Chemical and Lab Safety

If you have an acute/immediate safety concern, please contact your supervisor, lab PI, faculty, staff, or anyone on the CFL Safety Committee. You may also use the CFL Concern/Problem Report Form.

Specific Chem Lab Safety Training that may be required by your CFL supervisor:

Go to Environmental Health & Safety Training webpage and click on “Chemical Safety” on left side bar under Filter results. You will see information on the trainings listed below:

  • Chemical Safety: The OSHA Lab Standard (online)
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Disposing of Hazardous Chemicals
  • Fume Hood Use (Online)

The documents on this User Guide are actively being updated by the CFL Safety Committee during 2022-2023. Please contact the Safety Committee Chair David Ortiz, Grace Wilkinson, or Helen Schlimm with questions.

See UW-Madison’s Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) web site for reporting emergencies (dial 911), incidents, training, disposal services, forms/manuals/signs and contact information.

Center for Limnology Chemical Hygiene Plan and Employee Safety Check List

The Center for Limnology Chemical Hygiene Plan for the Hasler Lab, including the Employee Safety Check List, and Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan for Trout Lake Station are attached at the bottom of this page.

Safety Data Sheets

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is a detailed document created by the chemical manufacturer for a specific chemical. You may request one from EHS.

Mercury Thermometers

Guidelines for disposing of mercury thermometers and other unwanted materials are in EHS’s Recyclopedia.

Redistributable Chemicals (Labscan)

EHS redistributes new/used chemicals around campus free of charge. These chemicals have been collected from other laboratories where they no longer need them. See EHS’s Chemical Recycling Program for more information.

Shipping of Hazardous Materials

Preserved samples, radio-active isotopes, and any sort of chemicals can ultimately be shipped, HOWEVER, these must be shipped through EHS to ensure that we are in compliance with federal and international regulations. Work with them well in advance of collecting the samples so you can ensure that the whole process results in materials that are both meaningful to your research and able to be shipped where needed. See EHS’s Hazmat Shipping & Transportation web page for additional information.

For comments or suggestions regarding this page, contact the current chair of the CFL’s Safety Committee. For edits to this webpage, contact Kelly O’Ferrellupdated 9/16/19