Lab Safety


Lab Safety

The NIU Department of Physics is committed to providing a safe laboratory experience for our students, faculty, and staff. In an effort to achieve a safe environment, the department provides ongoing safety training and produces a continually updated Safety Procedures Manual.

The Safety Procedures Manual contains emergency personnel contact information, as well as procedures for handling severe weather emergencies, medical emergencies, fires, accidents, 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 of all our TA's and RA's - and also offers First Aid and CPR certification from E.H.& S.  In conjunction with the Department of Environmental Health & Safety, the department also offers training in laser safety, biosafety, proper waste storage and removal, and chemical storage.

All instructional laboratory students are provided with all personal protective equipment required for each lab.  Training with laboratory safety equipment, such as safety phones, eye wash stations, fire blankets, and safety showers, are also provided to all laboratory students.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and/or Material safety data sheets (MSDS) are available on all chemicals used in the department.  Additionally, first aid kits are located in most instructional labs.

Documents & Resources

NIU Emergency Contacts

Environmental Health & Safety Director
Scott Mooberry
(815) 753-6250, office
(815) 739-2375, cell
(815) 756-9900, home

Office of Research Compliance & Integrity

Lab Safety Manager
Radiation & Biological Safety

Michele Crase
(815) 753-9251, office
(815) 762-1187, cell

Lab Safety Coordinator
Chemical Safety Coordinator

Jim Gable
(815) 753-1610, office
(815) 751-1934, cell
(815) 498-2658, home

Department Emergency Contacts/Alternates

Greg Fagerberg, Lab Manager
(815) 753-1953, office

Laurence Lurio, Department Chair
(815) 753-6470, office
(815) 260-4900, cell