High Frequency Lab/Rules/General Safety

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General Safety

All general safety rules applicable to the University of Stellenbosch can be found at: http://www.acts.co.za/ohs/index.htm and must be adhered to.

In addition to these the following also should be adhered to:

  • No chemicals, biological materials and cultures, radioactive materials, isotopes, explosives, flammables, or guns may be brought into the laboratory. If such are required for official experiments, a written letter of permission, approved by the laboratory manager and the head of the department is required. Training in handling, storage and disposal of such materials, as well as safety procedures, must be ensured and proven before permission is granted.
  • Cryogenic liquids have to be in proper storage containers for transport and storage, and are not to be left unattended. Before they are used in the laboratory:
    • Those using them must be trained in their use.
    • The laboratory manager needs to be informed of their use
    • Appropriate warning signs, as well as labels describing the contents, are required on all storage containers.
  • No open flames in the laboratory
  • Approved warning signs should be displayed in areas of danger
  • You should obey warning signs and signals
  • You must know where fire extinguishers are and be familiar with their proper use.
  • In the event of a fire, follow fire regulations.
  • No Safety measures may be removed, impaired, tampered with and/or rendered ineffective.
  • No unauthorised private experiments.
  • Apply good, sound reasoning in the laboratory -- and if possible elsewhere too.

The head of the department has responsibility under the “Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993” for safety in the laboratory and has thus authorised all members of staff, demonstrators and the laboratory manager to enforce safety and order in the laboratory and to act against any unsafe practice or conduct in the laboratory.


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