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NUS University Safety and Health Policy

Dr Kenneth BAN

Safety Chair

+65 6516 3246

Our work in experimental science can expose ourselves to many kinds of hazards. These range from relatively minor ones like cuts and scrapes to more serious situations like fires and explosions that cause large-scale disruption. In particular, the nature of our work in biological science often brings us close to serious hazards such as poisonous chemicals and infectious agents. We also cannot dismiss these potential hazards as remote possibilities. The history of incidents in our department shows that unexpected accidents resulting in injury do occur from time to time.

As workers and supervisors in this potentially dangerous environment, we have legal and moral obligations to reduce the possibility of these incidents, so as to prevent ourselves and our colleagues from being harmed. The Department of Biochemistry Safety Committee aims to facilitate laboratories in the department to comply with national and university safety rules and to promote safe workplace practices.

Prof Markus WENK

Head of Department

+65 6516 3242

Department of Biochemistry Occupational Safety and Health Policy

Recognizing our duty to provide a safe work environment for all our stakeholders, the Department of Biochemistry is committed to protecting the safety, health and well-being of all staff, students, visitors and contractors in the department and upholding the highest standards of occupational safety and health (OSH). In order to achieve this objective, the department has instituted a robust OSH management system in which safety & health is embraced as a core value within the department that employs the following three foundational principles:

1. Legal Compliance;
The department is committed to implement all applicable occupational safety and health legislations, regulations, guidelines, standards and other requirements as stipulated by the NUS Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) in order to comply with the Republic of Singapore’s statutes and regulations. In addition, the department will continuously monitor and inform our stakeholders of any changes or updates in these legislations, regulations, guidelines and standards.

2. Prevention of ill health and injury;
The department shall provide the necessary resources to each Principal Investigator (PI) for the on-going identification of workplace hazards, assessment of risks and determination of appropriate control measures for the purpose of pro-actively preventing occupational ill-health and injury. The department shall also provide induction training for all new laboratory users, which shall be followed by laboratory-based training by the respective PI. The department will further exercise oversight on the timely preventive maintenance of equipment crucial for operator safety in the laboratory.

3. Continual Improvement;
The Department will undertake to continuously improve its safety & health performance by:

  • Establishing OSH objectives and programs for the department and reviewing their performance annually
  • Adopting and communicating best practices through training, educational programs and townhall sessions
  • Establishing feedback systems to ensure timely correction of any unsafe practices and/or workplace conditions
  • Monitoring safety compliance issues (including lab safety training and medical surveillance) and addressing deficiencies swiftly
  • Reviewing each PI’s OSH management system periodically to ensure its relevance and effectiveness
  • Promoting and supporting Total Workplace Safety & Health (TWSH) initiatives through integration of workplace safety, occupational health and health promotion to ensure employee well-being

This Policy will be reviewed yearly and will be disseminated both electronically and physically once updated.