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Safety is a major concern in an organic chemistry laboratory. Hazards must be controlled.

Hazard pictograms

On a day-to-day basis:

Some rules must be followed. Here are the most important ones:

  • Co-workers must be trained with respect to the hazards linked to the research activities of the laboratory.
  • They must seek information on the hazards and safety precautions before working with a given chemical for the first time.
  • All the experiments must be carried out in the fume hood.
  • Wearing individual protection equipment is required in the experiment rooms: labcoat, safety spectacles, gloves.
  • Solvents and chemicals are stored in minimal amounts only.
  • Performing experimental work all alone in the laboratory is forbidden.

Preventive measures, in coordination with the safety offices of Ecole Polytechnique and the CNRS or taken directly by them:

  • New co-workers are trained before starting experimental work.
  • A training session on fire extinguishers is organised at least once a year.
  • An evacuation drill is organised once a year.

Collective protection equipment:

Persons in charge in the laboratory:

  • Safety officer: Yvan Six.
  • People trained for emergency rescue: Qi Huang (SST), Vincent Jactel (PSE2), Yvan Six (SST).

Contact persons in the campus and at the CNRS regional delegation:

  • The safety engineers of the campus: Natalie Fernandes and Vanessa Moreau.
  • The safety engineer at the CNRS regional delegation: Béatrice Lecêtre-Roland.
  • The head of the fire unit of the campus: Josselin Gavelle.
  • The occupational safety and health doctor of the campus: Dr Nathalie Lacoste-Renard.
  • The occupational safety and health doctor at the CNRS regional delegation: Dr Elisabeth de Lescure.

Useful links:

Health and Counseling Services at École Polytechnique

Pôle Santé et Sécurité au travail du CNRS


European CHemicals Agency (ECHA)