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Our goal is to provide you with easily accessible tools to make safety a component of everything you do in the laboratory (and life!). By developing good safety practices, they will become an automatic part of your laboratory routine and may keep you or a lab mate from getting harmed. Good safety practices are important for future careers in chemistry.

PennState's Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental and all occupational health and safety programs throughout Penn State's multi-campus system.  EHS has five areas of responsibility: Environmental Protection, Laboratory and Research Safety, Workplace Safety, Radiation Protection and Hazardous Materials. For more information about EHS see their website:

Learning Experience Resource/Safety Moment Slides

We want to help each other learn from our mistakes.  If you have an incident or observe an incident that could be a learning experience for others would you please use this template to report the incident: what happened, root cause, and what could have done differently to prevent the incident. Keep it confidential as we plan on sharing these with the department. Send the report to The person sending the report does not need to be the person involved in the safety incident.
Safe Operation Card Template
Use this template to indicate chemicals, hazards, and safe shutdown procedures for reactions that you are running.  You might want to laminate/put the form in a sleeve so you can reuse it for similar reactions.
Personal Protective Equipment Guide
Use this table to decide what types of gloves and other protective equipment you should use for common chemicals and solvents. Remember, nitrile gloves are permeable to a number of common solvents such as acetone, acetonitrile...
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Evacuation Procedures

The Safety Leadership Team is comprised of graduate students with support staff member Russ Saieva and advisers John Asbury & Larry Johns. They will be glad to accept suggestions of ways to improve the safety culture in the Chemistry Department.

If anyone has safety concerns in the Department, please contact the Chemistry Safety Committee.