Safety is achieved when we all work together and embrace the safety culture in our daily routines. Our goal is to make a research environment in which safety comes first. Safety success is a habit.
MRL is committed to the safety of our staff and all our researchers. Relevant safety resources are listed below.
Safety Contacts at MRL
Immediate Contact: 911 in Life-Threatening Emergency
MRL Safety Contact
MRL Safety Committee
University of Illinois Division of Research Safety Training
The University of Illinois Division of Research Safety provides online safety training to the campus community. Facility users must complete the "General Laboratory Safety" training course and have their completion certificates on file with facility staff before research access will be granted.
Users are required to familiarize themselves with the Division of Research Safety programs of the University of Illinois. MRL follows the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Safety Policy.
Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Safety Policy
MRL follows the Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences Safety Policy.
Conducting Research in a Safe and Environmentally Conscientious Manner
"The Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) is committed to conducting research in a manner that ensures protection of the workers, the public, and the environment. Protecting the workers, the public, and the environment is a direct and individual responsibility of all BES managers and BES-supported researchers and their staff. Funds provided by BES for research will be applied as necessary to ensure that all BES research activities are conducted safely and in an environmentally conscientious manner. Only research conducted in this way will be supported."
Laser and Spectroscopy Facilities at MRL: Special Safety Information
MRL provides safety training to all users on an individual basis; this training includes the UIUC general laser safety guide, and adheres to the ANSI Z136.1-1993 national laser safety standard.
Mandatory Laser and Spectroscopy Facilities (LSF) Safety Training
To have access to the LSF, you need to complete prerequisite training provided by the University of Illinois Division of Research Safety (DRS). Safety training completion must be recorded on the MRL Compass site under “LSF Safety Training.” Instructions for completing this training are in this document.
Before training on the instruments, you may be briefly quizzed about laser safety.
Division of Research Safety information
- UIUC Registration/Precautions for Laser Use
- UIUC Radiation Safety Section Laser Safety Manual (PDF)
- Labeling Waste Containers
Other Useful Safety Resources
Reading of this material is HIGHLY recommended. They regard YOUR safety.
- In Laser Safety, Little Mistakes Can Have Big Consequences (PDF)
- Statistical Data for RLI Incident Database
- Walking the Knife Edge - Myths in Laser Safety
- LIA - Laser Institute of America
- LIA Today Newsletter
- Generating Standard Operating Procedures for the Manipulation of Hazardous Chemicals in Academic Laboratories (https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chas.0c00092)