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Getting Started with Research: Required Safety Training
Anyone who wishes to participate in research in the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry must first complete appropriate safety training. This training may include:
- Chemistry Department in-person or online safety training
- In-person training offered by UW-Madison Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S)
- Lab-specific safety training conducted by your research group’s Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO), your principal investigator (PI), and/or a designated graduate student or postdoc
Talk to your PI and CHO to find out what safety training is required in your research group.
Safety Training Documents
Prescription Safety Glasses
The steps to obtaining prescription safety glasses are outlined below.
- Complete the Department of Chemistry “Prescription Safety Glasses Application” form
- Make an appointment at a Madison Wisconsin Vision location. Take with you to the appointment:
- A current, valid prescription from your doctor (department does not pay for eye exams)
- The completed Prescription Safety Glasses Application form
- Email the form you receive at your appointment to Emily Bennin (firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will complete the purchase with a department credit card
Questions – please contact Char Horsfall, Human Resource Specialist, Department of Chemistry.
Pistoia Alliance Chemical Safety Library
The Pistoia Alliance Chemical Safety Library (CSL) provides unique crowd sourced data content containing hazardous reactions that can be used to alert scientists to potentially dangerous experiments. CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is committed to increasing safety in the lab and has provided this open access platform to serve scientists worldwide.
Bretherick’s Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards
Bretherick’s Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards, Eighth Edition presents the latest updates on the unexpected, but predictable, loss of containment and explosion hazards from chemicals and their admixtures and actual accidents. The extensively cross-referenced book enables readers to avoid explosion and loss of containment of chemicals.
Related Safety Resources
Under the direction of the Building Manager, Building Services oversees all of the physical spaces in the Chemistry Building.
- For any photo or video in a research or teaching laboratory in the Chemistry Building, all people in the photos/videos must wear safety goggles or safety glasses and appropriate personal protective equipment.
- All photographers and videographers must wear safety goggles or safety glasses and appropriate personal protective equipment while shooting/filming in a Chemistry Building research or teaching laboratory.
- When shooting in a Chemistry Building research laboratory, the photographer/videographer must have permission from the corresponding faculty principal investigator to shoot/film in their laboratories. When filming in a teaching laboratory, the photographer/videographer must have permission from the corresponding laboratory director.