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Lab Safety

The Materials Science and Engineering Department is committed to providing a safe working environment for its employees and students.

It is the employee's obligation to report and/or correct identifiable hazards and unsafe conditions. The resources below provide a direct reference for specific health- and safety-related issues.

All members of the Stanford community should be familiar with the resources on the Stanford EHS website.

If an accident involves an injury requiring immediate care, call 9-911. Injured students need to be taken to Vaden Health Center. Injured faculty and staff need to go to the Occupational Health Center. The Risk Management Department distributes several documents to assist Stanford University personnel in matters concerning risk and insurance. These documents are available at the Risk Management Department.


  • Report the fire
  • Pull fire alarm
  • Evacuate
  • Do not use elevators.


  • Drop and take cover
  • Wait until the shaking stops, then evacuate
  • Do not use elevators
  • Do not re-enter the building FOR ANY REASON until the university emergency response teams have declared it is safe to do so

Bomb threat

  • Report a threat or suspicious object
  • Follow police instructions

Power outage: Most outages are resolved quickly. Wait for situation updates from the health and safety manager.

If there is an evacuation: Go to the nearest Emergency Assembly Point (EAP). If you don't know the location of your building's EAP, ask your supervisor NOW. Wait for instructions. Be patient.

Emergency numbers

Fire, Police, Medical 9-911
(911 outside Stanford)
Stanford Emergency Information Hotline 5-5555
Stanford Health Service emergency (650) 723-5111
Hazardous materials incident 5-9999
Vaden (students) 498-2336