The EHS Office is responsible for the control of Hazards related to potential Hazardous Substances within the College’s Laboratory. EHS designs and implements policies and procedures to protect the health and Safety of students, faculty and staff. The policies and procedures will meet the requirements established by the Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local Authorities.
CCNY has instituted a complete Chemical Hygiene Program including development of a Chemical Safety Handbook, a chemical safety training program, and establishment of a Chemical Hygiene Committee chaired by Mr. Graciano Matos.
Questions about the foregoing activities and working safely with chemicals can be directed to Mr. Matos.
Inform yourself about the hazards of the chemicals that you are working with by consulting the relevant MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets).
Summary MSDS are available in the Safety Collection located in the Science & Engineering Library (at the reserve desk), and in the Biology, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry Department Offices.
Cultivate commons sense work habits in the lab. Wear and use appropriate personal protective equipment and devices: laboratory coats, gloves, goggles, face shields (as appropriate).
Do not work alone in a laboratory especially at night or on weekends.
Log all chemicals in your laboratory inventory.