Sciences Environmental Health & Safety

Middlebury College defines a lab as a physical space operated by the College for teaching or research, that is equipped to conduct experiments, tests, investigations, or other activities which may cause exposure to chemical, radioactive, biological or physical hazards (such as lasers and magnets).  Laboratories at Middlebury include scientific labs, field research locations, and fine art studios, as well as areas that support labs such as prep rooms and chemical storage areas.

A strong safety culture is an integral part of the safe practice of science and is an essential component of science education.   Lab safety programs are a key component of a strong safety culture.  If you will be working in a laboratory at Middlebury please review the Safety in Laboratories tab on the left sidebar to determine applicable training requirements.

The Resources tab provides links and additional information related to the selection of personal protective equipment, location of safety data sheets, Middlebury specific forms and guidance, as well as links to additional safety related topics.

Incident reporting is an important component of ensuring work spaces are safe and potential hazards or known issues are corrected.  The Incident Reporting tab provides guidance on incident and near-miss reporting procedures.

Disposal of waste generated in laboratories at Middlebury are subject to Federal, State, and local regulations.  The Waste Disposal tab provides important information regarding appropriate disposal of biological, chemical, radiological, and other laboratory waste.

Laboratory safety programs at Middlebury are supported by faculty and staff in the sciences as well as other  departments.  The Contacts tab provides contact information for members of the Sciences EH&S Working Group, the Laboratory Safety Committee, as well as emergency contact information.

We strive to engage students' capacity for rigorous analysis and independent thought within a wide range of disciplines and endeavors, and to cultivate the intellectual, creative, physical, ethical, and social qualities essential for leadership in a rapidly changing global community.

—Middlebury College Mission Statement (excerpt)


Lab Safety