Princeton Engineering is committed to ensuring a safe and healthful working environment for all faculty, staff, students and visitors.
To this end, the school’s Safety Committee has created a set of policies and guidelines outlined here and in the Safety Guidebook.
A central element of the engineering school’s safety program is inspections. The school’s safety administrator conducts two inspections in each department each year.
Safety program highlights
Emergency Information Posters
An Emergency Information Poster shall be displayed at the entrance to each laboratory, storage area, or other space containing equipment or materials that could pose unusual hazards to response personnel during an emergency. EIP poster information must be reviewed and updated every six months. Initial the EIP poster to indicate the update has been completed. For more information please reference the complete EIP policy.
- Spill kits are located on the ground (1st) floor near each elevator throughout the building.
- Additional spill control materials are available outside at the E-Quad Loading Dock near the G-Wing entrance and Hazardous Waste Room Shed 7.
- Public Safety x911 and EHS x5294 must be notified if the chemical spill exceeds one gallon, if fire or personal injury is involved, if there has been a release to the environment, or if the individual does not feel he/she can clean up the spill safely.
- Lab safety cabinet in 3rd floor A-D hallway which contains the following supplies for emergency situations:
- Mercury spill emergency cleanup kit (for small quantity containment)
- Hydrofluoric Acid exposure to skin or eyes emergency response: Calcium Gluconate Gel
- Hydrofluoric Acid spill emergency cleanup supplies (for small quantity containment)
- Portable Spill Kit located in the 3rd floor A-D hallway
EHS administers contracts with chemical disposal firms to provide for the prompt, safe, proper, and legal disposal of chemical wastes. All of the up-to-date info on hazardous waste disposal can be found on the EHS website.
Chemical Waste Pickups are generally scheduled for the last Thursday of each month, January through October. There is no pickup in November; the following pickup is the second Thursday in December.
The Engineering School’s waste drop-off location is Shed 7 at the Receiving Dock. The collection room is open the day before the pickup (normally a Wednesday) from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.. Please contact the hazardous waste pick-up coordinators Joe Laskow (8-4739) or Phil Curry (8-4563) if you have question regarding drop times, location or procedures.
The Engineering School has special procedures to deal with labs that generate medical wastes. These items are not to be disposed with normal trash or hazardous waste. A specific Medical Waste Storage cabinet has been set up at the Receiving Dock to house this material. Full info on this can be found in the Medical Waste Policy document.
Strong acids and bases cannot be poured down drains without proper neutralization. Please see the complete policy for more details.
Lab Coat Cleaning Service
The Engineering School offers a professional cleaning service to clean lab coats. Pick-ups are weekly with returns the following week. For more details please see the procedures page.