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Rock Crushing, Mineral Separation and Acetic Acid Digestion Laboratories


All persons using the above laboratories must abide by these Departmental Codes of Safe Practice and must be familiar with the Risk Assessment for the area before commencing work. The use of these rooms must be pre-booked as consideration must be given to the fact that cross-contamination of samples is a real risk unless stringent checks and cleanliness are observed.

Rock Crushing (Rooms B2 & B3)

Academic Staff Member

Professor M.J. Bickle


Dr J. Day

Professor Mike Bickle must be informed before any work is undertaken in this area. A fine filter disposable face mask (type 3M 8500) as well as the air extraction system must be used at all times when handling and machine crushing fine powders. Eye protection as well as the fine filter face mask must always be worn when using the jaw crusher and jaw splitter also when hand crushing with mortar and pestle.

Mineral Separation (Room N9)

Academic Staff Member

Professor M.J. Bickle


Dr J. Day

No unauthorised use of these facilities will be allowed. Tetrabromoethane (TBE) and Thallium Malonate/Formate Solution is used only in this room and must not be taken and used elsewhere. It has a heavy vapour level and must only be used in the special low level extraction fume cupboard. Two cupboards are in this room: only one may be used at a time, with one valve shut off. Safety instruction is given by Professor M. Bickle.

Acetic Acid Digestion (Room N10)

Academic Staff Member

Prof. S. Conway Morris

The use of this laboratory is under the control of Professor Simon Conway Morris whose authority must be sought before any work is carried out. The fume cabinets in this room are not for dangerous acid use, they are for air extraction only.

Working out of hours: see Appendix 2.




Last updated on 25-Sep-09 09:38

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