HSEO Safety Course in March 2011

To:       Departmental Health & Safety Officers 

Fm:      Health, Safety & Environment Office
Date:   18 February 2011

Health, Safety and Environment Office will arrange 6 safety courses in March 2011 as follows: 

a)      Laser Safety
b)      Safety of Irradiating Apparatus
c)      Electrical and Mechanical Safety
d)      Laboratory Chemical Safety
e)      Laboratory Biological Safety
f)       Hazardous Waste and Wastewater Management  

Laser Safety Course

3 March 2011 (Thu)
10:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Room Y951
(in English)

Speaker :
Mr. Chris Leung

1. Basic concepts of laser
2. Laser hazards
3. Classification of laser equipment
4. Principles of laser safety 
5. Control measures in the PolyU
Course objectives:
The course aims to provide basic safety training for personnel working with or intended to work with laser equipment.

Target group(s):
Potential users of high-power (class 3B or 4) laser equipment. Users of high-power laser equipment must have received proper laser safety training before they are authorized by their corresponding departments to operate high?power laser equipment.  Attendees of this course are considered to have fulfilled this requirement.

Personnel, who have already attended similar courses or trained in laser safety using HSEO’s web-based self-learning system, are not mandatory to attend this course but they are welcome to take this course as reinforcement.
(Please apply on or before 25 February 2011)


Safety of Irradiating Apparatus

15 March 2011 (Tue)
10:00 am – 12:30pm
Room Y951
(in English)

Mr. Chris Leung

1. What is Ionizing Radiation
2. Irradiating Apparatus in PolyU
3. Basics of x-ray
4.  Hazards of x-ray
5. Radiation protection principles
6. Legal requirements
7. Radiation protection requirements in PolyU
Course objectives:
To equip the attendees with basic radiation safety knowledge to meet the pre-requisite for registration as a registered user of irradiating apparatus in PolyU.

Target group(s):
Potential users of closed-beam X-ray equipment Personnel, who have already trained in radiation safety using HSEO’s web-based self?learning system, are not mandatory to attend this course but they are welcome to take this course as reinforcement.
(Please apply on or before 8 March 2011)


Electrical and Mechanical Safety

24 March 2011 (Thu) 
10:00 am – 12:00 noon 
(10am-11am: Electrical Safety 11am-12noon: Mechanical Safety)
Room Y951
(in Cantonese)

Ir Nelson Chan
1.      The electrical hazards and its prevention
2.      The common problems in the use of electrical appliances 
3.      The safety precautions in the use of the appliances
4.      The new cable colour code 
5.      The electrical safety inspection checklist
6.      The common hazards and dangerous parts of machinery and the guarding methods
7.      Hazards and safety measures in the use of other types of equipment such as abrasive wheel, woodworking machinery, lifting appliance& lifting gears, gas welding & flame cutting, pressure equipment, loadshifting machinery, etc.
 Course objectives:
The course is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding on hazards associated with electricity, plant & machinery and the related safety measures. 

Target group(s):
All staff who work on electrical appliances and machinery and those who want to have some knowledge on electrical and mechanical safety are welcome to attend.  

(Please apply on or before 17 March 2011)


Laboratory Chemical Safety

25 March 2011 (Fri) 
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room R503
(in English)

Mr Danny Fok
1.      University's Laboratory Safety Management Policy2.      Relevant legislation 
3.      Various aspects of chemical hazards
4.   Examples of chemical accidents and diseases 
5.      Safe Use of Chemicals 
6.      Chemical storage and transportation
7.      Disposal of chemical waste 
8.      Chemical emergency 
Course objectives:
This course aims at introducing basic knowledge on chemical safety and necessary precautionary measures for laboratory chemical users and supervisors so that they can work safely in the laboratory and manage hazardous chemicals in good order.   

Target group(s):

All laboratory personnel who work with chemicals regularly, and those who have a duty in managing laboratory safety. 
(Please apply on or before 18 March 2011)


Laboratory Biological Safety

28 March 2011 (Mon) 
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room BC303
(in English)

Mr Danny Fok
1.      Classification of bio-hazards and university policy
2.      Laboratory design regarding biological safety
3.      Biological safety equipment
4.      Safe laboratory practices
5.      Disposal of biological waste
6.      Emergency procedures
Course objectives:
This course aims at introducing basic knowledge on biological safety, necessary safety equipment, precautionary measures for laboratory users and supervisors who are involved in the use of biological agents so that they can handle and manage biological agents in a proper and safe manner.

Target group(s):
Staff and research personnel who work with biological agents in their work or study. 

(Please apply on or before 21 March 2011)


Hazardous Waste and Wastewater Management

31 March 2011 (Thu) 
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room M106
(in English)

Mr Danny Fok
1.      University's Policy and arrangements on waste management
2.      Different types of waste 
3.    Chemical waste and associated legislation 
4.      Biological waste and associated legislation 
5.      Radioactive waste and associated legislation 
6.      Wastewater discharge and associated legislation 
Course objectives:
This course aims at introducing the proper procedures and legal requirements for disposal of hazardous waste from laboratories as well as wastewater discharge and management. 

Target group(s):

Personnel who handle chemical, biological or radioactive wastes regularly, and those who have a duty in managing the University's hazardous wastes and wastewater.  

(Please apply on or before 24 March 2011)

Departmental Health & Safety Officers are kindly requested to review their departmental situation and invite staff to attend. Interested staff should register for the course(s) via the HSEO on-line enrolment system athttp://www.polyu.edu.hk/hseo/training-news/training-enrollment     

For enquiries, please e-mail to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call HSEO General Office at tel: 3400-8386/3400-8396.