Lab Safety

The NIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to providing a safe laboratory experience for our students, faculty, and staff. In an effort to achieve a safe environment, the department provides ongoing safety training and produces a yearly Safety Procedures Manual.

The Safety Procedures Manual contains emergency personnel contact information, as well as procedures for handling severe weather emergencies, medical emergencies, fires, chemical spills, and building evacuations. Building evacuation route maps and safety equipment locator maps are also included in the manual.

The department provides fire extinguisher training on an annual basis—a requirement of all our graduate students—and also offers First Aid and CPR certification every two years. In conjunction with the Department of Environmental Health & Safety, the department also offers training in laser safety, biosafety, proper waste storage and removal, and chemical storage.

All instructional laboratory students are provided with personal protective equipment–including safety goggles and disposable gloves. Training with laboratory safety equipment, such as safety phones, eye wash stations, fire blankets, and safety showers, are also provided to all laboratory students.

Material safety data sheets (SDS) are available on all chemicals used in the department. Additionally, first aid kits are located in every research and instructional lab.

Documents & Resources

NIU Emergency Contacts

Environmental Health & Safety

Scott Mooberry
(815) 753‐6250, office
(815) 739‐2375, cell
(815) 756‐9900, home

Research Compliance & Integrity

Laboratory Safety Manager
Michele Crase
(815) 753‐9251, office
(815) 762‐1187, cell

Laboratory Safety Officer
Jim Gable
(815) 753‐1610, office
(815) 751‐1934, cell

Department Emergency Contacts/Alternates

Lab Manager
Andy Small
(815) 753‐6854, office
(815) 762‐5971, home

Department Chair
Ralph A. Wheeler
(815) 753‐1181, office

Stores Supervisor
Ray Foster
(815) 753‐6862, office