Passing the Safety Examinations
Postgraduate Students engaged in laboratory works need to comprehend a broad range of safety related concepts. It is absolutely important for them to be familiar with safe working and basic emergency procedures while conducting laboratory activities that carry safety risks.
The courses offered are to ensure as much as reasonably practicable that students have, and contribute to a safe working environment. Further aim of the courses is to encourage students to be safety conscious so that the opportunity of accident and the severity should one happen can be minimized. The University and students have legal and moral duties to abide by safety rules, and offenders have to face grave consequences, including suspension of research activities, body injuries or even prosecutions by the authority.
Students may choose to acquire the necessary safety knowledge from the web sites instead of coming to the classes as the majority of information is now on the USO Homepage. However, it is believed that attendance at classes can increase the likelihood of passing the examinations. As assurance that students possess the minimum safety knowledge, the examinations must be passed.
Applying for Exemptions
Students may apply for exemptions from certain safety examinations by writing to the Director*. For example, it is not normally required for a chemist to pass the biological safety examination or a robotics student to pass in chemical safety. A reasonable approach will be taken in considering all exemption applications.
Students are advised to consult their supervisors or departments (or the University Safety Office) to check if they need to take certain safety course.
* Contact details:
Mr S. K. Lam,
Director of University Safety
Tel: 3943 7864
Fax: 2603 6862