DSL Environmental Health and Safety

Student Projects

Student projects that are recreational and/or entertainment in nature (such as REX projects) may require advance approval of project plans as well as a safety plan. Approvals may be required from the offices which are responsible for the space in which the project occurs and the MIT Environmental Health and Safety Office. By coordinating early with the DSL EHS Program Manager, we can help you create safe and fun projects. To ensure a timely review, please submit your plans or contact the program manager at least two weeks in advance.


Student Events

Student-run or student-initiated events (such as SPARK or SPLASH) should be reviewed in advance and may require a safety plan. The DSL EHS Program Manager is available to assist you in developing your plans to ensure a safe and fun event. To ensure a timely review, please submit your plans or contact the program manager at least two weeks in advance. Use the same Activity Safety Proposal as above.

Emergency Response

Accidents happen and incidents occur. When they do, (fire, injury, etc.) it’s always important to get help. When it is a health or safety issue that requires immediate assistance, call the MIT Police at (617) 253-1212 or dial 100 from campus. If situations occur, the MIT and DSL EHS offices often becomes involved and helps resolve for future issues and learning. Resolutions may include: training, signs, or communicating with parties involved in the incident.

Building Inspections

Building inspections are done frequently to ensure student safety and comfort. MIT performs internal inspections once a year in addition to annual inspections with the Cambridge Building Inspector. These inspections have ensure that safety concerns, such as egress routes, chemical storage, and slip/trip/fall concerns are addressed. Mold and other air quality concerns are also addressed throughout the year.

Staff Training

OSHA requires certain trainings such as Bloodborne Pathogens and Asbestos Awareness to be offered annually to staff members who may be exposed to blood or asbestos. The DSL EHS Program Manager schedules these trainings throughout the year to ensure that all staff have ample opportunity to attend and complete their required trainings.