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Rules and regulations to accessing and using the SPS teaching Laboratory Facilities, Faculty of Science, NUS (S16-02-04 and S16-02-03)
The SPS teaching lab is part of the SPS facilities that are provided by the Faculty of Science. SPS share the lab with the Science Demo group, bookings are made when SPS uses the lab. This is to prevent anybody from double-booking the lab. All the practical sessions that you will undergo in the “The Cell” course and other SPS courses will be carried out there. Besides, regular lab classes for the courses, you may also like to work in the SPS lab for your SP2172 project or another project. For that, please email Dr Robert Lieu and ask for permission prior to working in the laboratory.
- Please note that under NUS, OSHE guidelines, undergraduate/SPS students are restrictedly not allowed to work in the SPS/Science Demo lab without a direct supervision from a graduate mentor or SPS staff. Please also noted that working hours for undergraduates are restricted to official working hours (8.30-6 pm, Monday to Friday) only. After office hours and weekend, access are not allowed unless supervised or given permission by SPS staff.
- The SPS Lab facility is co-shared with Demo Lab; therefore, Demo lab staff also have the right to use the labs. If SPS Lab is booked by Science Demo Lab staff for their enrichment classes, please do not go in and use the lab, even though you are given permission to do so.
- All the users must be certificated by completing and passing OSHE online “Biological safety and Chemical safety training”. The certificate must be valid and should be sent to Dr Robert, prior to working in the SPS teaching Lab. Students are expected to know how to do RISK assessment as well.
General Laboratory Safety
The top priority in any research or teaching lab must be safety. The Faculty of Science and the Special Programme in Science is committed to providing a safe working environment for student and staff to work in. SPS adheres to and adopts the guidelines in NUS General Laboratory Safety Manual compiled by OSHE, which covers safety aspects under the categories: Fire, Electrical, Biological, Chemical, Mechanical and Office Safety.
Risks can be minimized by understanding the hazards (when you conduct a risk assessment) and safety procedures. For SPS, safety training is mandatory before commencing lab work. If in doubt or any accident occurs, please notify SPS staff or the headmentors immediately.
- Do not run in the laboratory unless there is an emergency that warrants it.
- Personnel protective equipment (PPE) is to be worn when working in the laboratory. The minimum PPE would be lab coat, gloves, safety glasses and covered shoes (front and back). It is compulsory for lab users including practical classes to wear safety glasses when working in the laboratory.
- Long hair or loose clothing should be secured before commencing work to avoid the possibility of their entanglement in equipment, or contact with chemicals or possibility of a fire accident.
- Wearing a headphone while working in the lab is prohibited.
- No storage of food, eating and drinking are allowed in the laboratory. You may leave your water bottle outside the lab. If you want to take a drink, do it outside the laboratory.
- The Bench tops must be disinfected with 70% ethanol immediately after use
- Wash your hands with soap and water before leaving the laboratory.
- By NUS OSHE rule, no open flame (e.g. Bunsen burner or spirit lamp) can be used in the laboratory. However, if you heard the fire alarm, please drop everything that you are doing and then calmly exit the lab to nearest fire escape route. The emergency assembly point for Blk S16 is at the NUS field just beside Blk S17.
- To avoid power overloading, ideally, one electrical outlet should connect only to one equipment.
- If the outlet is used for more than one connection, the adaptor with the Singapore Productivity and Standard Board (PSB) logo (i.e. PSB approved adaptors) should be used.
- All incidents and accident in the laboratory must be reported to either SPS staff or your mentors.