- To provide safety guidance to researchers, lab managers, facility personnel, and department heads.
- To connect and explain campus safety resources to our researchers.
The College of Engineering is dedicated to protecting the environment, health, and safety for all those who work or visit the College as well as protecting our community. Thus, the College pledges to:
• Create a safe and healthy workplace;
• Maintain a respect for the environment; and
• Respect and adhere to all applicable laws, regulations, and University environmental, health, and safety requirements
The College supports and follows the edicts expounded in the Campus Administrative Manual’s Environmental Health and Safety directive which includes the responsibility for safety at each level of the organization: Dean/Director/Head, PI/Investigator/Supervisor, and Student/Employee/Visitor. To help us meet our safety responsibilities, I have charged the College’s Office of Safety to act as a resource for research and occupational safety, and to liaise with University safety and security resources and external regulatory bodies, as appropriate.
Only by working together with a shared goal of safety and security can we achieve a safe and healthy work environment for all those who work, study, or visit the College of Engineering.
Andreas C. Cangellaris, Dean
Stories throughout this site are shared for the primary purpose of showing things go wrong in research facilities. It’s important to stay knowledgeable on safety requirements and precautions. If you ever have any questions, please contact us.
“On January 7, 2010, there was an explosion in a chemistry lab at Texas Tech. Thankfully, nobody was killed, but a graduate student was seriously injured. Two graduate students were working on creating derivatives of an explosive compound called nickel hydrazine perchlorate. They made 10 grams of the substance, which is 100 times more than their professor considered safe. (The professor instructed them to not make more than 100 mg, though the graduate students denied such a safety limit existed.) One of the students decided to crush the substance with a mortar and pestle prior to analysis. However, this was a tragic mistake. These types of substances can explode under friction or pressure. And that’s exactly what happened. The student suffered from burns and lost three fingers.” – Taken directly from Real Clear Science