Laboratory Safety

The goal of the Laboratory Safety program at Mount Holyoke is to create and maintain a safe and healthful teaching and research environment, teach safe practices, and promote safety awareness. To accomplish this goal, the College requires that students, staff, faculty and visitors adhere to the safety policies and procedures established by the Science Safety Handbook. Many departments and faculty members establish additional, or more specific, safety requirements for their laboratories. The Safety Handbook addresses chemical safety, biological safety, radiation safety, use of machine tools, and requirements for waste disposal. It also establishes administrative procedures for training, exposure monitoring and medical evaluation.

Science Center Safety Handbook

Other Documents

Safe Use of Radioactive Materials
General Laboratory Safety
Hazardous Waste Collection Poster
Formaldehyde Fact Sheet
Chemical Compatibility
Animal Care Facilities
Chemical Donations


Acute Toxin Protocol
Authorized Laser User Certification
First Report of Accident
Lab Hazardous Waste Determination
Lab Use of Blood, Statement of Understanding
Laser Registration
Permission to work independently
Protocol for the Use of Radionuclides
Radiation Purchase and Receipt Report
Radiation Safety Training Personnel Record
Radiological Occurrence Report
X-Ray Training Personnel Record

Tools and Links

ACS Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories for Faculty
ACS Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories for Students
Ansell Chemical Resistance Guide
Global Harmonization System Chemical Labeling
Latex Allergy [OSHA]

Safety Data Sheets
Occupational Health Guidelines for Chemical Hazards [CDC]
Shipment of Biological Materials [UNH]