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.


tbd, faculty co-chair, 2018-2019

tbd, staff co-chair, 2018-2019


Vickie Backus

Associate Laboratory Professor in Biology

 work(802) 443-5647
 fax802 443 2072
 Mon 11:15-12:05, Tues 11:30-12:20, Wed 10:10-11:00, Thurs 9:30-10:45
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 432

Paul Hess

Assistant Professor of Physics

 work(802) 443-5860
 Fall 2019: Mon & Fri: 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Wed: 3 - 4 PM, Th: 12:15 - 12:45 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
 Fall 2019: Mon 1:30-2:30pm, Wed 10-11am, Fri 11am-noon and by appointment
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 275

Lindsay Repka

Asst Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

 work(802) 443-3496
 Fall 2019 (in MBH 451): Mon. 4:00-5:00PM, Wed. 3:30-4:30PM, Thurs. 9:00-10:00AM, and by appointment
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 451

David West

Professor of Geology

 work(802) 443-3476
 Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 8:00-9:45
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 428

Tim Wickland

Director of Sciences Support Services and Bicentennial Hall

 work(802) 443-5421
 McCardell Bicentennial Hall 333