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Welcome to TMBL! We hope you will appreciate the friendly and open atmosphere at the lab. Before you start up your work, please check relevant information in the list below.


Vertebrates permit

Using the laboratories Using the boats
Chemical use Diving and snorkeling
Field work safety TMBL bus

More helpful information for your visit (pdf)

The reception

The reception provides keys to your room and laboratory. You can also purchase phone cards, meal-coupons, stamps, postcards and TMBL shirts, sweatshirts & caps. Timetables for local and long-distance buses and trains are also available for your reference. All room bookings and payments should be made here.

The reception is found on the top floor of the main building. Opening hours: 8.00 - 16.30, with breaks for coffee at 10.00 and lunch between 12.00 and 13.00.


Using the laboratories

Before you start doing experimental work, please contact the relevant laboratory supervisor (posted adjacent to the door of each lab). Bertil Rex is responsible for course laboratories, the old research lab (top floor, main building), and will willingly help with most practical details.

You are welcome to use equipment with which you are familiar and have the relevant training, but please, if you are in doubt, consult the relevant lab-supervisor.


Chemical use

Before working with chemicals you are required to carry out a risk assessment. In each laboratory you will find a folder containing the relevant information.


Field work safety

For any field work in or near the water, you’re required to have the relevant flotation equipment:

  • Life-vest for work in the small boats
  • Life-vest when working with chest-waders
  • Life-vest on the beach if there is risk of falling into deep water
  • Functional buoyancy compensator with the ability to release dive-weights when SCUBA diving.
  • When snorkeling at the surface you are recommended not to carry a weight belt


Vertebrates permit

Experimental work involving vertebrates requires a special permit from the Regional Animal Ethical Review
Committee (Djurförsöksetiska nämnden). Contact the TMBL administration for more information, well in advance of the proposed work-date.

Contact person: Lars Hagström


Using the boats

Small boats are available for work and excursions. Bookings can be made on the sheets in the fuel store. Costs are charged according to the volume (weight) of fuel used.

You must have undertaken the lab’s boat-use proficiency test, and obtained a boat-use-permit before using the boats. The workshop personnel provide information, training, and permits for use of the boats. Maximum load for any of the TMBL small boats is 400 kg.

On-watch on-shore
Before setting to sea you must have designated someone to remain on-watch on-shore. The person “on-watch” must know who is in the boat, where you are going and what time you expect to return. This information should also be noted on the board in the fuel store.

If you do not return on time, your "on-watch-person" must take appropriate actions, if necessary dial 112 to alert "Sjöräddningen" (MRCC), and inform the Crisis Management Team at TMBL.

Students may not use the boats single-handed, there must always be at least two students in any given boat. For other users, including 20p and 10p students (“examens-“ & “tillämpningsarbeten”), single-use of the small boats is permitted only between 1 June and 30 September.

From 1 October to 31 May single-use of the boats is only permitted if a risk analysis for the work has been completed and approved by the TMBL administration. This risk analysis must include a description and evaluation of the different proposed work components. In particular, the measures and precautions taken to minimise the risks to health & safety must be identified. The risk analysis must be submitted to the TMBL administration in advance of the proposed work-date in order to provide sufficient time for approval or revision of the work plan.
Contact Lars Hagström for details
Large boats are used for research and operated by the TMBL crew. They can be booked at the reception. Individuals holding a Ship’s Officers Class VIII certification may skipper RV Doris after a brief introduction and demonstration from the relevant workshop personnel. Passengers on the RV Nereus must take part of the safety information on-board.


Diving and snorkeling

Diving regulations are comprehensive, and requires a diving permit. Only people with a CMAS 2-star or PADI Rescue Diver qualification (or equivalent) will obtain a permit. Furthermore, diving in research projects requires a CMAS 3-star or PADI Dive-Master qualification.

Prior to diving you must contact one of the diving officers; Lars Hagström or Anders Billing.

TMBL’s waterproof mobile phone, relevant sea charts, and Oxivac oxygen equipment must be taken on all diving expeditions. Since there is only one waterproof mobile phone and one Oxivac, it’s obviously important that you coordinate your diving with the diving officers first. Only people with diving permits may use the dive shed.

Snorkeling is permitted to a maximum depth of 10 m. It is not permitted at water temperatures + 4°C or lower, or in strongly flowing currents.

Snorkeling must always be conducted in pairs, maintaining visual contact at all times. Only one person of any pair may dive beneath the surface at any given time, the buddy remaining on the surface and observing the diver. If snorkeling is conducted only at the surface, a buddy observer on land or in a boat may be used.

Heavy and physically demanding work is not permitted when snorkeling.


TMBL bus

The lab’s bus is available for work-related activities. You must have a valid driving licence. Contact the reception for a permit, keys and booking details.


Last updated 30 January 2007