Safety Education & Training
SMU Safety Centre
The SMU Safety Centre was officially launched in August 2011 with the aim to educate and train members of the SMU student community in safety management and emergency preparedness. Located at #B1-64 along SMU's basement concourse, the Centre comprises an office for the Safety & Emergency Preparedness (SEP) Team and a classroom for conducting safety and leadership training courses and workshops.
Since its launch, the SMU Safety Centre has received accreditation as a Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation & Automated External Defibrillator (CPR+AED) training centre by the National Resuscitation Council (NRC).
SMU is currently the only university in Singapore to attain both of these NRC accreditations. This gives us the ability to issue nationally-recognised certificates to members of the SMU community for their participation in the various courses held by our centre – BCLS, CPR+AED, Heartsaver and Citizen CPR.
In addition to the NRC-accredited courses available, our other safety management training programmes include Risk Assessment & Management Systems (RAMS) workshops and Basic Emergency Management (BEM) workshops.
The SEP Team also provides consulting and advisory services for student-led events and activities. Should your group have any safety-related training needs or queries, do feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Safety Training Programmes
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Programme
The Basic Cardiac Life Support programme was the first certification programme offered at the SMU Safety Centre. This 8-hour programme aims to equip participants with skills in performing Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and managing incidences of choking in both adults and infants. Participants are presented certificates with a 2-year validity recognised by NRC upon successful completion of the course.
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation & Automated External Defibrillator (CPR+AED) Programme
This 4-hour programme equips participants with the skills of performing CPR and operating an AED on adults. This course is held regularly throughout the academic year and participants are presented certificates with a 2-year validity recognised by NRC upon successful completion of the course.
Heartsaver & Citizen CPR Courses
The SMU Safety Centre also conducts these introductory programmes to equip participants with the skill of performing CPR. The Heartsaver Course includes the skill of managing choking in adults.
Risk Assessment & Management Systems (RAMS) Workshop for Student Leaders
Designed for SMU’s student leaders in the Students’ Association Council (SAC) and the respective Constituent Body (CBd) management committees, these 8-hour workshops aim to provide an overview of risk management concepts and emphasise the integral role of leadership in cultivating a positive safety culture in student-led events. Real-life case studies from the region and around the world using the Harvard Business School Case Study Method are used to allow these student leaders to gain a deeper appreciation of their roles in managing risks during their events and improve their judgement in decision making.
As part of our continual review and improvement, the SEP Team has updated the programme content to be in alignment with the Ministry of Manpower’s Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) bizSAFE Level 1 course which is targeted at CEOs and top management. To date, an estimated 700 student leaders from the SAC and CBd management committees have been trained in RAMS. This will serve to our student leaders with the right skills and outlook for a positive safety culture in the events and activities which they organise.
Risk Assessment & Management Systems (RAMS) Workshop for Practitioners
Designed for student leaders such as our camp leaders and Freshmen Team-building Camp facilitators, these 8-hour workshops aim to equip them with the risk management skills when organising or conducting activities for their peers. These include being able to identify and manage risks inherent in activities. To date, an estimated 600 student leaders have received this training.
Likewise, the SEP Team has updated the programme’s content to be in alignment with the Ministry of Manpower’s Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) bizSAFE Level 2 course for Risk Champions and Risk Assessment Leaders in developing risk management plans.
Basic Emergency Management (BEM) Workshop
This programme was developed in collaboration with SMU’s Centre for Social Responsibility (C4SR) for all Overseas Community Service Project (OCSP) teams. Initiated in 2009 as an ad-hoc programme, it is now a core workshop conducted regularly for all team leaders and first aiders embarking on OCSPs.
This 3-hour workshop is designed to provide a practical understanding on incident management and response when handling emergencies overseas. It also revisits the basic concepts of Risk Management that would be applicable to their projects. To date, 430 OCSP team leaders and first aiders have been trained.
Last updated on 07 Sep 2015 .