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Dual use research committee created, chemical hygiene plan updates

Chemical Hygiene Plan update All laboratories which use chemicals are subject to the OSHA standard 29CFR1910:1450, titled “Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories.” The lab standard requires the development of a chemical hygiene plan that is laboratory specific. Each principal investigator (PI) is responsible to develop and maintain the chemical hygiene plan (CHP) for [...]

EHS completes cleaning of experimental USU Eastern coal briquetting site

This spring, The Environmental Health and Safety division of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies completed the cleanup of the site of a future coal briquetting plant in Castle Gate, about 12 miles northwest of Price. On November 20, 2006, Utah State University Eastern – formerly the College of Eastern Utah – acquired [...]

Brigham City campus expansion moves forward following cleanup

BRIGHAM CITY – With the help of a federal grant, this spring Utah State University finished the process of demolishing the former Bushnell Army Hospital and Intermountain Indian School to make way for an expansion of its campus in Brigham City. The Environmental Health and Safety division of the Office and Research and Graduate Studies [...]

USU takes safety measures to prevent potential spills that could result in environmental harm

USU takes safety measures to prevent potential spills that could result in environmental harm USU’s Environmental Health and Safety division in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies is currently updating USU’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC) to determine the potential escape of organic materials from the campus to the waterways of [...]

Governor encourages all Utahns to check their houses for Radon

Governor encourages all Utahns to check their houses for Radon In honor of Radon Action Month (January), Utah Governor Herbert is urging all State of Utah employees to test their homes for radon. Radon is the most common non-tobacco-related cause of lung cancer, and many Utah homes have dangerously high levels. "Utah has the lowest [...]

EHS to utilize $200,000 grant to complete environmental remediation in Brigham City

EHS to utilize $200,000 grant to complete environmental remediation in Brigham City Construction to expand USU Brigham City Regional campus will commence in a year The EPA has given USU a $200,000 grant to continue environmental remediation on the Brigham City east bench. The abandoned site, which used to serve as Bushnell Army Hospital [...]

The dangers of pocket-sized high-powered lasers

The dangers of pocket-sized high-powered lasers A safety message from USU Environmental Health and Safety Who knew that “high powered” lasers would end up fitting in a shirt or pants pocket? You may have one of your own. Powerful lasers used to be limited to research project benches or industrial installations. They’ve helped answer [...]

Important laboratory fume hood guidelines

Important laboratory fume hood guidelines A safety message from USU Environmental Health and Safety Work involving hazardous and noxious materials that are toxic, odoriferous, volatile or harmful should be conducted within a chemical fume hood. The chemical fume hood in your laboratory functions to capture, retain and discharge noxious or hazardous vapors, fumes and [...]

Environmental Health and Safety ensures safe work and learning environment

Environmental Health and Safety ensures safe work and learning environment Message from USU's Environmental Health and Safety: Utah State University is a thriving campus and every person is affected by health, safety and environmental issues. Faculty, staff and students should be familiar with the rules and regulations that help create a safe work environment. At [...]

EHS excels in unannounced inspection

EHS excels in unannounced inspection The latest inspection of USU environmental health and safety found that the division continues to be in compliance with standards outlined by the state Division of Radiation. USU’s license to use radioactive material in research includes provisions for review by the DRC licensing agency. The review includes on-site inspections at least [...]