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

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 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

Laptop Fire Safety

Updated January 22, 2015

Steps You Can Take To Prevent a Laptop Fire

Battery FireSome laptops (Mac/ PC) don’t have vents because of the Solid State Drive. The lithium battery is the only fire hazard. Periodically check your computer’s battery against the most current battery recall list  Also check CPSC

Some laptops (Mac/ PC) have air vents that allow heated air to exit.  Make sure the vents are not blocked.  The vents may be in the back, may be on the side, or on the bottom.

  • Many fires have occurred while using or charging the laptop because the air intakes and/or vents are blocked with blankets, pillows, etc.  The laptops have been on beds, couches, cluttered desks, carpet/rugs, etc.

Safely use/charge any type of laptop on a hard flat surface like a table or desk to allow for optimal radiation of heat.

Power cords

If the computer power cord is overheating or is damaged, unplug the power cord immediately and replace the cord as soon as possible!

HP and Lenovo recalls:  Check if your AC power cord is being recalled due to fire hazards.


Use the charger that came with your laptop.  Also check if it is one of the many that have been recalled CPSC

Battery damage

If the battery is damaged or is bulging, this increases the risk of a fire during charging. Contact your vendor ASAP.

In case of fire

First call 617-253-1212 to report the fire. If it is safe, do the following

  • unplug the laptop if it is charging
  • move the laptop away from people and things that can burn (clear counter, tile floor)   
  • evacuate

Back up your data




Wellness Reminder

Jul 8, 2015 – don’t forget to drink plenty of liquids during the warm summer months to avoid dehydration. And remember to use your sunblock before you go out in the sun!


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