The Western Washington University Chemistry Stockroom serves research and teaching laboratories in the Chemistry Department and occasionally assists other departments on campus with their chemical, glassware, and lab supply needs.
8 AM and 5 PM: (360) 650-5989
After hours - university police (360) 650-3911 or
Environmental Health and Safety (360) 650-3064
1. When is the stockroom window open? When are rounds conducted?
The Stockroom is open 8-5 and rounds are (usually) conducted at 10am & 3pm
2. What if I don't know the official name of an item I'd like to request from the stockroom?
All items are listed out clearly on three different webforms. Those webforms and their contents can be found here.
3. Where do I find out the hazards and/or appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for a chemical?
The information about a chemical is found in Safety Data Sheets (SDS), they can be accessed via Chimera, https://chimeracloud.org/sds/.
4. When do I have to get my professor to approve a chemical request?
All chemical requests need to be approved by a PI. Please fill out the appropriate webform request and enter in your PI's email address. They will forward the request to the stockroom with their approval.
5. How do I know what kind of waste container to use?
Since every waste has its own unique properties, there is no general rule. Your best bet is to contact Gary Carlton 650-3149 to determine and obtain the appropriate waste containers.
6. What types of personal protective equipment (PPE) are available?
Academic labs/students: During the academic laboratory, nitrile gloves are provided. If needed for some chemicals, additional protective gloves will be provided. Goggles are required in all academic laboratories. They can be purchased at the University Bookstore at a reasonable price. The Chemistry Department Office sometimes has spare/donated goggles that you can request to use as well. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to request these.
Research students are provided with nitrile gloves. Lab coats can be checked out from the Chemistry Stockroom at no charge but must be returned upon graduation. For chemicals that require gloves other than nitrile, please contact the stockroom manager. Students can wear their own safety glasses or goggles appropriate to the task they are conducting, but PPE will also be provided to you by your lab/the department if you do not have it. See Department Safety Policies for further details.