LABORATORY SAFETY

“Awareness is the single most fundamental rule of chemical safety.” Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its students, staff, and faculty. The university requires its students, staff, and faculty to adhere to basic laboratory safety rules and guidelines with regards to the safe handling and use of chemicals, bio-hazardous materials, radioactive materials, and laboratory equipment.

* Laboratory Training Signup Page: All the students, staff and faculty members participating in laboratory research/work must obtain laboratory safety training and acquire a laboratory safety training certificate (renewed annually) before starting any laboratory work. One copy of the certificate must be submitted to the main office and one to the laboratory PI; and one copy must be secured in a drawer or shelf in the laboratory designated for maintaining laboratory personnel certificates. Please use the Safety Training Matrix to determine the safety training requirements.

* Laboratory Safety Documents: This link consists of several laboratory safety documents.

* Laboratory Safety Plan: Every laboratory must maintain an accessible Laboratory Safety Plan Document.

* Laboratory Safety Checklist: All laboratories using chemical, physical, or biological hazards (“wet” labs) should use the linked checklist to conduct a self-audit before commencing laboratory work to ensure safe handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials.

* Safety Seminar: The department will organize atleast one safety seminar every year. While attending the seminar will be a requirement for several students, others (students, staff and faculty members) are highly encouraged to attend this safety seminar.

Department Safety Officer

John S. Sitasz
Room 107 CEB,810 S Clinton Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312)996-2164
sitasz@uic.edu

SAFETY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SAChE) program,initiated in 1992, is a cooperative effort between the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) and engineering schools to provide teaching materials and programs that bring elements of process safety into the education of undergraduate and graduate students studying chemical and biochemical products and processes.

SaChe Student Safety Certificate Program

A Certificate of Safety Achievement is presented by SaChE and AIChE to students who demonstrate proficiency in process safety training modules developed for SaChE. The program allows students to receive recognition for their efforts provided they are members of AIChE. To access these materials, please contact the AIChE Advisor for the student password.

AICHE- CODE OF ETHICS

(Revised January 17, 2003) Members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers shall uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by: being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity their employers, their clients, and the public; striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare. To achieve these goals, members shall

  • Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and protect the environment in performance of their professional duties.
  • Formally advise their employers or clients (and consider further disclosure, if warranted) if they perceive that a consequence of their duties will adversely affect the present or future health or safety of their colleagues or the public.
  • Accept responsibility for their actions, seek and heed critical review of their work and offer objective criticism of the work of others.
  • Issue statements or present information only in an objective and truthful manner.
  • Act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, avoiding conflicts of interest and never breaching confidentiality.
  • Treat fairly and respectfully all colleagues and co-workers, recognizing their unique contributions and capabilities.
  • Perform professional services only in areas of their competence.
  • Build their professional reputations on the merits of their services.
  • Continue their professional development throughout their careers, and provide opportunities for the professional development of those under their supervision.
  • Never tolerate harassment.
  • Conduct themselves in a fair, honorable and respectful manner.

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