We are using a new system, EHS Assistant, to record and track all USU safety trainings. Principal Investigators can log into the system to view training completed by laboratory staff. Principal Investigators will be able to update chemical and biological inventories. If you cannot log in, please contact the EHS office.

EHS Assist

Haz. Waste Pickup
Almost all chemicals discarded by a university fall into one or more of the categories that were defined by RCRA as “hazardous.” These include:

  • Highly toxic compounds
  • Flammable liquids
  • Corrosive mixtures
  • Mercury-containing fluorescent light tubes
  • Lead-contaminated circuit boards
  • Computers and combusible solvents in house paint

Waste Pickup Program

USU is regulated by both the State of Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste and the EPA. Failure to adhere to the RCRA legal requirements can result in fines and penalties.

As a result, the Environmental Health and Safety division in USU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies has purchased a new program to track chemicals for waste pickup.

Research Laboratory Safety Training Survey

To use the system click the button below.

Haz. Waste Pickup
The form below should be used only if no injury or property damage has occurred. To report report safety concerns, this form may be filled out anonymously.

Near Miss
The form below should be used to report any injury or property damage. This form does not replace the Workers’ Compensation form.

Accident Reporting
To schedule Laboratory Safety or BSL II/III trainings, fill out the form below.

Online Form – EHS Training Registration

Links to A Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in Our Universities and APLU Lab Safety Task Force Webpage.

APLU Lab Safety Task Force Webpage

A Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture

  • Biohazard Committee
    • The Biohazards Committee approves, provides guidance for and oversees all research activities involving the use of viral, bacterial, parasitic, rickettsial or fungal agents, as well as research involving prion diseases. The committee’s primary focus is on research that requires a Biosafety Level (BSL) or 2 or 3 containment. The committee can also review and provide guidance for research involving BSL-1 agents, blood or other bodily fluids. The committee reviews protocols; inspects and approves laboratory spaces for biological research; and ensures personnel receive appropriate training.
      Don Smee, Chair Animal, Dairy, Vet. Sciences
      Don.smee@usu.edu
      435-797-2897
  • Chemical Hygiene Committee
    • The Chemical Hygiene Committee was created pursuant to the OSHA Laboratory Standard.  The Chemical Hygiene Committee is a subcommittee of the University Safety Committee and is comprised of faculty from a variety of departments that have laboratory operations and utilize hazardous chemicals. The committee was formed to oversee Chemical Hygiene Plan implementation and assists in helping to ensure the safe use of chemicals in University research activities.  The Chemical Hygiene Plan stipulates work practices, policies and procedures intended to minimize hazardous chemical exposure to laboratory workers.  The committee reviews newly completed Chemical Hygiene Plans and also reviews the university “Boiler-plate” Chemical Hygiene Plan to determine its continued effectiveness in preventing chemical exposure and to ensure continued compliance with existing standards and regulations.
      Joan McLean, Chair
      Joan.mclean@usu.edu
      435-797-3199
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee for Recombinant DNA Activities
    • The Institutional Biosafety Committee for Recombinant DNA Activities reviews and approves research activities that involve recombinant DNA. Approvals are bases on compliance with the National Institute of Health (NIH) Guidelines and other applicable federal regulations. The committee also conducts annual reviews of all approved research activities for changes and compliance with the NIH Guidelines.
      John Morrey, Chair Recombinant DNA Technology (contact person)
      John.morrey@usu.edu
      435-797-2622
  • Radiation Safety Committee
    • This committee has responsibility for overseeing USU’s uses of licensed radioactive material, X-Ray producing equipment, and certain Laser equipment (Classes 3B and 4).  Functions include assuring personnel, public, and environmental safety related to such uses and compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.
      Joan Hevel, Chair
      Joanie.hevel@usu.edu
      435-797-1622
  • Risk Control Committee
    • The University Risk Control Committee has been established to accomplish the following basic functions: Identify, evaluate and recommend solutions for risk exposures; review and certify Risk Management and Self-Inspection findings; review inspection and other reports from the state’s Division of Risk Management and prioritize proposed recommendations for the University management or administration’s resolution; review University Workman’s Compensation reports and make appropriate recommendations for deducing accidents and claims; where appropriate, recommend disciplinary and/or corrective action for employees who violate safety standards; develop policies related to risk reduction and accident prevention and recommend adoption by University’s administration; review loss control findings not adequately resolved by departments and make recommendations for action; conduct an annual review or evaluation of the University’s risk reduction efforts and provide the Division of Risk Management with a copy of this evaluation; perform other pertinent duties of a Risk Control Committee as may be needed by the University.
      Steve Mecham, Interim Chair
      Steve.mecham@usu.edu
      435-797-1935
  • Safety Committee
    • This committee reviews and approves or disapproves all policies and procedures that relate to radiation, chemical, or occupational safety at the University.
      Dale Barnard, Chair
      Dale.barnard@usu.edu
      435-797-2696