Lab Safety

We are committed to providing a safe laboratory experience for our students, faculty and staff. In an effort to achieve a safe environment, we provide ongoing safety training and produce a continually updated safety procedures manual.

The manual contains emergency personnel contact information, as well as procedures for handling severe weather emergencies, medical emergencies, fires, accidents, and building evacuations. Building evacuation route maps and safety equipment locator maps are also included in the manual.

We provide fire extinguisher training on an annual basis - a requirement of all our teaching assistants and research assistants - and also offer First Aid and CPR certification from E.H.& S. In conjunction with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, we also offer training in laser safety, biosafety, proper waste storage and removal and chemical storage.

All instructional laboratory students are provided with all personal protective equipment required for each lab. Training with laboratory safety equipment, such as safety phones, eye wash stations, fire blankets and safety showers, are also provided to all laboratory students.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and/or Material safety data sheets (MSDS) are available on all chemicals used in the department. Additionally, first aid kits are located in most instructional labs.

NIU Emergency Contacts

Environmental Health and Safety Director
Scott Mooberry
815-753-6250, office
815-739-2375, cell
815-756-9900, home

Office of Research Compliance and Integrity

Lab Safety Manager
Radiation and Biological Safety
Michele Crase
815-753-9251, office
815-762-1187, cell

Lab Safety Coordinator
Chemical Safety Coordinator
Jim Gable
815-753-1610, office
815-751-1934, cell
815-498-2658, home


Department Emergency Contacts/Alternates
Greg Fagerberg, Lab Manager
815-753-1953, office

Laurence Lurio, Department Chair
815-753-6470, office
815-260-4900, cell