Lab access how-to

Students studying Biomedicine in labs

The School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) provides and maintains an extensive number of laboratories for student and staff use in Willis Annexe, Building J18.

The following represents a checklist to obtain access.

Process to obtain lab access

1.    Discuss which lab and equipment you require access to with your Academic supervisor.

  • Confirm which lab and equipment you need to use. If you are unsure in making your selection, please discuss with your supervisor or contact Tamsin Peters (Lab Manager J18) for guidance.

2.    Complete a School Access Approval form, including all the training required within (type the form and save). For help with this, email the HSE team

  • Please note: The School Access Approval form must be saved and typed (outside of the browser). Handwritten submissions will not be accepted.

3.    Arrange and attend your Lab Induction with the Technical Officer for the lab you require access to (please send them your SAA form for some background).

4.    Email the completed SAA and HS049 (this will be provided to you after your induction) forms to your supervisor for final signatures.

5.   In one email, please send fully completed forms (SAA and HS049 for each lab) to the Health and Safety unit to and cc your technical officer with your details tabulated as below (one row per each lab): 

First Name
Last Name zID
Access Type
Lab number  Access Start Date
Access Expiry Date
e.g. Amr Omar 

Access to equipment

1. Discuss with your Technical Officer how training can be arranged and how to book equipment. You will need to read specific Safe Work Procedures (SWP’s) for that equipment and ’declare as read’.

2. Apply as a new user on the ACLS website: Select School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in Faculty and School.

Access to a class 3B or 4 laser lab

ONLY IF you need to use a lab that contains class 3B or 4 lasers, contact the School's Laser Safety Officers via email

1. Read this RMF on SafeSys and click 'declare as read' : ENG-MECH-RMF-1366: Safe use of the Lasermet Interlock Systems for class 3B and class 4 lasers in Willis Annexe

2. Laser users must start with the Laser Safety Awareness. The course is available to all staff & student via myUNSW registration

3. In addition to the above you will do one of the following:

Personal protective equipment and clothes (PPE&C)

The purpose of this Protocol is to provide information about the mandatory Personal Protective Equipment, including protective clothing, wherever it has been identified as a risk control measure across the MME Laboratories.

This protocol applies to all staff and students who undertake any activity on behalf of the MME laboratories, where PPE has been chosen as a risk control measure. It applies in mechanical, chemical and biological laboratories, and workshops. This protocol does not apply to designated computer laboratories.