Environmental Health and Safety

Chemicals & Hazardous Materials

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When using chemicals or hazardous materials at American University, faculty, staff, and students are expected to follow all appropriate regulations and university policies. Once any chemicals or hazardous materials have been used, all waste must be disposed of properly.

Chemical Emergency Resources (WISER)

The Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders, or WISER, provides a wealth of information on hazardous substances. Although designed for first responders, it is a great resource for any individual seeking chemical identification support, health information, handling recommendations, environmental effects, and more.

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory

Prudent Practices in the Laboratory: Handling and Management of Chemical Hazards is a great resource for those interested in learning more about chemical safety in the laboratory. Topics include chemical and waste management, laboratory facilities and security, applicable safety laws, and more. Downloads for individual use are available free on the National Academy Press website.

Exploring Laboratory Accidents

In 2011, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board issued an informational video exploring three laboratory accidents that have occurred at higher education institutions across the country. The events leading up to each accident and their implications on laboratory safety culture is discussed. A link to the video can be found under "Quick Links" on the right-hand side of this page.

Hazardous Waste

For hazardous waste disposal or removal requests, please contact:

Phillip J. Brown
Assistant Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2367
Email: phil@american.edu

Leanne Wright, MPH, ASP
Assistant Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2007
Email: pina@american.edu