Laboratory Safety

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Departmental Safety Committee

  • Oversee implementation of departmental health and safety requirements
  • Ensure that policies and procedures are effectively communicated to members of the department
  • Receive and evaluate concerns, queries and complaints related to occupational health and safety issues from members of the department
  • Receive and review reports of accidents, incidents, or occupational diseases in the Department and to recommend corrective measures
  • Facilitate the process of pro-active hazard identification by way of regular workplace inspections and reviews of safety procedures
  • Members
    • cynthia.kallenbach [at] (Cynthia Kallenbach), Commitee Chair | 514-398-8640, MS2-064
    • brian.driscoll [at] (Brian Driscoll)
    • sebastien.faucher2 [at] (Sebastien Faucher)
    • david.meek [at] (David Meek), radiation safety officer
    • khosro.mousavi [at] (Khosro Mousavi)
    • elliston.vallarinreyes [at] (Elliston Vallarino Reyes), student representative


Safety Begins with YOU!

  • It is your responsibility to conduct experiments safely
    • Listen to your supervisor advice
    • Read the McGill Laboratory Safety Manual
    • Take responsibility for your safety
    • Be conscious of the safety of others
    • Get involved: report potential hazards
  • EVERY graduate student doing laboratory research has to:
    • Attend and pass WHMIS, and keep this updated!
    • Register in myLab – that’s where to find MSDS (josee.sansoucy [at]
    • Take all required safety courses – as determined by your supervisor
    • Complete NRS Safety Checklist with your supervisor
    • Report accidents and injuries within 24 hours using the accident and incident reporting ( (fill report form with direct supervisor, send copy to EHS and to cynthia.kallenbach [at] (Cynthia Kallenbach))


Safety Training

Training courses


Situations requiring immediate internal assistance

Call McGill (Macdonald Campus) Security: 514-398-7777

  • Chemical spills
  • Flooding
  • If you use a fire extinguisher
  • Any other reason you would want a security officer present


Emergencies requiring immediate external assistance

CALL 911 (then call Macdonald Campus Security: 514-398-7777)

  • Montreal Police
  • Montreal Fire Department
  • Ambulance Service

Download the NRS Safety Presentation | Download the NRS Safety Checklist

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