Science Safety Week 2017

 

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Science Safety Day and Week is an annual safety event organised by the Faculty, which serves as a platform to create safety and health awareness among faculty members, staff and students, share best practices and discover new commercially viable solutions to mitigate safety and health hazards in laboratories and offices.

With the theme, “Enhance our Safety and Health Culture”, the four research laboratories-based departments, together with the Faculty’s Safety and Infrastructure Unit, organised various safety activities such as safety talks, chemical and biological safety spill response trainings, and business continuity planning during Science Safety Week held from 25 to 29 September.

The highlight event was Science Safety Day on 26 September, which featured exciting activities such as safety competitions, safety and health talks and a carnival.

Prof LU Yixin, Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Safety, kick-started the event with a welcome address. This was followed by an opening address delivered by Prof Peter HO, Deputy Dean of the Faculty. Head of Pharmacy Department Prof Christina CHAI and Mr Saravanan s/o GUNARATNAM, Deputy Director, Head of Safety and Health Management Division, Office of Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE) also took to the stage to share on inculcating a safety culture at the workplace

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Prof Lu Yixin welcomed participants to the Safety Day event

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Prof Peter Ho delivered the opening address 

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Prof Christina Chai (top photo) and Mr Saravanan s/o Gunaratnam (bottom photo) shared on practical aspects of cultivating a safety culture at the workplace

 

Thereafter a prize presentation ceremony was held for the 2017 winners of the Faculty Housekeeping Campaign and the Excellent Safety Lead Awards. The former acknowledges the hard work put in by Departments in maintaining their laboratories and the latter recognises the laboratory Safety Leads for a job well done in ensuring laboratory safety for staff and students.

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Thereafter a prize presentation ceremony was held for the 2017 winners of the Faculty Housekeeping Campaign and the Excellent Safety Lead Awards. The former acknowledges the hard work put in by Departments in maintaining their laboratories and the latter recognises the laboratory Safety Leads for a job well done in ensuring laboratory safety for staff and students.

 

The Faculty also invited two speakers – Mr Danny TOH, Senior Associate Director, Safety and Health Division, OSHE, to share with participants on excelling in department safety and health management systems; and Mr Benjamin TAN Rui Ping, Counselling Psychologist, Counselling and Psychological Services, University Health Centre (UHC), who discussed stress management.

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Mr Danny Toh shared on excelling in department safety and health management systems

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Mr Benjamin Tan shared on how to manage stress

 

At the carnival, exhibition booths by NUS’ Office of Campus Security and the Singapore Police Force were set up, featuring campus security. NUS’ Office of Facilities Management’s booth showcased the NUS Energy Task Force and possible sustainable energy solutions for laboratories. Several companies, namely Esco Micro Pte Ltd, Peak Scientific Singapore Pte Ltd, PPE Distribution (S) Pte Ltd, Industrial Scientific Corporation Pte Ltd, VWR Singapore Pte Ltd, Safetech Devices Pte Ltd, PDS International Pte Ltd, and Gaia Science Pte Ltd (Singapore) also presented their companies’ laboratory products.

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Some of the exhibition booths at the carnival

 

At various game booths, participants took part in activities such as “Wheel of Safety” and “Know Your GHS” (Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals), which tested their safety knowledge. There was also a “Safety Numbers Quiz”, where participants were tested on the relevant safety numbers for a chance to win at the lucky draw!

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Staff and students participated enthusiastically at the games booths

 

The annual safety competitions were highly anticipated by participants as well. Named “BooBoo & RaRas”, faculty members, staff and students were invited to submit comic strips or captioned photos on unsafe acts and good practices, respectively. This competition encourages creative and fun expressions on safety and health issues which can be termed a “BooBoo”, i.e. poor safety or unsafe act, habit, observation, behaviour; or a “RaRa”, acts contrary to a “BooBoo”.

The other competitions held were the Science safety slogan competition, where participants came up with a slogan based on “Science and Safety Culture” for next year’s Safety Day, as well as the Science Safety logo competition.

Ms Alicia HUANG from the Science Safety Day and Week 2017 Organising Committee said, “The event ran smoothly, thanks to joint efforts from the organising committee, volunteers from each department and student helpers. There were many interactions among the participants and the exhibitors. The organising committee is happy to note that the participants benefitted from the safety and health talks and had an enjoyable time at the games booths.”

Mdm LIEW Chye Fong, Department of Biological Sciences, said, “I always look forward to visiting the various exhibition booths during the annual Science Safety Day. We get to learn about different safety equipment and gadgets available in the market to address safety and health hazards in laboratories and offices.”

Dr REN Minqin, Department of Physics, said, “The talks delivered by the speakers were engaging and interesting. The presentations all included safety-oriented information geared towards a safe working environment. The games were fun and informative with safety knowledge delivered in an enjoyable way!”

 

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Participants had an enjoyable and enriching time at the Safety Day event

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1Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals