All students conducting research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UVA are required to read, understand, and follow the practices outlined in the Department of Chemical Engineering Safety Manual (PDF Version).
The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia is cognisant of safety hazards present in our laboratories. We emphasize the development of a strong safety culture, and we have implemented initiatives including walk through safety inspections by the departmental Safety Committee and coordination with Environmental Health and Safety at the University of Virginia (annual seminars, online training modules, and annual inspections).
The Chemical Engineering DuPont Student Safety Award recognizes student commitment to maintaining a safe laboratory environment.
This annual student award recognizes and incentivizes efforts to make safety-related improvements or changes to laboratory practices. The goal of this award is to encourage proactive safety measures and to prevent unsafe practices or conditions before they arise. Ideally, award winners will have developed a new best practice (perhaps as a result of a near-miss) or will have reported a safety improvement, and these best practices and improvements will be shared to support our collective effort to promote safe laboratory working practices.
Applications are made via an email to the Safety Committee. A short template for the submission is available, and applications may contain supporting information (e.g., pictures or video). Applications should address the following:
Describe the proactive safety measures implemented by the nominee. How did they implement the changes and what challenges were overcome?
Describe the impact of the nominee’s contribution. What was visibly different? How many people were impacted or potentially impacted?
What was the period of time over which the impact was noted?
Any graduate or undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering may apply for the Chemical Engineering DuPont Student Safety Award.
The award amount is $1,000.
Award submissions will be reviewed and winners selected by the Safety Committee of the Department of Chemical Engineering during the spring semester. The submission deadline may vary from year to year but is generally in March.
Award Winner Announcement
The award winner(s) will be announced during the annual spring department award ceremony. If the student will be on Grounds during the following fall semester, they will be invited to present their safety initiative during the annual fall safety seminar, which typically is held during the first week of the fall semester. If the student is not available, the Safety Committee will present the winning safety initiative(s).