Safety Page

fire extinguisher training
Students participating in summer research in the Department of Chemistry enhanced their experience with Safety Training, lead by Dr. Eydiejo Kurchan, which included hands on fire extinguisher training.

The Department of Chemistry at Villanova University is committed to developing and providing a culture of safety for our students, faculty, and staff. It is the Department’s belief that safety is at the core of everything we do in the laboratory and our everyday lives. To create this culture it is important to understand and being aware of the many hazards we face and to follow the standard safety practices


The Chemical Hygiene Plan or CHP, is an organization’s set of standard operating procedures for working safety in the laboratory.  This document is where we codify the basic set of lab safety rules, along with our department specific policies and procedures when it comes to issues such as chemical spills, handling and collection of chemical waste, and SOPs for handling Particularly Hazardous Substances (Toxic reagents, etc.).


It is the responsibility of the Department of Chemistry Safety and Sustainability Committee to promote a safe and sustainable learning and working environment.


In addition to the document listed on this website, each laboratory in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have “Life Safety Boxes”, at their entrances, for use by first responders to understand the potential dangers and chemical hazards prior to entering the lab.  A picture of a typical “Life Safety Boxes” is shown above.

The following seminars are part of the Department of Chemistry Safety Seminar Series, you will be prompted to enter your Villanova Username and Password in order to view these videos.


1.  Academic and EMT Response to Lab Emergencies.


2.  You’re Grounded! Everything you wanted to know about electrical safety but were afraid to ask.



3.  Gloves and fume hood demo.


4. What do Chemists have to do with Health and Safety? And EPA Story

1.  How to Print a label with MSDSonline.

2.  Spotlight on Safety: Gloves

3.  Working alone in a lab.

4.  Spotlight on Safety: Lab Attire- Cover your feet AND ankles

Important Emergency Contacts

-Public Safety Emergency – 610-519-4444

-Public Safety Non Emergency – 610-519-6979 (Option #1)

-Environmental Health & Safety – 610-519-6895

Villanova Chemistry at a Glance:

Degrees Offered: B.S., M.S.
Full Time Faculty: 27
Undergraduate Majors: 150
Graduate Students: 25 full-time, 35 part-time
Building: Mendel Science Center houses research and instructional facilities for 6 scientific departments, including 17 chemistry research labs, as well as an array of modern instrumentation