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Dave Hay
Health & Safety and Technical Manager



Dave is responsible for the following:

  • All aspects of health and safety compliance across laboratories and applied fieldwork environments as well as for the general health and safety management and compliance of the department.
  • The provision of Health and Safety training and raising the profile of safe working practices.
  • Convene and chair the departmental safety committee
  • Manage compliance in CoSHH, risk assessment, DSE assessment, manual handling, first aid, RIDDOR, ionising radiation, noise at work, PPE, provision and use of work equipment, artificial optical radiation, CDM issues with infrastructure works, waste disposal
  • Training records for staff and students
  • Ensure written policies and procedures are in place in the departmental handbook, laboratory handbook, induction processes
  • Safety inspections and audits
  • Return of annual information to the Home Office regarding chemical weapons precursors
  • Liaise with the estates department to ensure fume cupboards and other LEV is maintained and inspected
  • Inspection and maintenance of high pressure gas distribution systems as well as cryogenic liquids, including liquid nitrogen, argon and helium
  • Deliver relevant training to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as postdoctoral and academic staff where required
  • Work with the HoD and Dean of Faculty to ensure compliance and to work closely with the University’s Health and Safety Department
  • To be trained to be the departmental radiation protection officer
  • Offer advice on risk management and reduction
  • Troubleshoot ongoing issues and resolve emergencies and operational issues
  • Be conversant with relevant Health and Safety legislation and law in a laboratory environment
  • More recently he is the Covid secure manager for my building of over 800 staff and students, covering teaching and research laboratories, offices, communal areas and lecture theatres. I have been responsible for creating a covid-secure environment and risk assessment for all of our activities and now provide daily advice and updates to the departmental community. 

Laboratory Manager

Dave is responsible for the day to day management of a suite of modern science laboratories, supervising a team of seven technical staff. Covering analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, ecology and field work. Also responsible for troubleshooting issues as they arise and providing technial advice to the technical team. Responsible also for the personal and professional development of team members and has recently completed a year long strategic leadership in action course to assist in that. 

Facilities Management

Dave was heavily involved in the design and build of the new £12 million Environment Building five years ago to house the Department through a period of sustained growth. He worked closely with the Space Planning, Estates Development and Estates Operations and Health and Safety teams along with the principal architect to plan and design the new facility. He also supervised from a client perspective day to day developments in construction as well as working closely with the M&E contractors to ensure the technical aspects of the building were specified correctly and that milestones were delivered to strict deadlines. He is now involved with the continuous programme of innovation and improvements within the facility and the application of new technologies in the building, laboratories and field activities. He is also responsible for contingency planning and business continuity.


2013-2014 Dutch Language - merit LFA, University of York
  Certified Wireless Network Administrator  
  City & Guilds Standard Certificate in Safety Practices  
  Institution of Occupational Safety and Health Certificate  
  Microsoft Certified Professional  
1998-present Departmental Manager / Technical Manager  Department of Environment and Geography, University of York
1997-1998 Analytical Chemist Dept of Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford
1995-1997 Analytical Chemist Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Bradford
1994-1995 Leading Lab Scientist Metabolism Department, Covance Laboratories, Harrogate
1993-1994 Leading Lab Scientist Inhalation Toxicology Department, Covance Laboratories, Harrogate
1992-1993 Analytical Chemist Environmental Sciences Department, University of Sunderland
1988-1992 Organic Chemist Project Leader Sherwood Technology Development, Nottingham
1988 BSc (Hons) Chemistry The University of Nottingham
1986 Technical German - distinction The University of Nottingham

University roles

Member of the Faculty Technical Support Group (Sciences)

Member of the Departmental Safety Advisors' Group

Member of Ionising Radiation Sub Group Committee

Chair of the Environment and Geography Safety Committee



Research projects undertaken to date include:
  • Organic synthesis of large macrocycles
  • Inorganic synthesis and speciation of corrosion products of reaction of stainless steel and IRFNA (NASA)
  • Synthesis of MOED dyes
  • Synthesis of spiropyran colour formers and thioxanthone sensitisers
  • Formulation of non-silver gamma ray dosimeter film (60 Co)
  • Formulation of non-silver x-ray imaging film (100keV)
  • Carcinogenicity of rh-DNAse, a therapeutic agent for cystic fibrosis
  • Tracer compounds in investigation of sewage contamination of groundwater
Hay, Dave

Contact details

Dave Hay BSc (Hons), MRSC, MIScT, MAUA, MCP
Departmental Health & safety and Technical Manager
Department of Environment and Geography
University of York
Wentworth Way
YO10 5NG

Tel: 01904 324071

External activities


Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)

Member of the Institute of Science and Technology (MIScT)

Member of the Association of University Administrators (MAUA)

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

Member of Technical Managers in Universities