The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland is fully committed to maintaining safe conditions in all its teaching and research labs as well as in its classrooms, offices and support facilities. We are fortunate to have many resources available to us:
The American Chemical Society, whose Committee on Chemical Safety has as its prime responsibility the encouragement of safe practices in chemical activities, has its headquarters located nearby in downtown Washington, D.C.
The campus Department of Environmental Safety is staffed with dedicated professionals with expertise in these areas: Biological Safety; Environmental Affairs (including Hazardous Waste Management); Fire Safety; Occupational Safety and Health; Radiation Safety; Risk Management, and more. DES is our primary resource for information on state and federal safety and training requirements and maintains a website whose information is organized so that it can be easily searched: http://www.des.umd.edu
The departmental contact for questions and information on safety issues is the Safety and Compliance Officer, Andrew Palmer, who is responsible for the distribution of information between the department and the campus DES; serves as a contact for DES initiatives (hazardous waste minimization, laboratory labeling, safety training, environmental and safety audits, etc.); ensures that training requirements for faculty, students and staff are met; and works with DES during regulatory agency interactions.
Requirements for safety training based on general campus job categories can be found at https://www.des.umd.edu/risk_comm. The information located here is intended to assist managers with the identification of safety training requirements for personnel in their departments. Specific training requirements are based on particular responsibilities and differ across various colleges and departments. Refer to the DES web site at http://www.des.umd.edu for training schedules and online courses. For additional training assistance, contact the Department of Environmental Safety at (301) 405-3960.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry maintains its own requirements for safety training. All incoming graduate students as well as all graduate and undergraduate students serving as teaching assistants in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are required to take Safety Orientation for Graduate Students and Teaching Assistants (a classroom course) as well as the online Chemical Hygiene Training. Advisors can and will require other training, including lab specific training. Here is the link for the campus-approved template for Lab Specific Training: http://des.umd.edu/ls/form/LabTraining.pdf.
Additionally, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry requires all new lab personnel/students to complete a Laboratory Safety Training Requirements form before building/card key access can be issued to new personnel/students: Laboratory Safety Training Requirements (Lab-Safety-Training-Requirements- docx) (Lab-Safety-Training-Requirements-pdf)
New Laboratory Researcher Training (classroom) is training for all new laboratory research personnel as is the online Chemical Hygiene Training.
Anyone working in a lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is required to read the Personal Protective Equipment Program and follow the procedures contained in the program. Online training for Personal Protective Equipment can be found at: https://www.des.umd.edu/apps/TrainingClass/index.cfm?O=7
Register for training
The Department of Environmental Training Schedule will assist you in scheduling your training. A complete list of all the training which is offered on campus is available here and you may select the training you require, and register online to attend the training. Many classes are web-based and can be completed at your convenience.
Additional Safety Information
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry enforces the federal requirement for all teaching and research labs to maintain a Chemical Hygiene Plan which should include a chemical inventory, Laboratory Personnel Safety Checklist and Standard Operating Procedures. Contact the departmental compliance officer for information on SOPs.
The department also requires all departing faculty and research workers as well as graduating students to complete Checklist for Vacating Laboratories .