Safety

The Chemistry Department is committed to the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. We work closely with Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) to maintain safe laboratory environments, ensure proper disposal of chemical waste, and report any accidents.

Chemical Waste Disposal

W&M Environmental, Health and Safety lists procedures for waste disposal at the College.
Hazardous Waste Disposal Form [doc]

Accident Reporting

If the accident involves an injury that requires immediate medical help, call 911 and arrange for an ambulance.  Do not transport the individual yourself.  If the individual is paid by William & Mary and is injured on the job, workers compensation is the appropriate route for covering the medical costs.  Accidents need to be reported on the workers compensation form. The form contains a selection of three physicians approved for workers compensation.

A different form needs to be submitted for student injuries [doc].

Accidents should be reported to the Department Chair, the Chemistry Director of Labs and Instrumentation and to the [[safety, Office of Environment, Health and Safety]].  Environment, Health and Safety  will initiate a formal accident investigation.  The results of the investigation will be used by the PI and the Department to update safety protocols as necessary.

Environmental Health and Safety provides a good primer to prevent accidents and a recent video from the US Chemical Safety Board, Experimenting with Danger, details three recent lab accidents with suggestion on how they could have been avoided.


Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for chemical safety in the laboratory start with the University Chemical Hygiene Plan. Individual laboratory SOPs can be more specific in identifying safety requirements unique to the lab.