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Safety Overview

A laboratory environment, by definition, contains a substantial number of materials, processes, and equipment that represent potential hazards to health and safety. The multidisciplinary nature of the research conducted at the LLE facility makes it extremely important that each and every person working with hazardous materials, equipment, and processes be fully aware of the inherent risks and hazards associated with the conditions of his or her experiment, particularly when the experimental protocol involves hazards that fall outside their area of previous training and expertise. In such a situation, lack of attention to safety issues, whether due to indifference, lack of information, excessive haste, improper or unsafe experimental design or protocol, or faulty equipment, can have dire consequences.

The principal hazards that can be found in the laboratory work environment include
  • Physical hazards - Lasers, magnetic fields, ionizing radiation (UV, gamma radiation, x rays), microwave radiation, ultrasound, noise, and apparatus under pressure or vacuum
  • Chemical hazards - Materials that are flammable, combustible, toxic, carcinogenic, teratogenic (cause birth defects), oxidizers, reactive, or corrosive
  • Radiation hazards - Direct radiation produced from radiation producing device/experiments, e.g., x-ray generators, OMEGA & MTW experiments and radioactive isotopes used in experimental activities.
  • Fire hazards - Flammable and combustible materials
  • Electrical hazards - Sources of high voltage, current, or situations where electrical discharge could occur
Safe Working Environment

Ensuring a safe working environment at the LLE facility is a responsibility shared by all of its faculty, staff, and students. View our Safety Philosophy (pdf: 529 KB)

Several areas of responsibility include the following:

  • The University’s and LLE’s responsibilities include providing and maintaining a safe working environment, establishing safety guidelines and protocols, and monitoring to ensure regulatory compliance and employee safety.
  • The Safety Officers are responsible for providing training and support and guidance in safety-related issues for their specific areas of expertise (chemical, electrical, fire, laser, mechanical, and radiation), identifying potential hazards, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations and directives through periodic inspection of work areas and implementation and review of new and existing LLE safety directives and instructions.
  • Principal Investigators (PI’s) are responsible for ensuring that supervised personnel receive specific information and training on hazardous materials, lasers and other equipment with which they work and verifying that appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn for all experimental activities. The P. I. is also expected to enforce the adoption of safe work practices in his or her work area.
  • Laboratory staff and students are responsible for completing required safety training and knowing the potential hazards of materials and equipment before beginning experiments, following established safety protocols, using appropriate PPE to minimize exposure and reduce risk, and identifying and reporting potentially hazardous situations to their supervisor or the relevant safety officer.

Safety is everyone's business
  • Compliance with safety procedures is MANDATORY.
  • If an activity or practice seems unsafe, "Stop Work" and take time to address concerns.
  • Actions to be taken for Medical Emergencies must be known by all employees and communicated to visitors.
  • All hands must respond properly to Fire Alarms.
  • LLE and Omega Laser Facility access must be controlled for reasons of security and physical protection.
  • Employees and visitors alike must respect clean rooms.
Safety Officers
LLE Chief Safety Officer: Douglas Jacobs-Perkins
LLE Chief Safety Officer:
Douglas Jacobs-Perkins
Tel: (585) 275-8413
Email: Douglas Jacobs-Perkins
Cell: (585) 402-2475
Chemical Hygiene Officer: Kenneth L. Marshall
Chemical Hygiene Officer:
Kenneth L. Marshall
Tel: (585) 275-8247
Email: Kenneth L. Marshall
Pager: 1-877-502-9317
 Electrical Safety Officer:John Reid
Electrical Safety Officer:
John Reid
Tel: (585) 273-2621
Email: John Reid
Pager: 1-877-589-9735
Fire Safety Officer: John Sawyer
Fire Safety Officer:
John Sawyer
Tel: (585) 275-8652
Email: John Sawyer
Cell: (585) 353-9497
Laser Safety Officer: Eugene Kowaluk
Laser Safety Officer:
Eugene Kowaluk
Tel: (585) 275-1002
Email: Eugene Kowaluk
Pager: 1-877-402-7901
Radiation Safety Officer: Milton Shoup
Mechanical Safety Officer:
Milton Shoup
Tel: (585) 275-9636
Email: Milton Shoup
Radiation Safety Officer: Walter Shmayda
Radiation Safety Officer:
Walter Shmayda
Tel: (585) 275-5769
Email: Walter Shmayda
Cell: (585) 469-6340
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