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FACULTY OF

School of

MEDICINE, HEALTH & MOLECULAR SCIENCES

Medicine & Dentistry

Anatomy Laboratory Safety Manual 2013

...................................... 9 Induction Form .......................................................................... 7 Waste Disposal ............................... 3 Human Bequest Program ...................................................................... 6 First Aid ....................................................... 6 Health and Safety .......Contents Townsville Staff ............................................................................................................. 3 Anatomy Laboratory Safety Rules ........................................................................................................................................................... 2 Introduction.................................................................. 8 Misconduct.............................................................................................................................................................. 9 Further Questions .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Evacuation Procedure ......................................................................................................................................................................... 10 1 ......................................................... 4 Anatomy Laboratory General Policies .................................................................................................................................................................

au Mr Scott Le Rossignol Technical Officer scott.au 15626 13466 13465 13459 13459 2 .au Dr Alexandra Trollope Anatomy Lecturer Assoc Prof Shashidhar Venkatesh Associate Professor (Pathology) shashidhar.domett@jcu.au 16159 15608 15855 14566 Technical Ms Candi Lee Administration Assistant.terry@jcu. Academic Dr Helen Anscomb Head of Discipline of Anatomy and Coordinator of the Human Bequest Program helen. Anatomy & Pathology candi.au Dr Kate Domett Senior Lecturer kate.edu.edu.venkatesh@jcu.au Dr Monika Zimanyi Senior Lecturer monika.edu.au Mr Peter Morrison-Conway Technical Officer peter.zimanyi@jcu.au Dr Tess Aceret Technical Officer (Pathology) teresita.aceret@jcu.edu.Townsville Staff Phone ext.edu.morrisonconway@jcu.lerossignol@jcu.edu.edu.anscomb@jcu.lee@jcu.au Dr Katharine Terry Senior Technical Officer katharine.edu.edu.

This legislation governs the body donor program. The university retains the bodies for a maximum of eight years or indefinitely (as requested by donor). The School of Medicine and Dentistry conducts a Thanksgiving Ceremony every three years to commemorate the donors and their families. Donated bodies are embalmed to preserve them for this period. The Discipline of Anatomy at James Cook University is licensed to conduct the practice of anatomy under the guidelines of the Transplantation and Anatomy Act and the Human Tissue Act. The Discipline of Anatomy at the School of Medicine and Dentistry recognises and appreciates the valuable contributions that are made by those who donate their bodies for medical research and scientific purposes and we are committed to caring for human bodies and remains with respect and professionalism. depending on the donor’s wishes. 3 . Ashes can be returned to relatives or scattered anonymously. It is subject to the Transplantation and Anatomy Act and the Human Tissue Act. Donors benefit in the knowledge that even after their death they can still contribute to the community by providing tissue for anatomical study.Introduction The Anatomy Laboratory is a resource area for students. Donors live in North Queensland and generally sign up within their lifetime. Society benefits through having well-trained health professionals working within the local community. Human Bequest Program The university abides by strict legal and ethical obligations. Students and staff must be aware of certain legal and moral obligations associated with the use of human bodies for anatomical examination within the Anatomy Laboratory. Student participation is a major part of this ceremony. The university arranges and pays for cremation at the end of this time. The Head of the Discipline of Anatomy is the Coordinator of the Program. Students need to be aware that using such material may cause distress to some and/or raise issues of grief.

No other object should be touched while wearing gloves including books.         Nitrile gloves must be worn all times while handing the prosections. Bags and clothing should be placed in the bag storage area or left in home rooms. Eating (including chewing gum. All instructions issued by the technician/lecturer/demonstrator in charge must be followed. act strictly in accordance with the instructions of the staff member in charge. CD-ROMS or cadaveric material be removed from the Anatomy Laboratory (note. Do not put gloves into the waste paper bin. as outlined below:     No person is permitted to work in a laboratory until a safety induction for that laboratory has been undertaken. anatomical models. No visitors are allowed in the laboratory at any time.Anatomy Laboratory Safety Rules The Discipline of Anatomy has strict rules which MUST BE FOLLOWED. drinking or smoking are not permitted in the laboratory. books. The use of mobile phones. All accidents. taps etc. Gloves are to be disposed of in the yellow biohazard bins provided. door handles. should be reported to a demonstrator immediately. cough lollies and lollipops). It is compulsory that students wear laboratory coats and enclosed shoes at all times whilst in the laboratory. Long hair must be tied back. including cut fingers. These resources must be kept clean and returned to exactly where they came from. cameras or video cameras in the laboratory is strictly forbidden. Students will only be permitted entry to the laboratory if wearing enclosed shoes and laboratory coats. The lab should be left clean and tidy at the end of each class. The appropriate recording and reporting procedure will be undertaken by staff. At no time can any skeletons. 4 . the anatomy lab is under 24 hour surveillance). texts.  In the event of an emergency such as fire or explosion.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Students must wear laboratory coats and fully enclosed shoes when entering the School of Medicine & Dentistry James Cook University laboratory.Anatomy Laboratory General Policies  It is not compulsory to wear safety glasses in the laboratory.    Health and Safety Workplace Health & Safety Students and visitors have the right to work in a safe and healthy environment and the obligation to comply with instructions given according to the Workplace Health & Safety Act 2011. use the eye wash stations to rinse it out immediately. however we recommend that you wear safety glasses while handling prosections. faeces and blood products. Although we encourage active participation and enthusiasm. Please wash your hands immediately before leaving the laboratory (please note: the soap is concentrated and only a small amount in the palm of your hand in required). Students are strongly advised to have the following vaccines: tetanus. Health & Molecular Sciences at James Cook University and Queensland Health legislation). as appropriate. Should prosection material or liquid contact your eyes. appropriate behaviour and respect for donors should be demonstrated at all times. Immunisation All students undertaking practical classes in the Anatomy laboratory should be fully vaccinated as they may be exposed to human blood. Please inform staff if you have known someone who may have donated their body to the University. This will ensure that suitable arrangements or modifications can be made to minimise the student’s exposure. Any student who knows they are pregnant or are trying to fall pregnant should notify the course coordinator or technical staff. hepatitis A/B (under Infectious Diseases Policy – Faculty of Medicine. 6 . Pregnancy Students who are pregnant may be at higher risk from exposure to certain chemicals and hazards.

needles and broken glass should be disposed of in the yellow containers labelled ‘Sharps’. In the case of chemical spills or splashes. It is not unusual for students to experience these symptoms on first encountering cadaveric specimens. Eye wash stations and safety showers are also located in the Anatomy Teaching Laboratory (2) and Anatomy Preparation Area. Eye injuries. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) can be consulted to determine appropriate first aid and subsequent treatment. please notify staff immediately. First Aid Kits are located in the Anatomy Teaching Laboratory and Anatomy Preparation Area.  The First Aid Officer for the Discipline of Anatomy is Mr Peter Morrison-Conway of the Anatomy Teaching Laboratory ext. Eyes will require immediate and prolonged flushing with water (20 minutes minimum) at the eye wash station. All technical staff are trained to apply First Aid and should be contacted immediately in the event of accident. Water coolers are located outside the entry to the laboratory. If you are feeling unwell and/or dizzy. Safety showers are available for large spills. Before your first practical class using prosected specimens it is recommended that you are fully hydrated and have had something to eat before your class. notify staff and sit down outside the laboratory. 13459. whether caused by chemicals. Other Disposal Only paper towels are to be placed in the black bins provided outside the teaching laboratory. Waste Disposal Sharps Scalpel blades. mechanical injury or splashes are always potentially serious. notify technical staff immediately for assistance. In the case of sharps injuries. Medical advice should be obtained for an eye injury.First Aid   All accidents including minor cuts and bruises must be reported to the technical staff or subject coordinator. Biological Waste Nitrile gloves and other items that may have contacted bodily fluids must be disposed of in the yellow Biohazard bins provided. Food and drinks are not permitted in these areas. 7 . injury or illness.

Evacuate the building through the nearest fire exit. Alarms In an emergency there is a progression of alarms. Follow any instructions given to you.Evacuation Procedure In the event of an Emergency such as fire or explosion:      Students should NOT attempt to fight a fire. Move quickly but do not run. This means you should stop work and prepare to evacuate. • • Alert Tone – a beep-beep-beep sound. 8 . DO NOT USE THE LIFT. Evacuate Tone – a whoop-whoop sound. Staff should be notified immediately and all instructions followed. You should evacuate the building immediately. Assemble at the evacuation assembly point in the main car park outside Building 46 (Anatomy & Clinical skills).

au or Dr Katharine Terry Senior Technical Officer Phone: 07 4781 3466 Email: katharine. gestures or jokes relating to cadaveric specimens.Misconduct Misconduct in the Anatomy Laboratory (staff or students) is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Photographing or video recording cadaveric specimens. conducive to learning and cooperative for the benefit of all users of the anatomy laboratory.edu. Misconduct includes:       Accessing the Anatomy Laboratory without permission or authorisation or bringing in unauthorised visitors.).anscomb@jcu. Damage to cadaveric specimens and property. Behaviour at all times should be respectful to the donors. books etc.edu. models. Removal of any items from the Anatomy laboratory (specimens.terry@jcu. Making disrespectful remarks. Further Questions Any further questions or comments regarding this manual can be directed to: Dr Helen Anscomb Head of Discipline of Anatomy Phone: 07 4781 6159 Email: helen. Inappropriate and/or careless handling of cadaveric specimens.au 9 .

Induction Form After reading this manual carefully. Students will not be allowed to attend practical classes until these forms are submitted. 10 . students should print out the Student Safety Induction Form and the Media Release Form (LearnJCU). These forms should be filled out and signed and will be collected at the first Anatomy practical class.