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 PAP will be suspended from usage of ALL instrument labs for a period of one week. 2nd time violaters will be suspended for 2 weeks. 3rd time violaters will be required to stand before the Safety Committee.

General Safety Rules

No. Rules
Slipper, sandals and perforated shoes are not allowed in the laboratory at all time. Only closed-toed
shoes should be worn at all times in the laboratory. All shoes worn in the laboratory must have
slip-resistant, non-absorbent soles.
No personnel are to be in shorts, Bermuda or mini skirt are allow to be working in chemical laboratory area or handling any chemical substances. Proper or appropriate attire is required.
On top of rule no. 2, a lab coat, safety goggle and laboratory/ clinical gloves is to be worn at all time.
When entering into/ exiting from a research laboratory, make sure the door is closed/ shut properly especially for those laboratory that are equipped with security card access system and alpha-numerical lock system.
Clean up all chemicals spill/ overflow immediately. Never leave it unattended.
Never ever touch the lab door handler with the laboratory/ clinical gloves on.

Last but not least, each and every individual Principal Investigator is responsible to provide all necessary safety equipment and personal protective clothing/ equipment for your Project Officer, Research Staff, Post-Graduate and Undergraduate working in your respective research lab. This includes paying for additional safety measures related to your own research should it be required. You may approach the HOD for help in this regard. However, it is subjected to his final approval. If it is given to you, it is a privilege.

The university, school and division are only responsible for providing basic safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, eyewashes and safety showers.

Thank You

PAP Safety Checklist

PAP Workplace Safety Inspection Checklist

Standard Operation Procedures & Guidelines

Standard Operation Procedures & Guidelines
Guideline on Acid Waste
Guideline on Gas Cylinders
Guideline on Safe Transportation of Chemicals
Laser Safety and Regulations
Safe Working Procedure for Hydrofluoric Acid
Safe Working Procedure for Nanomaterials
Safe Working Procedure for the Use of Aqua Regia
Safe Working Procedure for the Use of Nitric Acid
Safe Working Procedure for the Use of Naked Flames
Safe Working Procedure for the Use of Peroxides
Safe Working Procedure for Transportation of Large Liquid Nitrogen Tanks
Solvent Handling


For more queries on safety matters, please contact Associate Prof Fan Hongjin.