Environmental Health and Safety
April 12, 2021 Laboratory Safety Summary Report: Environmental Health and Safety staff recently completed a campus-wide lab safety inspection survey to evaluate the current level of lab safety precautions and to determine what components of lab safety need improvement.
Individual reports were created for each lab to compliment the executive summary and are available from EHS upon request.
It should be noted that the survey questions asked as part of this inspection are not identical to the periodic lab safety inspections conducted by Principal Investigators in their labs. The Lab Safety Inspection Checklist is a separate checklist with 104 questions designed as a tool for self-inspections. This checklist is available on the EHS website and is recommended to be performed at least annually by each PI.
Environmental Health and Safety will continue to monitor overall lab safety on campus on an annual basis and at regular intervals as needed. Additional training, risk evaluation and safety inspections are available upon request through the EHS office by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 208-885-6524.
June 8, 2020 Personal Protection for COVID-19 – Protecting Yourself at Work: In preparation of returning to work on campus on June 15, Environmental Health and Safety has prepared a short presentation, "Personal Protection for COVID-19: Gloves and Face Masks." This presentation covers the basic use of gloves and face masks, as well as why N95s and other respirators are not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you have questions or concerns about material covered in this presentation, please email email@example.com.
What training do I need?
Because we are frequently asked about our training courses and how to know which courses a particular person or job may need, we have prepared a matrix for supervisors to use as a guide in determining training. Based on answers to a list of questions, a training profile can be developed for each job. The matrix is intended as a starting point, and all of our general training must be accompanied by job/task-specific training from the supervisor or designee. Our website provides supplementary written materials on many topics, and we can provide supervisors with individual assistance upon request.