Chemicals and/or hazardous materials play an important and essential role in both research and teaching operations at the University of Texas at Dallas.  The Chemical Safety Program establishes policies, procedures, and training for the safe acquisition, use, storage, and disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials on campus.  The Chemical Safety Program provides information useful in the recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace hazards and environmental factors existing within and/or associated with the laboratories of the University.

Chemical safety depends on the use of safe practices, appropriate engineering controls, personal protective equipment, a minimum quantity of hazardous material, and/or substitution of less hazardous chemicals.  The hazardous properties of the material and/or chemical, as well as its intended use, will dictate the precautions to be taken.

The Chemical Safety Program is further supported by the Institutional Biosafety and Chemical Safety Committee (IBCC) which assists in developing guidelines and polices for the safe handling and use of chemicals and/or hazardous materials by all laboratory personnel.

Classes of Hazardous Chemicals

Chemicals can be divided into several hazard classes. The hazard class will determine how these materials should be stored and handled, as well as what special equipment and procedures are needed to use them safely. The fundamental classes of hazardous chemicals are:

  • Flammables
  • Corrosives
  • Oxidizers
  • Reactives (Water Reactive, Pyrophorics, Peroxide Forming Chemicals, etc.)
  • Health (Irritants, Sensitizers, Toxins, etc.)
  • Compressed Gases
  • Nanomaterials

It is important to note that chemicals may be characterized by more than one or a combination of several hazard classes.   For additional information regarding the safe use and handling of chemicals, please reference the University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) and/or the the chemical’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

Training

All training courses are accessible through the Laboratory Management System (BioRAFT). A NetID and registration with a UTD research laboratory is required for access. If you are visiting a campus lab or do not have a NetID, please contact labsafety@utdallas.edu for a temporary account.

Available Courses

Course Requirements Method
Laboratory Safety Orientation Required for individuals exposed to chemical, biological or environmental hazards in a laboratory Classroom/ Online
Chemical Hygiene Required for individuals who will work with hazardous chemicals Online
Hazardous Waste Management Required for individuals who will work with or dispose of hazardous wastes Online
Controlled Substances Required for individuals who will work with DEA controlled substances Online