Laboratories and workshops

On this page you can find safety guidelines and instructions for working in the laboratories and workshops at Campus Kalundborg. 

It's important to familiarize yourself with this safety information before entering the labotories, meaning reading and understanding the following information.

Incase of an evacuation it is important to be familiar with the contigency plan. The contigency plan is maintained by Facility Service. 

Laboratory safety powerPoint: 

Dansk English

Risk assessment 

Eng template DK template

Course in Lab: How to prepare, How to labbook, How to report


Laboratory map


For questions regarding safety and working environment in the laboratories and workshops please contact representatives from L-AMU: 

Laboratory manager Susan Bang (

Lecturer Christina Neigaard Hansen (

Facility Service

For questions regarding housekeeping, opening hours, alarms, accidents and contingency plan either contact

Facility Service (

or find the relevant information on Campus Kalundborg

Insurance and liability

As a student on "Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology" it is important that you are aware of your insuranes. Especially your "ansvarsforsikring" if you unfortunately injure a fellow student during your education.   

It is your own responability to be adequately insured. 

You are encouraged to be advised by your professional organization and insurance company to claify your insuance need. 

Absalon's teachers are obliged to give correct and precise instructions and cannot be held responsible for any deviations.  Absalon's teachers can be held responsible for incorrect instructions.  

The overall purpose of the working environment act is to creating a safe and healthy workplace for employers, supervisors and employees. Students are not defined as a specific group in the legislation. However, students who carry out practical exercises of a professional nature, in connection with teaching in laboratories, are covered under the Working Environment Act.

When students participate in training courses in the laboratory, or undertake experimental work in relation to a laboratory exercise or a thesis, the responsibility for a safe and healthy working condition lies with the educational institution. 

It must also be ensured that the student is given adequate instruction and training in the safe use of equipment and performance of all exercises.

Relevant legislation

"Arbejdsmiljøloven" - Working environment act 

"Bekendtgørelse om anvendelse af tekniske hjælpemidler" - Use of technical aids act

"Bekendtgørelse om arbejde med stoffer og materiale (Kemiske agenser) - Working with substances and materials (Chemical agents) act 

"Bekendtgørelse om arbejdets udførelse" - Work execution act 

Accidents that have occurred in connection with a student's practical exercises must in some cases be reported to the Danish Working Environment Authority 

The overall responsibility for a safe working environment at the Center for Engineering is the Center Manager. 

In case of accidental injury or injury caused by other students, the instructor or Center Manager cannot be held responsible, and the UC Absalon, Center for Engineering is not responsible. Therefore, it is important that students take out a private accident insurance.

Personal injuries and acute accidents

If you need immediate help (e.g., in the case of an acute, life-threatening injury) call the Emergency Services (Tel: 1-1-2). You can call this number 24 hours a day, every day.

If you have been injured, always call the Emergency Telephone Number 1818 before you proceed to the Emergency Room to meet with someone from the Emergency Department.

Kalundborg Medical Clinic takes care of the emergency treatment of injuries. Here you can treat minor injuries such as cuts, sores, minor burns and sprains. The nurse who will answer the Emergency Telephone Number above will evaluate where you can receive the appropriate treatment.

The Medical Clinic in Kalundborg is open weekdays between 14:00 – 22:00, and weekends between 10:00 -20:00. The Medical Clinic is staffed with specially trained nurses. It is located within the Kalundborg Health and Emergency Center, Nørre Allé 31, 4400 Kalundborg.

Outside opening hours at Kalundborg Medical Clinic you will be referred to Holbæk Hospital, Emergency department / Emergency room, Entrance A, Smedelundsgade 60, 4300 Holbæk. Here it is open 24 hours and the emergency room is staffed with doctors and specially trained nurses.

If you require medical treatment, a fellow student or University employee can accompany you to the hospital. Give as much comprehensive and complete information as possible to the doctors. If the accident is caused by a reagent /chemical - bring instructions on how to deal with it (i.e., the appropriate Material Safety Data Sheet).

If the injury is less serious, you can use a taxi (e.g., Kalundborg Taxi 59 51 51 51) to drive you to the medical clinic. If you pay yourself then get a receipt.

Remember that any accidents and safety incidents are to be reported to the Occupational Safety Group at UC Absalon, Center for Engineering. 


Intervention for all accidents

Contain and minimise the damage. Initiate first aid. Call for help.

The staff are instructed and trained in the safety regulations, but everybody who is able to should help the best they can in any given situation.

If necessary, call an ambulance (Tel: 112). The address of the school building is:

Professionshøjskolen Absalon

 Campus Kalundborg 4, 4400 Kalundborg.

Send a person to meet the ambulance.

Acid and base burns

Corrosion in eyes:

1)         Rinse IMMEDIATELY with cold tap water - with eyelids pulled wide. Remove any contact lenses / rinse away. There are also special showers that can be used for eye washing. These are located at the washbasin in the laboratory.

2)         Eyewash bottles are located in the rack on the wall in the laboratory.

3)         The person should be sat or laid down, the rinsing continued with an eyewash bottle – for at least another 15 minutes.

4)         Additional eyewash bottles can be collected if necessary

5)         Take the injured person to the nearest medical clinic’s emergency room if required. Continue rinse during transport. Continued and copious rinsing is the best course of action - it is more important to rinse continuously than to get to the hospital very quickly. Be sure to bring the name of the chemical and if possible the chemical safety data sheet.

6)         After the damage is contained be sure to order new eyewash bottles

Bases give more serious burning than acids, therefore rinse for a longer period of time when the injury results from a basic chemical.

Corrosion on skin:

Corrosive chemicals on the skin should be rinsed off IMEDIATELY with  temperate cold tap water. Rinse for a long time, use the tap or emergency shower depending on the extent. Basic chemicals results in deeper burns than acids therefore should the period of the wash be longer.

Bases burn deeper than acids, therefore you must rinse for a longer time. 

Burns and fire


The burned skin should be cooled with water. Keep cooling in water until the wound no longer hurts when the burned skin is in the open air – this may take some hours. In case of blisters in the affected area, seek medical advice (Tel: 1818).


 Put out a fire in the hair or on clothes using the emergency shower located at the sink at the entrance to the laboratory. In some cases, the use of a fire blanket, towel or a coat may be faster. Remember always to use water after a fire blanket to ensure the extinguish and cool the area.  

Smaller Fires -: Depending on the situation – are put out with a wet towel or a. Alternatively, a fire blanket. or cCarbon dioxide

(CO2)/ABC powder fire extinguisher may be used but never against a person.

Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers (also called CO2 extinguishers) can be found in every laboratory.

and ABC powder fire extinguishers are located at KalA0.01, .02 and .05. These must not be used against humans.

ABC powder shutter fire extinguisher is used for extinguishing ABC fires as well as electrical installations and appliances::

A fires (wood, paper and textiles)
B fires (flammable liquids)
C fires (gases)

Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers are best used for electrical installations and  appliances.

Do not use water against electrical installations and appliances.


Uncontrollable Fire

Evacuate the area. Make sure that everyone is out of the room. Close the door (if possible, turn off any gas supplies and close all the windows).

Call the emergency services (Tel: 112). Make sure there is someone to direct the fire department when they arrive, and explain the location of the fire.


Campus Kalundborg 4, 4400 Kalundborg

Get everyone to leave the building. Follow the evacuation signs in the hallway.