This page is designed to provide you with safety related information that can keep you and other employees and students safe not only on campus but also at home. While some of the information is worded to be work-related much of it transfers to student related activities or the home environment. As an example, information about heat stress usually refers to employees working in the heat but heat stress also affects student athletes, children playing outside at home, people out walking, etc. The signs and symptoms are the same as is the danger of heat stress whether you’re working, playing, or just lounging around. Another example is chemical safety. If a chemical is flammable, corrosive, or toxic at work or in a student lab it’s also flammable, corrosive, or toxic at home. Their properties don’t magically change based on your location.
Use the information provided to better educate yourself regarding safety but always keep in mind that the person that has the greatest impact on your safety is YOU.
- Extension Cord and Power Strip Safety
- Food Protection
- Hazard Assessment and Lab Signage
- IU Biosafety Manual
- IU Laboratory Safety & Chemical Hygiene Plan
- IU Occupational Health and Safety for Individuals with Animal Exposures Program
- Protect IU Environmental Health and Safety
- OSHA Heat Safety Tool App for iPhone, iPad, and Android
- OSHA Safety and Health Regulations for General Industry
- OSHA Safety and Health Regulations for Construction
- Windchill Calculator from the National Weather Service
Featured Safety Videos
Cold Weather Safety Tips
Winter Driving Safety
Portable Generators: How Close is Too Close?
A near miss is a potential hazard or incident that has not resulted in any personal injury. Unsafe working conditions, unsafe employee work habits, improper use of equipment or use of malfunctioning equipment have the potential to cause work related injuries and reporting of near misses helps to identify a problem and get the deficiency corrected before someone gets injured. It is everyone’s responsibility to report and /or correct these potential accidents/incidents immediately. Please complete this form as a means to report these near miss situations and help keep everyone on campus safe. You do not have to provide any self-identifying information unless you want to. The form is designed to provide anonymity. However, if you would like feedback you will need to provide a way to contact you.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Safety Data Sheets (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS) are documents created by chemical manufacturers to inform employees and downstream users about the hazards of the chemicals they may be exposed to. OSHA requires employers to provide this information to employees to help keep them safe as part of the Hazard Communication Program (also known as Right-To-Know). Indiana University uses a database system called MSDSonline to manage our SDS’. When you click on the link if you get a pop-up asking for credentials hit CANCEL and the page will come up. You do not need credentials to access the site.
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