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Laboratory Safety

Emergencies: call 911
Campus Police, non-emergency: call (614) 292-2121

Building locations:

Fontana Labs: 140 W. 19th Ave.

Edison Joining Technology Center: 1248 Arthur E. Adams Drive

CEMAS Facility: 1305 Kinnear Rd

MSE Safety Officer:

Wayne Papageorge, (614) 688-3021 [mobile (614) 886-5220] 0148 Fontana Labs

Contact Wayne for the following:

  • Gas cylinders
  • Equipment inventory
  • Hard trash pickup
  • Surplus material pickup

Back-Up MSE Safety Officer:

Ken Kushner (614) 292-7128, 1151 Fontana Labs

WE Safety Officer:

Mason Darnell, (210) 663-7343, 106 Edison Joining Technology Center

Building Emergency Action Plans

Fontana Laboratory


Ohio State Office of Environmental Health and Safety

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety assists the university community in providing and maintaining safe, healthful work environments. EHS is located on west campus and is one of the best resources for issues pertaining to safety. 

1314 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-292-1284
Fax: 614-292-6404 

EHS Emergency contact numbers:  

  • EHS Emergencies (ex: spill response): 614-292-1284 
  • Radiation Safety Emergency Response: 614-561-7969 

Safety Training 

Safety training is a critical part of working in a lab. Training should be provided prior to beginning any new laboratory activity and should provide personnel the information needed to perform the required task safely. All training, whether required or specific to the task, should be documented.

Please discuss with your instructor, principal investigator, or supervisor which online and in-lab trainings are required before working in the lab.   

EHS Online Training  

EHS Online Safety Training
A number of online safety related training topics can be found on the EHS Online training page. Please discuss with your supervisor which training modules are required before working in lab but at a minimum lab workers are required to take: 

  1. Laboratory Standard (CFR 1910.1450)  
  2. Building Emergency Action Plan, OSU-BEAP

Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

Hard copies of MSE-related MSDS are available in suite 2136 Fontana Laboratories.

Hard copies of WE-related MSDS are available inside the entrance to the Edison Joining Technology Center (EJTC) and in 140 ETJC.

Chemical Hygiene Plan
See your advisor for chemical hygiene and handling procedures specific to your research group.

Employee Accident Report Form

The Employee Accident Report must be completed for every work-related accident or illness. This report will:

  1. Assist employees in obtaining immediate medical treatment
  2. Inform supervisor/charge person of the accident
  3. Be recorded for follow-up and future prevention

Download Employee Accident Report form (PDF, 156K)

Release From Responsibility for Volunteers and Visitors

Download Volunteer and Visitor Release form (PDF, 64K)
This form is to be completed by volunteers or visitors using MSE department facilities.

Lab Safety Manual and Safety Exam

MSE Lab Safety Manual

MSE Lab Safety Manual (PDF, 2.6M)

MSE Lab Safety Exam

The MSE department requires all students involved with in-lab research activity to:

  1. Become familiar with the MSE Lab Safety Manual.
  2. Take, and pass, the MSE Lab Safety Exam.
  3. Attend a Lab Standard Training Seminar.

Click here to take the MSE Lab Safety Exam 

Hazard Communication Plan
Information found in this plan details many of the safety practices, procedures and chemicals used in the MSE labs. A hard copy of the plan is kept in 2136 Fontana Labs. This information also is available by viewing the Materials Safety Data Sheets and the MSE Lab Safety Manual.

Hazard Communication Plan (PDF, 1M)

Misc. links

Link to Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
Developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Pocket Guide is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information for several hundred different chemicals.

Buckeye Alert System

OSU has created a text message alert system for the public to stay informed of potential campus emergencies.
Link to alert system sign-up site


Surviving an Active Aggressor Event

This brief video by OSU Police describes the steps to take in an "active aggressor/shooter" situation on campus.

Run, Hide, Fight

View Run, Hide, Fight video (9:31)

Office of Environmental Health and Safety

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety assists the university community in providing and maintaining safe, healthful work environments. EHS is one of the best resources on campus for issues pertaining to safety.

1314 Kinnear Rd.
Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-292-1284
Fax: 614-292-6404

Radiation Safety Emergency Response Pager: 614-240-0705
Radiation Safety: Fax: 614-292-7002