University of Delaware - College of Engineering
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Safety

ECE Safety Guide

 

ECE has an outstanding safety performance record and has had zero student injuries and zero incidents that impacted the environment. In line with Federal and State Regulations as well as UD policy, we insure that appropriate safety training is provided to students, Post Docs, faculty, staff and visiting scientists commensurate with their work, projects and assignments. It is the policy of ECE that, as appropriate, training in Right-to-Know, Chemical Hygiene, Chemical Waste Management, Compressed Gas Safety and Laboratory Ventilation (Fume Hood Safety) must be completed before access to commensurate laboratories will be granted; also that annual retraining is current. Additionally, all new graduate students must complete the UD New Graduate Student Safety Orientation regardless of field of study or work. Further details about the safety training required to be granted access to the labs are outlined in the following document: ECE Lab Access Requirements.

Commensurate with their work, projects and assignments, additional safety training in such topics as Toxic Chemicals, Lasers, X-Ray, Radioactive Materials, and Cryogenics (primarily Liquid Nitrogen) as well as HydroFlouric Acid safety (including annual retraining) and Clean Room Conduct and Safety is provided as required. Further
safety information is available at
http://www.udel.edu/OHS/chemhygieneplan.pdf

All of this training is documented. As appropriate, original training documents are retained by Department of Occupational Health and Safety while copies are kept at ECE.

Since we have a variety of research techniques and protocols in the ECE laboratories, we also strive to provide a safe work environment on a daily basis. Through the use of Standard Operating Procedures, quarterly formal safety inspections, and additional informal inspections we are attentive to potential safety hazards and can proactively correct them before they may cause an injury. To this end, we also have an ECE safety committee which is comprised of students, faculty and staff. The committee serves as an extension of DOHS and meets quarterly with UD safety personnel. The Chemical Hygiene Officer for ECE also sits on the UD Chemical Hygiene Committee, which recommends chemical safety policy to the Provost's office.


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