Research Safety

Research Safety at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

In case of an emergency, dial 911 from any land line phone on campus.

For all lab accidents, notify the Department Chairman and members of the Departmental Safety Committee immediately.  Departmental Safety Committee: Evert Duin (Chair), Ethan Hill, Jimmy Mills, Joyce Hung (DIRL), and Jamonica Moore (Grad Rep).

Contact the Auburn Department of Risk Management and Safety (RMS) regarding any questions. For more information, go to their website. The RMS official responsible for oversight over laboratory safety is Heath Hardison.

Risk Management has a Laboratory Safety Manual, which establishes general safety rules.  Rules for disposal of hazardous waste are also described in this manual.  A full description is given in the Chemical Waste Management Guide, and for general information see the Hazardous Waste Disposal document.

The NRC publication "Prudent Practices in the Laboratory" is also an excellent resource.

Safety Training:  Laboratory keys can only be issued to those who have completed the Lab Safety Training and Managing Regulated Waste Training, and have read the departmental web pages on safety. To start the training process, follow these links:


COVID-19 SafetyFace coverings are required to be worn at all times both inside campus buildings, as well as outside when six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained between individuals. For more information on COVID-19 safety, check out the following links: