Contact Information

John Hawk

Randy Kirchner

Duncan Hall 435
Fax: 408-924-5037

The information contained in this website is believed to be correct but does not purport to be all-inclusive and shall be used only as a guide. San José State University and the College of Science shall not be held liable for any damage, injury or death resulting from the misuse or improper interpretation of any of the information contained on this website.

The College of Science Safety Department handles emergencies, staff and awareness training. If this is an emergency and you are unable to contact us, please call 911 if you are on campus or 408-924-2222 to contact University Police Department.


What to do in an emergency and will provide access to the UPD Emergency Procedures Handbook.

Accident/Incident Reporting

If any accident other safety incident (like a "near miss") occurs, please file a report. Currently their are two different accident report forms: a Student/Visitor Accident Report form and an Empoyee Report form.


Find out about the safety department's members.

Awareness Training

Schedules and/or materials available for the awareness level training that is state and federally mandated for everyone within the College of Science.

Building Notification Protocols

Building evacuations for Duncan Hall, Science building and MacQuarrie Hall and who the emergency contact people are for these buildings.

Hazard Recognition

How to recognize hazards, fire and the fire triangle, potential and indeterminate hazards, health effects, exposure guides, routes of entry and noise.


For those of you who may be pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, view a list of chemicals that are known teratogens that the College of Science has in their chemical inventory. You can use this information to ask your professor if any of these chemicals might be used in your lab. There is also a link to the Proposition 65 (Public Right to Know) website that has the complete list of Prop 65 chemicals.

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Information for those who deal with hazardous wastes. Get the Department of Transportation's list of 9 hazard classes and the National Fire Prevention Association's information on the NFPA diamond; what it means and what the numbers signify.

Safety Committee

Information regarding the COS Safety Committee meetings.

MSDS Requests

If you are working in the lab and the Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS or SDS) binder (that should already be in your lab or back office) does not contain the MSDS for the chemical that you are using at that location, you have two options: 1) contact me at 924-4875 and request the MSDS needed; 2) find the on-line MSDS at this link.