October 18, 2013, by Graham Kendall
Post Graduate Research Lab Cleaning
This post was contributed by Rex Ng
The Postgraduate Research (PGR) lab cleaning, organised by the Faculty of Engineering (FoE) was successfully carried out on 4th of October 2013. The aim of this activity was to clean and tidy the labs in Engineering Research Building (Block N) to achieve a safer and more comfortable working environment, as well as to raise the awareness among PGR students of their responsibilities in keeping the work spaces clean and abiding the rules.
The cleaning focused on Block N Wet Chemistry Lab which is located at first floor, Engineering Bay Area and Sample Preparation Lab which are located at ground floor. PGR students were separated into three main groups and assigned to specific duties for efficient cleaning of the labs.
The equipments, including centrifuges, furnaces, fume hoods, hot plate stirrers, ovens and water baths were cleaned to remove dust and chemical stains. Furthermore, the samples and chemicals kept in the fridge and freezers were temporarily moved to other storage places when the cleaning was carried out. The built-up frosts in the freezers were removed with hot water to ensure the proper working condition of the freezers.
All chemicals were properly labelled with specific labels provided by the lab technicians. They were arranged according to their properties and stored in specifically assigned cabinets for safety purpose. Glassware left on the trolley were washed with detergent and stored accordingly. On the other hand, wastes were handled properly and moved to the designated place for disposal.
All Year 1 and Year 2 PGR students turned up for the cleaning session which lasted from 10am to 5pm. Noteworthy, PGR students doing research on simulation and also some of the Year 3 and 4 students came to help out in the cleaning as well. It was overall a successful activity with the cooperation from the PGR students, assistance from the lab technicians: Mr. Andrew, Ms. Fatihah and Mr. Fareez as well as guidance from Dr. Chong Mei Fong and Dr. Ong Sze Peng.
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