Health, Safety and Environment

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Overview

This overview outlines the general safety regulations which must be followed while using any facilities in the laboratories within the School's premises. In addition to these regulations, users must obey the requirements which are specific to each equipment.

Policy
The School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), in recognizing its corporate responsibility, commits to take all reasonably practicable means to provide a safe and healthy environment for all stakeholders. While striving for progress in environmental sustainability, MSE is committed to:

  • Comply to Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) legislations in Singapore and adopt or formulate other relevant HSE policies to fulfill our commitment;
  • Establish, implement, audit and maintain a HSE management system;
  • Communicate requirements (as defined in the HSE management system) to all faculty members, staff, partners, students, collaborators and visitors;
  • Identify and manage workplace and environmental risks proactively (risk management) and ensure all stakeholders perform their work in a manner to reduce risks;
  • Measure and evaluate HSE performance regularly so as to achieve continual improvement;
  • Provide appropriate HSE training, information and supervision for all stakeholders to work safely and reduce risks at the root cause(s);
  • Promote personal responsibility to prevent work-related injury and ill health;
  • Promptly report and investigate ALL incidents and accidents to determine the root cause(s) and take appropriate actions to prevent recurrence;
  • Continually review and improve infrastructure and facilities to address HSE risks;
  • Inculcate a sense of shared stewardship of HSE matters among all stakeholders; and
  • Provide appropriate resources to achieve these objectives. 
     

MSE In-house Safety Rules and Regulations

HSE Responsibilities
Safety is a line function in MSE. It involves commitment from the School Chair, School Management Committee, MSE HSE Committee, faculty members, staff, students and all stakeholders within MSE. The responsibilities are listed below:

School Chair
The School Chair shall provide HSE leadership and uphold the MSE HSE policy. He shall ensure that the appropriate personnel have well defined duties and responsibilities, and accorded the proper authority and resources to implement the MSE HSE Policy through standard operating procedures and programmes.

Supervisors (Reporting Officers such as Principal Investigators, Laboratory Managers and Administrative Managers)
Supervisors have the duty and responsibility of ensuring the occupational health and safety of staff under their care. They shall ensure that proper risk assessment(s) is carried out and practical measures are in place to control the risks. This includes the implementation of the MSE HSE policy, objectives, standard operating procedures, proper maintenance of equipment and facilities, and effective communication (including training and supervision) to all stakeholders.

MSE HSE Committee
The MSE HSE Committee is directly involved in the establishment and implementation of the School’s safety management system with due consultation and advice from the Office of Health, Safety and Emergency. The School’s OSHMS shall align to meet legal requirements. The committee members are key stakeholders who will drive the safety programmes, disseminate HSE information, and carry out enforcement, etc. They shall review safety performance, address safety issues, and update the School Management accordingly. The committee shall also maintain proper documentation and make continual improvement.

Employee and Student Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of all stakeholders to adhere to HSE regulations, especially in following safe work procedures and training. Unsafe conditions, equipment or practices should be reported to supervisors for remedial actions. Technical executives shall exercise due diligence to ensure all laboratory users or contractors conform to safety rules and requirements when working in the laboratories within the School's premises.