Environment, Health, and Safety

AeroAstro is committed to providing a safe 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.

To that end, there are requirements, including prior training, for everyone in the department — students, faculty, and staff — who participates in workspace activities or has contact with potentially hazardous materials or activities. Your AeroAstro laboratory has an EHS representative who can guide you through the training process. If you don't know your EHS rep, contact the AeroAstro EHS coordinator for more information. You should begin your EHS training by completing the Training Needs Assessment. This will generate training requirements based on your research activities. Most of the required training is provided by EHS both online and in a classroom setting. However, the Chemical Hygiene Plan signature and AeroAstro-specific Chemical Hygiene Training are provided by AeroAstro. See the instructions below to complete these training requirements. If you have any questions about your training, please contact Anthony Zolnik, AeroAstro EHS coordinator, (617) 253-3562.

EHS training

Training Needs Assessment: MIT requires training before beginning work with any potentially hazardous materials or activities in an MIT laboratory. All principal investigators, graduate students, UROP students, postdocs, and other researchers working in a laboratory must complete the Training Needs Assessment.

Chemical Hygiene Plan, signature form: 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.

AeroAstro safety and chemical hygiene course

Required biennially for AeroAstro trainees. This course may be accessed on the web in video format by following the instructions on this link. If you have not already done so, you will need to complete the Training Needs Assessment, which is accessible at the same link. The course is also offered live. Please contact Anthony Zolnik for training schedule and information.

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 AeroAstro EHS coordinator

Complete descriptions of EHS roles & responsibilities can be found in the AeroAstro Chemical Hygiene Plan

Tools for AeroAstro Environmental Health and Safety Representatives


Environmental Health and Safety Links