Environmental Health and Lab Safety

MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is committed to maintaining a safe environment by working cooperatively with the MIT Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office. The MIT EHS Office is responsible for the management and delivery of services that promote environmentally responsible practices at MIT, reduce MIT’s impact on the environment, and protect the health and safety of the community at the operational level.

EHS Training

Training is required before beginning work with any potentially hazardous materials in an MIT laboratory. Your EHS representative, who serves as the primary EHS contact in your lab, can guide you through the training process. If you do not know your EHS representative, contact your EHS coordinator for more information. You should begin your EHS training by completing a Training Needs Assessment. This process will generate training requirements based on your research activities. Many of the required courses are provided by EHS both online and in a classroom setting.

CEE Training

Depending on the requirements generated by your Training Needs Assessment, you may need to undergo some department-specific training. The instructions below are related to that training. If you have any questions, please contact either your EHS representative or EHS coordinators John MacfarlaneSteve Rudolph or Kathy Briana.

Chemical Hygiene Plan and Signature
Researchers and lab supervisors are required to read this plan and sign the acknowledgement page certifying that they have read it. Complete this online form after reading the plan.

Chemical Hygiene Plan (pdf)

Lab Specific Chemical Hygiene Training
Building 1: Contact EHS coordinators Steve Rudolph or Kathy Briana.
Building 48: Lab-specific chemical hygiene training and information about managing hazardous waste is provided annually in September or by appointment.Contact EHS coordinator John MacFarlane for more information

EHS Representative Tools

EHS Representative Orientation
EHS Representatives should attend EHS0760c-A: EHS Representative Orientation.

EHS Representative Notebook

EHS on Atlas
Space registration, training reconciliation, inspections and training reports.

Training Reports
EHS reps can run a principal investigator (PI) training report by choosing Report 3: Report on all registered users under a PI or supervisor.

Level I Inspection Checklist: completed weekly, no record needed.
Level II Inspection Checklist: completed twice annually by EHS team.

Lab Personnel Checkout List (pdf)
Avoid unknown and orphan chemical expenses and hazards. Departing researchers should complete this form before leaving a lab.

CEE EHS Contacts

EHS Coordinators for Building 1
Stephen Rudolph

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Kathy Briana

EHS Coordinator for Building 48
John MacFarlane


EHS Lead Contact
Zhanna Davidovitz