Biological Safety

USU’s biological safety program provides oversight and coordination for the safe use of human and animal pathogens, biological toxins, human blood and recombinant DNA on campus. This involves monitoring laboratory safety practices, providing training and information, picking up biohazardous waste for safe disposal, and advising researchers about pertinent regulatory guidelines and required permits.

The EH&S Office has staff on the Biohazards Committee and Institutional Biosafety/Recombinant DNA Committee and is involved in ensuring pathogenic organisms are handled in a controlled environment by competent personnel. The EH&S Office is always available to assist with questions or concerns relating to biosafety.

For further information, contact Kirt Poulsen

Environmental Safety

Because Utah State University is nearly a city in itself, with more than 20,000 occupants during the workday, the EH&S Office commits to doing its fair share to keep Cache Valley’s environment clean and safe. By monitoring and regulating air and water quality, recycling programs, and hazardous waste, EH&S creates a pattern of environmental conscience that is helpful for the university and the entire community.

For further information, contact Eric Jorgensen.

General Health and Safety

Utah State University is a thriving campus of 24,421 students, 865 faculty and 1,980 full time staff, and every single person is affected by health and safety issues. Student researchers, facilities and maintenance workers, and faculty and office staff should all be familiar with the rules and regulations that help keep them safe.

This includes everything from handling hazardous chemicals to operating heavy machinery to working in an ergonomic environment. The EHS Office helps everyone stay safe.

For further information, contact Kirt Poulsen.

Industrial Hygiene

Industrial hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers’ injury or illness. Industrial hygienists use environmental monitoring and analytical methods to detect the extent of worker exposure and employ engineering, work practice controls and other methods to control potential health hazards.

For further information, contact Rachel Curry.

Laboratory Safety

USU accomplishments range from experiments that fly in space to new treatments for harmful diseases to new methods of water management. To maintain this reputation of research, projects and discoveries occur on campus on a daily basis in laboratories and centers scattered around campus and beyond. Some of the substances needed for researchers to conduct their studies are hazardous or require special handling.

EHS supports these research activities by helping scientists use and dispose of these substances safely.

For further information, contact Rachel Curry.

Occupational Safety

Occupational Health & Safety program objectives include improving the safety of the work environment through the recognition, evaluation and control of hazardous conditions; reducing the numbers and severity of injuries to faculty, students and staff through training and implementation of safe work practices; and complying with regulatory requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and various state and local codes.

For further information, contact Kirt Poulsen

Radiological Safety

 Utah State University is licensed to use radioactive materials and devices by Utah’s Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control. Under this license, authority to review and approve campus uses of regulated radiological materials and devices is delegated to the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC).

The license also establishes a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for implementation of a Radiation Safety Program, as well as to ensure that work related exposures are As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA).

The use of radioisotopes is tightly controlled, and all persons using them must be registered and properly trained.

This license is available for review, upon request, at  Environmental Health and Safety offices during normal business hours.

For further information, contact John Jones.

John Jones

Radiation Safety Officer
435-797-3514
john.p.jones@usu.edu