Safety Procedures

Emergencies – Dial 911

Emergency Guidelines:

Please familiarize yourself with the locations of exits, the nearest fire extinguisher, and basement shelter areas. Evacuation maps are posted throughout the building.

Emergency Preparedness Flipchart:
Visit the following website for preparedness guidelines related to physical threats.

Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Phone: Campus Police (734) 763-1131

Laboratory Safety
Any concerns about safety in (MC)2, please discuss them with your supervisor, Principal Investigator, and (MC)2 staff.

UM Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Department
Phone: (734) 647-1143

EHS’s specialized program areas lead the University safety effort and support through partnership, guidance, and education to promote health, safety, protection and enhancement of the environment, and regulatory compliance.

Safety Training

Federal law requires that all employees who work in or enter laboratory rooms receive basic safety training. Students attending classes, who are not employees, are exempt from this requirement. Also, if you only work in an office, or computer “lab” and never enter other labs or the loading dock or machine shop, you are not required to attend the safety training. This Comprehensive Lab Safety Training is provided by UM EHS.

Go to the EHS Safety Training Website: Select the quick link on the left of the screen to determine the kind of safety training you need to take and register for an online course. You are required to pass the tests at the end of the training and provide documentation to (MC)2 staff that you have completed the training. You should be familiar with basic laboratory safety, radiation hazards, compressed gas handling, liquified gas handling, and vacuum systems.

Read the COE and EHS expectations for conducting safe research.

Accidents and Injuries

In case of an accident or injury, click here for required reporting procedures. In addition, a copy of any accident report, medical form, and any other related documents must be given to Deanna Wendel.

Equipment & Standard Operating Procedures

Equipment Handbooks
There are equipment handbooks for (MC)2 instruments and these serve as reduced instruction manuals and standard operating procedure guides.

Standard Operating Procedures
Other standard operating procedures for gas, chemical handling, etc. are also available in PDF format.


Material Safety Data Sheets
Material Safety Data Sheets for chemicals show safe handling recommendations, permissible exposure limits, first aid, etc. See or the EHS MSDS website.

Chemical Inventories
Chemical inventories are posted on the doors of all (MC)2 labs and office that contain significant quantities of chemicals so that they are available to EHS and emergency responders.

Special Note on HF (Hydrofluoric Acid)
(MC)2  does not permit the presence, use or storage of hydrofluoric acid in any (MC)2 location. 

Chemical Waste
Chemical solutions may not be poured down drains – Waste must be collected and disposed properly see (MC)2 has waste solvent and other chemical bottles in the sample preparation areas. Do NOT mix incompatible chemicals, if you are uncertain about compatibility, ask a (MC)2 staff member. Discharged batteries may be placed in a white 5-gallon pail marked for them in the “HazMat” cabinet on the loading dock.


Contact the Center Manager Bobby Kerns.