Safety is of central importance in the Department of Chemistry at YSU. Ensuring a safe workplace is the joint responsibility of everyone. The Department supports a strongly proactive approach to safety concerns.
Prior to starting experimental work, all new laboratory students must complete the assigned online safety training modules, read the relevant safety documents, and sign the appropriate forms.
Summary of requirements before starting laboratory work:
The specific requirements for appropriate online and other training varies with the nature of the research you will be conducting (general laboratory, radiation, laser, etc.). The list below summarizes the steps required for all graduate and undergraduate students.
Before starting laboratory work, all coworkers must take the assigned online safety training modules in Industry Safe. The courses are assigned by Tim Styranec. You will receive an email with the listing of appropriate training.
- Basic Lab Safety and Chemical Hygiene(You must take and pass all sections assigned in Industry Safe). You must also sign the lab safety agreement and complete the fire extinguisher training.
- Laser Safety(for class 2, 3 and 4 laser users)
- XRD/XRF Radiation Awareness(you must also complete an ODH form for this)
- Biological Safety Training and awareness
Laser Safety Training Video
X-Ray Safety Trainng Video
Biosafety Training Video
In all cases you must meet with Tim Styranec prior to the start of work.
Read the University's Chemical Hygiene Plan
Consult with your faculty supervisor regarding the specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) policy of his/her laboratory and sign the Lab Personnel PPE Knowledge Certification form which is furnished by your supervisor.
Read any laboratory specific protocols and/or standard operating procedures, and undertake any laboratory- or equipment-specific requirements for safety training.