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We are committed to providing a safe laboratory experience for our students, faculty and staff. In an effort to achieve a safe environment, we provide ongoing safety training and produce a yearly Safety Procedures Manual.

The Safety Procedures Manual contains emergency personnel contact information, as well as procedures for handling severe weather emergencies, medical emergencies, fires, chemical spills and building evacuations. Building evacuation route maps and safety equipment locator maps are also included in the manual.

The department provides fire extinguisher training on an annual basis—a requirement for all our graduate students—and also offers First Aid and CPR certification every two years. Also, in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, the department offers training in laser safety, biosafety and proper chemical and waste storage and removal.

All instructional laboratory students are provided with personal protective equipment, including safety goggles, lab coats and disposable gloves. Training with laboratory safety equipment, such as safety phones, eye wash stations, fire blankets and safety showers, is also provided. Proper clothing, including closed‐toed shoes, long pants, lab coats and shirts with sleeves, must be worn at all times while in lab.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are available on all chemicals used in the department. Additionally, first aid kits are located in every research and instructional lab.


Documents and Resources

NIU Emergency Contacts

Environmental Health and Safety

Director
Scott Mooberry
(815) 753‐6250, office
(815) 739‐2375, cell
(815) 756‐9900, home

Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety

Laboratory Safety Manager
Michele Crase
(815) 753‐9251, office
(815) 762‐1187, cell

Laboratory Safety Officer
Jim Gable
(815) 753‐1610, office
(815) 751‐1934, cell


Department Emergency Contacts/Alternates

Lab Manager
Andy Small
(815) 753‐6854, office
(815) 762‐5971, home

Department Chair
Ralph A. Wheeler
(815) 753‐1181, office

Stores Supervisor
Ray Foster
(815) 753‐6862, office

Contact Us

Northern Illinois University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Faraday Hall, Room 319
DeKalb, IL  60115

815-753-1131