Safety Requirements

The following items pertaining to personal and laboratory safety are required for all members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in order to maintain a safe research environment for all.

MatSE Safety Training

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is dedicated to being the safest department on campus. As a result, the department has implemented its own safety training and measures to ensure we act as a model for the entire University community.

MatSE Safety Exam

All members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are required to pass the MatSE Safety Exam before access is granted to the building, offices, or laboratories. You may prepare for this safety exam by reviewing our own Department of Materials Science and Engineering Safety Manual and the Environmental Health and Safety Laboratory Safety Pamphlet.

Once you feel you are sufficiently prepared for the exam, please e-mail safety@matse.psu.edu for instructions on how to access and take the exam.

safety first logoProper Lab Attire

In order to ensure your safety in research labs, please wear proper protective equipment at all times. A general rule of thumb is to "show no skin" while in a research setting.

Eye Protection Safety glasses are required in all department laboratories, even if you are only going to be in the room for a short time. After completing your safety exam, and EH&S Training, please stop by the MatSE Safety Office in 123A Steidle Building to pick up a free pair of safety glasses.

Clothing  In order to protect yourself from splashes and spills in the lab, please wear proper protective clothing at all times. Proper attire includes a lab coat and/or splash apron, gloves, closed-toed shoes and long pants. Also try to avoid loose fitting clothing, dangling jewelry or wearing your hair in a loose fashion.

Safety Rules and Procedures

Become familiar with the rules and procedures for safety and emergency situations by reviewing the MatSE Safety Poster posted in each departmental laboratory.

Environmental Health and Safety Training

Environmental Health and Safety at Penn State provides the entire University with centralized safety training. These training opportunities are required in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Initial Laboratory Safety Training

This course is a one-time requirement under the Chemical Safety Program and applies to anyone who supervises laboratory staff or works in an area using flammable, acidic, basic, toxic, or reactive chemicals. For full details on this safety training course and to enroll, please visit the EHS Course Registration website.

Once you have taken and passed this initial training, you will be issued a certificate. This certificate must be kept in the Chemical Waste Log Book of every lab you work in and a copy must to go Scott Henninger in 123 Steidle Building, or you can email it to safety@matse.psu.edu.

Mandatory Refresher Training

As with the initial safety training, you will be issued a certificate once you have taken and passed your refresher training. This certificate must also be kept in the Chemical Waste Log Book of every lab you work in and a copy must go to Scott Henninger in 123A Steidle Building, or email it to safety@matse.psu.edu.

Chemical Inventory Management System (CHIMS)

Training on the Chemical Inventory Management System (CHIMS) is required for individuals tasked with maintaining their research group's inventories of hazardous chemicals. CHIMS training information and enrollment can be found on the EHS Course Registration website.