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We are committed to safety for all of our students, faculty, staff, and post-doctorates, both inside and outside of our laboratories. We have a number of resources to ensure that we have and continuously foster an ongoing culture of safety in our department.

Department of Environmental Health & Safety

Department of Environmental Health & Safety

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS) ensures the safety of the University of Minnesota community. It works with community members to prevent accidents, report unsafe conditions, and protect the environment. 

Some key resources are:

Joint Safety Team

Joint Safety Team

The Joint Safety Team (JST) is a researcher-led organization focused on improving the culture of safety in chemical laboratories at the University of Minnesota. The JST consists of all graduate student or post-doctorate Laboratory Safety Officers (LSOs) within the departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. For additional information send an email to jst@umn.edu



Laboratories and offices


  • lock when you leave
  • larger labs should be locked at all times


  • ensure they have a legitimate purpose
  • don't be lured away from lab or office
  • report suspicious behavior by calling 911

Building exteriors


  • ensure that a locked door closes and locks behind you
    • don't block a door open for any reason
  • call (612) 625-0011 when you encounter an unlocked door that should be locked.
  • Doors are normally locked:
    • 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday
    • 6 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday
  • call the chemistry administrative office at (612) 624-6000 to report malfunctioning doors and/or locks


  • don't leave basement or first-floor windows open


Lab-Specific Hazard Communication Training

The University requires documentation that all laboratory personnel have received Lab-Specific Hazard Communication training. This training is provided by principal investigators (PI) or their designee. Fill out the Lab Specific Training Log.

Low-Flow Fume Hood Safety

Low-flow fume hood safety presentation, and orientation to proper use of your Kewaunee dynamic barrier low-flow fume hood. 

Safety Training

Initial Safety Training

As employees of the University of Minnesota, the Department of Chemistry is required to provide you with initial safety training. You may complete this initial training via web-based tutorials or by taking the “in person” training provided by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (DEHS).

Web-based Initial Training

You may satisfy your initial safety training by viewing three web-based tutorials and successfully completing a short quiz for each. These tutorials cover:

  • Introduction to Research Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Chemical Waste Management
  • Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

To access the tutorials

  • go to https://www.uhs.umn.edu/new-lab;
  • click on one of the tutorials (you will need to enter your Internet ID and password); 
  • follow the on-screen instructions; 
  • each tutorial concludes with a short quiz;
  • if you successfully complete this quiz, you will receive an email stating that "a record of your training has been entered into your University;" and
  • forward this email to chuck1@umn.edu.

In-person Laboratory Safety Training

You may also satisfy your initial safety training by participating in a safety workshop called Laboratory Safety Training presented by DEHS.

Refresher Safety Training

Annual refresher safety training is required for faculty, staff, and students who work with and/or handle chemicals. This training is usually held in the late spring or summer and will be announced.

You do not have to participate in refresher training if you are:

  • a computational/theoretical faculty member, post-doctorate, or graduate/undergraduate student,
  • a secretarial, clerical, or administrative employee.


If you have any questions, contact:
Chuck Tomlinson     
Department of Chemistry
139 Smith Hall

Anna Sitek
Department of Environmental Health and Safety
W-131 Boynton
(612) 625-8925

Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in Our Universities


  • Safety Committee
    Diane Mayweather
    Senior Laboratory Services Coordinator

    Anne Sitek
    Research Safety Specialist
    Department of Environmental Health & Safety

    Andreas Stein

    Chuck Tomlinson
    Director of Operations

    Professor Ian Tonks

    • Safety Committee
    • Chemistry Administrative Offices, 139 Smith Hall, 612-624-6000
    • Chuck Tomlinson, Director of Operations
    • chuck1@umn.edu
    • (612) 624-2321