Safety

Incident and Injury Response and Reporting

For immediate response to life-threatening injuries or exposures: call 911 or pull the fire alarm.

Campus guidelines on injury reporting need to be followed. After an injury occurring within MRL facilities or affiliated PI labs, please see Susan Logan at 2007 MRL for assistance with the injury report forms as soon as possible.

All incidents occurring within MRL facilities and affiliated PI labs should be reported as soon as possible to the MRL Safety Committee. Incidents include: exposures, contaminations, spills or release of material from chemical, biological or laser/X-ray radiation sources and damage to equipment or facilities. Close calls or near misses (where no one was hurt, but there was a potential for injury) should also be reported.

Safety Policy Statement

The College of Engineering is dedicated to protecting the environment, health, and safety for all those who work or visit the College as well as protecting our community. Thus, the College pledges to:

  • Create a safe and healthy workplace;
  • Maintain a respect for the environment; and
  • Respect and adhere to all applicable laws, regulations, and University environmental, health, and safety requirements

The College supports and follows the edicts expounded in the Campus Administrative Manual’s Environmental Health and Safety directive which includes the responsibility for safety at each level of the organization: Dean/Director/Head, PI/Investigator/Supervisor, and Student/Employee/Visitor. To help us meet our safety responsibilities, I have charged the College’s Office of Safety to act as a resource for research and occupational safety, and to liaise with University safety and security resources and external regulatory bodies, as appropriate.

Only by working together with a shared goal of safety and security can we achieve a safe and healthy work environment for all those who work, study, or visit the College of Engineering.

Andreas C. Cangellaris, Dean
August 2015

Last updated: July 28, 2016

Department Safety Resources

MRL Safety Committee

  • Provides support and guidance to MRL researchers on matters of safety
  • Investigates laboratory incidents
  • Contact: safety@mrl.illinois.edu

MRL Operations

  • Responds to facility outages (e.g. fume hood)
  • Provides gas cylinder brackets
  • Completes infrastructural safety improvements
  • Contact: operations@mrl.illinois.edu

MRL Safety Data Sheets (U of I Box shared folder)

  • Safety data sheets for materials used in the MRL Central Facilities (requires U of I login)

Building Emergency Action Plan

  • This training is designed to familiarize building occupants with procedures to follow in emergency situations. Training is an annual requirement.

Campus Safety Resources

Division of Research Safety

Safety and Compliance

  • Promote safe and environmentally sound work practices that advance the University's mission and interests by advising and consulting with faculty, staff and students

Employee Safety and Health

  • Maintains the chemical fume hoods database and performs annual certification for most chemical fume hoods on campus
  • Coordinates the respiratory protection program including evaluation to determine need, annual respirator fit testing, and annual training
  • Performs occupational safety assessments
  • Assists with needs assessment, program development, and training for occupational safety and health programs including lockout/tagout, electrical, machine guarding, and personal protective equipment for physical hazards
  • Performs air quality assessment and airborne contaminant evaluation
  • Contact: Ask Safety and Compliance

Environment

  • Manages the Stormwater Management Program for campus. This program includes initiatives that educate students, staff and faculty about stormwater impacts, detect and eliminate illicit discharges, control stormwater runoff from construction sites and prevent pollution from facility operations.
  • Coordinates environmental spill response activities for releases to the environment and into sanitary and storm drains. Procedure for reporting a spill that will enter the storm sewer or sanitary drain.

Campus Code Compliance and Fire Safety

  • Manages the University’s fire and life safety programs
  • Consults on determination of compliance with the set of International Building Codes, Illinois State Fire Code and Illinois Accessibility Code
  • Calculates flammable storage loads for labs
  • Provides fire extinguishers and fire extinguisher training
  • Provides direction on placement of smoke detectors where appropriate
  • Computes room occupancy limits
  • Coordinates Fire Department inspections
  • Contact: Ryan Wild and Craig P. Grant

College of Engineering Office of Safety

University of Illinois Police Department

  • In case of emergency, call 911.
  • Call 217-333-1216 for non-emergencies.

General Information

Laboratory Safety resources

4 Questions to Ask When Working in Hazardous Conditions. Jim Kaufman. Lab Manager (online periodical). Aug. 12, 2010.

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory. Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards. NRC (National Research Council). National Academy Press: Washington, DC, 2011.

Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories. ACS (American Chemical Society)2015.