The basis of the Lab Servant was formed – in back sight – by the Safety Report System (SRS) that was developed by Delft University of Technology and tested in practice during a number of years. The SRS was included as “good practice” in the “Arbocatalogus Nederlandse universiteiten”, a policy document that describes and regulates general safety for the Dutch universities. In 2009 the SRS was awarded by EU-OSHA the European Good Practice Award for Healthy Workplaces.
The idea behind the SRS is that of a “dynamic RI&E”: a Risk Inventory and Evaluation that is per-formed before the start of a new experiment. The researcher describes his experiment and makes a safety plan that fits the experimental set-up. All reagents, solvents, gasses, equipment et cetera are evaluated by the researcher with regard to hazards/risks and precautionary measures to mitigate the risks. Via a workflow the researcher gets approval (which can be considered as a “work permit”) from an Area Supervisor and if applicable a PI.
In the process of preparing a Safety Report the researcher also produces an emergency card for the safe shutdown of overnight experiments.
To facilitate the judgment of possible hazards/risks by the researcher we realised a link/webservice with Chemwatch. Based on CAS no. of a (dangerous) substance five hazard bars, together with a mini MSDS are retrieved automatically from Chemwatch and shown in the Safety Report.
- Describe experiment, set-up, hazards and precautionary measures, consulting safety data retrieved from Chemwatch, based on CAS no.
- Describe safe shutdown procedure (emergency card)
- Get clearance (work permit) from area supervisor and PI via workflow to start the experiment
- Relate incidents and applied safety measures to improve the safety management process