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Chemistry - Subject Guide

Chemical Lab Safety

Safety at Murdoch

The Murdoch University Wellbeing, Safety and Health Guide will direct you to a wide range of lab safety resources found in the Library and online. 

Specific lab safety information is not provided here. Instead reference should be made to guidelines, policies and procedures provided by the University.

The Office of Occupational Safety and Health is responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of Policies and Procedures to ensure that Staff, Students, Visitors and Contractors are not, so far as is practicable, exposed to hazards and risks within the workplace.

The office of OSH works in consultation with and provides advice and assistance to the elected Safety & Health Representatives and the Safety & Health Committees.

Guidance on matters such as OSH Legislation, Incident & Hazard Reporting and Investigation, Ergonomics, Safe Systems of Work, Manual Handling, Safety Audits can be obtained either on line through the various links below or by contacting the Office of OSH.

Murdoch University: Safety in Research and Teaching

Safety in Research and Teaching (SRT) Manual

Journals for Chemical Safety

Chemical hazards in industry

Provides you with details of literature reports on safety and health hazards surrounding chemicals encountered in chemical and related industries, including key scientific and trade journals.

Laboratory hazards bulletin

Provides you with details of literature reports on safety measures, potential hazards and new legislation affecting workers in laboratories, including key scientific and trade journals.


Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas, including Toxline.



Chemical safety and laboratory safety books

Chemical Safety Online Resources

ACS - Chemical & Laboratory Safety

Chemists understand that working with chemicals and developing new materials and chemical processes involve some degree of risk. Specific incidents in academic, industrial, and public settings emphasize the need for clear focus on safety throughout the chemistry enterprise.

Royal Society of Chemistry - Lab Safety Modules

Excellent resource on all aspects of Lab Safety- including general safety, chemical, waste products and so on.

The Safety Zone

This blog covers chemical safety issues in academic and industrial research labs as well as in manufacturing and serves as a unique forum for exchange and discussion of lab and plant safety and accident information.

Journals on Chemical Safety

Chemosphere (Online)

Chemosphere is an international journal that includes the following sections and subject fields: Environmental Chemistry (including Persistent Organic Pollutants and Dioxins),  Toxicology and Risk Assessment, Treatment and Remediation.

Chemical health & safety (Online)

A joint publication of the American Chemical Society and the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety, this journal focuses on news, information, and ideas relating to issues and advances in chemical health and safety.

Journal of hazardous materials (Online)

The Journal of Hazardous Materials publishes full-length research papers, review articles, and case studies that improve our understanding of the hazards and risks that certain materials pose to public health and the environment.

Process safety progress [electronic resource] : a publication of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Process Safety Progress covers process safety for engineering professionals. It addresses such topics as incident investigations/case histories, hazardous chemicals management, hazardous leaks prevention, risk assessment, process hazards evaluation, industrial hygiene, fire and explosion analysis, preventive maintenance, vapor cloud dispersion, and regulatory compliance, training, education, and other areas in process safety and loss prevention, including emerging concerns like plant and/or process security.