Health and Safety

Health and Safety for the Department of Geological Sciences

My tenure as Chair of Geological Sciences and my service on the Department Safety Committee has sharpened my awareness of the unique hazards to health and safety that students, faculty and staff are routinely exposed to in our department. Our work involves:

  • extensive on- and off-road vehicle operation,
  • boating in remote waters,
  • trekking through precipitous, tick-infested terrain,
  • using hazardous tools and machinery,
  • engaging in various laboratory activities.
Health and Safety practices for Geoscientists

I would like to stress the importance of being aware of the specific health and safety issues that face practicing geoscientists. We must all be attentive to required, recommended, and commonsense measures to ensure the health and safety of each and every one of us.

This web site is intended to offer a growing collection of information about specific hazards that we believe face those who actively pursue our science. Please feel free to recommend any revisions to this page that you feel would be useful.

Remember, there are old geologists and there are careless geologists. There are NO old, careless geologists!

Susan McGeary

Field Safety Tips

Heat Stress
Lyme Disease
Sunburn & Skin Cancer

Driving Safety

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Small Boat Fleet
Rip Currents
Scientific Diving

Lab and Penny Hall Safety

Includes Biosafety, Chemical Hygiene, Chemical and Environmental Waste, Fire Safety, Radiation Safety,

General Safety

Includes AED, CPR, Disease Info, Ergonomics, First Aid Kits, Fume Hoods, Personal Protective Equipment, Power Outages, etc.

Safety Orientation and Emergency Guidelines

Injury/Illness Reporting
Right-to-Know (RTK)
Penny Hall Evacuation
Robinson Hall Evacuation

Safety Courses offered through Environmental Health and Safety

  • Laser Safety
  • Radioactive Material Safety
  • Right-to-know/Chemical Hygiene
  • CPR
  • Biosafety
  • New Graduate Student Orientation
  • Chemical Waste
  • Laboratory Ventilation
  • Hydroflouric Acid Safety Training
  • Fire Extinguisher Safety Training


Other Safety Links

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment Safety Website
UD Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS)
UD Department of Public Safety
UD Student Health Center
U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety
FEMA, Types of Disasters