As part of its commitment to laboratory safety, the Department has recently launched several initiatives of which all faculty, staff and students need to be aware.
First, the Department has constituted a Departmental Safety
Committee. The mandates of this Committee include reporting on safety to
the Departmental Chair and council, reviewing safety-related incidents
and complaints and recommending actions in response, pro-actively
devising safety policies, and performing laboratory inspections. The
Chair of this Committee and Departmental Safety Officer is Dr. Michael
Boffa. The Committee's members are Nedhal Al-Nidawy (staff); Stephanie
Kosnik (graduate student), Dr. Stephen Loeb (chemistry faculty) and Dr.
Bulent Mutus (biochemistry faculty).
Inquiries regarding safety can be addressed to Dr. Boffa or to any of the committee members.
The second initiative is a Laboratory Safety Orientation Checklist
that must be filled out by all existing faculty, staff, graduate
students, and undergraduate students performing research. These
checklists are intended to be a standardized platform to direct and
document safety training for all Department members engaged in
Over the next few months, a departmental safety web page will be developed.
Please click here to visit the current incarnation of this page.