Your health and safety is our concern. The Health and Safety Policy of the University is established to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of students in the course of study. The measures taken as part of this commitment are designed to achieve high health and safety standards over and above compliance with relevant statutory requirements. Please refer to the Health, Safety and Environment Office (HSEO) homepage at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hseo for detailed guidance on various health and safety issues. You may access the Health and Safety Guide and other handbooks on the HSEO homepage direct from the University Portal.
PolyU pledges to provide a good environment for her staff and students, and to ensure that her activities are complying with relevant legal requirements and conducted in an environmentally responsible manner. To demonstrate such commitment, PolyU strictly follows good practices recommended by governmental departments and authorities to minimize the discharge of air pollutants and wastewater to the environment. Noises arising from construction areas on the campus is controlled in accordance with legal requirements. Hazardous waste including chemical, clinical and radioactive waste generated from laboratory activities are properly managed to avoid contamination to the environment. For major development projects, Environmental Impact Assessments are conducted in order to minimize any substantial deterioration to the environment. PolyU also makes every effort to promote and educate PolyU members on various environmental protective measures as well as new developments in environmental laws and regulations.
The following guidelines on laboratory safety aim to ensure appropriate health and safety measures are taken when you are at work in laboratories.
Know the location of and how to use the emergency equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers, safety showers and eyewash) in your area, as well as how to obtain emergency assistance.
Since the operation of irradiating apparatus (such as X-ray equipment) and the handling of radioactive substance are subject to stringent regulatory control by the Law of Hong Kong, undergraduate students are not allowed to operate or handle them unless they are under the direct supervision of the technical staff of the laboratory or the responsible academic staff. For postgraduate students, they must have received proper training and registered with the HSEO before they are allowed to handle these radiation sources. In certain cases, registration with the Government through the HSEO is necessary.
Improper use of high-power laser may result in irrecoverable injury, especially to our eyes or skin, and even death in extreme case. Hence, it is the policy of the University to require all high-power laser equipment (i.e. class 3b or above) to be registered with the HSEO.
For users who are undergraduate students, they must be under the direct supervision of the technical staff of the laboratory or the responsible academic staff whenever the high-power laser equipment is energized. For postgraduate students, they must have received proper laser safety training before they are allowed to operate the laser equipment.
Besides, the users must not tamper with the safety interlocks, if any, of the laser equipment and must always comply with appropriate safety procedures.