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Safety

The Department of Chemistry is committed to a safe work environment for all students, faculty, and staff. If there is a safety incident (spill, chemical exposure or injury, of any type minor or major) please use the following guidelines. 

 

MINOR SAFETY INCIDENT (no personal injury and little or no property damage)

  • Immediately contact Tracy Stevenson, (daytime phone: 4-7316; after hours: 734-358-6902; steventi@umich.edu)  AND Christopher Peters, (daytime phone: 3-4527; after hours phone: 734-255-6614; chrpeter@umich.edu)
  • Contact the lab PI
  • Write down a brief statement of the incident and what occurred while fresh in your mind to be used when filling out the incident report the next morning or on next business day if incident occurred on a weekend or holiday.



MAJOR SAFETY INCIDENT (personal injury and/or property damage)

If Minor Injury – First take appropriate medical action based on injury and then:

  • Contact Tracy Stevenson, (daytime phone: 4-7316; after hours: 734-358-6902; steventi@umich.edu)  AND Christopher Peters, (daytime phone: 3-4527; after hours phone: 734-255-6614; chrpeter@umich.edu)
  • Contact the lab PI
  • Write down a brief statement of the incident and what occurred while fresh in your mind to be used when filling out the incident report the next morning or on next business day if incident occurred on a weekend or holiday.

If Major Injury - Get emergency medical help immediately.

  • Immediately contact the Division of Public Safety at either 911 or 3-1131 (from a campus phone) or 911 (from a personal cell phone)
  • Contact Tracy Stevenson via (734-358-6902)
  • Contact the lab PI

 


FIRE IN LAB OR BUILDING

If Minor Fire (e.g. contained in hood, trash can, waste bucket)

  • Put out fire if safe and you are comfortable doing so.
  • Immediately contact Public Safety at either 911 or x3-1131 using a campus phone or 911 using personal cell phone and ask for UM Police and inform them of the incident and answer any questions that they have (e.g., detailed location, parties involved, etc...)
  • Then contact Tracy Stevenson via Cell 734-358-6902 AND Christopher Peters, Cell 734-255-6614 (leave voicemail if not answered directly).

If Major Fire (large, spreading or if uncomfortable or unsafe putting fire out)

  • Make sure that all others in room are aware of fire & exit room safely
  • Pull nearest fire alarm
  • Exit building and call 911 immediately, give location of building and specific area of fire
  • Then contact Tracy Stevenson via Cell 734-358-6902 AND Christopher Peters, Cell 734-255-6614 or chrpeter@umich.edu (leave voicemail if not answered directly).

 

Chemistry Safety Video/Gloves Handling

Lab Safety and General Rules (pdf)