Safety Committee Contact


Emergency Contacts

For all Emergencies:
Call 9-1-1

PSU Police Direct:

PSU EHS Direct:

Additionally, after calling all the above you must contact:

  1. The MSC Facilities & Safety Director Sarah Eichfeld 814-865-0889
  2. Your Supervisor
  3. Lab or Area Director/Manager
  4. Maria DiCola, Safety Manager 814-863-8151

For Key Access

Contact Crystal Robbins
MSC N-317; email:

For Card Swipe Access

Contact Jaime Reish



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Safety Information at MRI

Safety Mission Statement

Within MRI we recognize the importance of our people and the diverse work they accomplish.  The safety of employees, visitors, and the environment is everyone's first and greatest responsibility.  MRI Management supports a workplace where safety is a core value of all operations and expects that safe work practices will be followed at all times.  The MRI safety culture is one that proactively strives to identify and address safety concerns before they result in a loss event.

MRI is committed through management leadership and employee participation to:

  • Creating and maintaining a safe and healthful workplace.
  • Continuously improving our safety program and performance.
  • Complying with all applicable occupation safety and health laws, regulations, and University policies.
  • Integrating safety into all laboratory and shop activities.
  • Maintaining a Safety Committee that meets regularly and has MRI's support in implementing corrective actions and safety initiatives.
  • Providing resources and training to employees and visitors so all are aware of MRI's safety policies.

Maintaining a safe work environment is a top priority of MRI leadership and must be a goal of all MRI personnel. All employees that work in MRI will make safety an integral part of their activities.  The Safety Committee encourages and is open recommendations to improve safety and health conditions.  MRI's commitment is to support a safety culture of mutual responsibility to operate safely and communicate effectively.  The goal is always to improve the organization through the creativity of our personnel working in a safety-centered building.


The Materials Research Institute (MRI) is committed to providing a safe working environment for all MRI members. We insist that all members use safe work methods and practices at all times.


MRI promotes a safety culture, making it our goal to have zero work related injuries and illnesses. We use periodic laboratory audits and Near Miss & Learning Experience Reports to continuously improvie our safety program. We maintain an open line of communication between the department members and our MRI Safety Committee to address any issues that might arise.

MRI Safety Policy

The purpose of MRI’s Safety Committee is to stress safety in its labs for all lab users and building occupants and to stress the educational value of safety. Therefore, MRI has established the following policy regarding safety violations.

Class I Violation

Someone is working in such a way that risks his/her own safety but not the safety of other users or staff of the facility.

  • The user is issued a warning.
  • Should three Class I violations be issued to the same person, he/she will be removed from the facility.
  • The user will have access to the facility revoked.
  • The Safety Committee will be alerted to violations.
  • An email will be sent to the violator’s advisor/supervisor detailing the safety violation.

Class II Violation

Someone is working in such a way that he/she puts the safety of other users at risk.

  • The user will be immediately removed from the facility.
  • The user will have access to the facility revoked.
  • An email will be sent to the violator’s advisor/supervisor detailing the safety violation.

Standard Operating Procedures

Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are procedures written for lab users to ensure that everyone works in a safe and secure environment. MRI’s working library of SOP’s can be found by users with a Penn State Access ID or Friends of Penn State Access ID on (