Environmental impact
Poor handling and storage of chemicals can cause accidental spillage leading to contamination of water and ground. Other associated health and safety concerns include explosion and fire where flammable material and gas are involved, leading to air pollution and waste generation. Mishandling of biological materials can cause environmental contamination with uncertain consequence and damage.

Performance Status
Chemicals used in SP include non-hazardous and hazardous substances, petroleum, oil, lubricants, gas and other flammable materials. Relevant licences and permits for use and storage have been obtained.

Research and handling of biological materials are controlled by SP Biosafety and Bioethics Committee to ensure precautionary approach in research work and conformity to GMAC regulations. More on EMS & Legal Compliance.

In the past two years, much effort has been put into developing the integrated chemical management database to ease the tracking and retrieval of chemical data and this would be launch in 2008. There was review of the use of hazardous chemicals as each laboratory attempt to eliminate or substitute hazardous chemicals with simulated teaching aids or through suitable off-site facilities, without compromising the effectiveness of learning. Read More.

Objectives & Targets – 2007 to 2010
Ensure that the new database is effectively implemented to improve workflow and with regular monitoring of the chemical usage to facilitate clean and safe laboratories.

2005 – 2006 Financial Year 1 April 2005 to 31 March 2007
Objectives & Targets Performance & Efforts
Develop and implement an integrated chemical management database by December 2006. The database has been completed and will be launched in 2008.
2001 - 2004 Financial year 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2005
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