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Title Short Description
Abatement Design Checklist
Acceptable Substitute Refrigerants
Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records

In accordance with requirements of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The Ohio State University makes work-related exposure records and work-related medical records available to its employees and their designated representatives.

Accident/Incident Investigation Follow-up

For severe or life threatening injuries to employees of The Ohio State University, call 9-1-1 (campus phone) or 614-292-2525 (cell phone) immediately. Also, promptly contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at 614-292-1284 to report the injury.

For minor occupational injuries, the supervisor should direct the employee to Employee Health Services, located at 2100 Cramblett Hall, 614-293-8146.

For all injuries, the supervisor shall:

Accident/Incident Investigation Form
Acrylamide
Add & Delete Badges/Wearers

How to add new wearers and delete wearers that no longer need badges.

Add or Remove Lab Location

Add or Remove Lab Location-EHSA

Air Compliance

Air Compliance and Permitting

Background

Air Permitting Fact Sheet
Air Quality FAQ
Anatomy of a Badge

Layout of the information found on a badge.

Animal Administration - Danger

Animal Administration Standard  Operating Procedure (SOP) for Agents With The GHS Signal word Danger

Animal Administration - Warning or No Signal

Animal Administration Standard  Operating Procedure (SOP) for Agents containing the GHS Signal Word Warning or No Signal Word

Animal Research

A laboratory animal facility (vivarium) is an extension of the research laboratory, and all requirements for work with biohazardous agents and toxic chemicals in the research laboratory are applicable to work in the animal facility. All animal work at the University shall be in compliance with the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (2010 revision) and the Laboratory Animal Welfare Regulations [Animal Welfare Act] (9 CFR Subchapter A, Parts 1, 2 and 3).

Annual Custodial Training

Monthly training program for custodial workers as it relates to facilities safety.

Annual Landscaping Training

Monthly training program for landscaping workers as it relates to facilities safety.

Annual Maintenance Training

Monthly training program for maintenance workers as it relates to facilities safety.

Annual renewals of Approved Supervisor Permits to Use Radioactive Material

Permits must be renewed annually

Once a faculty member or equivalent (Approved Supervisor) has submitted a RS-1 and has received final approval to use radioactive material from the University Radiation Safety Committee and Radiation Safety, the continued use of radioactive material will be allowed only if the Approved Supervisor completes and returns the required paper work sent out annually by the Radiation Safety Section of EHS.

Annual Review Statement

Annual Review Statement- EHSA

Architectural and Engineering Plan Review

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

Architectural and Engineering Plan Review: Special Environments

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

DATE ISSUED: September 1, 1992
PREVIOUS REVISION: November 15, 2011
DATE LAST REVISED: September 23, 2013
SUBJECT: Architectural and Engineering Plan Review: Special Environments

Architectural and Engineering Project Log

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

DATE ISSUED: September 1, 1992
PREVIOUS REVISION: 1999, 2006, 2010, 2011

DATE LAST REVISED: September 23, 2013

SUBJECT: Architectural and Engineering Project Log

Architectural and Engineering Review Checklist
Art Safety Program

The health and safety of faculty, staff and students who work and learn in the departments relating to art is a top priority at The Ohio State University. This is achieved through many written safety programs that relate to art and other occupations and through compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations. A good way to ensure safety in the art studio or laboratory is to understand the hazards that may be encountered and how to protect from them. This information must be obtained prior to beginning activities. Employees and students must be familiar with proper work practices, personal protective equipment and applicable safety guidelines.

Asbestos Coordination Responsibilities

Asbestos Abatement Coordinator (AAC) Responsibilities:

  • Complete an initial 40-hour Asbestos Abatement Contractor / Supervisor Training Course at EPA licensed training provider (In-Service Training)

  • Apply and obtain Asbestos Hazard Abatement Specialist License from Ohio Department of Health (ODH)

Asbestos Management Program

Asbestos is a generic name for a group of naturally occurring hydrated mineral silicates of the serpentine or amphibole series that are characterized by fibers or bundles of fibers of fine single crystal fibrils. It should be noted that these minerals may occur in a non-fibrous form, in which case they are not considered as asbestos. The six major recognized species of asbestos minerals are chrysotile of the serpentine group (white asbestos) and amosite (brown asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos), anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite of the amphibole group.

Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program

The purpose of the asbestos Operations and Maintenance (O & M) Program is to prevent the improper disturbance of asbestos containing materials (ACM) and presumed asbestos containing material (PACM); to control the release of asbestos fibers until ACM is scheduled for removal; and to provide corrective measures when asbestos hazards are encountered. Compliance with these measures will allow asbestos to be safely managed in place, nuisances corrected, and danger to human health and the environment to be reduced or eliminated.

Badge Storage

How to properly store radiation badges.

Badge Wear Dates and Return Deadlines

When are your badges due to Radiation Safety?

Ballast Waste

Pickup and Packaging Information:

Benzene
Biohazardous Waste Disposal Flowchart
Biohazardous Waste Packaging Procedure

Steps to package biohazardous and infectious waste.

Biological Safety Cabinet HEPA Filter Disposal Form
Biosafety Cabinet Program

Information about the Biosafety Cabinet Program

Biosafety Manual

Complete version of the most recent Biosafety Manual.

Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Report
Bovine Cryptosporidiosis Fact Sheet
Bovine E. coli Fact Sheet
Bovine Giardiasis Fact Sheet
Bovine Leptospirosis Fact Sheet
Bovine Rabies Fact Sheet
Bovine Ringworm Fact Sheet
Bovine Salmonellosis Fact Sheet
Bovine Toxoplasmosis Fact Sheet
Bovine Vesicular Stomatitis Fact Sheet
Building Emergency Action Plan

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety in collaboration with University Public Safety developed a Building Emergency Action Plan (BEAP) to assist departments in preparing for building emergencies as required by university policy (OSU Occupational Health & Safety Policy – 3.61); the Ohio Fire Code – 1301:7-7-04 (D) Section 404 Fire Safety & Evacuation Plans; and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1910.38 as required by the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 4167 (Public Employees Risk Reduction Act).

Building Emergency Action Plan - Template (.doc)

The BEAP Template is intended for use by departments that occupy university facilities and should be completed as a building plan including all departments and areas of the building in the planning and implementation process. The BEAP Template was created to include information for all departments to use during emergencies; however, some departments may choose to remove certain sections or add information based on their individual departmental needs.

Building Project Review Requirements
Carbon Dioxide (Dry Ice)
Carcass Waste Disposal Flowchart
Carcinogens
Carrying Buckets Safely Toolbox Talk

A toolbox talk discussing tips and strategies to carry buckets safely and prevent injury.

CDC LAI Prevention Poster
CFATS Compliance Plan

Chemical Facility Anti-terrorism Standards (CFATS) Compliance Plan Overview

CFC Recycling
Chemical Exposure Monitoring Program

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety provides chemical exposure monitoring services for OSU Colleges or Departments subject to OSHA requirements and/or professional accreditation requirements. Chemical monitoring procedures are consistent with OSHA/NIOSH protocols.

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) are comprehensive risk-based security regulations intended to prevent the intentional misuse of certain chemicals by sabotage, theft, diversion or direct attack. DHS has authority to inspect facilities to enforce compliance with CFATS. DHS can impose civil penalties up to $25,000 per day and shut down facilities that fail to comply with the regulations. 

Chemical Fume Hoods Program

Overview of the use of fume hoods for laboratory work safety.

Chemical Hygiene Plan Quick Reference Guide

Quick reference guide for using the Interactive Chemical Hygine Plan (CHP)

Chemical Inventory

Chemical Inventory-EHSA

Chemical Inventory Maintenance and DHS Notifications of Possession of Chemicals of Interest

Detail procedures to be implemented at The Ohio State University to maintain chemical inventories and submit required notifications to the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) when university facilities possess chemicals of interest (COI) at or above the standard threshold quantity. CFATS requires a facility possessing COI ≥ STQ to submit a Top-Screen report to the DHS within 60 days of acquisition. 

Chemical Inventory Template
Chemical Management Guidebook
Chemical Redistribution Program

Many materials that laboratories submit as chemical waste are actually surplus chemicals that are reusable. As part of Environmental Health and Safety’s (EHS) commitment to waste minimization, the Chemical Redistribution Program accepts both opened and unopened containers of unwanted chemicals from laboratories and service areas throughout campus.

Chemical Release Response

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

Chemical SOP Template
Chemical Spill Matrix Chemical Spill Matrix
Chemical Waste Disposal Flowchart
Chemical Waste Management Guidebook
Chemical Waste Management Reference Guide

The collection, transportation and characterization of hazardous chemical waste at the Ohio State University falls under the direction of the Environmental Affairs program. In accordance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) the program encourages generators to utilize various chemical minimization methods to reuse, reduce the quantity and toxicity of chemical waste. 

What is hazardous waste?

Chloroform
Chromic Acid
Closing Out Radioactive Material Use Laboratories

Closing Out Radioactive Material Use Laboratories

  1. Close-out of labs posted for use of RAM normally will be performed only by written request of the Approved Supervisor, the University Radiation Safety Officer (URSO) or the University Radiation Safety Committee (URSC).

  2. Upon receipt of a request or order to close out a lab, Radiation Safety (RS) staff will contact the Approved Supervisor and insure that the following tasks have been performed:

Cold Rooms Fact Sheet
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Compressed Gas Cylinder Fact Sheet
Compressed Gas Safety Program

The purpose of this Compressed Gas Safety Program is to provide the hazards associated with compressed gases and outline the steps to take to ensure employees who work with, or around compressed gases are not exposed to hazards; and to provide procedures for common compressed gas work duties to minimize exposure in accordance with the OSHA Hazardous Materials, Compressed Gas standards (29 CFR 1910.101); Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations; and Compressed Gas Association (CGA) guidelines.

Compressed Gases
Confined Space Permit
Confined Space Program

The Confined Space Program contains requirements for practices and procedures to protect employees from the hazards of entry into a confined space. The written program adheres to the requirements set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Section 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Standard Number 1910.146. An important component of the Confined Space Program is the requirement for entry permits, which can be obtained through EHS.

Considerations for Laboratory Design
Construction Safety Checklist

Guideline for common consturction hazards.

Contingency Plan for Spills

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

Control Badges

Purpose of control badges and how to use them.

Corrosives
CPESC Certification Program
Crane Hoist Safety Program

The Ohio State University Crane, Hoist and Sling Safety Program applies to all OSU staff members who operate and/or are responsible for cranes, hoists and slings. Moving large, heavy loads may involve the use of specialized lifting devices such as cranes, hoists and slings. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators and for workers in proximity to them. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established regulations and guidelines for the protection of workers and facilities relating to crane, hoist and slings in 29 CFR 1910 Subpart N (Materials Handling and Storage). The OSU Crane, Hoist and Sling Safety Program outlines departmental responsibilities and provides important safety information regarding the use of these specialized lifting devices.

CTI Guidelines for Treating Legionella
Cyanide
Decommissioning Fume Hoods

Guidelines for decommisioing fume hoods.

Department of Athletics - Exposure Control Plan
Disinfectants and Expiration Date Information

Disinfectants are intended to destroy or irreversibly inactivate microorganisms (e.g., viruses, bacteria, and pathogenic fungi), but not necessarily spores and inanimate objects. Due to these beneficial properties, disinfectants are used for routine cleaning, treatment, as well as infectious waste spill containment and clean-up.

Disposal of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material

Disposal of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)

Environmental Health & Safety charges for the pick-up and disposal of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) waste products. These are uranium (U-238 or U-nat) and thorium (Th-232 or Th-nat) products purchased without regard for their radioactive nature, but must be disposed of as radioactive waste.

Dosimetry Badge Prices

Dosimetry Badge Prices

EHS Assist Instructions
Electric Safety Program

Electricity is a serious workplace hazard, capable of causing both employee injury and property damage. It is the policy of The Ohio State University (OSU) to protect all employees, students and other personnel from potential electrical hazards. This will be accomplished through compliance with the work practices described in the Electric Safety Program along with the effective application of engineering controls, administrative controls and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). OSU seeks to put forth an organized effort to reduce the potential for injuries relating to electrical hazards.

Electrophoresis Gel and Solutions Disposal Fact Sheet

Guideline for disposing of electrophoresis gel and solutions.

Elevated Work Safety Program

The Elevated Work Written Program is developed and maintained to provide safety related information to users of these devices and minimize injuries as a result of improper use. This program covers all Ohio State University (OSU) departmental personnel including staff and contractors utilizing equipment to perform elevated work on OSU property.

Elevator Safety Program

The preeminent safety standard for elevators (mechanical and hydraulic) has been developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME A17.3-2011) and has been adopted by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Contractors perform all maintenance and service work on university elevators; OSU employees are not permitted to conduct maintenance or service. Contractors preforming maintenance or service work on any of OSU’s elevators are expected to know and follow all of the applications and practices contained in ASME A17.3-2011.

Emergency Contact List
Emergency Eyewash Weekly Flushing

Plumbed eyewashes, eye/face washes “...should be activated on a weekly basis long enough to sure flushing fluid is provided” according to the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard Z358.1 5.5.2-- 2004.

Eyewash should meet the following requirements:

Emergency Generator Data Entry Instructions

If an emergency generator is subject to Subpart IIII of Part 60 Standards of Performance for Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines (CI ICE);

Emergency Generator Record-keeping Requirements
Emergency Spill Response
  1. Minor Spill (< 100 microcuries)

    1. Notify: Notify persons in the laboratory or affected area that a spill has occurred.
    2. Shield the Source: Cover the spill with absorbent pads. If possible, the spill should be shielded, but only if it can be done without further contamination or without significantly increasing radiation exposure.
Employee Accident Report
Equine Dermatophilosis Fact Sheet
Equine Encephalitis Fact Sheet
Equine Rabies Fact Sheet
Equine Rhodococcus equii Fact Sheet
Equine Ringworm Fact Sheet
Equine Salmonella Fact Sheet
Equine Vesicular Stomatitis Fact Sheet
Equine West Nile Fact Sheet
Equipment

Equipment-EHSA

Ergonomic Computer Workstation Survival Guide

The computer workstation is an essential tool in today's workplace. Although musculoskeletal and vision problems can occur, they can be controlled by using the proper equipment, designing workstations properly and following proper techniques and work practices.

Ergonomics Know Your Body Toolbox Talk

A toolbox talk discussing the risk factors and symptoms for musculoskeletal injuries.

Ethidium Bromide
Evaluating Radioisotope Based Experimental Procedures
Exposure Reports

Types of reports you will receive and what to do with the reports.

Facilities Safety Program
Facts About Non-Mercury Thermometers

Informational overview of non-mercury thermometers.

Fall Protection Program

The OSU Fall Protection Program outlines responsibilities for employees involved in elevated work; supervisors of employees involved in elevated work; elimination of fall hazards; and protection against fall hazards when they are present.

FAQ for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Informational overview of standard operating procedures and their uses.

Field Research Safety Information
Field Research Safety Plan Template
Film Processing and Silver Waste Generation

EHS FACT SHEET

Film Processing and Silver Waste Generation

Photo processing and film developing systems are routinely used at The Ohio State University for activities ranging from art projects to medical research.  Photo processing wastes may contain silver which is considered a toxic heavy metal by the Environmental Protection Agency. The silver is primarily present as soluble silver thiosulfate complex. Silver sulfide is present in smaller amounts.

Films and Processing Solutions Waste Disposal Flowchart
Fish Campylobacteriosis Fact Sheet
Fish Cryptosporidosis Fact Sheet
Fish Klebsiella Fact Sheet
Fish Mycobacteriosis Fact Sheet
Fish Salmonella Fact Sheet
Flammable Liquids
FOD Exposure Control Plan
Forklift and Powered Industrial Truck Safety Program

The Ohio State University Forklift and Powered Industrial Truck Safety Program applies to all OSU staff members who operate and/or are responsible for powered industrial trucks.

Forklift Certification Card
Forklift Operator Evaluation Form - Fillable Form
Forklift Operator Evaluation Form - Printable
Formaldehyde
Fume Hood Graphics
Fume Hood Quick Facts

Quick facts about using fume hoods.

Fume Hood Ventilation Failure Procedure

Guidelines for fume hood ventiliation failures.

Gels and Buffers Waste Disposal Flowchart
Generic Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan
Generic Exposure Control Plan - Appendix A
GHS Reference Chart
Glacial Acetic Acid
Glassware and Sharps Disposal (Medical Center)
Glassware and Sharps Disposal (Polaris)
Glassware and Sharps Disposal (Regional Campus)
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Monitoring Plan

The objective of the monitoring plan is to establish a series of QA activities that will provide a high level of confidence in the data reported.

Guide for Pregnant Workers

Information guide on the effects of radiation on a fetus.

Hand and Portable Power Tool Safety Program

It is the policy of The Ohio State University (OSU) to take precautions to eliminate hazards associated with the use of hand and portable power tools; and to ensure employees are properly trained to utilize these tools in a safe manner to minimize injuries related to their use. The Hand & Portable Power Tool Safety Program prescribes the duty to maintain tools and equipment; use hand and portable power tools in a safe manner; and minimize injury and/or accidents associated with their use.

Handling and Storage of Compressed Gas Cylinders
Hazard Communication

Regulation(s)
• Ohio Revised Code ORC §4167(link is external)
• OSHA Hazard Communication 1910.1200(link is external)

Hazard Communication Fact Sheet

This fact sheet summarizes training requirements for a hazard communication program.

Hazardous Chemical Alternatives

The table below lists some possible alternatives to chemicals routinely used in the laboratory. The alternatives represent less toxic or non-hazardous materials that will help in reducing hazardous waste generation.

ORIGINAL MATERIAL

SUBSTITUTE

Hazardous Material Assessments/Abatement Requirements

University buildings and construction sites may contain hazardous materials (i.e., asbestos, lead paint, mercury, PCBs, petroleum, radioisotopes, etc.) that may be disturbed as a result of renovation or demolition. Federal EPA regulations require that an asbestos assessment be conducted and that abatement take place prior to renovation or demolition, if these materials can be damaged.

Hazardous Waste Vehicles

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

Hearing Conservation Program

The OSU Hearing Conservation Program outlines responsibilities for employees exposed to excessive noise; supervisors of those employees; administrative and engineering controls for noise exposures; and all other required elements of a hearing conservation program.

Heat and Cold Stress Program

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) can provide monitoring and assist employees with the development of procedures to minimize the adverse effects of heat and cold stress in workplace. Additionally, EHS can provide training to employees exposed to extreme temperatures.

Helpful Tips for Biosafety Cabinet Users

Tips for using biosafety cabinets.

Hot Work Checklist
Hot Work Permit
Hot Work Permit Program

The purpose for the hot work permit program is to ensure that spark and flame producing construction and maintenance activities do not present an undue fire hazard to the people and property of OSU. Hot work includes any operation producing flame, sparks or heat. Examples of hot work include, but are not limited to, torch cutting, welding, brazing, grinding, sawing, torch soldering, thawing frozen pipes and applying roofing.

Household Hazardous Waste

It is estimated that almost one half of household waste can be recycled and not sent to a landfill. However, a small portion would be considered a hazardous material. Many common household products contain hazardous chemicals that can pose a threat to people and the environment, especially when improperly handled or disposed.

Hydrofluoric Acid
Import, Export and Transfer of Biological Materials
Import, Export, and Transfer of Biological Materials
Increased Controls Program

The University possesses certain materials of concerns. 

In order to gain unescorted access to these materials, individuals must subject themselves to an extensive background check. Individuals must notify the University Radiation Safety Officer to initiate the process. 

The process is a multi-step process:

Indoor Flood Cleanup and Mold Remediation

The purpose of this SOP is to outline proper methods for cleanup and disposal following an indoor water release (flood), which may result in damaged building materials. The prompt cleanup of water is necessary to minimize property loss and prevent microbial growth. This SOP also details proper methods for mold remediation if cleaning and drying was not successful or if mold is identified during initial inspection. It is also essential to identify and eliminate the source of moisture that has contributed to the water damage or mold growth as part of the remediation process. 

Infectious Waste Generator Certificate of Registration
Infectious Waste Packaging Fact Sheet
Infectious Waste Pickup

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

DATE ISSUED: September 1, 1992
DATES PREVIOUSLY REVISED: August 12, 1998, October 1, 2006, October 27, 2008, July 12, 2010
DATE LAST REVISED: November 15, 2011
SUBJECT: Infectious Waste Pickup

Infectious Waste Spill Containment and Clean-Up Procedure

Infectious waste spills must be contained and cleaned up immediately.

I. A spill kit containing absorbent material, bleach or another USEPA registered tuberculocidal disinfectant,
biohazard bags, gloves, eye protection, and a biohazard sharps container must be accessible in the laboratory.

Infectious Waste Storage and Packaging Instructions
  1. Assemble the infectious waste box provided by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and ensure that all markings are oriented correctly with “Up Arrows” pointed upward.

  2. Tape all seams with sturdy packaging tape. NOTE: Masking tape is not acceptable.

  3. Line the infectious waste box with the EHS provided red plastic infectious waste bag prior to the

Inspection Followup

Inspection Followup-EHSA

Instructions for Spare Badges

How to issue a spare badge.

Introduction to Dosimetry

Introduction to Dosimetry for Badge Coordinators

Isoflurane

Standard Operating Procedure for Isoflurane

JHA - Administrative Professionals

Job Hazard Analysis for Administrative Professionals

JHA - Air Quality Technician

Job Hazard Analysis for Air Quality Technicians

JHA - Animal Care Technician

Job Hazard Analysis for Animal Care Technicians

JHA - Athletic Aide

Job Hazard Analysis for Athletic Aides

JHA - Athletic Trainer

Job Hazard Analysis for Athletic Trainers

JHA - Building Maintenance Worker

Job Hazard Analysis for Building Maintenance Workers

JHA - Carpenter

Job Hazard Analysis for Carpenters

JHA - Construction Technician

Job Hazard Analysis for Construction Technicians

JHA - Custodian

Job Hazard Analysis for Custodians

JHA - Dock Worker

Job Hazard Analysis for Dock Workers

JHA - Electrician

Job Hazard Analysis for Electricians

JHA - Engineer

Job Hazard Analysis for Engineers

JHA - Facility Manager

Job Hazard Analysis for Facility Managers

JHA - Faculty Member

Job Hazard Analysis for Faculty Members

JHA - FOD Building Systems

Job Hazard Analysis for Facilities Operations and Development, Facilities Building Systems employees.

JHA - FOD Electrical and Electronic Systems

Job Hazard Analysis for Facilities Operations and Development, Building Systems employees.

JHA - FOD Maintenance

Job Hazard Analysis for Facilities Operations and Development, Maintenance employees.

JHA - FOD Mechanical Systems

Job hazard analysis for Facilities Operations and Development, Facilities Mechancial Systems.

JHA - FOD Mechanical Systems Tunnel Team

Job hazard analysis for Facilties Operations and Development, Facilities Mechanical Systems Tunnel Team.

JHA - FOD Renovation Restoration

Job hazard analysis for Facilities Operations and Development, Facilities Renovation and Restoration.

JHA - Groundskeeper

Job Hazard Analysis for Groundskeepers

JHA - Human Resources

Job Hazard Analysis for Human Resources Professionals

JHA - Inventory Clerk

Job Hazard Analysis for Inventory Clerks

JHA - Laboratory TA

Job Hazard Analysis for Laboratory TAs

JHA - Laboratory Worker

Job Hazard Analysis for Laboratory Workers

JHA - Locksmith

Job Hazard Analysis for Locksmiths

JHA - Mason

Job Hazard Analysis for Masons

JHA - Mechanic

Job Hazard Analysis for Mechanics

JHA - Metal Worker

Job Hazard Analysis for Metal Workers

JHA - Nurse

Job Hazard Analysis for Nurses

JHA - Office Worker

Job Hazard Analysis for Officer Workers

JHA - Painter

Job Hazard Analysis for Painters

JHA - Physician

Job Hazard Analysis for Physicians

JHA - Plumber

Job Hazard Analysis for Plumbers

JHA - Police Officer First Responder

Job Hazard Analysis for First Responders

JHA - Project Manager

Job Hazard Analysis for Project Managers

JHA - Researcher

Job Hazard Analysis for Researchers

JHA - Roofer

Job Hazard Analysis for Roofers

JHA - Steam Plant/Tunnel Worker

Job Hazard Analysis for Steam Plant/Tunnel Workers.

JHA - Student Life Building Systems

Job hazard analysis for Student Life, Facilities Building Systems.

JHA - Student Life Custodial

Job hazard analysis for Student Life Custodial.

JHA - Student Life Maintenance

Job hazard analysis for Student Life, Facilities Maintenance.

JHA - Student Life Renovation Restoration

Job hazard analysis for Student Life, Facilities Renovation and Restoration.

JHA - Welder

Job Hazard Analysis for Welders

JHA - Zone Leader

Job Hazard Analysis for Zone Leaders

Job Hazard Analysis Program Safety hazards are present in every workplace. To properly identify hazards and protect workers from them, a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) should be performed. A proper JHA involves reviewing each task performed to determine where hazards exist; providing recommendations for hazard elimination/protection; and identifying appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to inform employees of appropriate safety standards and precautions.
Lab Glass Waste Disposal Flowchart
Laboratory Compliance Officer

Each building on campus is assigned a Laboratory Compliance Officer for all radiation and research safety related issues, including laboratory inspections.

 
Laboratory Inspection Checklist

Safety checklist used to assist labs with both Chemical & Biosafety laboratory inspections.

Laboratory Inspections

Overview of the Laboratory Inspections program.

Laboratory Manager Checklist
Laboratory Relocation/Close Out Checklist

Form to assist with relocating or closing a laboratory.

Laboratory Training Checklist

To help laboratories at The Ohio State University ensure that all staff and students conducting research are adequately trained and that training is properly documented.

Laser Area Sign - Templates & Instructions

Information and instructions for proper posting.

Laser Safety Procedures Manual
Laser Safety Program

Laser and laser systems present a potential safety hazard to students, staff, and faculty if the device is not used and/or stored properly. The primary purpose of The Ohio State University Laser Safety Program is to ensure that no laser radiation in excess of the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) limit reaches the human eye or skin. In addition, the program is designed to ensure adequate protection against non-beam (collateral) hazards that can be associated with lasers.

Lead Paint Information

Lead Paint

Lead is considered to be one of the seven metals of antiquity. Its unique color properties lead to its use as a pigment on buildings around 3,000 B.C. This quality of lead pigment is one of the reasons that it was used as an additive in paint for thousands of years. Lead compounds, such as white lead (lead carbonate), red lead (lead dioxide), and lead chromate, are the most widely used pigments used in paints, primers, and varnishes.

Lead Paint: Best Practices for Painting

Personal Protective Equipment (As Needed)

Lead Safety Program

It is the policy of The Ohio State University (OSU) to take precautions to eliminate potential hazards in the workplace. The purpose of the Lead Safety Program is to provide the hazards associated with lead and lead-containing materials; outline the steps to take to ensure employees who work with, or around lead are not exposed to hazardous levels of lead; and to provide procedures for common lead related work duties to minimize exposure in accordance with the OSHA Lead Standard (29 CFR 1910.1025).

Lead-Acid Batteries

Ohio EPA guideline for lead-acid batteries.

Legionella Exposure Control Plan
Legionella Pocket Guide

Quick reference for legionella.

Legionella Poster
Lifting and Moving Toolbox Talk

A toolbox talk discussing tips and strategies to lift and move materials safely in order to prevent injury.

Liquid Nitrogen
Local Exhaust Ventilation

Informational overview of local exhaust ventilation.

Lockout Tagout Checklist
Lockout Tagout Program

The OSU LOTO Program establishes requirements for the lockout of energy-isolating devices. The intent is to ensure that equipment is de-energized and isolated from all potentially hazardous energy sources and locked out (and tagged) before employees perform service or maintenance tasks where the unexpected energizing, start-up or release of stored energy could cause injury.

LS-1: Laser Registration Form

Form required for laser registration.

LS-2: Template for Laser Standard Operating Procedure

These guidelines are intended to aid PIs and individual laser users in preparing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for lasers and laser systems. The information should be used as a guide to allow you to develop a SOP that is specific to your laser system. The SOP should include all lasers in a given laser system including alignment and pumping lasers.

  1. Introduction

    1. Laser location

Machine Shop Safety Program The EHS Shop Safety Program provides inspections and recommendations to shops for the hazards present. EHS will work with shop personnel to help ensure appropriate Safety programs and training are in place to protect workers from hazards they could encounter as part of their work assignments.
Main Profile

Main Profile-EHSA

Maintenance Survey and Guidelines

When equipment that has been used with radioactive materials requires service or is being sent to surplus for disposal, a survey for contamination must be performed prior to transport of the unit or performance of the work. Examples of such equipment include, but are not limited to: hot sinks, fume hoods, refrigerators, freezers and analytical instruments.

Managing Fatigue Toolbox Talk

A toolbox talk discussing strategies to manage fatigue at work.

Medical Radiation Safety Program

The Ohio State University's Medical Radiation Safety Program ensures that all clinical and research uses of radioactive materials and radiation generating equipment are conducted safely to promote a safe working environment for Ohio State employees as well as members of the general public.

Mercury Elimination Program

Mercury is a naturally occurring element that has often been used in laboratories, instruments, industrial and commercial equipment, and household items. Mercury can be released into the atmosphere by power plants through the combustion of coal. Mercury is toxic in all chemical forms. Once mercury is released into the environment, it can be transformed into methyl mercury, which allows it to bioaccumulate in the body.

Health Issues

Mercury Information

Chemical States: Elemental, inorganic, and organic (alkyl/methyl and aryl/phenyl)


Order of Toxicity (Low to High): Elemental< inorganic< organic (aryl/phenyl< alkyl/methyl) Target Organs/Tissue: Kidneys, central nervous system (CNS)/brain, and skin

Bioaccumulation:

Mercury Material Safety Data Sheet
Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program

The mercury thermometer recycling program was created by EHS to help eliminate mercury and its associated health and environmental hazards.

Nanoparticle Safety Program The Ohio State University Office of Environmental Health and Safety created a Nanoparticle Safety Program to minimize the risk associated with the hazards known when handling nanoparticles.
New Worker Registration

New Worker Registration-EHSA

Nitric Acid
Non-Medical X-ray Program

Devices capable of generating ionizing radiation referred to as radiation-generating devices (RGD) present a potential safety hazard to students, staff and faculty if the device is not used and/or stored properly. Safety requirements for analytical x-ray units, electron microscopes, bone densitometers, industrial radiography and x-ray irradiation devices are listed in The Ohio State University Radiation Safety Procedures Manual for Radiation-Generating Devices (Non-Human Use) and the Ohio Department of Health regulations.

OEPA Construction General Permit
OEPA Small MS4 Permit
Open Burning

The open burning of waste is generally prohibited at the university. There are a few exceptions concerning firefighter training and ecological management. Please consult with EHS before conducting any kind of open burning or applying for an Ohio EPA open burning permit. 

Operations/Equipment SOP Template
Ordering Instructions for Lab Personnel

How to order radioactive materials – instructions for the lab.

Ordering Instructions for Requisitioners

How to order radioactive materials – instructions for the fiscal officer.

OSHA/Safety Standards Questionnaire

 

Ovine Caseous Lymphadenitis Fact Sheet
Ovine Chlamydiosis Fact Sheet
Ovine Leptospirosis Fact Sheet
Ovine Listeriosis Fact Sheet
Ovine Q-Fever Fact Sheet
Ovine Ringworm Fact Sheet
Ovine Sore Mouth Face Sheet
Ovine Toxoplasmosis Fact Sheet
Oxidizing Chemicals
Oxygen
Perchloric Acid
Performance-Based Inspection Field Guide
Permits for the Use of Radioactive Materials

To obtain authorization for the use of radioactive materials from the University Radiation Safety Committee (URSC), an RS-1 form, Permit For The Use of Radioactive Materials, must be completed. This form, and others that may be required, are available from the EHS web site, www.ehs.ohio- state.edu. This permit must undergo a pre-review by Radiation Safety prior to final submission to the URSC. The Approved Supervisor will receive written notification of the permit’s status after URSC review.

Personnel Monitoring Program

Details of our dosimetry badge program.

Pesticide Management

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the use of pesticides under the authority of two federal statutes: the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act provide the basis for regulations, sale, distribution, and uses of pesticides in the U.S. Also, FIFRA authorizes EPA to review and register pesticides for specific applications.

Pesticide Safety Program

The Ohio State University Pesticide Safety Program has been created in order to reduce the risk of pesticide poisoning and injury among OSU employees that work with pesticides.

Phenol
Picric Acid
Pollution Prevention Guide for Laboratories

What is a hazardous waste?

The first step in any pollution prevention plan is to understand what is a hazardous waste. Once you know what constitutes a hazardous waste, then you are able to evaluate your processes to determine whether you are a generator of hazardous waste. At this point you can put into practice your strategies for reducing your waste generation.

Porcine Campylobacteriosis Fact Sheet
Porcine Cryptosporidiosis Fact Sheet
Porcine Influenza Fact Sheet
Porcine Leptospirosis Fact Sheet
Porcine Salmonellosis Fact Sheet
Porcine Toxoplasmosis Fact Sheet
Porcine Yersiniosis Fact Sheet
Poultry Campylobacter Fact Sheet
Poultry NewCastle Disease Fact Sheet
Poultry Psittacosis Fact Sheet
Poultry Salmonellosis Fact Sheet
PPE Fact Sheet
PPE Hazard Assessment
PPE Selection Guide
PPE Selection Guide - Body Protection
PPE Selection Guide - Eye Protection
PPE Selection Guide - Fall Protection
PPE Selection Guide - Foot Protection
PPE Selection Guide - Hand Protection
PPE Selection Guide - Head Protection
PPE Selection Guide - Hearing Protection
PPE Selection Guide - Respiratory Protection
Pyrophoric Materials Guidelines
Radiation a Fact of Life
Radiation Safety Fundamentals
Radiation Safety Laboratory Inspection Program

The Radiation Safety Section of Environmental Health and Safety performs semi-annual performance-based inspections of all Type B, C and storage-only laboratories posted for the use of radioactive materials. Type A laboratories are inspected monthly.

Radiation Safety Procedures Manual  for Radiation-Generating Devices (Non-Human Use)
Radiation Safety Standards
Radioactive Material Permitting and Amendments

To obtain authorization for the use of radioactive materials from the University Radiation Safety Committee (URSC), an RS-1 form, Application for a Permit for the Use of Radioactive Materials, must be completed. This permit must undergo a pre-review by Radiation Safety prior to final submission to the URSC. The Approved Supervisor will receive written notification of the permit’s status after the URSC review.

Radioactive Waste Disposal Flowchart
Radioactive Waste Management Handbook

Guideline and answers to questions about The Ohio State University's radioactive waste program.

Radionuclide Risk Categories, Security and Required Training

Radionuclide Risk Categories

  1. No Significant Risk

    1. Areas where only generally licensed materials or naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) are used including small button check sources, Ni-63 electron capture detectors and compounds of uranium and thorium.

  2. Low Risk

RAM Lab Surveys

RAM Lab Surveys-EHSA

RAM Waste Management

RAM Waste Management-EHSA

RAM Waste Supply Request

RAM Waste Supply Request-EHSA

Receipt of Radioactive Material

Guidelines for handling radioactive material when it is received in a lab.

Reclassification form
Refrigerator and Freezer Protocols
Replacement Thermometers

Partial Immersion Thermometers 

Descriptionrangedivisionlength (mm)Order Number

Blue Spirit Thermometer 

Reproductive Toxins
Requisitions & Receipts

Requisitions & Receipts-EHSA

Researcher Guidance Document
Resource Conservation and Recycling Lab (RCRL) Housekeeping

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

DATE ISSUED: September 1, 1992
DATES PREVIOUSLY REVISED: November 6, 1998, October 1, 2006, October 27, 2008, July 12, 2010
DATE LAST REVISED: November 15, 2011
SUBJECT: Resource Conservation and Recycling Lab (RCRL) Housekeeping

Respirator Selection Guide
Respirator Use Flowchart
Respiratory Protection Program

The Ohio State University’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), in compliance with state laws, adopted from Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules found at 29 CFR 1910.134, has developed a General Respiratory Protection Program. This program covers all faculty and staff employed by The Ohio State University, who are required to wear respiratory protection.

RGD-1: Registration for the Use / Storage of Radiation-Generating Devices
RGD-2: Template for Electron Microscope Standard Operating Procedures
RGD-3: Template for Radiation (x-ray) Producing Devices Standard Operating Procedures
Risk and Risk Reduction

Radiation risks and how to reduce risks.

RS-1 Form Instructions
RS-10: Badge Request

Form used to add a new wearer.

RS-11: Exposure Record Authorization

Form that allows us to send for exposure reports for an employee or student.

RS-12: Lost or Damaged Badge

Form to report a lost or damaged badge.  

RS-13: Declaration of Pregnancy

Form to obtain a fetal badge.

RS-14: Acknowledgment of Radiation Exposure Limitations for a Minor

Form for minor workers in labs that contain radioactive materials.

RS-15: Record of Survey Results
RS-16: De Minimis Quantity Verification - Liquid Scintillation Media (VIALS ONLY)
RS-17: De Minimis Quantity Verification - Liquid Scintillation Media (NO VIALS)
RS-18: De Minimis Quantity Verification - Animal Carcasses
RS-19A: Hot Sink Disposal Record (January - June)
RS-19B: Hot Sink Disposal Record (July - December)
RS-1: Application for a Permit for the use of Radioactive Material in a Research Lab
RS-1: Section 4 Additional Page
RS-1: Section 8 Additional Page
RS-1SO: Application for a Permit for the Storage Only Radioactive Material
RS-1SS: Application for a Permit for Use / Storage of a Radioactive Sealed Source
RS-25: Internal Isotope Request

Form to order isotope from an internal vendor.

RS-26: Worksheet for a Requisition for Radioactive Materials

Worksheet to gather required information to place an order from an external vendor for Radioactive Material.

RS-27: RAM Package Receipt Worksheet

RAM Package Receipt Survey Form

RS-28: OARDC Radioactive Material Package Log

For OARDC in Wooster – package log.

RS-2: Authorized User Information
RS-30: New Series Information

Form to obtain badges for a new series.

RS-5: Radioactive Lab Animal Information
RS-6: Annual In-Lab Training of Approved Users
RS-7: Request for Amendment to Approved Permit
RS-9: Survey Instrument Calibration Request
RSM-1: Medical Use of Radioactive Material Application
RSM-2: Medical Use Preceptor Statement
RSM-3: Authorized Medical Physicist Training, Experience, and Preceptor Attestation (3701:1-58-19)
RSM-4: Authorized Nuclear Pharmacist Training, Experience, and Preceptor Attestation (3701:1-58-20)
RSM-5: Authorized User Training, Experience, and Preceptor Attestation (3701:1-58-32; -34; -53; and -72 RSL)
RSM-6: Authorized User Training, Experience, and Preceptor Attestation (3701:1-58-43; -55; -72 GNP; and -72 Y90)
RSM-7: Authorized User Training, Experience, and Preceptor Attestation (3701:1-58-37)
RSM-8 Application for Investigational Human Use of Radioactive Material

The RSM-8 is used as a new application or an amendment to an existing permit for Investigational Human Use of Radioactive Material

Safe Disposal of Pesticides

This information is from the US EPA and OEPA, 4/2012

  • The best way to dispose of small amounts of excess pesticides is to use them - apply them - according to the directions on the label.

Safe practices for working with compressed gas cylinders
Safety Guidelines for Field Researchers
Safety Management Guidebook
Salmonella Fact Sheet
Scorecard Explanation
Security Inspections

Semi-annual unannounced off-hour security inspections are conducted. “Off-Hours” are defined as 5:00 pm –8:00 am, lunch-time (11:00 –1:00) and weekends. All radioactive materials must be secured from unauthorized access or removal when not under constant surveillance. This can be achieved by making sure the laboratory is locked when nobody is in the lab or by locking all the radioactive material (including waste) within the lab in lockable refrigerators, freezers and cabinets. 

Sharps Safety

Informational overview of sharps safety practices.

Sharps Waste Disposal Flowchart
Shop Safety Inspection Checklist
Silica Dust Safety Program

This Silica Dust Safety Program applies to OSU employees who are expected to be exposed to silica dust through the methods outlined above; or through other means, which are determined by EHS or their supervisor.

Sodium Azide
Spent Solvent Pickup and Bulking

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE

DATE ISSUED: September 1, 1992
DATES PREVIOUSLY REVISED: June 16, 1998, October 1, 2006, October 27, 2008, July 12, 2010
DATE LAST REVISED: November 15, 2011
SUBJECT: Spent Solvent Pickup and Bulking

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures

The Oil Pollution Prevention regulation promulgated under the authority of the Clean Water Act (CWA) established the requirements for the prevention of, preparedness for, and response to oil discharges at specific non-transportation related facilities. The regulation require facilities that use or store oil to develop and implement Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans to prevent oil from reaching navigable waters and adjoining shorelines, as well as to contain discharges of oil.

Stinging and Biting Insect Safety Tips
Storm Water Management Program

Three of our campuses (Columbus, Newark, and Lima) have stormwater permits through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). Furthermore, Ohio State has a large number of underground and above ground petroleum storage tanks. EHS helps to ensure that Ohio State's facilities are maintained and operating properly and that all campus activities are managed to minimize any negative impacts to the environment.

Storm Water Management Program Post-Construction BMP Operations and Maintenance Guidance Manual
Student Life Exposure Control Plan
Toolbox Talk Electrical Safety

Toolbox talk that can be used during meetings to discuss electrical safety.

Toolbox Talk Heat Stress

Toolbox talk that can be used during meetings to discuss heat stress safety.

Transportation of Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials are commonly used throughout the University for research, teaching, and maintenance related work. The utilization of these substances often requires the transportation of the material from one location to another. It is during the transportation phase that containers are most vulnerable to breakage and spillage. When a hazardous materials spill occurs, it frequently can create unsafe conditions, which can interrupt normal activities.

Trenching and Excavating Safety Program

In order to prevent death, injuries and property loss, all employees, students, contractors and visitors of The Ohio State University must comply with the requirements of the Excavations, Trenching and Shoring standards (OSHA 29CFR 1926.650, 651 and 652).

Tricaine
Underground Storage Tanks

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is a federal law that requires the regulation of underground storage tanks (USTs). The purpose of the law is to prevent the contamination of soil and water from leaking storage tanks. An underground storage tank is a tank or combination of tanks connected by piping systems that have at least 10% of their combined volume beneath the ground.

Universal Waste Fact Sheet
Universal Waste Program

The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is the act that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations governing the generation, transport, and disposal of “Universal Wastes”. The regulations were developed to promote the collection and recycling of special categories of hazardous waste.

University Radiation Safety Committee

The University Radiation Safety Committee (URSC) is mandated by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and is comprised of faculty and staff from The Ohio State University. The URSC oversees the Radiation Safety Program and acts as a liaison between faculty/staff/management and the Radiation Safety Section (RSS) of Environmental Health and Safety. The URSC is responsible for the control and direction of the Radiation Safety Program.

Used Fluorescent Lamp Handling, Packaging, and Storage Instructions

Lamps of “Universal Waste Lamps” are defined by the EPA as the bulb or tube portion of an electric lighting device designed to produce ultra-violet, visible, or infra-red light. Fluorescent lamps generate both ultraviolet and visible light. A small amount of mercury vapor present within the sealed glass fluorescent lamp absorbs the ultra-violet light and allows visible light to be emitted.

Used Oil Guidance

Ohio EPA used oil policy.

UV Lamps in Biosafety Cabinets

Helpful tips about using UV lamps in biosafety cabinets.

Vendor Information

Names and contact information of vendors that provide radioactive materials. If you need information on other vendors please e-mail us at radiation.safety@osu.edu.

View Appendix A Inventory

View Appendix A Inventory-EHSA

Waste Batteries

Pickup and Packaging Information:

Waste Chemical Disposal

The University has very broad policies that require compliance by students, faculty, and staff. These policies involve the various air and water pollution rules, regulations, and standards issued by local, state, and federal agencies that govern waste chemicals. Except where permitted, there shall be no purposeful discharge of waste chemicals to sinks, drains, or sewers without the explicit authority of the regulating authority.

Waste Minimization Program

The Ohio State University is committed to the protection of human health and the environment. As such, the University strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students to utilize the various chemical minimization methods to reduce the quantity and toxicity of chemical wastes generated on campus. An important benefit of waste minimization is that it should reduce the ever increasing disposal costs, especially with the current and anticipated changes to state and federal regulations.

Waste Minimization: As Easy as A, B, C!
  • Avoid chlorinated organic solvents, cyanide compounds, and petroleum-based compounds when water-based substitutes exist.
  • Buy drainboards and drip pans to enhance drip reuse in process baths.
  • Choose closed-loop (i.e., fully enclosed) recycling designs to reduce wastes and worker exposures.
Water Reactive Chemicals
Water Testing Guidelines
Ways to Reduce Hazardous Waste

72 ways to reduce hazardous waste

Working Alone Safety Program

Some job functions at The Ohio State University will be performed by lone workers. This program is to encourage awareness and promote safe work procedures for employees who work alone.

Zoonotic Disease

Informational overview of zoonotic diseases with pictures.