Health and Safety


The information provided in this guide is a resource for students, staff, and faculty working in Art Department facilities. Individuals are responsible for understanding and taking the necessary precautions to protect their health and the health of their peers. Where hazardous chemicals are present, and the potential for splashing or spills exists, long sleeves, pants, closed-toe shoes, and a lab coat or apron should be worn. Also, when operating equipment, all hair shoulder length or longer or that obstructs your vision needs to be tied back, bracelets, long necklaces, chunky watches, and rings should be removed. Students must follow lab-specific safety guidelines.

University Police: 315-312-5555
Medical Emergencies: 315-312-5555
Fire: 315-312-5555
Oswego Police: 911

Other Services on Campus

Services to Aid Families Abuse and Assault Hotline
315-342-1600 or x7777 on-campus phones

Safe Walk Home
Call University Police to assist with monitoring your progress as you walk across campus.

Campus Counseling Services Center
113 Mary Walker
For free, confidential consulting services to help students cope with the variety of personal and academic problems, call or stop by the Counseling Services Center

Campus Health Services Center
Walker Health Center Building 
For answers to medical questions, advice about health problems, or treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, students should direct their calls to the Health Services Center.

Patient Portal

Determine the location of nearest fire exits, alarms, and extinguishers. In case of fire, do NOT use elevators, exit via stairways. For additional information refer to the Universities "Fire Safety" programs and procedures at

SUNY Oswego’s Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is responsible for providing campus-wide compliance with federal, state, and local environmental, safety, and fire regulations. EH&S‘s friendly staff provides guidance, training, and support to all campus departments, as needed.

Ken Ayhens, Chief EH&S Officer
EH&S at 315-312-3156

EH&S Office
Lee Hall 111 Oswego, NY 13126

The EH&S’s hazardous waste disposal procedure is designed to assure minimal harm to people and the environment. Follow these procedures for safe disposal.

  • Review the MSDS/SDS sheet to determine if the material is hazardous
  • Sink disposal is prohibited
  • Use appropriate storage and disposal containers
  • Follow safety procedures specified for each lab

For additional information, refer to the EH&S website at

Compliance with safety regulations in all classrooms and labs is monitored and maintained by the university’s Office of Environmental Health & Safety, directed by Ken Ayhens. More information is available at the university’s web site at:

Current Campus COVID-19 Related Information Portal

Note: Each area has specific guidelines regarding COVID-19. In light of on going concerns, area policies are subject to change depending on current conditions as informed by State, SUNY, Oswego, and SUNY Oswego policies. Faculty and Students are expected to stay informed of changes impacting studio behaviors and practices. For more information, refer to these download pdf attachments for specific studios.



Ceramics Studio COVID

Drawing & Painting Studios COVID

Graphic Design COVID



Each discipline has specific health and safety procedures and practices that are specific to the materials and methods being used in those facilities. Faculty will present this information at the start of each term, reviewing policies with students. For more information, refer to these download pdf attachments for specific studios.

Ceramics Studio (Tyler 128) 

Drawing Studios (Tyler 214 & 215)   

Foundation Design (Tyler 213)  

Graphic Design (Tyler 217 & 228, Lanigan 33-36)   

Maker Space HS (Tyler 206)

Painting (Tyler 225)   

Photography (Tyler 219)

Printmaking (Tyler 200 & 201)

Sculpture (Tyler 207)

Tyler Art Gallery

Woodshop (Tyler 205)

Woodshop, Emergency (Tyler 205)