Laboratory Safety Committee


The Laboratory Safety Committee’s work focuses on promoting a culture of safety within the Middlebury Sciences.  Members serve as liaisons to their respective departments, and work with the Chemical Hygiene Officer to regularly review, update, improve and implement Middlebury’s Chemical Hygiene Plan. The Committee will meet periodically to develop, review and reassess laboratory environmental health and safety policies and procedures relating to both chemical and physical hazards, review safety incidents or near misses related to general laboratory and chemical safety, support the development of laboratory safety training requirements and programs, and prepare written recommendations on behalf of the committee to College administration as necessary.


David West, faculty co-chair, 2019-2020

Caitlin Carr, staff co-chair, 2019-2020


Vickie Backus

Associate Laboratory Professor in Biology

 work(802) 443-5647
 fax802 443 2072
 J term 2020 by appointment or come to my office
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 432

Paul Hess

Assistant Professor of Physics

 work(802) 443-5860
 Spring 2020: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Appointments can be scheduled via e-mail or in-person when my door is open.
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 313

Matthew Kimble

Professor of Psychology

 work(802) 443-5402
 Spring 2020: Mon 1:30-2:35pm, Wed 4:15-6pm, Thurs 2:20-3pm and by appointment
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 275

Lindsay Repka

Asst Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

 work(802) 443-3496
 Spring 2020 (in MBH 451): Mon. 4:00-5:00PM, Wed. 3:00-4:00PM, Thurs. 11:00-12:00PM, and by appointment
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 451

David West

Professor of Geology

 work(802) 443-3476
 Monday & Wednesday - 10 to 11:30
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 428

Tim Wickland

Director of Sciences Support Services and Bicentennial Hall

 work(802) 443-5421
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 333