Common Chemicals in Non-Labs at MIT (Shops and Studios)

Common everyday chemicals can be just as hazardous as lab chemicals.  Just because they can be purchased at hardware stores does not mean they are safe.


You have the right to know about chemicals you work with in non-lab settings.  These areas include facilities shops, student shops, art studios, maintenance and cleaning operations, and many other non-lab settings at MIT.


You are required to take training to work with common chemicals that are hazardous. Ask your supervisor about your required training or contact the EHS Office about the Hazard Communication Program.  Contact EHS at 617-452-3477 or







 We have the right to protect ourselves.  You will learn to find information about chemical hazards using Safety Data Sheets and how to work with chemicals safely.  You should know the Hazard Pictograms for all chemical work you do.