Before starting ANY experimental work in the Spivey Group Labs certain health and safety training is required. Exactly what courses need to be completed depends to some extent on the prior experience of the individual and their College status. This is assessed using a Postgraduate (PG) training and induction requirements matrix.

All researchers, prior to starting any experiments, must:

  1. Complete College 'Day-one Induction'. This involves completing the College Day-one Induction Form & discussing the associated notes with either Alan or a designated post-doc. The process for Day-one Induction and obtaining a swipe card is also shown in this Flowchart.
  2. Initiate their Faculty 'Laboratory Local Induction Record'. This involves starting to complete the FoNS Laboratory Local Induction Record Form‌ with either Alan or a designated post-doc.
  3. Complete the online MSRH – Staff & Student Laboratory Induction exercise. 

Additionally, UG project students starting in the lab should check through the following summary to make sure they have completed all appropriate training. 

    Once the above forms 1 & 2 (i.e. Day one induction & FoNS local induction record) have been completed and signed then they must be scanned and uploaded to the College's Sharepoint Safety Training Record: for completing this can be found here: MSRH - LabBook Training (Adding Record to Web Notes). Once this has been done and thonline MSRH – Staff & Student Laboratory Induction exercise has been successfully passed, ask Alan Spivey to e-mail to request ID/CID card access to 502 (Lab) and 505 (Chemical Store).

    Ongoing Procedures

    For all experiments carried out in the Spivey Group Labs specific risk assessments are carried out by completing an Imperial College Chemistry COSHH Form.

    These are printed onto the reverse side of every page of the physical hard copy lab books provided in the MSRH, but we use an electronic version of this form within our LabArchives electronic lab Notebook (eLN) system.

    COSHH stands for Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, see:

    Risk Assessments & Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

    The following are a series of risk assessments and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for operations/procedures/equipment used on a routine basis in the Spivey Group Labs. New starters will read the SOPs for common laboratory practices and equipment, and sign the Common SOP Checklist‌ to confirm their agreement to follow them. Group members will read and sign the relevant SOPs for less common protocols the first time they use that protocol, as part of their ongoing lab training. All this is carried out within the group's LabArchives ELN.


    • Strict social distancing at 2 m is still being observed. This has not been relaxed in any way.
    • Face masks should be worn in communal areas (corridors, toilets, office areas). This is a College-wide stipulation.


    • Thoroughly clean down areas/equipment before and after use at all times.
    • Not exceed the stated occupancy of rooms.
    • Do not come into work if you are showing COVID-19 symptoms and notify your PI.

    Common Laboratory Practice SOPs (covered in the Common SOP Checklist):

    1. Balances
    2. Dry Ice
    3. Dry Solvent Towers
    4. Fire Risk
    5. Flash Column Chromatography
    6. Fumehoods
    7. Glass Bin
    8. Heat Gun
    9. Hotplates, Heating Blocks and Isomantles
    10. Liquid Nitrogen
    11. Melting Point
    12. NMR Sample Preparation
    13. Oil Baths
    14. Oven
    15. Rotary Evaporators
    16. Schlenk Line
    17. Sharps
    18. Silica
    19. Spillage
    20. Stores
    21. Ultrasonic Bath
    22. UV Light for TLC
    23. Waste Solvent Containers

    Special Practice SOPs (signed individually): 

    1. Acid and Base Baths
    2. Argon
    3. Centrifuge
    4. Cyanides
    5. Gas Cylinders and Regulators
    6. GC
    7. GCMS
    8. Helium
    9. HPLC
    10. Hydrogen
    11. Kugelrohr
    12. Na and K Disposal
    13. Nochromix Bath
    14. Oxygen
    15. Ozone
    16. Piranha Solution
    17. Polarimeter
    18. Pyrophorics (Handling)
    19. Pyrophorics (Quenching)
    20. Sealed Tubes

    Additional Safety Documentation:

    Departmental Safety Notices