The Safety office is responsible for managing all Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) safety and environmental protection programs.  While the information provided below (on this web site) is specific to the LDEO campus, Laboratory Personnel should review the " SAFETY POLICIES " for information specific to  all  Columbia University Laboratories.


Medical, Police, Fire Emergencies requiring immediate response call 9-911 then call 555 from any campus phone or (845) 359-2900 to notify Safety/Security office so that we may direct the emergency responders.  Dialing 911 directly will also connect you with Emergency Response.

Note: Medical Emergencies- The LDEO Campus is equipped with 4 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). In a medical emergency call 9-911 THEN 555 for assistance.

NON life threatening emergencies (e.g. broken water lines, leaks, chemical spills/odors, wildlife hazards, which do  not reguire external agency response dial 555 from any campus phone or (845) 359-2900 if using cell phone or off campus.


Emergency Notification System (ENS)

Use the Link below to register with the LDEO ENS to receive alerts of emergency situations including campus delayed openings,closings and/or shuttle bus service disruptions.

Emergency Notification System


If an accident occurs on the LDEO Campus the LDEO Safety office needs to be contacted to coordinate the correction action plan.  This includes accidents / injuries on duty to employees, students, visitors or vendors.  Send an email to and then call 845-359-2900.

After an accident occurs, the injured person and his/her supervisor or host are to fill out an Accident Report (see link below).  The Accident Report must be filled out for ALL accidents, even if the affected person appears uninjured.  The supervisor or host must notify the Safety office ASAP, which will prompt an accident investigation.  A corrective action plan is to be negotiated with the Safety office in order to complete the accident report.  Upon completion, the report will be filed with HR and with the Safety office.  A Worker's Comp form notice is to be completed with HR at the same time if necessary.

Below is the link to the Accident and Worker's Comp form:

Accident Form

Wildlife Hazards on Campus

While the Lamont Campus is a very safe place as far as crime is concerned, there are a number of "natural" hazards which you should be aware of. Please click on the link below to aquaint yourself of these wildlife hazards so that your visit here on the campus is a safe and pleasant one.   Please be sure to share this information with your visitors to the campus so that they too are aware.

wildlife hazards on campus

Safety Training Requirements(New Employees, Students, Long-Term Visitors and Interns)

Before you are allowed to begin working with chemicals in a Laboratory OR with any Shop Equipment (including the Rock Lab) on the Lamont Campus you must complete the requisite Safety Training.  Furthermore, before beginning any work in the lab or workshop, you must have the permission of the Lab Principle Investigator (PI) or the Shop Supervisor to work in that lab / workshop,  AND  review with the PI or Shop Supervisor the “Lab Specific Safety Work Procedures” or “Tool Specific Procedures”.




Note:  Special arrangements may be made for "Short-Term" visitors (e.g. staying less than 20 days) who cannot attend the "Live" monthly training, to take such training on-line provided that they have experience working in a laboratory with the chemicals that they will be using here and that the Lab PI will take responsibility for ensuring that any chemical wastes are managed as per LDEO Hazardous Waste Procedures.

In order to take the on-line Safety Training, the Lamont PI will need to email HR (Jennifer Verdin) with a request to set up a UNI for the visitor.  The PI will need to attach the visitor's curriculum vitae and state the period of the planned visit.  HR will contact the visitor directly for their social security # and date of birth.  Once that information is provided, HR will generate the UNI and email the visitor instructions for activating the UNI which will remain active for up to 30 days.  The request to HR should come at least 2 business days in advance to allow time to reach them.

Transporting Hazardous (Chemical) or Radioactive Materials

All Federal, State and Local regulations must be followed when transporting hazardous materials (including chemicals, radioactive material, or any such waste). If you will be mailing (UPS/FED EX)hazardous materials out into the field, the LDEO Shipping department must be contacted to ensure that these items are properly transported.

The   Hazardous & Radioactive Materials Field Use form  must be submitted by the Columbia Principal Investigator or Research Scientist at least 90 days prior to a cruise or field work involving the use of any radioactive materials or hazardous chemicals. 

NOTE: You should not transport hazardous materials in your personal vehicles as there are strict regulations restriciting this practice.

In addition, if you will be generating any hazardous waste (chemical or radioactive) off campus, the LDEO Safety office needs to be notified well in advance of your departure so that we can coordinate with you  and Columbia's EHS office to arrange for proper waste disposal.  Hazardous waste cannot be shipped back to LDEO.

Note: Disposal cost for hazardous waste generated in the field may be the responsibility of the PI and would need to be included in your budget

Hazardous Waste Management

The Safety Office manages all hazardous waste generated on campus and works with EHS to ensure its lawful disposal.  Laboratory chemical waste must be collected in approved containers supplied by the Safety office and labeled as per CU requirements.

To arrange for disposal of hazardous waste email:


Manager: Howie Matza
Telephone: (845) 365-8822 
FAX: (845) 365-8101 

Asst. Manager: Cathy Troutman
Telephone: (845) 365-8860
Fax:(845) 365-8101

Postal Address: 
101 Administration 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory 
P. O. Box 1000 
Palisades, NY 10964-8000

After Hours Telphone - (845) 359-2900