Staff Directory

Eric Jorgensen

Eric Jorgensen

Director

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (435) 797-2856
Rachel Curry

Rachel Curry

Laboratory Safety Manager/Radiation Safety Officer

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (435) 797-7423
Michael Dyer

Michael Dyer

Field and Farm Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (435) 797-0929
Dale Elwood

Dale Elwood

Environmental Manager

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (435) 797-1053
Brayden George

Brayden George

Laboratory Safety Officer

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (801) 554-0761
Kirt Poulsen

Kirt Poulsen

Assistant Director, Industrial Hygienist

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (435) 797-3507
Paula White

Paula White

Staff Assistant

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (435) 797-2892
Mike Williams

Mike Williams

Hazardous Waste Technician

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (435) 797-2904
Logan Bullough

Logan Bullough

Occupational Safety and Statewide Campus Safety Representative

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (435) 613-5659
Ashley Dagley

Ashley Dagley

Occupation Safety and Assistant Biological Safety Officer

Environmental Health and Safety

Phone: (435) 797-3290

EHS Committees

Biohazard Committee

The Biohazard 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.

Brian Gowen, Chair
brian.gowen@usu.edu
(435) 797-3112

Chemical Hygience Committee

The Chemical Hygiene Committee was created to comply with 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 that use hazardous chemicals.

The committee was formed to oversee chemical hygiene plan implementation and assists with ensuring 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 the university boilerplate 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 based 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
john.morrey@usu.edu
(435) 797-2622

Radiation Safety Committee

The Radiation Safety Committee is responsible for overseeing USU’s use of licensed radioactive material, x-ray producing equipment and class 3B and 4 laser equipment. Committee functions include assuring personnel, public and environmental safety from radiation and compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.

Joan Hevel, Chair
joanie.hevel@usu.edu
(435) 797-1622

Risk Control Committee

The Risk Control Committee has many responsibilities:

  • 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 university management or administrative resolution.
  • Review university worker’s compensation reports and make appropriate recommendations for deducing accidents and claims.
  • 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 administration.
  • Review loss control findings not adequately resolved by departments and recommend actions.
  • Conduct an annual review or evaluation of the university’s risk reduction efforts and provide the report to the Division of Risk Management.
  • Perform other pertinent duties of a Risk Control Committee as may be needed by the university.

Mike George, Chair
mike.george@usu.edu
(435) 797-8483

Safety Committee

The Safety Committee reviews and approves or disapproves all policies and procedures that relate to radiation, chemical and occupational safety at the university.

Alvan Hengge, Chair
alvan.hengge@usu.edu
(435) 797-1620