Get Involved with JST!

The JST is looking for new students to take on leadership positions for the 2020-2021 academic year! The term runs from July 2020 – July 2021. Anyone can apply, you do not need to be an LSO.

Some reasons to get involved with JST are:

  • Safety is extremely important in any lab
  • Help develop and implement safety programs to make the Chemistry department better
  • Work with people from various backgrounds (faculty, staff, DRS, other safety teams)
  • Won’t take up much of your time! The JST board meets about once every 2 weeks for 1 hour.

Please fill out this application if you are interested! Have any questions? Send us an email! 

Volunteers Needed for TA Training

The Joint Safety Team (JST) wants your help!

During this training, graduate student volunteers will “role-play” as students that do not follow standard lab rules (shorts in the lab, no safety goggles, etc.). The TA’s will have to identify the problem and intervene in the appropriate way. Afterwards, the graduate student volunteers will give feedback to the trainees.

We hope that this training session helps the lab TA’s feel more comfortable in a position of authority. This will improve communication between TA and student and help to mitigate potential incidents throughout the semester. Plus, it should be fun for graduate students to be the “bad students”, so please sign-up!

We need 12 volunteers for each day of the training.

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 5:30-7:15 PM, 1006/1007 Chem Annex

Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:00-7:30 PM, 1006/1007 Chem Annex

Pizza and pop will be available for all volunteers, plus we will be raffling prizes!

Sign-up at the following link!

Get Involved! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 JST Committee

The Chemistry Joint Safety Team is now accepting applications for committee positions for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Terms are one year long starting in August and open positions are described below (see our bylaws for more information). To apply you must be a graduate student or postdoc in the University of Illinois Chemistry Department.

If interested, please fill out this application.

Vice Chair:

  • Maintain the JST Webpage
  • Attend meetings with safety personnel when appropriate
  • Fill in for Chair at meetings when needed


  • Take minutes of all meetings, including Officer’s meetings, JST committee meetings, and monthly Lab Safety Officer meetings
  • Maintain the ongoing list of Lab Safety Officers and their contact information


  • Track JST budget and spending
  • Coordinate reimbursements for JST purchases and liaise with the School of Chemical Sciences Business Office
  • Coordinate purchase of food and supplies for JST events and operations

Working Group Coordinator:

  • Facilitate projects undertaken by the working groups within the JST
  • Populate working groups by sending emails to the Department to solicit volunteers
  • Report progress and results from working groups to the Officers