safety first

Mission Statement

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is committed to providing a safe working environment for all members of the department. We insist that all faculty, staff, students, and researchers use safe work methods and practices at all times.

The safety and health efforts of this department are an integral part of our daily operations.  In order to ensure the well-being of all those in the department, we will accept no less than full cooperation and participation in our safety practices and procedures. The people of this department are our greatest asset and we are very serious about making sure everyone returns home healthy at the end of every workday.


Our goal as a department is a "drive to zero" work-related injuries and illnesses. In order to make this possible, we use periodic laboratory audits and Near Miss/Learning Experience Reports to continually improve our safety program. We also strive to maintain an open line of communication between the members of our department and our MatSE Safety Awareness Organization (MSAO) to address any issues that may arise.

Employees and Students

According to MatSE Department Policy, we require that all students, and any staff who may be working in a lab to pass the department safety exam before we can grant access to any of the department labs, which includes the computer lab. You can prepare for the exam by reading the safety manual located here: Department Safety Manual. When you are comfortable with the material, please contact for instructions on completing the exam.  

It is the obligation of students and staff to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working and to be proactive in identifying areas of safety concern wherever they exist in the department.

Supervisors, Faculty, Advisors

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all members under their purview have had the appropriate training, that all members are provided the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), and that all operations are carried out with the utmost regard to safety.

University Policy

All members of the department should be aware of and in compliance with all University safety policies. Click here for a complete listing of these policies.

MatSE Safety Awareness Organization (MSAO)

The MatSE Safety Awareness Organization (MSAO) is responsible for the leadership of all safety efforts within the department and provides all resources which are necessary for an effective safety program. Read more about the MSAO committee here.

Accident Reporting

If you are injured on-site, please follow the protocol outlined here for accident/incident reporting.

Steidle Emergency Evacuation Plan

If the alarm sounds, exit the building immediately from the nearest stairwell. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR.  If you need assistance with the stairs, the stairwells are an area of refuge.  Proceed to the nearest stairwell and floor sweepers for will assist you if possible.  If not, they will alert first responders to your location to be rescued.

Once you are outside, proceed to the designated meeting site, (EE West loading dock) and await further instruction.  Role call will be taken to account for everyone in the building.  Do not attempt to reenter the building before given the all clear.

If you have any questions, please contact your Lab Safety Manager (LSM). You can also contact Scott Henninger or Dr. Kupp at

Safety Links

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Safety Requirements

Safety Contacts

Near Miss Reports

Safety Media

Links & Forms