Chemical and Materials Engineering

New Student/Staff Safety Seminar

The department offers a general safety orientation for new students and researchers. This seminar is required for all students, postdoc fellows, research assistants, and technicians who have access (i.e., keys) to the Chemical and Materials Engineering Building (CME). Seminars are offered in January, May, and September. Please contact Shaofeng Yang ( if you missed this seminar.

Training and Access Requirements


Online Safety Training Courses

In order to work in a CME lab, you need to take the following online safety courses:

Laboratory Specific Training

The lab-specific safety training will be offered by the principal investigator (PI) of the research project (or his/her designated personnel). This training should cover the following:

  • General safety information of the lab
  • PPE requirement/policy
  • Laboratory emergency response plan
  • Locations of safety equipment (fire alarm pull station, eyewash station, safety shower, spill kit, first aid kit)
  • Working alone protocol
  • Waste (chemical, biological, glass) storage and disposal procedures
  • WHMIS - lab-specific / SDS location
  • Safe operating procedures for the lab/project
  • Training in equipment/instrument

Note: A training record for every equipment/instrument should be maintained that is signed off by both the trainer and trainee.

Health and Safety Manuals

You are also required to go through the following safety manuals.


Laboratory key request

After you have completed the required safety training, you can fill out the key request form to get your lab keys. In order to get your keys for the lab, you need to make sure that you have completed all the safety training listed on the checklist and have your supervisor approval attached to the form.