All undergraduate engineering students receive WHMIS training in 1A.
When students take a course which has some unusual hazards associated with the laboratory, special instructions are given. These are written instructions documenting the hazard and safety procedure and are accompanied by a brief explanation by the lab instructor. The student then signs that he/she understands the safety procedures and will follow them.
Currently, the MSCI courses deemed to have these unusual hazards are:
- MSCI 100, 131
Expectations for students
- Students must adhere to written safety rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures.
- Follow verbal safety instructions throughout the academic term. Since additional instructions may be given at the beginning of laboratory sessions, it is important that students arrive at each session on time.
- Complete mandatory safety training.
- Consult with PI/Lab Supervisor before using hazardous materials or conducting high risk experimental procedures and obtain prior approval if required.
- Keep work area safe and uncluttered. Practice good housekeeping and chemical hygiene.
- Use personal protective equipment as required.
- Never work alone in the lab.
- Absolutely no food, drink, or smoking is permitted in the lab at any time.
- Use equipment for its intended purpose only.
- Report all broken equipment, emergencies, injuries, near misses, or safety concerns to the PI/lab supervisor.
- In the event of an emergency, call 911 and the UW Police at ext. 22222.
It is expected that each student will work in a responsible manner and exercise good judgment and common sense. If at any time you are not sure how to handle a particular situation, ask your teaching assistant or instructor for advice. The area lab manager can give you advice if it is requested, but he/she is probably not totally familiar with your project.
DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING WITH WHICH YOU ARE NOT COMPLETELY FAMILIAR.
It is always better to ask questions than to risk harm to yourself or others, or damage to the equipment.
STUDENTS WHO DO NOT FOLLOW LABORATORY RULES MAY HAVE THEIR LABORATORY PRIVILEGES REVOKED.