Safety

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

LIFE-THREATENING

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Call 911 from any phone

 

NON LIFE-THREATENING

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Call campus police:
(608) 264-2677

BUILDING REPAIRS

Call Physical Plant Department:
(608) 263-3333


If after business hours, press zero to talk to a live operator.

An incident report must be filled out whenever a safety incident, a near miss, or an unsafe situation occurs

SUBMIT AN INCIDENT REPORT

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:

  1. Chemistry Department in-person or online safety training
  2. In-person training offered by UW-Madison Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S)
  3. 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.

Prescription Safety Glasses

The steps to obtain prescriptions safety glasses are outline below.

  1. Complete the “application for safety eyewear” form on the University Health Services website.
  2. Make an appointment at UHS and spec out your glasses – you must have a current, valid prescription from your doctor (department does not pay for eye exams)
  3. Bring the form back to Chad Skemp (Chemistry Business Office, room 1123) and he will complete the purchase with a dept. credit card
  4. 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.

Photography/Videography Policy

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Safety Committee Contacts

Tilak Chandra

Position title: Chemical Safety Specialist

Email: tilak.chandra@wisc.edu

Phone: 608.622.9761

Ive Hermans

Position title: John and Dorothy Vozza Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Email: hermans@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608.262.4966

Rob McClain

Position title: Analytical Lab Director

Email: mcclain@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-5615

Jeff Nielsen

Position title: Building Manager

Email: jnielsen@chem.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-712-9145

Submit an Incident Report

Incident Report

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