Laboratory Safety and Energy Conservation Regulations in Singapore - Opportunities for Lab Solution Providers

Derrick Tan, 1st Phase Operations

Various government agencies in Singapore are now placing stronger emphases on regulating lab activities with the aim of improving workplace safety and health and to promote a cleaner environment. A range of new regulations and guidelines are now in in place to guide various aspects of a lab operation - from fire compartmentalisation of lab facilities to chemical storage regulations and requirements for environmental pollution control measures. Furthermore,  the country has recently passed new energy conservation regulations to push for improvement in energy efficiency.

Learning Objectives

  • Give an outline of the various lab related regulations in Singapore.
  • Discuss the recent trend of lab operators placing more emphasis on improving energy efficiency in labs
  • Illustrate how some of these regulations may present new opportunities for lab solution providers


Derrick Tan, Ph.D. is the Founder and Managing Consultant of 1st Phase Operations, a Singapore based operations consultancy firm that he started in 2002. 1st Phase offers one-stop consultancy services to pharma, biotech and specialty chemical MNCs, companies and institutions in business planning, facility design and regulatory compliance. As a laboratory specialist, Dr. Tan leads the firm to help companies with various aspects of lab facility startup from workflow analysis, safety assessments, facility design to lab equipment selection. Trained in lab safety, Dr. Tan also helps companies with safety program development, safety training and lab audits. He is concurrently the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Sustainable Lab (S2Lab) group formed as an I2SL Singapore chapter in partnership with the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS).


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