Environmental Health and Safety

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Requirements for faculty, staff and students to comply with environmental health and safety and occupational health and safety standards


  1. Chemical Hygiene Plan
    All PI's performing laboratory research must have an approved Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) in place.  Information for getting started on your CHP can be found at: http://www.ehs.osu.edu
    You will need your OSU login to get started on the interactive CHP.
    Dorian Richards in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for
    approving the CHP. He can be reached at Richards [dot] 13 [at] osu [dot] edu or 2-1284.
  2. Chemical Inventory
    Labs are required to submit a chemical inventory to Environmental Health and Safety. If you
    would like an Excel template for your chemical inventory, please contact Dorian Richards.

    Once the inventory is submitted, EHS will provide the PI with an username and password to
    access the inventory through EHS ASSIST on their website. Additions or deletions of
    chemicals should be registered online. Any changes regarding Dept. of Homeland Security
    (DHS) chemicals of interest must be made within 30 days. Below is a link to the list of these chemicals.
    This is a federal government requirement.
    DHS App. A.pdf
  3. Material Safety Data Sheets
    Material Safety Data Sheets received with chemicals must be kept in a notebook in the lab. For electronic access to MSDS go to the EHS homepage at: http://www.ehs.osu.edu
    Click on MSDS Search at the bottom of the page.
  4. Chemical Spill Supplies and First Aid Kits
    All labs must have basic chemical spill supplies and a first aid kit.  See Toni Hoepf or Clarence Pointer for chemical spill pads. Kitty litter may be used as a good general purpose absorbent. Kits should also contain bleach, gloves and protective eyewear.
    Acid and base absorbents are also recommended.
  5. Biohazard and Recombinant DNA Protocols
    The Institutional BioSafety Committee (IBC) requires approved protocols for working with biohazardous agents/recombinant DNA. Information and forms can be found at the Office of Responsible Research (ORRP) website: http://orrp.osu.edu/ibc/forms/
    The main page for the ORRP is: http://orrp.osu.edu
    For more information on BioSafety Levels see the Institutional Laboratory BioSafety Manual at: http://ehs.osu.edu/FileStore/Biosafety%20Manual/Complete%20BSM.pdf

    Additional BioSafety Websites:
  6. Animal Use Protocols
    Forms and information can be found at the ORRP website: http://orrp.osu.edu/iacuc/forms/
  7. Human Subjects
    Forms and information can be found at the ORRP website: http://orrp.osu.edu/irb/forms/
  8. Radiation Safety
    For information on obtaining a radioactive materials license, regulations and training, please see the Radiation Safety page on the Environmental Health and Safety website: http://www.ehs.osu.edu/RadSafety/default.aspx
  9. Infectious Waste Disposal
  10. Infectious waste should be disposed of according to your approved Institutional BioSafety Protocol. For more information see Appendix D of the Institutional Laboratory BioSafety Manual: http://ehs.osu.edu/FileStore/Biosafety%20Manual/bmappd.pdf
    Infectious waste will be picked up free of charge by Environmental Health and Safety. It can also be disposed of through the Dispensary in Goss Lab or Sisson Hall. Containers for waste are delivered on request by EHS at 2-1284.

NOTE: An approved CHP and Animal Use Protocol must be in place for access to the ULAR animal facilities.


All faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students working in labs are required by OSHA to take the basic Lab Standard Training. All personnel working in BSL-2 labs are required to take the Biological Safety Training for BSL2. All personnel working with bloodborne pathogens and/or human material (not including fixed tissue) are required to take the Bloodborne Pathogens course. Additional training may be required dependent upon your lab's specific protocols.

* A new required course for all lab personnel is the OSU BEAP Training. It is listed on the EHS training page under Research Safety.
In addition to the required training courses, EHS offers a number of online courses that may be beneficial and pertinent to your research. An example would be Formaldehyde Safety, as this is a hazardous chemical used in many research applications.
All faculty and staff not associated with research labs are required to take the Generic Hazard Communications course. This includes student employees. This is an OHSA requirement.
All EHS courses are listed on the EHS training page which can be accessed at the following link: http://ehs.osu.edu/Training/rbst.aspx

If you have not previously registered an account, you will need to do so prior to taking your first course. A certificate will be available at the successful completion of a course. Certificates should be printed out and placed in the Training Records section of the lab Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Lab Standard Training

This course can be taken online. As an alternative, there is an in-depth 10 hour course offered at the EHS offices on Kinnear Rd. You can register for the long course by calling EHS at 2-1284.  To take the online course go to: http://ehs.osu.edu/Training/rbst.aspx
The course is listed under Research Safety. You will need to register an account before you can proceed to take the course. After successfully completing the course, a printable certificate will be available which should be placed in a
Training Records section of your CHP.

Biological Safety for BSL2

This course is required for all BSL-2 lab personnel. It is listed under Biosafety at the following link: http://ehs.osu.edu/Training/rbst.aspx

Generic Hazard Communications Online

This course can also be taken online. To take the online course go to: http://ehs.osu.edu/Training/rbst.aspx
The course is listed under Occupational Health and Safety. You will need to register an account before you can proceed to take the course.

Radiation Safety Training

All personnel working with radioactive material are required to take this training. This is available online at: http://ehs.osu.edu/Training/rst.aspx
Training specific to the isotopes used in your laboratory should be given by the PI on an annual basis. You will need to register an account before you can proceed to take the course.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Training for those working with bloodborne pathogens and/or human material is available online in the Biosafety section at: http://ehs.osu.edu/Training/rbst.aspx
If you have already taken the Bloodborne Pathogens course, but need a refresher, there is a Bloodborne Pathogens Refresher course available.
OSHA requires that personnel working with bloodborne pathogens be offered the Hepatitis B vaccine. This vaccination may be declined in writing. Contact Employee Health at 293-8146.

Lab Animal Use

If you are listed on an approved animal use protocol there are three requirements that must be met.

  1. Registration with Occupational Health and Safety; http://orrp.osu.edu/iacuc/occhealth/
    You will be required to fill out the Occupational Online Health Registry which is accessed from this page.
  2. Two courses are required. These are the "Animal Usage Orientation" course and the "Occupational Health and Safety" course. They can be taken online by following this link: http://orrp.osu.edu/iacuc/training/
  3. Contact ULAR for ID access to the Sisson Hall animal facility. Jason Chipps: chipps [dot] 7 [at] osu [dot] edu or 292-7821
    See the ULAR webpage for more information regarding their policies and services: http://ular.osu.edu/

Note: ULAR also offers animal handling and techniques classes on an as needed basis. Call 292-5494 for more information.

Contact List

Name Position Phone Email
Amstein, Paul Chemical and Waste Pickup 292-1284 amstein [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu
Bogac, Tina EHS Biosafety Officer 292-1284 bogac [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu
Bremer, Cathy EHS Officer, Veterinary Preventive Medicine 292-8328 bremer [dot] 2 [at] osu [dot] edu
Chipps, Jason Operations Manager-ULAR 292-7821/292-9131 chipps [dot] 7 [at] osu [dot] edu
Fout, Birdell (Bird) Building Coordinator VMAB and Goss Lab 688-4158 fout [dot] 35 [at] osu [dot] edu
Hickman-Davis, Judy Clinical Veterinarian, ULAR 688-4880 hickman-davis [dot] 2 [at] osu [dot] edu
Highley, Charles (Stan) Building Coordinator VMC 292-6148 highley [dot] 16 [at] osu [dot] edu
Hoepf, Toni EHS Officer, Veterinary Biosciences 4-9516/292-9716 hoepf [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu
Lewis, Stephanie Clinical Veterinarian, ULAR 247-7009 lewis [dot] 1318 [at] osu [dot] edu
Niewiesk, Stefan College IACUC Representative 688-3605 niewiesk [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu
Richards, Dorian EHS Research Safety Officer 292-1284 richards [dot] 13 [at] osu [dot] edu
Smith, Cecil Assistant VP, Health Sciences and Institutional Biosafety 292-0220 smith [dot] 143 [at] osu [dot] edu
St. Clair, Mike Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety 292-1284 st-clair [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu
Workman, Jeff Extension Program Asst. Building Coordinator, Sisson Hall 292-9453 workman [dot] 45 [at] osu [dot] edu