As a tutor working in a laboratory environment you need to make sure that:

  • Your tetanus immunisation is up-to-date
  • You have a course of Hepatitis B immunisation if you are in contact with human blood or blood products
  • If you are working with animals there may be a need for vaccinations for a number of zoonoses. These would include Q Fever if you are in contact with sheep, goats, cattle or feral animals, or for rabies if you are working with bats. The UQ Immunization Guidelines provide information relevant to risk assessment for zoonoses. More detailed advice can be obtained from the OHS unit and the University Health Service.
All of the above vaccinations are available through the University Health Service.

As a tutor you must make sure that all students know:

  • The safe handling conditions for substances and specimens being handled
  • The laboratory’s safety facilities e.g. location of safety showers, eyewash stations, fire extinguishers and emergency exits
  • The university’s emergency procedures.

You also need to tell students that:

  • Students are not permitted to enter any laboratory without the permission of the laboratory supervisor or tutor
  • Laboratories can only be used outside timetabled periods with the lecturer’s or tutor’s written permission
  • No food or drink (including drinking water from water bottles) can be consumed in laboratories
  • Covered footwear must be worn during pracs. Students wearing thongs, open weave shoes, or sandals cannot enter the lab.
  • Long hair must be tied back and a lab coat worn at all times in a lab
  • All specimens should be treated as though they were infectious
  • Defective equipment or broken glassware should be reported immediately
  • Spillages must be cleaned immediately after they occur
  • Hands must be washed thoroughly before leaving the laboratory
  • Students must tell you immediately if they are injured in any way in the lab.

Who pays for and supplies personal protective equipment is at the discretion of your School, Section or Centre.