Grainger Safety

DRS Safety Videos 

The Division of Research Safety is continuously working to provide our groups up-to-date training and resources.

We would like to highlight this commitment to safety and encourage you to view their latest video resources.

A few of their new videos include:
How to Safely and Effectively Use Gloves as PPE
Laser Alignment Safety
How to Test Peroxide Formers
Create and Edit Your DRS Profile

Visit DRS' YouTube for more videos

Safety Policy Statement

The Grainger College of Engineering (GCOE) is dedicated to protecting the environment, health and safety for all those who work or visit the college, and our community. 

GCOE pledges to:

  • Create a safe and healthy workplace.
  • Maintain respect for the environment.
  • Respect and adhere to all applicable laws, regulations, and university environmental, health and safety requirements.

GCOE supports and follows the edicts expounded in the Campus Administrative Manual’s Environmental Health and Safety directive, which includes the responsibility for safety at each level of the organization – dean/director/head, principal investigator/investigator/supervisor and student/employee/visitor. 

To help us meet our safety responsibilities, I have charged the GCOE Office of Safety to act as a resource for research and occupational safety and to liaise with university safety and security resources and external regulatory bodies, as appropriate.

By working together with a shared goal of safety and security, we can achieve a safe and healthy work environment for all those who work, study and visit The Grainger College of Engineering.

Rashid Bashir, Dean

Rashid Bashir
Rashid Bashir

Safety First noticeNational Safety Month

National Safety Month is a dedication each June to bring extra attention to the safety issues faced from the workplace to anyplace.

Opportunities to engage with safety are all around us. Whether it’s participating in safety drills, identifying hazards or taking training, you can make a difference.

Campus Safety and Compliance Support Units are available to support you and the work you do. Below are some resources that could help you have safety related discussions this month.

See and Fix Workplace Hazards
What Training do I Need? - Division of Research Safety (DRS)
Safety Posters and Videos - DRS
How to Keep People Safe During an Emergency in Your Space - Emergency Management (UIPD)
Safety Program Checklist - A checklist to help you ensure your Research Group's Safety Program is up-to-date.

Safety Pledge

Compressed Gas Safety

Compressed gases expose users to both chemical and physical hazards. Take the appropriate measures to mitigate the hazards of compressed gases.

Below are resources to help ensure you are following all necessary precautions and guidelines when working with compressed gases.

Compressed Gas Safety - DRS Training
Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety - DRS Library
Transporting Gas Cylinders - DRS Video
Gas Cylinder Regulator Installation - DRS Video

Summer Weather Safety

Summer in Illinois brings new and exciting energy (especially after long winters), but extended exposure to heat and high index values can also come with a number of safety risks. We also tend to spend more time outdoors in the summer and you may encounter some health and safety hazards depending on the activity, location, and habitat.

Whether you will be spending your summer outdoors for your job, research, or just for leisure, please ensure you mitigate the risk from the more common hazards associated with the summer season.

DRS' Safety Library is a great place to start for information.

Heat Stress
Ultraviolet Radiation
Bees and Wasps


Additional resources related to summer safety can be found below.
A Summer Survival Guide - Illinois Department of Public Health
Heat Safety Tool App - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Summer Safety - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Proper Lab Attire

Are you dressed for the weather outside or for your work in the lab?

Appropriate lab attire provides basic protection against skin exposure and is a critical part of required PPE.

Wear pants that cover the entire leg (capris are not acceptable). Note: skirts may be worn, but they must be ankle-length. 

Wear close-toed shoes that cover the area of the skin between the shoe and ankle (loafers or ballet-flats that expose the top of the foot are not allowed).

Read more about PPE and appropriate lab clothing on DRS' website

Your Well-being Matters

Help yourself stay healthy while working

You spend a lot of time during the day working, so here are a few simple tips to help keep you comfortable and focused:

• Set up your office or work area for optimal posture and ergonomic comfort.
• Schedule regular breaks to stretch and move.
• Computer users can help prevent eye strain by frequently looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
• Keep a work-life balance.
• Stick to a daily routine.
• Eat a healthy balanced diet.
• Stay hydrated with plenty of water.
• Reduce stress by practicing mindfulness.
• Maintain personal connections.

For more information check out some of our university resources below:
Work-life Balance
Mental Health & Wellness

Last Updated: 6/5/2024 4:13:40 PM