CSIR-NCL maintains a comprehensive safety programme. It has devised procedures and protocols to minimise the risks arising out of handling, use, storage and disposal of chemicals.
Besides a statutory Safety Committee chaired by the Director, CSIR-NCL has nine Divisional Safety Committees to handle safety related issues at division level. The Divisional Safety Committee holds formal meetings periodically in addition to the informal discussions with staff and research students.
The Divisional Safety Committee conducts regular inspections of the laboratories and storage areas. The inspection checklist includes items such as laboratory housekeeping, personal protection, chemical inventory and storage, gas cylinder storage, electrical and mechanical equipment, emergency safety equipment etc.
Safety awareness is included as a part of the research methodology course work and is conducted twice a year for 16 hours each.