General Laboratory Rules
Users are to observe the following rules while in the lab premises/centres:
- Students are required to sign in/sign out in the lab Access Form.
- User's work area should be kept clean and tidy.
- Do not eat, drink and indulge in loud incessant conversations in the laboratory.
- Do not bring in friends who are not involved in the project.
- Do not play or listen to audio devices while doing experiments.
- Do not use items which have been booked-out by other users.
- Report all accidents to the instructor or lab staff immediately.
- Return all items after completion of experiment.
- Users are required to be familiar with the location and proper use of lab/centre facilities
- If feeling unwell, notify the lab staff before proceeding with the lab experiments.
- Wear safety goggles when doing any drilling work.
- Handle all electrical and heating equipment with care to prevent electric shock and burns.
- Be familiar with the location of safety equipment, such as first aid box, fire extinguisher, breakglass/call points and emergency exits.
- After completing the experiment, ensure that all equipment are switched off and properly stored and that your area is cleaned/tidied up.
- Proper clothing must be worn in the laboratories and centres. Shorts and singlets are discouraged.
- For your own safety, cover shoes should be worn at all times. Slippers/sandals exposing the toes are discouraged.
- Personal belongings must not be placed on the laboratory benches or on top of any equipment. Generally, students' personal belongings should not obstruct the walkway.
- Students are discouraged from bringing potentially dangerous items/materials which is/are not part of the requirement for the experiments.
Much of the work of the Safety Committee is concerned with assisting the School in developing and improving systems and procedures for a safe and healthy workplace.
It is important to note that safety is everyone's responsibility. The Safety Committee would like to urge everyone in the school to:
- Follow safety rules and regulations
- Be safety conscious and report any potential hazards
- Be responsible for their own safety and safety of others around them
- Adhere to the proper safety procedures. IF IN DOUBT, ASK!
Risk management, which involves assessing risks at workplaces and putting control measures in place, are important elements towards building a strong accident preventive culture in the workplace. Towards this end, the Safety Committee has designed the reporting mechanisms to encourage the early detection and correction of hazards thereby minimizing the danger and risk to staff, students or visitors.
What constitutes a hazard? A hazard contains a certain element of risk that may lead to a dangerous situation, resulting in serious injuries or even death. These situations may be present or could arise out of a set of circumstances. Simply put, it is "an accident waiting to happen" but by taking steps to control the hazards, we can greatly reduce the incidents of their occurrences.
If you spot an existing or potential hazard, you are encouraged to complete the Hazard Reporting Form. This process allows staff and students to report hazardous conditions or practices to the SCSE Safety Committee for review so that corrective action can be promptly taken to eliminate or reduce the risks associated with the hazards.
Workplace incident reporting and investigation applies to any occurrence arising out of, or in the course of, work that could or does result in injury and/ or ill health. It can also be a dangerous occurrence or an occupational disease.
SCSE staff are aware of the protocol for reporting workplace incidents. The School adopts the standard operating procedure set by NTU’s Office of Health, Safety and Emergency (OHSE) for workplace incident reporting and investigation.
All incidents reporting and investigation are documented, filed and made available to management and supervisors to review the existing risk assessment and implement suitable control measures.
Standard Operating Procedure for Incident Reporting.