Guidelines and Policies
General information about safety is available from the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at McGill website.
The McGill lab manual is available here.
Please consult the safety booklet for an extensive list of departmental policies.
- SAFETY GLASSES MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES in the laboratory.
- A lab coat must be worn during experimental work
- Open-toe shoes or sandals in the laboratory are forbidden.
- Rubber gloves should be worn to avoid contact with chemicals.
- Rubber gloves must be removed outside the laboratory. They are forbidden in the corridors, in the office spaces and in the elevators.
- When a bottle (<50 mL) of chemical is carried from one lab to another, or from the stores it should be placed in a pail or a safety carrier.
For disposal of sharps, glass bottles or any other waste, please consult the McGill Waste Management Programme page
The chemical inventory in all labs is managed centrally through myLab. MSDS sheets are available from this source as well.
Departmental Safety Committee
|Ashok Kakkar (Professor & Committee Chair)|
|Jean-Marc Gauthier (Building Director: Otto Maass/ Pulp & Paper & Co-chair)|
|Karine Auclair (Professor)|
|Scott Bohle (Professor)|
|James Gleason (Professor)|
|Eric McCalla (Professor)|
|Jeremy Dawkins (Graduate student representative)|
|Michael D'Addario (Undergraduate representative)|
All students and staff are required to take a WHMIS training with the Environmental Heath and Safety. This training is valid for three years. Please register for a session here.
Departmental Safety Lecture
All new student or staff must attend the earliest Departmental Saftey Lecture. These lectures are offered 3 times a year, typically in the beginning of the fall, winter and summer terms.
Students or staff may need specialty trainings, for instance on lasers, biosafety or radiation (non exhaustive list). Check out the list and register here.
General information about First aid at McGill
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
The chemistry department has one AED located in the lobby (1st floor) of the Otto Maas building.
A AED Presentation video is available and describes the following steps
a. 1st presentation: an overview of the machine and history
b. 2nd presentation: the set-up and maintenance info for the AED
c. 3rd presentation: How to use the AED
First-aid trained personnel
Below is the list of first-aid trained personnel in the Otto Maass and Pulp and Paper buildings:
Otto Maass Building
Pulp & Paper Building