Hazardous Waste Pickup
Please consult the Research Laboratory Safety Training Survey when assessing the removal a potentially hazardous material.
Almost all chemicals discarded by the university are considered hazardous by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
- Highly toxic compounds
- Flammable liquids
- Corrosive mixtures
- Mercury-containing fluorescent light tubes
- Lead-contaminated circuit boards
- Computers and combustible solvents in house paint
USU’s hazardous waste disposal program is regulated by the State of Utah Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste and the EPA. Failure to adhere to RCRA legal requirements can result in fines and penalties.
Near Miss Reporting
Submit a near miss report only if no injury or property damage occurred during an incident. The near miss report may be filled out anonymously when reporting safety concerns.
Submit an accident report to report any injury or property damage. The accident report does not replace the worker’s compensation form.
To schedule a Laboratory Safety or BSL II/III training, submit an EHS training registration form.
Implementing a Culture of Safety
The Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities provides information about navigating culture change when implementing university-wide research safety.
Brian Gowen, Chair
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
John Morrey, Chair
Joan Hevel, Chair
- 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