Hoverboard Safety

Dear MIT Community,

This past year, hoverboards have become a popular form of transportation across college campuses nationwide. Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) has raised concerns over the safety of storing and charging these devices, as well as the potential hazards from falls and crashes. Investigations into individual manufacturers and models are currently underway.

As a result of these heightened concerns, MIT is issuing a safety alert for owners and users of hoverboards. Our priority is the safety and security of all members of the MIT community and it is our concern that these devices may explode or ignite a fire, causing serious injury to the user or community at large. If possible, we ask that these devices be returned home immediately, returned to the point-of-purchase, or the batteries be removed and brought to the Office of Environment, Health & Safety for safe disposal.

Please take a minute to review the CPSC's most recent statement on hoverboards and learn about the fire and safety risks associated with these devices. More information on the use of hoverboards at MIT, the safe removal of the battery, and other frequently asked questions can also be found on the EHS website.

Working Together to Protect People and Planet: Environment, Health and Safety at MIT

Dear MIT Community,

MIT is committed to health and safety, and environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus, in the communities of which we are a part, and globally. This website serves as a resource for EHS information pertinent to MIT and as a pointer to tools and services for use by those of you who work or study at MIT to address your EHS needs and responsibilities. The website provides:

  • Information about the MIT EHS policy and EHS Management System
  • Information about the EHS Office services to support the MIT community
  • Guidance to address EHS regulatory requirements and support best EHS practices
  • For MIT community, tools such as:
    • The EHS training needs assessment to determine your EHS training requirements, to schedule training, and to access web training
    • An on-line hazardous waste collection request system
    • A chemical inventory system

In addition to information related to EHS practice at MIT, this website contains content that highlights or points to other initiatives and resources at MIT related to health and safety and environmental stewardship and sustainability.

The EHS website is provided to you by the MIT EHS Office. Please contact us for assistance by calling 617-452-3477, or email at environment@mit.edu. Or visit our office at the following location between 8am & 5pm, Monday-Friday:

MIT Environment Health and Safety Office
265 Massachusetts Ave
N52-496, 4th floor
Cambridge, MA 02139


In case of a major emergency: see MIT Emergency Information - http://emergency.mit.edu. To contact Campus Police during an emergency, dial 100 or 617-253-1212.