Before starting any laboratory procedure, a suitable risk assessment should be completed. Laboratory work should not begin until the risk assessment has been approved by the research supervisor. In the case of experiments involving a “class 5” chemical (highly hazardous reagent), the risk assessment must approved by the research supervisor and H&S coordinator.
The University of St Andrews has developed an on-line tool for recording risk assessments known as the CHARM system
Access the CHARM system
CHARM User Guide
A video guide for the completion of risk assessments and use of the CHARM system can be found below. If you encounter any problems, please contact Kevin Jones ([email protected]), Alan Aitken ([email protected]) or John Nicholson ([email protected]) who will be able to assist.
Adding New Substances to the CHARM System
If you are unable to find a substance on the CHARM system, you can suggest that is added to the database by clicking the image below and following the instructions.