Safety is central to the culture of Berkeley Lab. In the Chemical Sciences Division our research routinely involves the use of hazardous chemicals, high-powered high-harmonic lasers, rare radiological isotopes, and radiation-generating equipment. That is why Integrated Safety Management (ISM) is especially important to us and informs all the work we do. The objective of our Integrated Safety Management approach is to consistently perform work in a safe and environmentally sound manner.  Working safely is simply a part of how we do our jobs and work to accomplish our mission.


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Emergency! What to do

For Emergency Response to a serious or life-threatening injury or illness, call 911.

In an emergency, it is important to remain calm and assess the situation. Each emergency situation requires a different response depending on the nature of the emergency and its severity. Think through your response before you act, keeping your safety and the safety of others as your first priority. Below you will find links to valuable resources to help you plan for, manage, and report emergencies.

Reporting Emergencies – Who to call, how to report accidents or emergencies:

Emergency Links – Important Web sites in the event of an emergency

Building Manager

Building Emergency Team (BET) Duties of a BET

List of BET members
To get an updated list of BET members:  after logging in, select “Reports > By Division” in the left sidebar menu, and then select “Chemical Sciences”

Building Evacuation Information

  • Building evacuation location maps are posted in all Chemical Sciences building lobbies and main hallways.
  • In the event that the building fire alarms activate, immediately evacuate the building.
  • Walk, do not run.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Report to your assigned building assembly area.
  • Do not leave the assembly area until instructed to do so.

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(510) 495-2569

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(510) 926-0560

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(510) 486-5216

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Safety Resources

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All Hazards Awareness Employee Pocket Guide (PDF)

Corrosives Storage

CSD Incident Communication Tree

CSD Integrated Safety Management (ISM) Plan


Earthquake Safety Procedures

EHS Directory – Complete contact information for all of the people that support the Chemical Sciences Division

Electronic Waste – Specific instructions on disposing of e-waste

Emergency Response Guide – Information on preparing for and dealing with a wide variety of hazardous situations is provided in the red and orange Emergency Response Guides that can be found posted in hallways and laboratories.  If your lab does not have an Emergency Response Guide or you would like more, please contact your Safety Coordinator or Environment Health and Safety Liaison.



Emergency Status Information for Employees: 1-800-445-5830;

Ergonomics – Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has an outstanding ergonomics program that is integrated into the division.  Berkeley Lab’s extensive ergonomic safety program offers training, support, and equipment to help you avoid injuries in your office, laboratory, and at home.  Please see the links below for specific ergonomic resources:

Gas Cylinder Return Procedure


Grouper Logon Instructions

Hydrofluoric Acid Safety

Lab Alerts – Set up your phone to receive emergency alerts from Berkeley Lab

Lessons Learned Database

Liquid Nitrogen Dewar Fill Station Procedure

Radiological Program Self-Assessment

Safety Concerns

Safety Coordinator / Division EHS Liaison / Health & Safety Rep

Sharps Safety

Staff Preparedness Tools

Stop Work Policy

Training and Work Planning

Waste – EHS Waste Management Group – website for links, contacts and instructions for handling your various types of waste

Work Alone Policy