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Laboratory & Academic Space Safety

  1. Introduction
  2. Laboratory & Academic Space Safety
  3. Laboratory Safety Training
  4. Additional Resources


The College has no higher priority than ensuring all members of its campus community are safe as they engage in their academic activities in the various research labs, art studios, and machine shops on campus. To that end, members of the campus community are referred to the following safety procedures and training materials.

If you have questions or concerns about the safety of personnel in any of our laboratories or academic spaces, please contact Ralph Stuart via email or 603-358-2859.

Laboratory & Academic Space Safety

Keene State College takes seriously the safety of our campus community. To that end, the College has a standing chemical and biological safety committee comprised of the following members:

  • Jeudi Davis
  • Katie Featherston
  • Loren Launen
  • Paul McMullan
  • Sue Piscopo
  • Sylvie Rice
  • Lynn Richardson
  • Nora Traviss

When research is conducted that involves biological or chemical hazards, it is essential that individuals follow the approved Chemical and Biological Safety Plan.

Prior to conducting any research involving biological or chemical hazards, faculty must contact Ralph Stuart via email or 603-358-2859 for laboratory safety training.

Faculty responsibilities include:

  • Staying up to date on current safety practices and environmental regulations by attending and participating in all required training workshops and/or on-line training;
  • Faculty are responsible for ensuring that all research and laboratory activities are reviewed and approved by the Chemical and Biological Safety Committee prior to conducting any new research;
  • Ensuring laboratory workers and lab students understand how to work with chemicals safely;
  • Providing laboratory workers with appropriate engineering controls and personal protective equipment needed to work safely with hazardous materials, and ensuring such equipment is used correctly;
  • Ensuring laboratory workers and lab students receive chemical and procedure-specific training, including attendance at general training give by EHS;
  • Ensuring laboratory workers and lab students are aware of the “Right to Know” law and have access to MSDS’s at any time;
  • Reviewing and approving use of and/or work with particularly hazardous substances;
  • Investigating accidents and chemical exposures within the department;
  • Approving laboratory worker’s return to work following a chemical exposure requiring medical consultation; and,
  • Adjunct faculty activities that involve the use of chemical and/or biological agents must be approved by the Department chairperson or his/her designee.

If you have questions regarding this plan, please contact Ralph Stuart via email or 603-358-2859.

Laboratory Safety Training

Faculty, staff, and students needing laboratory safety training should contact:

Chemical Hygiene Officer
Ralph Stuart
Physical Plant

Additional Resources

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) at Dartmouth College developed a laboratory safety website for faculty and student scientists within the State of New Hampshire and worldwide.

The lectures were created and/or compiled by Dartmouth College’s EHS Office. These programs are intended to help scientists with their safety training needs. The lectures ensure that we all achieve this fundamental knowledge for practicing quality laboratory safety techniques.

The training module is free and open to anyone. At this time, those funded through NH-INBRE are required to take the training. Please visit the site.

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About this Policy

Laboratory & Academic Space Safety
Ownership: OSPR, Penny Miceli
Last Modified: Mar 26, 2015 –
Categories: Research
For questions regarding this policy, please contact the policy owner.