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  • Register for Radiation Safety Training, “Radiation Safety: Surveys, Contamination Control, Decontamination” on March 20, 2017
    On March 20, 2017 Radiation Safety will be presenting “Radiation Safety: Surveys, Contamination Control, Decontamination” as part of our monthly training series. The training will consist of a lecture and hands-on demonstrations with active participation of attendees to provide you with information on proper techniques for surveys, contamination control and decontamination efforts.

    This topic will be periodically repeated, and interspersed with other sessions designed to provide the OSU research community with information needed to maintain compliance with local, state, and federal regulations for the use of radioactive materials.

    Registration for the presentation is through BuckeyeLearn.

    How to Prepare, Present and Document Initial and Annual Radiation Safety In-Laboratory Training
    March 20, 2017
    2:00 – 3:00 pm
    Room 700 B, Research Center Building
    1314 Kinnear Road





  • Excellence in Safety Awards
    The University Laboratory Safety Committee (ULSC) is happy to announce two new laboratory safety awards. The awards will recognize a university faculty or staff member (Individual Award) and a laboratory research group (Group Award) who have made a considerable contribution to improving laboratory safety on the Ohio State campus. Nominations for 2016 individual and group awards are due by February 28, 2017. To nominate an individual or laboratory research group, please submit the appropriate online nomination form.

    Read more: Excellence in Safety Awards

    Nomination forms: Individual Award; Group Award






  • Meet Your Specialized EHS Experts!
    The health and safety of our campus community is our number one priority. Effective January 1st, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has realigned customer service teams to more effectively leverage our expertise, help better serve the needs of our customers and continue to promote health and safety on campus. Existing customers may see new EHS team members in their area and are encouraged to view the EHS contact list at the link below for additional information. Be safe today and remain a Buckeye tomorrow.

    Read more: go.osu.edu/ehs-experts



  • Recent Revisions to Radiation Safety Standards for The Ohio State University
    At the August 2015 University Radiation Safety Committee meeting, members approved revisions to The Radiation Safety Standards For The Ohio State University, Section VII “Radiation Safety Inspections and Enforcement of State and Local Regulations”. This revision reflects incorporation of changes to the radiation safety inspection process that began in January 2015 with implementation of performance based assessments along with routine radiation safety inspections.

    The final change to the radiation safety inspection process will begin January 1, 2016. This includes:

    • Combining the routine and performance based assessments into one inspection report
    • Corrective action must be implemented and documented via EHS Assist for all deficiencies,
    • Points assessed for deficiencies will include performance based and routine inspection criteria,
    • Deficiencies have been assessed a point value on a 1-5 scale based on risk.

    The revised section can be reviewed in its entirety at Radiation Safety Inspections and Enforcement of State and Local Regulations January 2016.

    Radiation Safety Standards for OSU, Section VII - Recent Revisions




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  • New and Improved SOP Templates - Now Available!


    EHS is happy to announce the development of new and improved SOP templates. The templates were revised to incorporate the recent addition of the Global Harmonization System (GHS) to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. The new templates have been streamlined to better accommodate our research staff making them more efficient and user friendly.

    Past requirements stated that chemicals with an NFPA Health Hazard rating of 2 or higher required a lab specific SOP. Under the new procedures, only chemicals with a GHS signal word of “DANGER” will require a lab specific SOP. This should reduce the number of chemicals requiring lab specific SOPs. We have also combined the previous two SOPs necessary for administering a hazardous agent to animals into one convenient, simplified SOP template. For individuals required to complete an animal administration SOP for chemicals with the GHS signal word “WARNING” or no GHS signal word, the SOP will only need to be completed one time for each route of administration. We will no longer ask that non-hazardous agents be individually listed on injectable, topical or oral administration SOPs. For additional information regarding the SOP requirements or to download the available templates please visit EHS Standard Operating Procedures (chemicals) and Animal Use Standard Operating Procedures (animal SOP templates), or contact your EHS Safety Representative.

    Currently, GHS signal words and pictograms can be found on a chemical’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS); however by 2016 all distributors will be required to ship chemicals with the GHS information printed on the label.
    Lastly, existing SOPs do not need to be revised to the new format /template unless you choose to do so; however if you have an old SOP for isoflurane, we do ask that you download the new version and replace the old one in your online CHP as it has been completely revised.

    If you have questions about whether or not a chemical requires a lab specific SOP, please contact your EHS Safety Representative for assistance.