Environmental Health and Safety
May 26, 2021: Hazardous Materials and Dangerous Goods are substances or materials that may pose an unreasonable risk to health, safety and property when transported in commerce. These materials include hazardous chemicals, infectious substances, radioactive materials, compressed gases, dry ice, lithium batteries, aerosol cans (and other pressurized items) and more. Substances commonly shipped from the university's Moscow campus include dry ice, infectious substances and materials preserved in ethanol.
Before shipping potentially hazardous materials or dangerous goods, be aware federal regulations require any person engaged in the handling, offering for transport or transporting of such items to have specific, formal training before performing these activities. Failure to have the appropriate training or shipping undeclared hazardous materials violates federal law and may result in fines.
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and the Office of Research Assurances (ORA) work together to assist in shipping dangerous goods. They have the required training to ship a wide range of dangerous goods and hazardous materials by air and by ground and they can offer helpful options to fit your shipping needs. They can assist by:
- Providing Dangerous Goods shipping service if you do not ship by air or ground often, or if you are shipping something which is not covered by their training they can research specific requirements as well as help pack, label and fill out paperwork for your shipment. They do request 10 business days' notice prior to your desired shipment date to allow enough time to research specific requirements.
- Providing training to designated personnel who ship specific dangerous goods and/or hazardous materials more often. For example, ORA provides online training when shipping biological materials and refrigerants and EHS can provide DOT training if you are involved in any facet of shipping these items.
May 14, 2021 New Occupational Safety Specialist Join us in welcoming a new employee to EHS. Charlene Ewart has been with us for five months now. Char has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming. She has over 20 years of industry experience where she has worked in laboratories, food production facilities and for the last ten years as an environmental consultant for the oil and gas industry with Apex Companies. In these capacities she has had extensive safety training, written safety programs, completed hazard analyses and implemented safety protocols. Over her Apex tenure she worked closely with operators and regulators managing reporting, permitting, compliance and remediation activities. Char is currently a certified EMT and volunteers her time here in Moscow. She brings these skill sets and knowledge to the Environmental Health and Safety department here at U of I where she is responsible for Occupational Safety training and evaluations, Accident/Incident investigations, Building/safety inspections, AED program and unit safety committee coordination. It is her goal to partner with the EHS team and continue to facilitate the strong safety culture here on the University of Idaho campus.
April 12, 2021 Laboratory Safety Summary Report: Environmental Health and Safety staff recently completed a campus-wide lab safety inspection survey to evaluate the current level of lab safety precautions and to determine what components of lab safety need improvement.
Individual reports were created for each lab to compliment the executive summary and are available from EHS upon request.
It should be noted that the survey questions asked as part of this inspection are not identical to the periodic lab safety inspections conducted by Principal Investigators in their labs. The Lab Safety Inspection Checklist is a separate checklist with 104 questions designed as a tool for self-inspections. This checklist is available on the EHS website and is recommended to be performed at least annually by each PI.
Environmental Health and Safety will continue to monitor overall lab safety on campus on an annual basis and at regular intervals as needed. Additional training, risk evaluation and safety inspections are available upon request through the EHS office by contacting email@example.com or calling 208-885-6524.
What training do I need?
Because we are frequently asked about our training courses and how to know which courses a particular person or job may need, we have prepared a matrix for supervisors to use as a guide in determining training. Based on answers to a list of questions, a training profile can be developed for each job. The matrix is intended as a starting point, and all of our general training must be accompanied by job/task-specific training from the supervisor or designee. Our website provides supplementary written materials on many topics, and we can provide supervisors with individual assistance upon request.