Environment, Health and Safety at the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity

The Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) is committed to providing a safe research environment. Together with the Environment, Health, and Safety Office, we promote environmentally responsible practices, reduce our environmental impact, and protect the community's health and safety within our workspaces.

There are requirements, including prior training, for everyone in the department — faculty, staff and students, — who work with potentially hazardous materials or in such activities.  All principal investigators, graduate students, UROP students, postdocs, visiting scientists , and other researchers working in a laboratory must complete an EHS Training Needs assessment in the MIT Learning Center.

Your laboratory has an EHS representative who can guide you through the training process. If you don't know your EHS rep, contact the LMP EHS coordinator Dan Herrick for more information.

Begin your EHS training by completing your EHS Training Needs assessment at the online MIT Learning Center in the "My Profile" section, then select the tab for "My EHS Training Needs"  and update your EHS profile with the correct information about your PI and EHS-related activities. The resulting "My Required Training" section provides a summary of your EHS training requirements and shows the course options available to you. It also links you directly to web course options or to sign up for classroom training.  For more information see the EHS Training page.

 Most of the required training is provided by EHS both online and in a classroom setting. However, the Chemical Hygiene Plan signature and LMP specific Chemical Hygiene Training are provided by LMP staff. See the instructions below to complete these training requirements. If you have any questions about your training, please contact your EHS rep or Dan Herrick.

Chemical Hygiene Plan: Researchers and lab supervisors are required to read this plan. They must certify that they have read the plan by completing and signing the online form or sending an email to the coordinator Dan Herrick.

Lab Specific Chemical Hygiene Training

Example Outline for Lab Specific Chem Hygiene Training (PDF)

EHS reps: Create your own training or use the above document as guidance.Email with trainee names and date of completion.

Machine Shop Safety

Seek instruction from experienced shop or lab staff before using any power tools or machines at MIT.

Nanoparticle Safety

Nanomaterials is an exciting and growing research area about which much remains unknown, including potential health and environmental effects of nanomaterials.  Please review the EHS Office's guide to nanomaterials and contact EHS coordinator Dan Herrick with any questions.

Roles and Responsibilities

Principal Investigator or Laboratory Supervisor

  • Register space and potential hazards (implied licensure)
  • Appoint an EHS rep or function as their own EHS rep
  • Complete Training Needs Assessment
  • Perform weekly inspections of SAAs or appoint someone from lab to
    perform this function

EHS Representative

  • Provide lab specific chemical hygiene training to lab members
  • Disseminate EHS information to lab personnel
  • Perform weekly Level I inspections of laboratory
  • Attend meetings arranged by EHS coordinator
  • Complete descriptions of EHS roles & responsibilities can be found in the Chemical Hygiene Plan

Tools for Environmental Health and Safety Representatives

  • EHS rep orientation: Training : EHS reps should attend EHS0760c-A: EHS Representative Orientation.
  • EHS Representative Notebook: Webpage : Online version of the book provided during rep training.
  • Atlas: Environmental Health and Safety: Space registration, training reconciliation, inspections, training reports.
  • Training Reports: EHS reps can run a training report by going to either the Training Tab in Atlas or by going directly to the eLearning Center and choosing "Report 3: Report on all registered users under a PI or supervisor." 
  • Inspections: Level I Inspection Checklist to be completed weekly by EHS Reps, written documentation is not required; Level II Inspection checklist completed twice annually by EHS team.
  • EHS Representative additional tools and details: Webpage : A compilation of tools and resources geared to the EHS rep function.


Environmental Health and Safety Links