The Department of Surgery realizes the importance of a high standard of health, safety and environmental protection in striving towards research and academic excellence. Hence, we have a commitment to the continual improvement of safety standards and compliance in accordance to the NUS Safety and Health Policies. Safety is an important value that we inculcate and cultivate in all our staff members and students. We do our best to maintain a positive and committed safety culture in our department in order to protect our workforce. The principles to which we subscribe to are:
- Safety – Maintaining a high level of safety in our operational procedures to prevent any accidents and damage that will put our personnel and students at a higher risk of physical injuries.
- Health – Each individual’s health is paramount to us and we support it by advocating medical surveillance and reinforcing safe operational practices.
- Environmental protection – We will minimize waste or if possible, find a safer, healthier and environmentally friendly alternative to our protocols and procedures.
- Individual Responsibility – Safety compliance is a team effort as well as an individual one. Each employee in the Department from Principal Investigators to laboratory technicians and students will be continually reminded of their personal responsibility towards our safety obligations. Each Principal Investigator is ultimately responsible for the compliance of their team with NUS Safety, Health Policies and Standards.
- Safety Awareness and Training – All research employees will be made aware of current safety issues by attending safety seminars and courses organized by OSHE. Students will be trained by more experienced personnel in the lab who will pass on the concepts of safety in operational practices. This will ensure the promotion and the continuance of safe, healthy and environmentally protective practices in the laboratories.
- Safety Management System – We abide by and will continuously improve our framework of safety management and policies. Individual labs are required to provide risk assessment and standard operating protocol for each substantial procedure which are reviewed every 3 years and updated when new elements or changes are introduced in the procedures. Unsafe acts, incidents and accidents are reported, investigated and will be brought to the attention of all research personnel in the department. The Department Safety Committee are responsible for carrying out regular workplace inspections to ensure that every lab maintains high safety standards and compliance.
Our safety practices are documented and reviewed by the Department Safety Committee members who have the mandate to bring unsafe practices to light and to encourage staff and students to adopt better procedures. The Department Safety Committee is made up of staff and students who are all engaged in departmental research activities. All staff and students in the department have the responsibility to abide by the departmental, faculty and NUS Safety, Health and Environment Policies and to be committed to safety values and culture.