Chemistry Safety Programs and Training

Please refer to your research or teaching faculty to determine the types of safety training you are required to complete.  Whether you are a research student enrolled in CHEM 199/299/399 or 393 honors, a Directed Study student, or a student enrolled in an academic lab course, speak to your lead professor for more information about specific training which may be required for your laboratory experience.  Stockroom student employee safety training is directed by the Stockroom and Safety Manager.  Most safety training courses are required annually, but some training are required for each course every semester for each laboratory you access.

General and specialized safety training are required before engaging in SUNY Geneseo Chemistry laboratories. For students, substitution of training from other organizations or institutions are not accepted as formal training since operational guidelines, emergency procedures, and waste management protocols are unique to the college.

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Laboratory Safety is Our Priority

1:10 faculty to student ratio for Chemistry majors in CHEM labs

13 Chem Laboratory Courses comprehensive, tailored, and documented safety education and programming embedded in every class

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Checking inventory organic lab

Designated Safety Trainers

Contact the Lead Chemistry Faculty associated with their respective academic and research labs for more information about:

Safety Training

  • Techniques
  • Instrumentation
  • Chemical hygiene
  • Research Labs
  • Academic Labs


For more information about academic lab safety lectures and department hazardous waste management, contact Daniel Jacques, Chem Stockroom and Safety Manager, by emailing

Risk Assessment


Faculty Research

Undergraduate research is an important part of integrating the safety skills you learn in academic labs for application to real world laboratories. Chemistry research faculty will prepare you for what you need to know to succeed, stay safe, and practice a culture of safety as you prepare for your professional career.

Hazardous Waste Training

Department Hazardous Waste Management training is only offered within the first three weeks of each fall and spring semester. The program is administrated by the Department Safety Manager.

Haz Waste Training is required for students, faculty, and staff annually. 

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Rigorous Chemistry Student Employee Training & Internship Programs

Students employed in Chemistry via the Chemistry Stockroom are active, engaged, and intentional partners on a four year progressive employable skills program developing and engaging laboratory leadership and laboratory management skills. Integrative safety culture is deeply fostered as a core value.  

Chemistry Stockroom

Chemistry Safety Highlights

Academic Lab Safety Lecture

Comprehensive Academic Chem Lab Safety Lectures

Safety training, education, and assessment tailored to each and every Chemistry lab course. Dedicated safety training and education offered as the first scheduled session of every academic lab course and reinforced during each and every semester at Geneseo.  

Lecturer Barnabas Gikonyo

Personalized Faculty Engagement

Chemistry and Biochemistry students are mentored in research experiences directly by Faculty to develop rigorous thinking and analytical skills with a safety mindset, making it a highly marketable degree.

Hazardous Waste Training

Geneseo's Chemical Hygiene Wiki

Geneseo Faculty and Staff may review and comment on any section of the Chemical Hygiene Wiki by signing into the Geneseo Wiki with your Geneseo credentials.