Safety Programs and Resources

Oregon State University is a land-grant university with a deep-rooted history of agricultural science education and research. As such, there is a profound interest in the safety and health of the agricultural workers and students at the main campus, out-lying units, and facilities across the state. In addition, safety of the general public, as well as the individuals and communities that come into contact with our programs and experiments, are our concern. 

The following set of occupational safety and health resources are meant to provide all agricultural workers at Oregon State University the proper guidelines to prevent accidents and loss of life, or health. Under all circumstances, workers must be properly trained to perform their required tasks.



College of Agricultural Sciences Safety Coordination Committee

The role of the College of Agricultural Sciences Safety Coordination Committee is to ensure that various safety facets are addressed, training is completed and documented, and current information is disseminated to all units in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Oregon Agricultural Experiment Stations.

Committee members and areas of expertise-

Jan Auyong - CAS Safety & Special Projects, Ag Experiment Station
Carrie Burkholder - CAS Regulatory & Safety Compliance Officer

Dave Bohnert - Director, Eastern Or Ag Research Center/Animal Production
Kevin Buch - Dive and Marine Safety Officer, OSU Research Office
Frank Chaplen - Assoc. Professor, Biological & Ecological Engineering/Lab Safety
Dan Curry - Manager, Willamette Valley Farms/Farm Safety
Jim Ervin - Manager, Greenhouse Operations
Lowell Fausett - Project Manager, Architect/Facility Management
Tom Garbacik - ARS Administration, USDA
Dan Kermoyan - Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Tim Weinke - Farm Manager, Hermiston Ag Research & Ext Center/Farm Safety

Penelope Diebel - Asst. Dean for Academic Programs (ex officio member)

For more information regarding the Safety Coordination Committee, please contact Carrie Burkholder at 541-737-5818 or

SCC Minutes

Health and Safety Training Manual

Table of Contents
Complete Manual PDF file

Compliance and Risk Management Programs, OSU Research Office

Animal Handler Occupational Health and Safety Program
Biosafety Manual
Research Compliance

Human Subjects (IRB)
Animal Care and Use (IACUC)
Environmental Health and Safety
Radiation Safety

Oregon State University Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

EHS assists departments in maintaining a safe and healthy university environment for staff, faculty, students, and visitors. They provide training, consultation, and various safety and health services, such as occupational health and safety, and research safety. EHS hosts four committees that oversee and provide policy recommendations to improve university safety.

Oregon State University Safety Manual
Environmental Health & Safety Training and Services
Environmental Health & Safety Forms and Documents

University Safety Committee

The University Health & Safety Committee was formed by the Campus Administration to ensure the health and safety of all university employees.  The Committee meets monthly to review campus policies and make recommendations to the Administration.

Institutional BioSafety Committee

The use of biological hazards in an unsafe manner has the potential to result in accidental exposures to university personnel, liability and public relation issues for the university, and in some cases community outbreaks of disease.  In recognition of the necessity for conducting research utilizing potentially hazardous biological materials in a safe and secure manner, the OSU Institutional Biosafety Committee reviews biohazardous work conducted for any purpose by OSU personnel or in any OSU facility.  The Institutional Biosafety Committee has full authority to impose containment requirements or procedural safeguards, audit programs, and inspect facilities to ensure that biohazards are handled, used, and disposed of in a safe and compliant manner.

Chemical Safety 

Also under the umbrella of Environmental Health & Safety, the responsibilities of this committee include:

Chemical Carcinogen Program
Chemical Inventory
Mercury Thermometer reduction
Hazardous Waste Program review

Radiation Safety

The Radiation Safety group is charged with enforcement of all written directives of the OSU Radiation Safety Committee. Contact Radiation Safety personnel regarding services to researchers, laboratories and facilities using radioactive materials, ionizing radiation producing equipment, and lasers

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