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Laboratory Safety Manual

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Published in September 2014

This document outlines basic health & safety considerations that should be applied to geotechnical and materials testing laboratories. It includes general recommendations for the use of services, apparatus and chemicals and the handling, storage and disposal of soils and materials.

Much of the following is mandatory in UK law, as a result of the Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974 (HSWA) and its subsidiary legislation and regulations. In addition the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have published a number of approved codes of practice, to expand on and help explain specific legislation.

Further details of applicable legislation together with the full list of regulations, codes of practice and guides may be found at HSE’s website (see references).