Safety Mission Statement
The Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) Department is committed to providing a safe working environment for all MatSE members. We insist that all members use safe work methods and practices at all times.
The Materials Science and Engineering Department promotes a safety culture. Our goal is a “Drive to Zero” work related injuries and illnesses. We use periodic laboratory audits and Near Miss & Learning Experience Reports to continuously improve our safety program. We maintain an open line of communication between the department members and our MatSE Safety Awareness Organization (MSAO) to address any issue that might arise.
• Everyone must comply with EH&S Policy SY01 (http://guru.psu.edu/policies/SY01.html)
• The MSAO is responsible for the leadership of all safety efforts within the department and provides all resources which are necessary for an effective program of accident prevention.
• Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all members under their purview have had the appropriate training, providing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensuring that all operations are carried out with the utmost regard to safety.
• Employees and students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety and ownership of the safety processes in their labs or work areas. It is their obligation to wear the appropriate PPE when working, and to be proactive in identifying areas of safety concern wherever they exist in the department.
The safety and health efforts of this department are an integral part of our daily operations. We will accept nothing less than 100% participation from all members of MatSE, which will greatly contribute to the well-being of everyone involved. Our people are our greatest asset, and we are serious about everyone returning home healthy at the end of the workday. Maintaining a safe environment is a top priority of leadership, and must be a personal goal of every employee and student.
MatSE Safety Awareness Organization (MSAO): The MSAO was created on Nov.19th, 2008, charged with the mission to oversee laboratory safety awareness, and organization within the MatSE department. Our organization is a combination of faculty, staff, and students. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 9:00am in 116 Steidle. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Current members are:
Mike Hickner - Faculty (Chair)
Scott Henninger - Staff (Chair)
Carl Morandi - Grad Student
Melanie Disabb-Miller - Grad Student
Hamad Fawzi - Grad Student
John Lazarz - Undergrad Student
Henry Guth - Undergrad Student
Tom Harrington - Staff
Josh Robinson - MRI Staff
Maria Dicola - MRI Staff
In January of 2010, the MatSE Department purchased an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for Steidle building. This AED is located inside the main entrance to Steidle near room 101.
MATSE SAFETY MAKES THE NEWSWIRE
For students, postdocs and other researchers in Penn State's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the message is clear: you can dance if you want to, but safety is mandatory. A video focused on lab safety and set to the1980s pop tune "Safety Dance" took hold as a centerpiece of the department's Safety Week programming this year. Since it began in 2009, Safety Week hasbecome one of the University's most successful laboratory safety training efforts.
Read the full story on Live: http://live.psu.edu/story/56194#nw63
MATSE SAFETY DANCE VIDEO
Produced by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) at The Pennsylvania State University, the MatSE Safety Dance Video was created to promote laboratory safety in an educational and memorable manner. This video is only a small part of the safety culture that's been created in MatSE since 2008. The Materials Safety Awareness Organization (MSAO) oversees the culture of safety in MatSE, promoting safety in all aspects of materials research at Penn State. We hope you find the MatSE Safety Dance Video fun and useful!