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In a chemical laboratory setting, there are several categories of safety. Each category has some unique focus as well as areas of overlap with others. Each category has one or more governmental regulatory agencies with vested interests. The primary categories are:

The University and BCC have established programs: to provide department faculty, staff, and students with required training in laboratory and building safety; to formulate policies, procedures, and written plans for routine operations and emergency situations; and to oversee compliance with important federal, state and municipal regulations.

The University Safety Organization

For Boston College’s policy on "Environmental Health and Safety – Function and Responsibility", please see: http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/evp/polpr/I/1-310-001.html

The Boston College Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) is currently housed in St. Clement’s Hall on Foster Street in Brighton. Please see the OEHS website to learn more about their important mission and staff: http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/fvp/ehs/staff.html.

There are several safety committees on campus coordinated by the OEHS, including an executive Safety Oversight Committee, a University Chemical Hygiene Committee, a University Radiation Safety Committee, and an Institutional Biosafety Committee. BCC has representation on all of these committees.

The Boston College Police Department (BCPD) currently housed in Rubenstein Hall, on campus and is staffed twenty-four hours per day. They are responsible for responding to safety incidents when there is fire or threat of fire, injury, or a chemical spill requiring partial or complete building evacuation. BCPD’s emergency number is x 2-4444.

BCC Department Safety Organization

The Operations Manager is BCC’s safety officer and chemical hygiene officer. In this role, the Operations Manager works with the OEHS to coordinate and facilitate departmental compliance with important University policies and procedures and federal, state, and municipal regulations, including training and inspections.

The BCC departmental Safety Committee is chaired by the department Safety Officer and staffed by faculty representatives.

BCC research and teaching labs have "safety contacts". The safety contact in a research lab is usually a graduate student assigned by the faculty Principal Investigator to ensure the lab’s compliance with routine safety practices and checks. Download TA safety training guidelines or Undergrad laboratory safety rules.

For department safety and training matters, please contact Mr. John G. Madden, Operations Manager and Safety Officer, at 617.552.3608 john.madden.1@bc.edu.

Safety Links for BCC Graduate Students

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