In developing your research proposal you need to explicitly consider the ethical and safety implications of various aspects of the research you propose to conduct. If your proposed course of research raises ethical or safety issues then you may need to obtain formal ethical and or safety clearances before undertaking your research.
The University has several committees through which ethics and safety related issues are approved. More information is available at the various committee websites.
It is very important to check the guidance provided at these websites to assess the relevance of each for your research and to ensure your research will comply with all requirements. Legislation mandates specific requirements and in some cases non-compliance may incur financial penalties to either the University or individual researchers involved.
It is important to note that should approval from these committees be required you will not be permitted to commence your research until you have received official confirmation of approval.