Office of Laboratory and Field Safety

Central Michigan University is committed to providing safe, healthy laboratory environments and field work experiences.  As part of this commitment, our faculty and staff are active in creating and maintaining safety programs with the support of the Deans, Vice President of Research, and Provost.​

Laboratory Safety Policy

Lab Start Up Items:

  1. New lab workers must complete training and a site-specific orientation to the space before starting work.
  2. Every lab door must have a posting with the names of responsible individuals. This is critical information that is needed when emergencies occur in the lab space or when safety issues arise. This must be documented and posted on the lab door. Step 1 - Review the instructions. Step 2 - Fill out the Lab Door Sign Template. Step 3 - Send the completed template to Foust 104 or Step 4 - The Office of Laboratory and Field Safety will print/laminate/post the signs.
  3. Lab are regulated by Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs - Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA). The location of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) must be documented on a sign and posted in the lab space using the Right to Know Safety Data Sheet Posting.
  4. For unattended lab operations, lab workers must fill out an Unattended Lab Operations form and post near the area of operations for responding officials to get information in the event of an emergency.