Safety Program


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence for Explosives Detection, Mitigation, and Response, also known as ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives Related Threats) conducts transformational research, develops advanced technology, and educates students and practitioners in effective characterization, detection, mitigation and response to the explosives related threats facing the country and the world.

While striving for that goal, safety is of paramount importance. Handling of energetic materials requires constant vigilance.

It is our hope that by taking the time to create and review these safe-operating procedures, practitioners will have a heightened awareness of the hazards and take appropriate care.

Components of the ALERT Safety Program:

  • Safety Review Board
  • Safety Awareness Education Program
  • Safety Protocols and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Safety Compliance Assurance Program
Safety Review Board Visit

Students Showing the Review Team where the latest protocols and lab safety information are kept at one of the UPRM labs.

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