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Lessons Learnt

RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Illnesses and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) reportable contaminated sharps injury.

In Sept 2018, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) investigated a genetically modified pathogen (virus) needlestick incident to a QMUL laboratory researcher. The incident was reported to the HSE as a notifiable incident under the Reporting of Injuries, Illnesses and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

The HSE Inspectors investigated the incident to identify the immediate and underlying causes of the incident and to identify breaches of H&S Law, in particular the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2014 and The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

An HSE ‘Letter of Enforcement’ was been received by the Principal of QMUL which requires QMUL to achieve compliance and respond to specific identified actions in a written response by 17th December 2018.

This has been completed. Lessons Learnt – HSE Investigation [DOC 19KB]

The HSE ‘Letter of Enforcement’ identified that the ‘lessons learnt’ be communicated to QMUL to improve H&S standards and compliance. Therefore an action table to achieve compliance is attached in the link.

ACTION: It is recommended that QMUL Schools / Institutes / Directorates report compliance on the action table to their Faculty / Professional Services Health & Safety Management Groups.

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All HSD staff can be contacted via the HSD Helpdesk.

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