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RISK ASSESSMENT

Robert Thirsk High School

Sheep Heart Dissection


Written by: Brands tadt

Commenced on: 20 Mar 2015

Expires: 20 Jun 2016

Classes for which experiment is required


Teacher: Quiring/Brands tadt (us er code 1)

Year Group: Bio20

Room

Period

Date

SuperLab
340

P3

Tue 14/4/15

SuperLab
340

P5

Wed 15/4/15

Thirs k Days :
Period 3 is (11am-1pm)
Period 5 is (11am-1pm)
Items to be prepared by science technologist (user code 1)
already pres ent in lab:
s tudent lab aprons
paper towels
dis s ecting trolley containing:
dis pos able plas tic gloves (latex and non-latex & dierent s izes )
dis s ecting ins truments (s calpel, dis s ecting probe, tweezers , dis s ecting s cis s ors )
large tongs
dis s ecting trays
thawed s heep hearts rins ed and s oaking in water
garbage bags for dis pos al of dis s ected hearts
s ign s tating "dis s ection was te & date" to label garbage bag
RED & BLUE yarn for s tringing through heart

Procedure or reference, including variations


McGraw-Hill Chapter 8.1

Equipment to be used
dissecting scissors
Potential hazards
Blade edges are s harp and may caus e cuts . May be
us ed as a weapon.

Standard handling procedures


Store s ecurely.

dissection tray
Potential hazards
Breakage of tray, if made from glas s .

Standard handling procedures


Sweep up broken glas s with brus h and dus tpan; do not
us e ngers .

garbage bag
latex gloves
Potential hazards
ALLERGY ALERT. May eas ily be punctured, allowing entry
of liquid. Latex may caus e allergic reaction to s ome
people. Check for latex allergies before us e. Check for
talc allergies , if gloves are powdered with talc.

Standard handling procedures


Keep out of s unlight. Take care not to puncture. Check for
punctures before us e.

metal tongs
Potential hazards
Pos s ibility of burns as tongs retain heat. Us e heatproof
gloves if hot.

paper towel
Potential hazards
Eas ily ammable.

probe
Potential hazards
May be us ed as a weapon.

Standard handling procedures


Avoid us e near naked ames .

scalpel
Potential hazards
Scalpel may caus e s evere injury if us ed inappropriately.
Only allow res pons ible s tudents to us e s calpel.

Standard handling procedures


Store s calpel where it will not be s tolen or us ed
inappropriately.

Living organisms to be used


heart, sheep
Potential hazards
Not toxic, but may contain pathogenic organis ms .

Standard handling procedures


Us e fres h tis s ue from butcher; s tore a maximum of 3
days at 4C. Us e gloves when handling tis s ue.

Others
Cutting ones s elf with a s calpel, or dis s ecting s cis s ors . Or poking ones s elf with a probe. A s tudent might have an allergy
to the latex gloves , or the pres erved s heep/cow heart. A s tudent might put the plas tic bag over their head.

Knowledge
I have read and unders tood the potential hazards and s tandard handling procedures of all the equipment, chemicals
and living organis ms .
I have read and unders tood the (Material) Safety Data Sheets for all chemicals us ed and produced.
I have copies of the (Material) Safety Data Sheets of all the chemicals available in or near the laboratory.

Risk assessment
I have cons idered the ris ks of:
re
explos ion
chemicals in eyes
inhalation of gas /dus t
chemicals on s kin
runaway reaction

breakage of equipment
cuts from equipment
s harp objects
rotating equipment
vibration and nois e
pres s ure

electrical s hock
es cape of pathogens
heavy lifting
s lipping, tripping, falling
falling objects
heat and cold

radiation
was te dis pos al
inappropriate behaviour
allergies
s pecial needs
other ris ks

Certication by Teacher
I have as s es s ed the ris ks as s ociated with performing this experiment in the clas s room on the bas is of likelihood and
cons equences us ing the School's ris k matrix, according to International Organization for Standardization Standard ISO
31000:2009 and the Ris k Management Guidelines , HB 436:2013.
I cons ider the inherent level of ris k (ris k level without control meas ures ) to be:
Low ris k

Medium risk

High ris k

Extreme ris k

Control meas ures :


Additional meas ures : s afety glas s es , gloves , apron, demons tration
With the s pecied control meas ures in place, I have found that all the ris ks are "low ris k". Ris ks will therefore be
managed by routine procedures in the clas s room, in combination with the s pecied control meas ures .
Electronic Signature: Mary Quiring/ Heidi Brands tadt

Date: 20 Mar 2015

You have provided an electronic s ignature which is the equivalent of s igning your name with a pen and as s uch will
cons titute a legally binding agreement between the relevant parties . We can give no warranty in res pect to fraud or
s ecurity breach res ulting from the us e of an electronic s ignature.

Certication by Science Technologist


I have as s es s ed the ris ks as s ociated with preparing the equipment, chemicals and living organis ms for this experiment
and s ubs equently cleaning up after the experiment and dis pos ing of was tes , on the bas is of likelihood and cons equences
us ing the School's ris k matrix, according to International Organization for Standardization Standard ISO 31000:2009 and
the Ris k Management Guidelines , HB 436:2013.
I cons ider the inherent level of ris k (ris k level without control meas ures ) to be:
Low ris k

Medium risk

High ris k

Extreme ris k

Control meas ures :


Additional meas ures : s afety glas s es , gloves , lab coat
With the s pecied control meas ures in place, I have found that all the ris ks are "low ris k". Ris ks will therefore be
managed by routine procedures in the laboratory, in combination with the s pecied control meas ures .
Name:

Monitoring and review

Signature:

Date:

This ris k as s es s ment will be monitored us ing comments below and will be reviewed within 15 months from the date of
certication.

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