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Carnegie Mellon Department of Chemistry

Guide to Graduate Studies

Getting Oriented

Laboratory Safety

Graduate students are at the forefront for maintaining and enhancing the safety culture in the department for themselves and others. Training during orientation lays a foundation, and follow-up with advisors and EH&S about acquiring additional skills needed for specific research projects should be a normal part of maintaining safety as a priority.

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)

EH&Sprovides a broad range of services to the university to promote the protection of its community. Their web site includes biological, chemical and lab safety information and MSDS links. Every graduate student needs to be aware of his/her responsibilities in handling an accident in the lab, whether in the teaching labs or in the research lab, including how to pursue medical attention when needed and how to report an accident. Your initial contact in any emergency should be Campus Police (x8-2323) or if an incident doesn’t require an immediate response, you can contact EH&S. The university does not recommend students calling 911; Campus Police will determine if that is needed and take care of that if appropriate.

University Lab Safety Committee

The University Laboratory Safety Committee reviews and makes recommendations on matters of laboratory safety policy and concern across departments. You can bring important safety matters to the attention of Professor Karen Stump who chairs this committee.

Chemistry Student Lab Safety Committee

Formed in 2014, a committee of graduate and undergraduate students will contribute ideas and initiatives to enhance laboratory safety and help students learn the expectations that they may find in industry after graduation. Members include Selma Ulku, Jonathan Porras, Eric Gottlieb, Mike Polen, Woong Young So, Victoria Hofbauer, and Anne Arnold.