We are committed to providing a safe laboratory experience for our students, faculty and staff. In an effort to achieve a safe environment, we provide ongoing safety training and produce a yearly Safety Procedures Manual.

The Safety Procedures Manual contains emergency personnel contact information, as well as procedures for handling severe weather emergencies, medical emergencies, fires, chemical spills and building evacuations. Building evacuation route maps and safety equipment locator maps are also included in the manual.

The department provides fire extinguisher training on an annual basis—a requirement for all our graduate students—and also offers First Aid and CPR certification every two years. Also, in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety, the department offers training in laser safety, biosafety and proper chemical and waste storage and removal.

All instructional laboratory students are provided with personal protective equipment, including safety goggles, lab coats and disposable gloves. Training with laboratory safety equipment, such as safety phones, eye wash stations, fire blankets and safety showers, is also provided. Proper clothing, including closed‐toed shoes, long pants, lab coats and shirts with sleeves, must be worn at all times while in lab.

Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are available on all chemicals used in the department. Additionally, first aid kits are located in every research and instructional lab.

Documents and Resources

NIU Emergency Contacts

Environmental Health and Safety

Scott Mooberry
815-753-6250 (office)
815-739-2375 (cell)
815-756-9900 (home)

Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety

Laboratory Safety Manager
Michele Crase
815-753-9251 (office)
815-762-1187 (cell)

Laboratory Safety Officer
Jim Gable
815-753-1610 (office)
815-751-1934 (cell)

Department Emergency Contacts/Alternates

Lab Manager
Beth Reiter

Environmental Health and Safety Technician I
Dave Rapp

Department Chair
Victor Ryzhov

Stores Supervisor
Steve Swed