It is the responsibility of everyone in HKUST to be familiar with, and conform to the policies of the university’s Health, Safety & Environmental Office (HSEO). This includes all faculty, technical and administrative staff, students (UG and PG), and research staff (appointed and visiting).
Individuals are required to assume responsibility for assuring their own safety and that of others by fully assessing the safety risks of any action they take and ensuring that proper safety procedures are in place to reduce/eliminate risks.
Therefore, CBE has put into place a comprehensive series of requirements to assist individuals to comply with the department’s strict safety policy. Please refer to: https://cbe.hkust.edu.hk/research/safety/
When new personnel join the research team in the laboratory, he/she must review the " Form A: Safety Orientation Check List Form" with the Faculty Laboratory Representative, who is appointed by the principal research faculty. The researcher will be guided to the preparatory readings needed, the mandatory safety courses, required health checks if needed, and also the details of preparing a work plan.
Before starting an experiment, the researcher needs to prepare a work plan that will be reviewed by the Faculty Laboratory Representative. The researcher then submits the work plan/revised work plan to the faculty supervisor. Upon final review by the faculty, the faculty will have two choices: endorse the research work to start work without any need for HSEO input, or ask the researcher to wait for HSEO feedback before the researcher can start the experimental work. A Work Permit will be issued to the researcher once approval is given to the researcher to start the work.
Please refer to the work flow here: Form B: Flow Process of Work Plan for Approval
Any work which is subsequently planned and which was not included in the original work plan, must be the subject of an amended work plan. The amended work plan will be subjected to the same review process as the original work plan. The staff of the HSEO provides reviews and comments of the approved work plan, which are then communicated to the originator of the work plan and the Faculty adviser. In this way, HKUST protects its personnel, students, visitors, facilities and its surrounding environment through the implementation of a comprehensive safety and environmental protection program.