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Safety Commitment

We are dedicated to building a strong safety culture and to maintaining a safe working environment for all faculty, staff and students in research and instructional laboratories.

Excellent safety practices go hand in hand with excellent research and teaching. We will help answer any questions you may have regarding safety practices in your laboratory or in the classroom.

 Please contact John Crozier with your safety questions and needs.


John W. Crozier, CSP

Program Manager, Laboratory Safety
Physical Sciences, G-wing, Room 106
Office: 480-965-5492 | Mobile: 480-375-8052

EMERGENCY: Call 9-1-1

ASU Emergency Response Guide

Non-emergency, Police, Tempe: 480-965-3456



What kind of safety training are you required to complete?

Whether you are a faculty or staff member, teaching assistant, postdoc, service professional or academic professional, it's easy to find out what type of safety training you must complete.

Follow this simple training determination tool. Managers may choose to use the tool to determine the training needs of current or future employee positions.

Environmental Health & Safety is dedicated to providing the training necessary to protect the health and welfare of ASU's community, interests and assets. We do provide the tools needed for a safe campus environment, in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. 

Laboratory-Specific Training


Reporting Accidents and Injuries

Reporting Accidents and Injuries

Arizona State University's policy on incident reporting and investigations requires that all incidents resulting in an injury to an ASU employee, student or visitor, or damage to ASU property in excess of $500, must be reported to Environmental Health and Safety.

For the purpose of this policy, an incident is defined as an occurrence or event that interrupts normal procedures or precipitates a crisis resulting in any of the following:

  • Injury or illness to ASU employees, students, and visitors
  • Events that were likely to cause potential injury or illness to an ASU employee, student, or visitor (near miss)
  • Damage to ASU property in excess of $500

Reporting incidents/injuries in the School of Molecular Sciences

Complete the ASU Incident/Injury report, link below, or call EH&S directly at (480) 965.1823. Please also notify John Crozier at John.Crozier@asu.edu, or 480-965-5492, or in person in PSG-106. Your cooperation in reporting incidents and injuries the same business day is greatly appreciated.

When an ASU employee is injured or becomes ill from a work-related incident, the Arizona Department of Administration requires that the two additional forms below be completed in order to process worker compensation claims.

Inspections, Safety Resources and Checklists

Inspections, Safety Resources and Checklists


ASU EH&S will conduct laboratory inspections to determine individual laboratory compliance with the ASU Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP). Inspections may be performed in conjunction with our School’s periodic audit conducted by John Crozier and/or our Safety Committee members. Any immediate safety concerns will be addressed during the inspection and report of findings will be issued. Unless otherwise stated, findings must be corrected and reported within 30 days.

Inspection Checklists

EH&S has provided the following inspection checklists. Please use these to prepare for pending lab inspections or as a standard for health and safety conditions in your laboratory.

Laboratory Registration

Laboratory Registration

All School of Molecular Sciences laboratories must be registered annually.

Laboratory registration is the process through which ASU maintains laboratory emergency contacts and information, develop and maintain laboratory chemical inventories, and establish laboratory safety inspections for ensuring compliance with the ASU Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Only currently registered lab spaces are permitted for the use of hazardous chemicals by the State of Arizona’s Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and the ASU Fire Marshal.

The registration must be updated annually to ensure emergency contact information is up-to-date and chemical inventories are accurate.  ASU Policy EHS 104

A laboratory is defined as a facility or room where potentially hazardous chemicals, biological agents or sources of energy (e.g. lasers, high voltage, radiation, etc.) are used and where scientific experimentation, research, or education occurs.

If you have a room, or share a room or facility that uses hazardous materials and it is not currently registered with EH&S, please complete the registration process. Instructions for completing the registration are available here.

To register your lab

The Principal Investigator (PI) or a designee must complete and submit the following to John.Crozier@asu.edu.

  • Responsible Party Information (RPI) form (Word Document)
  • Chemical Inventory Template (Excel Document) - include quantities and hazard rating information for all hazardous materials, including compressed gases

​​Submit these forms on your lab’s anniversary registration date, or when you have updates or changes to the RPI sheet or your lab's chemical inventories.  Registrations may be completed on the web. If you choose to register via the web and you are not already an EHSA user, you will need to request access as a new user. Tutorials are available to help guide you.

Signage related to the registration will be sent to the PI or SMS safety office for posting at the laboratory entrance(s). The lab registration sign provides important reference information in the event EH&S or emergency response personnel must enter the lab or contact you.

Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relevant to health and safety matters must be developed and followed when laboratory work involves the use of hazardous chemicals, especially for “particularly hazardous substances” (PHSs) SOPs should be written by laboratory personnel who are most knowledgeable and involved with the experimental process. The development and implementation of SOPs is a core component of promoting a strong safety culture in the laboratory and helps ensure a safe work environment.

EH&S has prepared templates for many common lab chemicals and PHSs.

Administrative SOPs may be required in certain situations

High risk materials handling procedures and technical documents

Visitors, Volunteers, and Minors in Labs

Visitors, Volunteers, and Minors in Labs

Laboratory Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that vendors, contractors, visitors, volunteers, and minors understand the dangers involved in the area they are working in or visiting. Lab PI’s shall ensure that any person performing any work for any period of time receive the minimum required safety training, including lab-specific training, prior to beginning work in the space. Also, the lab PI shall provide the minimum assessed personal protective equipment (PPE) to each visitor, volunteer, or minor. Contractors will have their own PPE.

Safety Manager: John Crozier, crozierj@asu.edu
Department Head: Neal Woodbury, nwoodbury@asu.edu

The ASU Minors in Laboratories policy, EHS-116, prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from entering an ASU laboratory. Exceptions include minors who are participating in an organized education program that has been approved by the School Director. Additional exceptions must be approved by EH&S.


Compressed Gas Safety and ASU Gas Services

Compressed Gas Safety and ASU Gas Services

If you need compressed gases including liquid helium, liquid nitrogen, dry ice, etc., contact ASU Gas Services. You are required to order these items via SunRISE. Gas cylinders are available via the "Favorites" tab.

There are several items that may need pre-approval from EH&S and CPMG before you are allowed to house them in your individual laboratories.

Every ASU employee (faculty, staff, researchers and part-time employees) who performs any of the tasks, must complete EH&S “Under Pressure” compressed gas safety training:

  • Physically transport compressed gas cylinders
  • Secure compressed gas cylinders for use in a laboratory
  • Connect/disconnect regulators to compressed gas cylinders
  • Manipulate regulators on compressed gases that are pyrophoric and highly reactive/toxic

For direct access to “Under Pressure” Compressed Gas Training, Enroll

Access to the “Liquid Nitrogen Fill Station Safety” training, Enroll

A mentor portion (Compressed Gas All User Practicum) is also required to complete the course. See your laboratory trainer for more information. If you wish to become a laboratory trainer, contact John Crozier at John.Crozier@asu.edu.

Using compressed gases in your laboratory
If compressed gases are stored or used in your area, there should be a copy of the Compressed Gases Services Program PDF physically or electronically available to employees.

Building Emergency Evacuation Plan

Building Emergency Evacuation Plan

Managers are responsible for making sure that new employees review and understand the Building Emergency Evacuation Plan for the School of Molecular Science. If you have any plan related questions or would like to volunteer to serve as a floor warden or provide voluntary assistance in conducting planned/choreographed emergency drills, please contact John Crozier

Safety Periodicals and Resources

Safety Committee

Safety Committee