limited hours risk assessment is in place for your work. This risk assessment must be kept in your group Laboratory Safety Folder and each individual must read and sign this risk assessment giving detail of CoSHH / SOP's relevant to the work they will undertake out of hours. This must then be authorised by the responsible PI. Where possible staff should adopt a 'buddy system' when working during limited access hours to avoid all lone working. Card access will not be granted for limited access hours until the above procedures have been met. See Laboratory Co-Ordinator for further details.

Equipment / Service Engineer Access To Laboratories:

Prior to granting access to laboratories to any equipment service personnel, all engineers must go through a registration process with UEA Contractor Controls. Contact EST dept or your local Laboratory Co-Ordinator for further details prior to the arrival date of your engineer or your engineer may be denied access to laboratories.