SBS Safety


Workplace Safety and Health considerations are reasonably practicable means to provide a safe workplace and healthy environment to all staff, partners, students and visitors in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
This webpage serves to provide readers with information on workplace safety in SBS, especially within research and teaching laboratories. This is important because in a laboratory setting, there are physical, chemical, biological, and radiation hazards and risks involved. Thus SBS places strict demand on its community members to follow proper workplace safety practises.


SBS safety policy is mandatory to all SBS community members. They are required to attend safety trainings, briefings and orientations before they are permitted to start any laboratory practical classes and activities. All laboratory personnel including post-graduate students are provided additional training programmes to meet their specific needs. In addition, undergraduate students are required to participate in online safety courses available in NTULearn before they start their lab attachment and final year project (FYP).

Our school works closely with NTU  Office of Health, Safety and Emergency (OHSE) to observe workplace safety and SBS community health and well-being. We adopt and improve on workplace safety guidelines, manuals, work practices and procedures, rules and regulations in line with OHSE requirement. It is important that all SBS community members and visitors working in SBS to familiarize themselves with SBS safety policies and other related information for any work activities.

SBS Safety Information

The specific rules and recommendations related to nature of work, possible hazards and control measures are given in the comprehensive manuals developed by the school.  

The Office of Health, Safety and Emergency also provides safety information and the university standard operating procedures on its website

Safety requires all staff members and students to observe correct procedures and practices and to accept their part of responsibility to protect themselves, their fellow workers and school property. 

“Be Safe; Respect Danger; and Be Educated”

  • NEA licence application and renewal via LicenceOne platform 28 May 2018
    ​Starting 28 May 2018, users applying for NEA licences R1, L5, L6 and N3 will need to access Licenseone. Access to the service requires a SingPass account, else users can register via LicenceOneID. Payment for the licences will be by e-payment (GIRO, credit card and other means). For now, users need to "pay first and claim later". Users who applied for the above NEA licences need to inform and provide a printout of their completed applicati​​on form followed by the NEA licence in pdf (sent to user's email). For more information, please contact BRC. You can find the flow-chart of the process below.
    Radioactive material inventory and usage forms
    For storing and handling radioactive materials in SBS laboratories, please complete and submit the following forms to
  • After office hours record The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) takes your safety and well-being seriously and we would like to ask all SBS staff, collaborators and students to continue supporting our effort by 

    • registering your presence during after-office hours (so that all occupants are accounted for in case of evacuation)
      After office hours registration (MS Form) 
      Week days: From 2100 hrs to 0800 hrs
      Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays : Full day
  • SBS safety feedback or enquires
    If you have any enquiries or feedback related to safety in SBS, please contact SBS safety support at
Resources from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Some SDS can be found at the manufacturer’s website. Some examples of chemicals manufacturer‘s website below: SDS for common chemicals purchased from SBS General Store can be access here