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Chemical Health & Safety News

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Creating Safety Cultures


Experimenting with Danger

Experimenting with Danger from the US Chemical Safety Board.

Creating Art Safely

Useful safety information for art studio personnel:

Creating Art Safely - A Six Step Process from Thomas C. Ouimet on Vimeo.

Brochure--Safety Guide for Art Studios

Laboratory Safety & Chemical Waste Management Training

Intended Audience: New faculty and staff, new graduate students, new research assistants, visiting professors and researchers as well as all other laboratory personnel who have not received training at UConn. This training is required for compliance under OSHA and EPA regulations for people working with chemicals. Annual retraining is required for faculty, staff, graduate students, research assistants and researchers that have attended the initial training. Please register online.


The Chemical Health and Safety Section has a dual role: first, it serves the University in general as the source for chemical, biological and hazardous waste removal, storage, and disposal; second, it offers, primarily the research community, a consultative resource for health and safety issues from a chemical and laboratory perspective. In both roles, Chemical Health & Safety staff are tasked with promoting University compliance with applicable OSHA, EPA, Connecticut DEP, DoT, and other employee/environmental safety regulations. The Chemical Health and Safety section provides this support and these services to a broad range of faculty and staff working in a variety of settings, including Facilities Operations, Researchers, food service, custodial services, farm services, Public Safety, and office and administrative areas. Chemical Health and Safety develops policies and procedures, conducts training, responds to chemically-related incidents, and performs laboratory inspections, hazardous waste audits, and accident/spill investigations. Issues that are commonly referred to Chemical Health and Safety include: hazard characterization; hazard assessment; waste determination; indoor air quality; reproductive hazards in the lab; lab design and set-up; engineering control evaluation (fume hoods); and personal protective equipment selection.


Brent Lewchik, Manager, 486-4927

  • OSHA Lab Standard, general safety questions in laboratory settings
  • Specialty areas: lab ventilation, exposure monitoring, Chemical Risk Assessments

Denis Shannon, Chemical Health and Safety Senior Specialist, 486-3115

  • Hazardous waste determinations, chemical recycling, Universal wastes, Connecticut Regulated wastes

Vacant, Chemical Health and Safety Specialist I,

  • Laboratory Safety and Chemical Waste training, fume hood evaluations, laboratory inspections

Shanelle DeVeaux, Chemical Health and Safety Specialist I, 486-2691

  • Chemical Inventory

David Judd, EH&S Health and Safety Technician II, 486-1804

  • Chemical and biological waste pick-ups, biological sharps distribution