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(608) 264-2677

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(608) 263-3333


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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:

  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.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

When entering any lab in the UW-Madison Chemistry Building, individuals must wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) designated for that lab. Individuals entering any research or teaching lab in the Chemistry Building must wear protective eyewear such as lab goggles or lab glasses; closed-toe shoes; and appropriate clothing. The individual in charge of the lab (e.g., principal investigator or lab director) determines the PPE required for each lab.

Download: SOP: Personal Protective Equipment

Safety Training

Anyone who wishes to participate in research in the UW-Madison Department of Chemistry and/or the Chemistry Building (including faculty, staff, and students) 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 the research group’s Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO), the principal investigator (PI), and/or a graduate student or postdoc designated by the PI.

New researchers must talk to their PI and CHO to find out what safety training is required in the research group they are joining.

Download: SOP: Safety Training

Transporting Chemicals

Secondary containers

When transporting chemicals within the UW-Madison Chemistry Building or from the Chemistry Building to another location, a secondary container must be used to hold the original container at all times. Acceptable secondary containers will be able to contain all of the materials in the event of a spill or breakage of the original container. When purchasing chemicals from the Department of Chemistry Research Storeroom, individuals will not be permitted to leave the Storeroom without a secondary container.

Transporting chemicals in public spaces

Hazardous chemicals must never be left unattended in public spaces during transport. Individuals transporting chemicals through public spaces must be familiar with the material’s hazards and know what to do in case of a spill.

Use of elevators

When transporting chemicals between floors in the Chemistry Building, individuals must use the freight elevator whenever possible. If the freight elevator is unavailable or impractical to use, individuals may use regular elevators when they are not crowded. Stairs should only be used if elevators are unavailable.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when transporting chemicals. Protective eyewear and lab coats should be worn if transporting hazardous chemicals. Keep gloves ready in a lab coat pocket during transport but do not wear gloves while transporting chemicals through public spaces and opening doors.

Download: SOP: Transporting Chemicals

Pyrophoric Chemical Manipulation

Prior to beginning your experiment, read the pdf document above and complete the checklist for working with pyrophoric chemicals detailed in the document.

Download: SOP: Pyrophoric Chemical Manipulation

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

Chemical Safety Specialist

chemsafety@chem.wisc.edu

608-890-0255

Ive Hermans

John and Dorothy Vozza Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

hermans@chem.wisc.edu

608.262.4966

Room 6311A, Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Rob McClain

Analytical Lab Director

mcclain@chem.wisc.edu

(608) 262-5615

2330B Chemistry

Jeff Nielsen

Building Manager

jnielsen@chem.wisc.edu

608-712-9145

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Incident Report

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