The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEH&S) is dedicated to providing quality services to the WSU community.
Environmental Health and Safety – Indoor air quality, industrial hygiene services (air contaminants monitoring), noise monitoring, lockout/ tagout, biological safety in accordance with CDC/ NIH guidelines, ergonomics, lab safety inspections.
Hazardous Materials Management) – Hazardous chemical, biological, and radioactive waste disposal. Electronic and universal waste disposal (computers, fluorescent lamps, batteries), emergency response for hazardous spills, laboratory clean-outs (by appointment only).
Training – Bloodborne pathogens/ biosafety, laboratory right-to-know (Hazard Communication), personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, hazardous waste/emergency procedures, other sessions as required by state or federal regulations.
Radiation Safety – Equipment registration, lab inspections, personal dosimetry, training (general radiation safety and specific equipment training).
Other Services: Occupational health nurse specializing in animal allergies and zoonotic diseases, fume hood and biological safety cabinet certification, water safety, food safety (restaurant inspections), asbestos surveys, confined space policies, laser safety, dangerous goods shipments.
- Laboratory Safety Training
- June 18 2015 at 10:00 AM5425 WoodwardThis training addresses issues related to chemical safety, chemical waste disposal, and emergency procedures in the laboratory. It is required once for all employees who work in a lab with hazardous chemicals. This class combines the former OSHA Laboratory Standard and the Hazardous Waste & Emergency Procedures classes. Topics covered: Contents of the OSHA Lab Standard (29 CFR 1910.1450) WSU Chemical Hygiene Plan Physical and health hazards of chemicals Safety equipment in the laboratory Safe handling and storage of chemicals Safety Data Sheets, Hazard Classification & Labeling Personal protective equipment Explanation of EPA, MDEQ, and DOT regulations Explanation of the WSU Emergency Contingency Plan Laboratory employee's responsibilities as a hazardous waste generator Definitions of hazardous waste Procedures for collection, labeling, storage and removal of waste Responding to injuries, spills, fires, and other emergencies in the laboratory Click here to view the Laboatory Safety Powerpoint Presentation (note: viewing these slides does not count as training!)
- Biosafety/Bloodborne Pathogen Training for Laboratory Workers
- June 23 2015 at 10:00 AM5425 WoodwardThis training is required annually for all employees who work with materials that are handled at Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2), including work with human blood, body fluids, tissue, cell lines, animals infected with human pathogens, mammalian viruses, etc. Employees who have taken this class at least once at WSU may take the annual refresher on-line. Topics covered include: Explanation of Biosafety Principles and Levels from CDC/NIH Contents of the WSU Biosafety Manual & Exposure Control Plan Explanation of bloodborne infectious diseases Procedures to follow in an exposure incident Safe work practices Personal protective equipment Use of biological safety cabinets and other safety equipment Biohazard waste disposal rules, and much more. Click here to view the Biosafety Powerpoint Presentation (note: viewing these slides does not count as training!) Click here for an explanation of Biosafety Levels.
- Shipping Biological Substances and Dry Ice
- June 25 2015 at 10:00 AM5425 WoodwardThis training is for labs who ship any materials on dry ice, and certain biological materials, including human samples. Untrained personnel are not permitted to ship these materials, so this shipping must be done through the OEH&S if you don't have a trained person in your lab. Please call OEH&S for more details at 577-1200. Register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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