Safety

Online Safety Sheets

To complete the safety sheets for your Chemistry lab course, go here.


The following links provide information about safety and access to Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

1.  ORCBS - MSU Office of Radiation, Chemical & Biological Safety - the campus safety organization, for safety training, inspections, advice, and information.

2.  Emergency action of plan for MSU Department of Chemistry

3.  Undergraduate teaching lab safety manual (PDF)

4.  MSU Department of Chemistry Emergency Action Plan

No one should work alone in laboratories when handling hazardous chemicals with the potential for explosions or fire, especially hazardous toxic chemicals including poison gases, or when there is a risk of electrocution.  Chemicals that must not be handled when alone in a laboratory would include, but are not limited to: Alkyl & aryl lithium compounds, reactive metals, metal hydrides, strong oxidizers (i.e. peroxides & perchlorates), high nitrogen content chemicals such as azides & diazo–compounds, highly reactive reducing agents, and reactions under high pressure.  When in doubt, you must consult with your research advisor or her/his designee prior to performing an experiment.  This policy also covers repairs to hazardous equipment involving high voltage/amperage as well as dangerous operations in glass blowing and machine shop.  It is essential that all of these high hazard activities have site specific written Standard Operating Procedures. 

5.  Safety Notes:

6.  Standard Operating Procedures

7.  Forms:

  • Eyewash Testing Log (pdf).
  • Emergency Evacuation Checklist (used by evacuation coordinators) (pdf).
  • Emergency Evacuation Summary Checklist (used only by team leader) (pdf).

8.  Door signs

9.  MSU "Be Prepared" web site (personal safety and security)

10.  Material Safety Data Sheets:

11.  Minimum PPE for Chemical Laboratory Workers (pdf)

Appropriate dress, both in terms of body coverage and textile choices, is extremely important to laboratory safety. Complete coverage (no exposed skin) from the upper chest down to the toes is the best way to keep accidental skin exposures to a minimum. This requires long pants and closed toed shoes, with socks, all of materials that do not melt in a fire (cotton & wool are good examples). A well--fitted lab coat (Sleeves need to be the right length and not so oversized that loose material knocks objects over) completes the clothing, and it too must be composed of such material. The closed toed shoes do not have to be crush resistant, unless the normal tasks performed in the laboratory demand it. If heavy objects are frequently lifted and moved in the normal operation of a laboratory, then such shoes/boots are required (see shoe/boot SOP).
Well fitting safety glasses (with side shields) are the minimum level of eye protection permitted in a laboratory. These are augmented with splash goggles or face shields as appropriate for ongoing laboratory operations (see appropriate SOP on when each is a required).
What kind, thickness, and length of gloves worn need to be discussed in its SOP. Importantly, one should not wear gloves outside of research labs; contamination of common area (doorknobs, handles, doorjambs) may result, causing injury to other workers.
Long hair should be restrained well enough that it does not interfere with normal work processes.