Safety Updates

Safety and Engineering Cell activities and announcements

August 2021

Aug 30, 2021

  • OHS Monthly meeting was conducted to discuss safety related issues and concerns of the school.

 

Aug 27, 2021

  • Baseline eye test was conducted for Class 3B & 4 Laser users.The laser baseline eye exam is a mandatory medical pre-assessment for all faculty, staff and students working with Class 3b and Class 4 lasers. These tests will held periodically for laser users in order to establish a baseline for which any potential ocular damage related to laser activities can be assessed.
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Aug 22, 2021

  • Compressed gas cylinders are extensively used in SSE labs and ensurance of its safety should our top priority. A hydrostatic test will determine whether there are any cylinder leaks, faulty components and how the cylinder performs under extreme pressure.Hydrotesting certificate has made mandatory part of compressed gas cylinders procurement from the vendor.

 

Aug 13, 2021

  • Safety Bulletin " Lab Safety at SBASSE" is released for the SSE community. 
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Aug 13, 2021

  • In compliance with NFPA 25, a monthly Fire hose reel inspection is conducted by F&E and Safety office.

Aug 09, 2021

  • In compliance with NFPA 10, a monthly Fire Extinguishers inspection is conducted by Safety Office.
July 2021

 

July 9, 2021

  • In compliance with NFPA 25, a monthly Fire hose reel inspection is conducted by F&E and Safety office.
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July 6, 2021

  • In compliance with NFPA 10, a monthly Fire Extinguishers inspection is conducted by Safety Office.
June

June 25, 2021

  • Preparation is the key to an effective response to workplace fires. Fire drills help prepare everyone to respond quickly, calmly, and safely. 
    As per SSE’s Fire Emergency Response, our facilities & engineering, and security departments play a critical role in evacuating the building and firefighting using fire extinguishers, internal hose reels, and fire hydrants until external emergency services arrive. The SSE building is equipped with a fire hydrant system (including four fire hydrants at each side of the building) connected with a high-pressure fire pump as per NFPA standards.
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June 25, 2021

  • Safety training "Emergency Response & First Aid" is conducted for EE Department.

 

June 24, 2021

  • Safety Bulletin " Emergency Response in case of Electric Shock" is released for the SSE community. 
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June 8, 2021

  • A Safety Alert is released regarding learning outcomes of Electric circuit sensor fire incident.

 

June 2, 2021

  • In labs, please ensure the chemical waste is disposed of in fewer capacity bottles and shift the 80L big drums to Waste Management Lab. Low capacity (e.g., 5L and less ) has low risk in case of spillage, aerosol generation and in case of flammable waste, we should reduce the flammable levels. 


    Some recommended bottles (Note: these should be labelled as waste, including the type of waste, e.g. acid waste, base waste, oxidizer waste, flammable waste etc.) and should be placed in secondary containment trays. 


    Some recommended bottles are;

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May 2021

May 31, 2021

  • OHS Monthly meeting was conducted.

 

May 17, 2021

  • Safety inspection of Bio department labs was conducted.

 

May 15, 2021

  • Fire Hose Reel Inspection was conducted in compliance with NFPA 25. 

 

May 12, 2021

  • Safety training on "Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment" was conducted online (on zoom).

 

May 10, 2021

  • Fire Extinguishers Inspection was conducted in compliance with NFPA 10. 

 

May 7, 2021

  • First Aid boxes inspection was conducted in compliance with OSHA.

 

May 4, 2021

  • As per laboratory best practices, negative pressure should be maintained in labs at all times. Potentially harmful fumes, vapors, and particulate matter can escape from the containment of the laboratory room unless the room air pressure is negative to adjacent non-laboratory areas, hence preventing the people and the environment. An exhaust duct is installed in the central lab wing connecting all labs. Volume control dampers are installed on all connection points (in each lab), which can be controlled as per requirement and system design. This exhaust duct is extended to SSE’s roof and connected with an exhaust fan (capacity: 1500 CFM), and the exhaust fan outlet is further connected with an air stack to attain better air dilution.

April 2021

April 29, 2021

  • OHS Monthly meeting was conducted.

 

April 26, 2021

  • Risk Assessment of activity "Sterilization activity with Ethanol Burner" is added to document directory. 

 

April 15, 2021

  • Safety Inspections help in measuring and verifying the safety compliance of a workplace, hence prevents incidents. Safety inspection of chemistry labs was conducted.

 

April 8, 2021

  • Fire Extinguishers Inspection was conducted in compliance with NFPA 10. 

 

April 7, 2021

  • First Aid boxes inspection was conducted in compliance with OSHA.

 

April 1, 2021

  • Different classes or groups of chemicals, if mixed together, may create increased risks for fire, explosion, formation of toxic environments, etc. Certain classes or groups of chemicals must therefore be protected, stored separately, or kept at a safe distance from other chemicals.

    The chemical compatibility chart provides general guidance on storage comparability for chemical groups. (added to document directory)

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March 2021

March 26, 2021

  • Waste sheets (Waste Management Lab and all SSE departments) are added to document directory.

 

March 23, 2021

  • OHS Monthly meeting was conducted.

 

March 19, 2021

  • SDS Directory is added to SSE Document Directory. A safety data sheet (SDS) or material safety data sheet (MSDS)is a document that lists information relating to occupational safety and health for the use of various chemicals. 

 

March 10, 2021

  • Evacuation Maps are added in SSE Drawings section. Evacuation maps is a floor plan which shows the possible evacuation routes and also indicates emergency equipment. 

 

March 5, 2021

  • The 5S Awareness session is conducted for the SSE community. 5S is a system for organizing spaces so work can be performed efficiently, effectively, and safely. 5S focuses on putting everything where it belongs and keeping the workplace clean, making it easier for people to do their jobs without wasting time or risking injury.
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February 2021

Feb 26, 2021

  • Monthly SSE OHS Committee meeting is conducted.

Feb 23, 2021

  • Safety Alert (Fire Incident) is shared with SSE Community.

Feb 20, 2021

  • "LUMS Event Management Procedure - Electrical " is added in documents section.

Feb 11, 2021

  • "Floor marking guideline" is added in documents section.

Feb 08, 2021

  • "Radiation Emergency Response Procedure" training is added in documents section.

Feb 07, 2021

  • OHS Committee minutes of meeting are added in the documents section for the month of Jan2021.
January 2021

Jan 22, 2021

  • Fire Safety Awareness training is conducted to equip SSE Fire Wardens with the necessary knowledge and skills of fire safety. Training content included; Fire incidents, Fire definitions, Fire Triangle, Fire Tetrahedron, Fire spread, Fire stages, Fire causes, Fire protection equipment, Fire emergency response.
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Jan 21, 2021

  • Fire Safety Awareness training is conducted to equip SSE Fire Wardens with the necessary knowledge and skills of fire safety. Training content included; Fire incidents, Fire definitions, Fire Triangle, Fire Tetrahedron, Fire spread, Fire stages, Fire causes, Fire protection equipment, Fire emergency response.

 

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Jan 11, 2021

  • A flashback arrestor is a safety device designed to stop a flame in its tracks. It is therefore used to prevent flashback into cylinders or pipework. Flashback arrestors have been installed on the flammable gas cylinders in the chemistry and chemical engineering department.  
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Jan 4, 2021

  • Occupational Health and Safety Policy is added to OHS document directory.

Jan 4, 2021

  • Fire Emergency Response Procedure is added to OHS document directory

Jan 1, 2021

  • SSE's Waste Management Procedure is added to OHS document directory
December 2020

Dec 29, 2020

  • Monthly SSE OHS Committee meeting is conducted.

Dec 29, 2020

  • It is observed that front(entrance door - path) is being used for movement of material/gas cylinders with the help of hand lift trolleys as it is designated for movement of people only. Frequent trolley movement is damaging the entrance tiles. Damaged tiles create fall hazard(tripping), which increases the likelihood of fall injury. Please support in preventing this issue and only use designated back door to transfer material with the help of hand lift trolleys.

 

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Dec 23, 2020

  • Fume hood inspection of the Biology department is conducted in compliance with OSHA standards and manufacturer requirements.
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Dec 23, 2020

  • During a safety walk in Noether Wing (Mathematics/Central Labs) following issues are observed;
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Fire equipment misuse needs to be avoided and should be used for fire fighting only. Emergency exits should kept clear all the time. No storage should be placed at / nearby emergency exits and electrical panels.

 

Dec 22, 2020

  • Biosafety cabinets inspection of the Biology department is conducted in compliance with OSHA standards and manufacturer requirements.
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Dec 18, 2020

  • Emergency numbers are updated and communicated to the SSE community. 

 

Dec 11, 2020

  • Fume hoods inspection of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering department is conducted in compliance with OSHA standards.
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Dec 7, 2020

  • In compliance with NFPA 25, a monthly Fire hose reel inspection is conducted by F&E and Safety office.

Dec 7, 2020

  • In compliance with NFPA 10, a monthly Fire Extinguishers inspection is conducted by Safety Office.

Dec 1, 2020

  • Safety Signage plays a large part in keeping facilities compliant and personnel knowledgeable. Some new safety signage is added to SSE to increase safety visibility. 
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November, 2020

Nov 30, 2020

  • Label plates are installed and the logsheet file is placed in the Compressed Gas Cylinder Storage Area. All departments,  please log the added/removed cylinders in the log sheet and comply with the racks labeling. 
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Nov 26, 2020

  • Monthly SSE OHS Committee meeting is conducted

Nov 18, 2020

  • Safety bulletin on the topic "COPD -  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease " is shared with the SSE Community.

Nov 16, 2020

  • New smoking(in-campus) rules are introduced. Regarding smoking our main objective is to ensure that smoking is confined to designated areas(marked in RED in the picture). We are hoping that persuasion rather than penalities will be the main mechanism for achieving our objective, but we want this to be taken seriously.
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Nov 13, 2020

  • Workplace Safety Inspection was conducted of Central Labs in coordination with central lab staff.

Nov 10, 2020

  • In compliance with NFPA 25, a monthly Fire hose reel inspection is conducted by F&E and Safety office.

Nov 9, 2020

  • In compliance with NFPA 10, a monthly Fire Extinguishers inspection is conducted by Safety Office.

Nov 9, 2020

  • All wooden emergency exit doors (total quantity: 4) on the ground floor are now openable from the inside without a lock. In case of any emergency, these doors can be used. Care should be taken that emergency exit doors shall only be used in case of emergency. Misuse of these doors will result in a safety violation. 
September, 2020

Sep 30, 2020

  • COVID 19: SOP compliance feedback: SSE’s COVID19 SOP compliance is good. It needs to improve in the Pantry. It is requested to comply with the SOP in the Pantry (each floor).

Sep 29, 2020

  • A monthly SSE OHS Committee meeting is conducted

Sep 24, 2020

  • It is confirmed with the F&E team that the Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Department and Biology Departments are set at 100% Lab Air Exhaust.

Sep 23, 2020

  • Fume hood inspection is conducted in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department.

Sep 22, 2020

  • An unsafe condition was identified and closed at the emergency exit in the Biology Department.
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Sep 18, 2020

  • In compliance with NFPA 10 and NFPA 25. Fire Equipment (Fire extinguishers, Fire hose reel) inspection is conducted by F&E and Safety office.

Sep 1, 2020

  • Inspection tags are pasted on Fire hose reels and Fire Extinguishers.
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October, 2020

Oct 31, 2020

  • SOP version 2 (Return to Campus - COVID19) was communicated to the SSE Community.

Oct 29, 2020

  • A monthly SSE OHS Committee meeting is conducted.

Oct 28, 2020

  • Emergency spills kits, Full face filter masks, chemical resistant suits are issued to Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Biology, and Physics departments.

Oct 27, 2020

  • Safety bulletin on topic "Ultraviolet Light" is shared with the SSE Community.

Oct 26, 2020

  • The compressed gas cylinder storage area is completed and all compressed gas cylinders are starting to shift in this storage area.

Oct 22, 2020

  • Safety training on "Hazardous Spill Response" is conducted by the safety office on oct 21/22 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM on Microsoft Teams.

Oct 22, 2020

  • Emergency Break Glass (button) is re-located to an approved height of 4 feet(from the ground) for easy access.

Oct 21, 2020

  • In compliance with NFPA 25, a monthly Fire hose reel inspection is conducted by F&E and Safety office.
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Oct 15, 2020

  • Serology tests are conducted in LUMS for everyone including the SSE community.

Oct 9, 2020

  • In compliance with NFPA 10, a monthly Fire Extinguishers inspection is conducted by Safety Office.

Oct 7, 2020

  • A Medical Treatment Case(MTC) incident occurred in Physics Annex (outside SSE building).
August, 2020

Aug 28, 2020

  • A monthly SSE OHS Committee meeting is conducted

Aug 27, 2020

  • A new pH plant sheet is introduced and will be in practice from Sep 1, 2020, onwards.
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Aug 27, 2020

  • A new pH plant sheet is introduced and will be in practice from Sep 1, 2020, onwards.

Aug 25, 2020

  • The fume hood in the central lab (photolithography room) is inspected and its face velocity is complying with the standard.

Aug 17, 2020

  • Fume hoods inspection is conducted in the Biology/Chemistry & Chemical Engineering departments. All face velocities are complying with the standard.

Aug 13, 2020

  • F&E will be performing a Fire alarm maintenance activity on the coming Monday(17.8.2020). False alarms may occur during this activity, so please do not leave the building until it’s a real fire scenario.

Aug 13, 2020

  • A movable Biowaste trolley is issued to the Bio department. All bio-waste will be collected from various biowaste bins and will be transferred into this biowaste trolley. All waste from this trolley will then be transferred to the pH plant.

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Aug 5, 2020

  • Lithium battery safety procedure is uploaded on Safety Documents Directory.

Aug 5, 2020

  • All fume hoods with non-compliant face velocities are tagged with a "Do not use" sign.

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July, 2020

July 30, 2020

  • A monthly SSE OHS Committee meeting is conducted.