Chemical and Lab Safety

The Chemical and Lab Safety group provides a full range of services to labs, art studios, shops, and support areas where hazardous materials are in use.  We work in a collaborative fashion with the academic community to foster an environment of safety and compliance where research and creativity can also excel.

Quick Links


CEMS (SDSs, Inventory, Supplies Request, Waste Pick-ups)

Chemical Hygiene Plan (For the University)

Hazardous Waste

Lab Coats

Lab Incident Report Form (For Reporting Injuries and Exposures)

Lab Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan Template (Required for each lab, SOP template included)

Posters (Decorate your lab for safety!)

Prior Approval For Work With Highly Hazardous Materials and Processes (ICSC form)


SOPs (These are added regularly.  Please check back often for updates.)

Training (Note: Lab Safety and Fire Safety Trainings are required for all individuals working in a lab.  MERS training may be substituted for Lab Safety for shops.  Art Safety may be substituted for Lab Safety for Studio areas.  Contact Kristi Ohr at to schedule Art Safety training.  Classroom training is required initially and every five years thereafter.  Annual refresher training is required, but this can be completed either online through OWL or through classroom training.)


File Title
download 3D Printers SOP
download Aqua Regia Handling and Disposal Procedures
download Base Baths
download Chemical Compatibility Chart
download Chemical Inventory Disposal Log Form
download Chemical Safety Matrix of Roles and Responsibilities
download Cryogenic Liquids Guidelines
download Decommissioning of Laboratory Space Prior To Relocation, Demolition or Renovation
download Emergency Eyewash and Drench Shower Program
download Emergency Eyewash Station Weekly Inspection Checklist
download Emergency Preparedness for Researchers
download Equipment Disposal - Hazardous Materials Assessment For Disposal
download Ethidium Bromide Handling and Disposal Practices
download Formaldehyde SOP
download Freezer Defrosting
download Fume Hood Removal - Provost's Letter
download Guidelines For Children And Unauthorized Persons In Labs And Other Potentially Hazardous Areas
download Guidelines for use of Perchloric Acid
download Hazardous Chemical Waste (HCW) Management Guide
Hearing Conservation Program
download Heat and Cold Stress
download Hot Plates Fact Sheet
How To Implement A Remote Buddy System
download Hydrofluoric Acid and Lipophillic Fluoride Generating Materials or Processes Standard Operating Procedure
download Inert Cryogenic Liquids Fact Sheet
Institutional Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines For Work With Particular Hazardous Materials and Processes
Lab Coat Management Program
download Lab Coat Order Form
download Lab Coat Pick up/Drop off Locations
download Lab Incidents and Lab Incident Report Form
download Lab Safety Handout
download Lab Specific Chemical Hygiene Plan Template
download Laboratory Door Cards
download Laboratory Health and Safety Manual/Chemical Hygiene Plan
download Laboratory Safety Design: Break Room Guidelines
download Liability Release Form for Laboratories
download Mineral Dusts SOP
download MS-222 Handling and Disposal
download Nanomaterials
download National Institutes of Health Fume Hood Testing Protocol for Variable Volume Fume Hoods
New Lab and P.I. Start-Up
download Oil Bath Fact Sheet
download Ototoxicants Fact Sheet
download Peroxide Forming Materials Management Program
download Peroxide-Forming Materials SOP
download Piranha Handling and Disposal Procedures
download Prior Approval for Work with Particularly Hazardous Materials or Processes
download Pyrophoric Liquids and Solids
Radiation Shipment, Incoming, Notify Radiation Safety
download Respirator Use Fact Sheet
Respiratory Protection Program
download Shipping Research Materials
download Sodium azide SOP
download Soldering SOP
download SOP Development Guidance
download UMass Lab Self-Inspection Form
download UMass Respriatory Protection Program Manual
download Working Safely with Compressed Gases