The Department of Chemistry is committed to providing a safe environment for staff and students to perform the necessary laboratory procedures for completion of their research or education. A basic part of providing this environment is to ensure that everyone in the laboratory follows standard operating procedures when working with specific chemical hazard classes.
All graduate students, postdocs, and lab staff are required to review these two documents on an annual basis.
To ensure compliance, once these documents have been reviewed, graduate students, postdocs, and lab staff are required to submit the acknowledgement form below.
I have read the Standard Operating Procedures document provided by the University Safety Office, as well as the Department’s Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Handbook. I understand the information provided within the documents and the importance of following these procedures to ensure a safe laboratory environment.
Certain research laboratories may have lab-specific standard operating procedures. These lab-specific SOPs should also be reviewed on an annual basis.
Emergency Health Care and Emergency Incident Reporting
If you are injured while in a lab as a research or teaching assistant you are required to report to Occupational Health, located at C-160 of the Eastern H.S. Building. At all other times, go to the Emergency Room of Union Memorial Hospital (two blocks east of the university at Calvert and 33rd Streets). Students may also contact the Chemistry Department Office, Remsen 138, 410-516-7429. Transportation will be made available during the working hours.
If you are injured at work, please notify your supervisor immediately and contact the Department of Occupational Health Services at 410-516-0450. Students will be required to complete and submit to the department an incident report. This report can be found on Occupational Health’s website.
If you observe conditions or practices you consider unsafe, contact the professor in charge of the laboratory course or research laboratory. Hazardous situations outside of a specific laboratory should be brought to the attention of the facilities manager, the safety officer, or the department chair.
Set off fire alarm (red box in corridor; note location).
From a phone outside the fire area, call Security at 410-516-7777, 911 or dial 0.
Call Security at 410-516-7777 or 0 (operator). For non-emergencies dial 410-516-4600.
Call Security at 410-516-7777, dial 0 (operator), or call 911.
Use eye wash fountains and call Security at 410-516-7777.
Ask for an ambulance with eye wash service.
Call Security at 410-516-7777 and the Maryland Poison Control at 410-706-7701 or
Call Mina Razavi at 410-516-7278 (office days only), and Security at 410-516-7777.
Call the facilities manager at 410-516-7458, and Security at 410-516-7777.
What Is an Emergency?
Any incident that threatens the safety of students, faculty, and staff, or interferes significantly with the ability to provide educational and support services should be considered an emergency or crisis situation that requires immediate action by school administrators.
General Rules of Response
There are two simple guidelines to follow in the event of an emergency:
- If the danger is outside, stay in the building
- If the danger is inside, leave the building immediately.
- In the event of an urgent life-threatening emergency (e.g., fire, explosion), all persons should immediately evacuate the premises. If possible, call Campus Security (6-7777), sound a fire alarm, and warn fellow workers, students, and others.
Campus Security Office 6-7777
The Security Office will assist with the emergency and will call 911, if appropriate.
Chemistry Student Safety Committee
The Chemistry Student Safety Committee (ChemSSC) was created to promote a culture of safety in our chemistry department, as well as to address known safety issues occurring in the laboratories. ChemSSC has subcommittees dedicated to specific goals, including raising awareness of the chemistry student safety committee and specific safety issues to the rest of the Chemistry department, identifying potential improvements in the physical foundation of the chemistry department, scheduling and overseeing peer lab walk-through, and maintaining the safety committee website.