Faculty Advisor

Kmiotek, Stephen J.


This project was initiated to improve health and safety at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and verify or reject concerns regarding unsafe practices being performed by students, faculty, and staff. It was hypothesized that within many or all the labs, some people are not wearing personal protection equipment (PPE). Data were collected in the form of accident reports, lab observations, and professor interviews. This systemic problem does exist and it is caused by numerous factors including negligence, unavailability of PPE, and inaccessibility of safety information. Departments were subsequently asked to stock the missing PPE and a myWPI organization was created to make safety information accessible.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering