Laboratory Safety

EPS is part of a joint lab safety committee with the Physics Department and the LISE research building. The committee meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon during the academic year in the EPS Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor of Hoffman Labs.  Anyone with an interest in lab safety is welcome!  Please see the file below for the most recent meeting minutes.

Each EPS research lab has a designated safety representative who is responsible for safety orientation of new lab members, coordinating lab inspections, conveying safety-related information to the lab group members, and overseeing chemical waste disposal.  Current representatives are listed below.  Please contact them with any safety related questions or comments for these labs.

Schrag Lab - Sarah Manley; Johnston Lab - Erin Beirne; Jacobsen Lab - Shichun Huang; Mukhopadhyay Lab - Robert Ackert; Langmuir Lab - Zhongxing Chen; Macdonald Lab - To Be Hired (Erin Beirne interim); Pearson Lab - Susie Carter; Stewart Lab - Markos Hankin; Sample Prep Facilities - Kevin Czaja; Perez-Mercader Lab at the Rowland Institute - Steve Kelley

In addition, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety has assigned John Sweeney as a dedicated lab safety representative for EPS.  John is available to assist with any safety related concern and is responsible for coordinating the monthly committee meetings and departmental safety training requirements. The EPS Lab Director, Paul Kelley, is responsible for coordinating departmental lab safety matters and ensuring departmental compliance with University and external policies and regulations.  Finally, for any building-related safety concerns please contact the EPS Building Manager, Mitra Nathasingh (please note that off-hours or emergency building concerns should be referred to the Harvard Operations Center at 617-495-5560).

All incoming graduate students and every member of any EPS lab group is required to take general lab safety training and any specific training related to lab-specific instrumentation or risks.  This training is managed by the safety representative of each lab and is provided on-line via the Training Management System (TMS) maintained by Environmental Health and Safety.  If you have any questions regarding your training requirements please refer them to the safety representative for your lab or to Paul Kelley.