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Safety 101

Welcome to Louisiana State University.  Your safety is a personal resource that is developed and maintained by cooperative efforts with other employees through training, hazard prevention and recognition, and safe work procedures.

Discuss with your Supervisor any department-specific procedures as listed below.

  • Reporting hazards.
  • Reporting injuries.
  • Driving on state business.

How to respond to different types of emergencies.

  • Fire
  • Medical
  • Threatening behavior

Personnel Protective equipment required on the job.

Review any Hazardous materials used or handled in the workplace.

Review methods of obtaining Safety Data Sheets for hazardous materials.

General Safety Rules for the University.

General Safety rules for the Department.

LSU Policy Statements:  (lsu.edu/policies/)

Access to rooms and building security.

Safety And Environmental Responsibilities

1. Chancellor and Chancellor's Staffs

As chief administrator, the chancellor is responsible for overall direction of the campus safety and environmental program. The chancellor is responsible for establishing policies, assuring that implementation of the policies are facilitated through appropriated resources, and that rules and procedures therein are adhered to by all university   personnel and students. The chancellor may delegate certain safety and environmental responsibilities to appropriate levels within the university community.

2. Deans, Directors and Department Heads

As key administrative elements in the organization of the campus community, deans, directors and department heads implement safety and environmental programs within  their respective organizations and assure that implementation and enforcement is in place for all such programs. Other responsibilities include:

  • Appoint a safety committee within their organization where appropriate with duties, functions, and responsibilities as detailed under "Safety Committees." A roster of Committee Officers is to be submitted to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).
  • Provide for the conduct of periodic self-inspections in their area of responsibility utilizing the appropriate inspection form as detailed under "Inspection Schedules and Reports."
  • Provide for the immediate investigation of all accidents resulting in personal injury to personnel for whom they are responsible and submit a report of the findings, utilizing the "Employer's Report of Occupational Injury or Disease" form.
  • Cooperate with the University Safety Committee when called upon to do so.

3. Professors and Supervisors

As the key figures in the safety and environmental program, the immediate faculty/Principal Investigators/Supervisors shall carry out instructions from their superiors and assure that safety and environmental procedures are followed in everyday operations on campus. The following responsibilities are also required: 

  • Have a working knowledge of all safety principles and safety rules applicable to their area of responsibility.
  • Conduct periodic self-inspections of their area of responsibility and submit appropriate inspection reports as required.
  • Conduct or have conducted safety meetings on a regular basis. The frequency of the meetings shall be scheduled to fit the needs of  their respective area of responsibility.
  • Investigate all accidents or incidents that could have resulted in injury and/or property damage to determine cause and prevent recurrence.
  • Promote good housekeeping and proper safety performance.
  • Insure that students/employees are schooled in the proper use and maintenance of supplied safety equipment, including personal protective equipment, and supplied with same.
  • Insure that the proper tools and equipment are selected for the job and are used correctly.
  • Develop efficient material handling procedures to facilitate safe lifting, carrying, and storage of same.

4. Employees, Students and Visitors

  • Obey safety and environmental rules and regulations.
  • Report to appropriate authorities’ unsafe conditions and procedures.
  • Refrain from actions which could cause injury or damage to property due to their lack of training, their condition, or the condition of the equipment.
  • Look out for their coworkers and others to warn/stop actions on their part which could cause injury or property damage.

Building Security, Theft and Vandalism

Contact Information

Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
240 Administrative Support,
Corner of South Stadium and Engineering Lane