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Sedimentary Laboratories

Sedimentary Laboratories: Palaeoceanography Laboratory, Cold Store And Cathodoluminescence Room

Academic Staff Members

Professor I.N. McCave
Dr. J.A.D. Dickson
Dr N.J. Butterfield

Persons Responsible for Safety

Room N340 - Dr N.J. Butterfield
Room N326 - Professor I.N. McCave
Room N342 - Dr C. Jeans.


North Wing, 3rd Floor, Rooms N326, N331, N333, N335, N340, N341, N342, N343


  1. The use of the above rooms must be in accordance with these Departmental Codes of Safe Practice and all users must be familiar with the Risk Assessment for the area before commencing work.
  2. The correct personal protection equipment (PPE) must be used when using acid of any strength. Laboratory coats must be worn along with safety glasses and plastic gloves. For PPE details please read Appendix 1.
  3. Disposal of acids must be done only with the authority of the Departmental Chemistry Officer (Dr Jason Day) and with reference to the University Safety Manual Guidance for Discharges to Drains and the Department Safety Manual, Appendix 5.
  4. The fume cupboards must be kept switched on at all times when resin curing, or long-term digesting of samples in acid. There is a low flow alarm fitted to all fume cupboards both rooms N342 and N340. Do not rely on the alarm alone: check there is air flow.
  5. All safety hazard warning sheets relating to the resins and hardeners must be read thoroughly before proceeding with the technique.
  6. You must wear protective clothing, goggles and gloves when impregnating rocks with resin. Check with the Technician before using the pressure chamber for impregnation. You must use the fume cupboard. Never inhale the vapours. WIPE UP ANY SPILLS immediately and dispose of the tissue using a sealed plastic bag. DO NOT dispose of any left-over resin until it has hardened, it can then be placed in a sealed bag and placed in the bin.
  7. Wash hands immediately after use as any skin contact with resins may cause industrial dermatitis.
  8. The Faxitron X-ray machine ( in room N341) for X-raying slabs may only be operated by the trained operator, and in accordance with the instructions with the machine.
  9. The microscopes (Room 343) are under the supervision of Dr. J.A.D. Dickson and must not be used without his permission. All work carried out with the microscopes should be entered in the logbooks.
  10. The cathodoluminescence microscope (room N331) must only be used under the supervision of Dr. J.A.D. Dickson who will teach the user the correct and safe method of use.
  11. Entry into the palaeoceanography laboratory (room N326) is restricted and permission to carry out any work should be sought from the sedimentary laboratory technician. The weighing balance must be used only after instruction from the technician.
  12. Two types of pure water are available in the laboratory, Elga R/O and Milli Q50. Check that the water is still pure and that the cartridges are current. Elga should have 'water good' with a green light and Milli Q50 dial should read 18. Please ask the technician before taking large quantities Milli Q50 water, as this is very expensive to produce.
  13. The ultrasonic bath (in main lab) must not be used for periods longer than 5 minutes at a time, and never put your fingers into the bath while it is switched on.
  14. The freeze drier should only be used after instruction has been given by the technician.
  15. The Clay Minerals Laboratory (room N342) is under the control of Dr C. Jeans and his permission must be sought before ANY work is carried out in there. For use of ultraviolet light, see Appendix 7.
  16. All safety data sheets and equipment safety sheets are available in the technician's room. (N343).
  17. ROOM N340 AUTHORISED PERSONS ONLY. This room is under control of Dr N.J. Butterfield and is designated a HF Chemistry Laboratory. See Appendix 3.
  18. Working out of hours: see Appendix 2.