Safety

Laboratory Safety

All staff/students should have attended a laboratory safety training course (by Office of Health and Safety and/or the Division) before commencing work in the laboratory. All staff/students should also be familiar with the safety requirements while working in the lab. For more information, please download the Laboratory Safety Requirements Guide and the Safety Orientation slides (conducted by the Division).

Any staff or students who are caught in violation of safety rules in CBC will be penalized according to the penalty policy below:

No. of Offences
Penalty
1
Ban from instrument usage for 1 week
2
Ban from instrument usage for 2 weeks
3
Offender and Supervisor(s) to stand before the Safety Committee + Ban from instrument usage for 3 weeks

 

All offenders will be published together with the names of supervisors.


You are encouraged to consult Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards for information about hazardous chemicals. This is an e-book in the NTU library and a login may be required.

Workplace Risk Assessment System (WRAS)

Standard Operation Procedures & Guidelines

CBC Laboratory Safety

Safety Fact Sheet-Incompatible Chemicals

Laser Safety and Regulations

Solvent Handling

Jones Reagent
(to see how violent the reaction between CrO3 and an alcohol can be, click here.)

Safe Working Procedure for Hydrofluoric Acid

Safe Working Procedure for the Distillation of Ethyl Acetate and Hexane (for vertically mounted stills)

Safe Working Procedure for the Use of Nitric Acid

Safe Working Procedure for the Use of Diazomethane

Safe Working Procedure for Lithium Aluminium Hydride

Safe Working Procedure for Sodium Metal

Safe Working Procedure for n-butyl lithium

Safe Working Procedure for Catalytic Hydrogenation

Safe Working Procedure for Use of Autoclave

Safe Working Procedure for Reactions Under Medium Pressure

Safe Working Procedure for the Use of Aqua Regia

Safe Working Procedure for Tertiary-Butyl Litium ( t-BuLi)

Safe Working Procedure for Benzene

Safe Working Procedure for Elemental Halogens

Safe Working Procedure for Metal Hydrides

Safe Working Procedure for Potassium Permanganate

Safe Working Procedure for Reactions in Sealed Tubes

Safe Working Procedure for the Use of Peroxides

Safe Working Procedure for Nanomaterials

Safe Working Procedure for Disposal of Acid Bath

Safe Working Procedure for Disposal of Base Bath

Safe Working Procedure for Transportation of Large Liquid Nitrogen Tanks

Safe Working Procedure for the Use of Naked Flames

Guideline on Lone Working

Guideline on Gas Cylinders

Guideline on Disposal of Laboratory Waste

Guideline on Acid Waste

Guideline on Safe Transportation of Chemicals
(The same rules apply to the transportation of waste, PPE and secondary containment are required.)

Guideline on alkylating agents

Guidelines for the Use of Inorganic Cyanides and Organic Materials that may Release Cyanide

Guildelines for Oxo acids of chlorine and their salts (hypochlorite, chlorite, chlorate and perchlorate)

Additional Safety Information

Testing for Peroxide-forming Solvents Guidelines

Useful video on proper handling pf pyrophoric liquids produced by UCLA.

Chemical Spill Response

SAFETY Fact Sheet - Oxidisers

The following datasheets from Sigma are useful for those handling pyrophoric materials.

Handling air-sensitive reagents

Handling Pyrophoric Reagents

 

More Information

Please refer to more information at SPMS Safety webpage.

For more queries on safety matters, please contact Assoc Prof So Cheuk Wai .