2020 Volume 11 Issue 2 Pages 7-10
Routine safety inspections were conducted in our department to check that the laboratories meet the legal requirements set by authorities on workplace safety and health. However, recurring undesirable laboratory practices were observed during monthly laboratory safety inspections. Our Department Safety and Health Committee installed a platform to allocate points to good laboratory practices observed and reward the best performing laboratories to encourage conversion of these good practices into good laboratory habits. Using digital platforms like Microsoft Forms and Planner, the inspectors were able to conduct laboratory inspections and to document the findings in a clear, transparent and readily accessible manner. The findings were analysed by all the safety leads in the different laboratories to facilitate the rectification of the safety issues. Laboratories with best performances during the inspection were rewarded for their consistent hard work. Such approaches encouraged good laboratory practices in our department and hopefully, will facilitate sustaining good safety culture in the future.