Workplace Safety

Workplace Safety

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Workplace Safety Goals:

  1. Conduct an audit of office safety
  2. Recognize hazards and control them to prevent injuries
  3. Laboratory safety inspection
  4. Taking personal responsibility for workplace safety

Workplace Safety Resources:


Call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY for chemical spillsfire and medical emergencies. If safe to do so, call from a university phone or if using a cell phone alert the dispatcher that you are on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus.

Report all chemical spills and fires to Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at 614-292-1284.

Call the University Police at 614-292-2121 for explosionsbomb threats, and suspicious parcels & objects.

Quick Reference for Getting Assistance

Quick reference table for getting assistance including contact name, phone numbers and emails.
Name Phone # E-Mail Address
University Police 614-292-2121
Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) 614-292-2950
Emergency Management (EM) & Fire Prevention 614-247-7777
Safety Manager, Pharmacy (Jeanne Green) 614-292-5494
Facilities Manager, Pharmacy (Tami Boldman) 614-292-1516
Employee Health Services 614-685-4670
University Security & Protective Services 614-292-7677

Road Conditions

Weather Conditions

Emergency Evacuation Procedures for:

Fire Escape Plans for:


Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)

Ohio State 2011 Fire & Life Safety Compliance Guide

Fire Extinguisher Training

Fire Drill (Annual)

If you cannot participate, then you must give your name, building, room number, and reason to the Building Emergency Coordinator. During the fire drill you must:

  • Compartmentalize (close the door to your office or lab),

  • Have a fire extinguisher handy,

  • Have a way to communicate (cell phone or landline phone), and

  • Have a way to get out.




  • Accident and Incident Investigation Information Sheet
  • Chemical Hygiene Plan Template
  • Chemical Security
  • Controlled Substances
  • Laboratory Inspections (Annual)
  • Mercury Thermometer Exchange
  • Ohio State Employee Accident Report Form
  • Ohio State Hazard Communication Program
  • Protocols for the Decontamination of Refrigerators / Freezers
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly known as MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets)
  • Shipping Hazardous Material
  • Waste Management
    • Segregate waste by hazard classes
    • Accumulate waste in appropriate containers
    • Label ALL waste containers
    • Submit a Request for Removal
    • Request delivery of:
      • Five gallon carboy / tag (multi-hazardous waste)
      • Forty gallon blue drum / lid (contaminated & broken lab glass)
      • Hazardous Waste Tag (flammable solvent safety cans)
      • Stericycle box / bag unit (infectious biohazard waste)
      • White, plastic bucket / lid (glass plates coated with silica gel)