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Safety Updates

29/09/2017 Online IVLE Safety Training

Training Modules
Who Should Attend
Biological Safety (OSHBIO01) COMPULSORY for undergraduates (UROPS, FYP), post-graduates and staff performing activities involving the use of biological materials.
Biosafety for BSL-1 (OSHBIO07) COMPULSORY for staff and students who are involved in conducting work in BSL-1/ABSL-1.
Biosafety for BSL-2 (OSHBIO08) COMPULSORY for staff and students who are involved in conducting work in BSL-2/ABSL-2 (All labs in NUSMed are BSL-2).
Chemical Safety (OSHCHM01) COMPULSORY for undergraduates (UROPS, FYP), post-graduates and staff performing activities involving the use of chemicals.
Radiation Safety (Ionizing) (OSHRAD03) COMPULSORY for undergraduates (UROPS, FYP), post-graduates and staff who are performing activities involving the use of radioactive materials.
Laser Safety (OSHRAD02) COMPULSORY for undergraduates (UROPS, FYP), post-graduates and staff performing activities involving the use of Class 3b or Class 4 lasers.
Fire Safety (Online) (OSHFS01) COMPULSORY for all students and staff.
Fire Safety Education (Classroom) COMPULSORY for all students and staff who are handling PFM.
Laboratory Safety Induction Training (OSHGEN01)§ COMPULSORY for all new staff identified to be working in laboratories. This training must be completed PRIOR to performing activities in the laboratory.
Introduction to Laboratory Safety & Health in NUS – Policy, Principles & Practice (OSHGEN02)§ COMPULSORY for newly matriculated undergraduates who will be having classes in laboratories and/or workshops.
An Introduction to Safety, Health & Emergency Management (OSHGEN03)§ COMPULSORY for all new staff. This training must be completed within ONE MONTH of joining NUS.
Safe Handling of Human Tissues & Fluids (OSHBIO03)§ COMPULSORY for individuals working with materials of human origin, e.g. tissues, body fluids etc., including commercial cell lines.
Safe Use & Handling of Hydrofluoric acid (HF) (OSHCHM02)§ COMPULSORY for individuals working with hydrofluoric acid (HF).
Safe Use & Handling of Pyrophoric Chemicals (OSHCHM03)§ COMPULSORY for individuals working with hydrofluoric acid (HF).
Biosafety – Biological Spills & Emergency Response (OSHBIO05)§ RECOMMENDED for individuals appointed to tackle biological spills or emergencies (e.g. Safety Leads).
Semi-Quantitative Risk Assessment (SQRA) (OSHCHM04)§ RECOMMENDED for individuals who are performing activities involving chemicals and are required to conduct Semi-Quantitative Risk Assessment (SQRA).
Chemical Spill Response (OSHCHM05)§ RECOMMENDED for individuals appointed to tackle chemical spills or emergencies (e.g. Safety Leads).
NUS Office Ergonomics Training (OSHERGO01)§ RECOMMENDED for staff working in any office environment.
NUS Laboratory Ergonomics Training (OSHERGO02)§ RECOMMENDED for staff working in any laboratory environment.
Risk Management for Laboratories (Classroom) RECOMMENDED for staff and students who are involved in conducting risk assessments for their laboratory activities. Safety Leads are highly encouraged to attend this training.
Safety & Health Management System (Classroom) (OSHSMS01) RECOMMENDED for staff and students on how to conduct risk assessments and develop safety management systems for their laboratories. Safety Leads are highly encouraged to attend this training.
§ New training module

24/01/2017 - Eye Protection Policy in Research Laboratories and Workshops

Eye protection is required for all personnel working in or visiting research laboratories and workshops where hazardous materials are handled. This mandatory eye protection policy has been effective since 3rd August 2015.

Please click here to view the policy.

24/01/2017 - Mandatory Eye Protection in Teaching Laboratories and Workshops

Eye protection is required for all personnel working in or visiting teaching laboratories and workshops with effect from 1st Jan 2017.


3/12/2016 - Updated Safety Trainings

Please click here to see the updated IVLE Safety Training.


7/11/12 - Mandatory Safety Training for Students and PIs & Migration of Class room training to Online Training (E-Learning)

1. Mandatory Safety Training for Students and PIs

(a) In addition to laboratory officers, technical and research staff (including Research Assistants/Fellows etc.,), NUS also requires students (including FYP, UROP Postgraduate students) who are doing research to complete relevant on-line safety and health trainings offered by OSHE.


Research involving the use of chemicals Chemical Safety (OSHCHM01)
Research involving the use of biological agents Biological Safety (OSHBIO01)
Research involving the use of ionizing radiation sources like radioactive materials or radiation producing machines. Radiation Safety (Ionizing) (OSHRAD01)
Research involving the use of equipment with Class IIIB or Class IV lasers. Laser Safety (OSHRAD02)

(b) Principal Investigators who are supervising individuals performing activities involving chemical, biological and/or radiation hazards, but have yet to be certified to NUS Laboratory Safety Management Standard (as of 1st January 2013) are also required to undergo relevant safety and health training by OSHE. All PIs must complete the required trainings by 30 June 2013 as detailed below.


Supervising individuals performing activities involving the use of chemicals Chemical Safety (OSHCHM01)
Supervising individuals performing activities involving the use of biological agents Biological Safety (OSHBIO01) (for Non Certified PIs)
Biological Safety Refresher (OSHBIO02) (for Certified PIs)
Supervising individuals performing activities involving the use of ionizing radiation sources like radioactive materials or radiation producing machines. Radiation Safety (Ionizing) (OSHRAD01)
Supervising individuals performing activities involving the use equipment with Class IIIB or Class IV lasers. Laser Safety (OSHRAD02)

Certified PIs would only be required to complete the refresher training once every 2 years. To satisfy the refresher training requirements for chemical, ionizing radiation and laser safety trainings, the staff, students and PIs shall retake the original online safety module.


2. Migration of Class room training to Online Training (E-Learning)

The following safety trainings are now being provided ONLINE through the NUS Integrated Virtual Learning Environment (IVLE).

  • Ionizing Radiation Safety Training
  • Laser Safety Training
  • Chemical Safety Training
  • Biological Safety Training
  • Safety and Health Management System Training
  • Biological Safety Refresher Training (available from November 2012)

The instructions for staff and students on how to complete these trainings through IVLE can be found from this link.
Instructions to complete the safety training through IVLE


For complete details on all safety & health training requirements for NUS staff and students, kindly refer to the following webpage.
https://inetapps.nus.edu.sg/osh/portal/shmgt/ssts.html


For more details on the different safety trainings provided by OSHE, kindly contact your respective Safety and Health Officers. Their contact details can be found at:
http://nus.edu.sg/osh/aboutus/staff.html