Publications and Forms

  • Accident Investigation Report - ()
  • Animal Activities Potential Hazard Factsheet - (Factsheets)

    For contractors, facilities personnel, or visitors to animal facilities.

  • Animal Hazard Assessment form - ()
    Personnel with animal contact should use this form to assist them in determining and mitigating the hazards found in their workplace.
  • Annual Report 2019-2020 - (Reports)

    The Annual Report is an account of the accomplishments of each section within Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) for FY20. The following will present detailed highlights and statistical information regarding the various programs within EH&S. 

    For a printed copy of the EH&S Annual Report, click here.

  • Annual Report FY21 - JUST THE FACTS - (Reports)

    The "Just the Facts" section of the Annual Report is a quick summary of the accomplishments of each section within Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) for FY21. This document will present highlights and statistical information regarding the various programs within EH&S. 

  • Asbestos Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This manual is the official guide to University policies and procedures that apply to the use, maintenance, and removal of asbestos and asbestos containing materials.

  • Autoclave Sign - (Posters)

    Post this sign in the immediate vicinity of your autoclave.

  • Bat and Rabies Factsheet and Recommendations - (Factsheets)

    Includes information in regard to bat rabies exposure and safety recommendations. 

  • Biological Spill Procedure - (Factsheets)

    Summary of the procedure to clean-up and decontaminate after a spill of biological materials or microorganisms handled at BSL2 or lower.

  • Biosafety Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This manual outlines appropriate practices, university policies and regulatory requirements for working safely with biohazardous materials.  Biohazardous materials are those materials of biological origin that could potentially cause harm to humans, domestic or wild animals, or plants. Examples include recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules; transgenic animals or plants, human, animal or plant pathogens; biological toxins (such as tetanus toxin); human blood and certain human body fluids; and human or monkey cell cultures.  Appropriate forms and other resources are also included in the appendices.

  • Bird Droppings and Histoplasmosis Factsheet - (Factsheets)

     Information about the association between droppings and Histoplasmosis, symptoms of infection and recommendations for personal protection.

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    The Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Program is designed to minimize personnel exposure to bloodborne pathogens. This manual describes special precautions that must to be taken by Iowa State University personnel whose work involves possible contact with human blood and other potentially infectious materials, and defines the responsibilities of Iowa State University personnel.  Some of the precautions included are: medical surveillance, training, safe work practices and decontamination and disposal of potentially infectious material.

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Quick-Guide - (Handouts)
    The BBP Quick-Guide includes information about BBP pathogens and how to protect yourself from being exposed. This guide can be posted where work with human blood and body fluid occurs. Reviewing this guide does not substitute for completion of annual Bloodborne Pathogen training.
  • Building Survey Form - ()
  • Calibration-Normalization of Liquid Scintillation Counters - (Factsheets)

    Purpose: To determine the operational condition of the Liquid Scintillation Counter (LSC) through performance testing.

  • Carcinogens, Reproductive Toxins and Teratogens - (Factsheets)
  • Chemical Spill Kit - (Factsheets)

    Information on what items needed for a chemical spill kit.

  • Chemical Storage Guidelines - (Factsheets)

    Contains tables intended to assist laboratories with storage of reactive chemicals.

  • Chemical Storage Poster - (Posters)

    A visual guide to chemical segregation by compatibility.

  • Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety Poster - (Posters)

    Safety guidelines for compressed gas cylinders.

  • Confined Spaces Entry Plan - ()
  • Confined Spaces Inventory - ()
  • Confined Spaces Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This manual outlines appropriate practices, university policies and regulatory requirements for entry into confined spaces at Iowa State University.

  • Consent or Decline of Vaccination Forms - ()

    Complete and submit this form to Occupational Medicine Office to consent to, or decline, vaccination for personnel who are at risk of occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials.

  • Declaration of Pregnancy - (MiscDocs/Links)

    Please note, if working off-campus, you must be logged in through Okta and the VPN to access the Emergency Action Plan online template.

  • Dosimetry, Proper Use (Proper Dosimetry Use) - (Factsheets)

    This document outlines the basic procedures involving the use of dosimeters at Iowa State University.

  • Electromagnetic Fields Fact Sheet - (Factsheets)

    This fact sheet discusses the electromagnetic field (EMF) associated with power liner and older computer monitor television screens.

  • Emergency Action Plan (Sample) - ()
  • Emergency Action Plan (Template) - ()

    Need instructions on completing your Emergency Action Plan? Click here for instructions. Please note, if working off-campus, you must be logged in through Okta and the VPN to access the Emergency Action Plan online template.

  • Emergency Procedures for Employee Accidents & Injuries - (Factsheets)
    A visual aid for employees to use in the event of an accident or injury.
  • Emergency Procedures for Student Organizations - (Factsheets)
    A visual aid for student organizations to use in the event of an emergency.
  • Emergency Response & Recovery Guide - ()

    The purpose of this document is to assist university personnel during and immediately after a major emergency or disaster in their building(s). 

  • Emergency Response Guide - (Posters)
  • Energy Control Procedures - ()
  • Epinephrine Pen Acquisition and Use Factsheet - (Factsheets)

    Describes acquisition, use and disposal of epinephrine pens at ISU.

  • Ergonomics Introduction - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This publication provides information on possible ergonomic conditions and the causes of those conditions, as well as helpful tips on office products and available resources for training and dealing with an ergonomic injury or illness.

  • Ergonomics Questionnaire - ()

    This form is used to request an ergonomic evaluation.

  • Ethidium Bromide Factsheet - (Factsheets)

    Information related to safety practices, emergency exposure procedures and disposal procedures.

  • Exchange of Information - ()

    This form is used to notify both parties that they must comply with the restrictions and prohibitions of those procedures. It should be completed by the departmental contact person in conjunction with the outside employer's representative. The exchange of information must occur before service/maintenance activities begin. If ISU employees will also be working on this equipment or in surrounding areas, attach this to the Energy Control Procedures form.

  • Finding Shelter from the Storm - (Manuals/Booklets)
    Identifying appropriate Severe Weather Shelters.
  • Fire Safety Guidelines - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This manual outlines appropriate practices, university policies and regulatory requirements for Fire Safety at Iowa State University.

  • First Aid Kit Guidelines - (Factsheets)

    Minimum contents for workplace first aid kits.

  • First-Aid for purposes of OSHA recordkeeping - (Factsheets)
  • Formaldehyde Awareness - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This booklet provides information on formaldehyde and its safe use.

  • Formaldehyde Factsheet - (Factsheets)
  • Gas Cylinder Safety Guidelines - (Manuals/Booklets)

    The guidelines contain information on the proper storage, handling, use and disposal of compressed and liquefied gas cylinders.

  • Glove Use FAQ - (Factsheets)

    FAQ about gloves, why you shouldn’t wear them outside the lab and how to safely move hazardous materials within the building without contaminating yourself or any public areas. 

  • Gloves Removal Poster - (Posters)

    A friendly reminder to remove gloves before leaving the lab.

  • Guidelines for Working with Wild Rodents - (Factsheets)

    This publication outlines guidelines for working with wild rodents including: field work, blood sampling and dissection and clean up.

  • Hand washing poster - (Posters)
  • Hazard Communication Plan - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This manual outlines policies and procedures for informing employees of the hazardous properties of the chemicals they work with and the protective measures that are available to minimize exposures to such chemicals. This will be achieved by means of this manual, labels on chemical containers, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and training.

  • Hazardous Materials Shipping Guide - (Factsheets)

    This guide outlines procedures for safe shipping of hazardous materials and provides contact information on businesses that provide packaging and transport hazardous materials.

  • Hazardous Waste Satellite Accumulation Area - (Posters)
  • Hearing Conservation Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This manual outlines the policies and procedures for protecting employee hearing through the monitoring, identification, and evaluation of noise hazard areas and proper use and care of hearing protection.

  • Hot Work Permit - ()
  • Hot Work Permit Guidelines - (Manuals/Booklets)
    Informational booklet pertaining to the university Hot Work Program. Booklet contains an overview of the requirements of the program, as well as safe working practices

    This booklet contains an overview of the requirements of the Hot Work Program, as well as safe work practices. Hot work operations include but are not limited to welding, brazing, torch cutting, grinding and torch soldering.

  • Hydrofluoric Acid Factsheet - (Factsheets)
  • ISU President's Safety Message - (MiscDocs/Links)

    A message from President Wintersteen on protecting the safety, health, and environment of the Iowa State Community.

  • Just the Facts FY20 - (Factsheets)
  • Laboratory Animal Allergies - (Factsheets)

    Prolonged exposure to animal allergens in the workplace may lead to Laboratory Animal Allergies (LAA) or asthma. Protecting yourself from being exposed to animal allergens will decrease your risk of acquiring laboratory animal allergies or asthma.

  • Laboratory Check-In - ()

    To be completed by incoming lab personnel and supervisors to ensure safety issues are understood.

  • Laboratory Check-Out - ()

    To be completed before personnel leave ISU to ensure laboratory materials are properly managed.

  • Laboratory Equipment Disposal Form - ()

    Complete and submit this form to EH&S for any laboratory equipment you need to dispose.

  • Laboratory Move Guidelines - (Factsheets)

      These guidelines are provided to assist you in the safe and efficient transfer of your chemicals, equipment and cylinders.

  • Laboratory Safety Contact Form - ()

     Used to designate a departmental Laboratory Safety Contact.

  • Laboratory Safety Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This manual sets forth the policies, procedures and practices for employees who work with laboratory hazards and for those who supervise such work at Iowa State University.

  • Laboratory Safety Training History - ()

    Document personnel training history.

  • Ladder Inspection Checklist - ()
  • Laser Hazard Assessment - ()
  • Laser Safety Factsheet - (Factsheets)
  • Laser Safety Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    The Iowa State University Laser Safety Program is designed to ensure the safe use of lasers in research and the safety of all personnel and visitors that may be exposed to the radiation emitted by lasers.  The Laser Safety Manual details various laser classes with appropriate precautions and hazards, as well as requirements for personal protective equipment and warning labels.  In addition, standard operating procedures, necesarry training and medical surveillence are covered.

  • Laser Use Authorization Application for Class 3B or Class 4 Lasers - ()
    The Principal Investigator must complete this form to apply for a Laser Use Authorization.
  • Laser Worker Application - (MiscDocs/Links)

    Please note, if working off-campus, you must be logged in through Okta and the VPN to access the Laser Worker Application online template.

  • Lead Awareness Booklet - (Manuals/Booklets)
  • Lead Solder Factsheet - (Factsheets)

    This fact sheet contains information on proper disposal of lead solder, solder dross and materials associated with lead solder use.

  • Learn@ISU User Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This is a guide for learners, administrators, and managers on how to use the Learn@ISU tool.

  • Lockout/Tagout Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This manual outlines policies and procedures for the isolation and control of hazardous energies during service and maintenance operations, employee training, and the performance of periodic inspections.

  • Medical Questionnaire For Respiratory Protective Equipment - ()

    This form is taken to your Occupational Medicine appointment to get approval to wear a respirator. 

  • Mpox Factsheet - (Factsheets)

    This factsheet contains information about the mpox disease (formerly known as monkey pox), including symptoms, how it spreads, preventative measures, and what to do if exposed.

  • Nanomaterial User Information - ()
  • Nitric Acid - (Factsheets)
  • Notice to Employees - IDPH - (Posters)

    Standards for protection against Radiation: Notices, instructions and reports to workers; inspections; employee protection

  • Occupational Medicine Guidelines - (Manuals/Booklets)

    The Occupational Medicine Program is designed to enhance the efficiency of existing safety and health programs and to keep the university in compliance with all applicable regulations. It is also intended to minimize employee risks while working with hazardous materials and to provide a certain level of liability protection for the employee, the supervisor, and the university. Detailed in this manual are the procedures and responsibilities of the program, explanation of necessary medical reviews and the proper methods for dealing with job related injury/illness.

  • Peroxide-Forming Chemicals - (Factsheets)

    This factsheet outlines procedures for the safe use, storage and testing of peroxide-forming chemicals.

  • Phenol Factsheet - (Factsheets)

    Hazards, protective measures, and first aid information for phenol. 

  • Picture Me Safely - Importance of Safety in Press Photos - (MiscDocs/Links)

    This presentation is designed to re-emphasize the importance of "safe" press photos.  In addition, the presentation quickly summarizes recent shifts in enforcement action, provides examples of both good and not so good press photos, and shares ideas to send the right message.

  • Portable Instruments Ops Check - (Factsheets)

    Purpose: To determine the operational condition of the portable instrument through performance testing.

  • Potentially Explosive Chemicals (PECs): Guidelines for Safe Storage and Handling - (Manuals/Booklets)
  • PPE Assessment Form - ()

    The purpose of this PPE Assessment is to assist with the selection of PPE based off of hazards in the workplace and provide instruction on when the PPE should be utilized.

  • Procedure for Adverse Event Communication - (Factsheets)

    Describes communication & reporting procedures in the event of an occupational exposure to a human pathogen.

  • Q Fever - (Factsheets)

    This document provides guidelines for prevention of Q Fever in lab animal resources facilities.

  • Quit Smoking - (Factsheets)

    A guide to smoking cessation resources available in Story County.

  • Radiation Safety Guide for Ancillary Personnel - (Factsheets)

    This guide discusses the basic rules to follow for ancillary personnel (custodial, facilities, and public safety staff) who might need to work in an area posted with the radiation symbol.

  • Radioactive Material Worker Application - (MiscDocs/Links)

    Please note, that if working off-campus, you must be logged in through Okta and the VPN to access the Radioactive Material Worker Application online template.

  • Radioactive Materials Authorization Application - ()
    The Principal Investigator must complete this form to apply for a Radioactive Material Use Authorization. Do not use this form to add additional personnel to an authorization.
  • Radioactive Materials Contamination Survey for Researchers - (Factsheets)
    Radioactive Materials Contamination Survey for Researchers
  • Radioactive Materials Disposal - (Factsheets)

    Purpose: Guidance for laboratory disposal of radioactive materials consistent with Environmental Health and Safety radioactive waste processing procedure

  • Radioactive Materials Safety Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    The Radiation Safety Manual outlines policies that have been developed and implemented in order to ensure that all users of ionizing radiation at Iowa State University are in compliance with existing regulatory requirements and that any resultant radiation exposures are maintained As Low As is Reasonably Achievable (ALARA).  Responsibilities, training, handling of radioactive materials, emergency and decontamination procedures, personnel monitoring and laboratory safety are but a few of the policies discussed.

  • Radioactive Waste Flowchart - Liquid - (Factsheets)
  • Radioactive Waste Flowchart - Solid - (Factsheets)
  • Research Support - ()

    Contains information to assist personnel with initial laboratory set-up 

  • Respiratory Protection Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    This manual outlines the procedures for respirator training, use, fitting, and overall appropriate practices.

  • Safety Data Sheets Information and Glossary - (Manuals/Booklets)
  • Safety Rules Poster - (Posters)
  • Safety Stamp Poster - (Factsheets)
  • Safety Training Curriculum for Laboratory Personnel - (Factsheets)

    Safety training information for lab personnel.

  • Sealed Source Safety Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)
  • Sealed Source Worker Application - (MiscDocs/Links)

    Please note, if working off-campus, you must be logged in through Okta and the VPN to access the Sealed Source Worker Application online template.

  • Sealed Sources or Nuclear Gauges Application - ()
  • Sharps and Biohazardous Waste Flowchart - (Factsheets)

    This publication offers a visual chart of how biohazardous waste should be disposed including instructions for the safe disposal of various objects, liquids, animal carcasses and solid items after they have been decontaminated.

  • Sharps and Biohazardous Waste Procedures - (Factsheets)

    This publication offers a definition of biohazardous waste and provides instructions for the safe disposal of various objects after they have been decontaminated.

  • Sharps and Glass Disposal - (Factsheets)
  • Shop Safety Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    The Shop Safety Program is designed to provide a framework for hazard identification, control methods, training, and record keeping that is designed to minimize potential shop hazards.  This manual describes access controls, training, engineering controls, safe work practices and procedures to be followed by faculty, staff, students, visitors working in shops at Iowa State University.

  • Site Specific Training - ()

    Document training for specific topics.

  • Spill Cleanup Procedures - (Factsheets)
  • Standard Operating Procedures - ()

    Use to document methods and hazard information.

  • Tractor Safety Guidelines - (Manuals/Booklets)

    These guidelines outline the policies and procedures for the safe operation of tractors.

  • Vacuum Pump Factsheet - (Factsheets)

    A few guidelines that will help in the safe use of these devices.

  • Vacuum Pump Safety Poster - (Posters)

    This poster is great for promoting vacuum pump safety. Post it near the vacuum pump in your laboratory to help prevent injuries.

  • Waste and Recycling Guidelines - (Manuals/Booklets)
    Iowa State University generates a wide variety of waste materials. These materials range from common paper trash and glass to hazardous items such as chemicals, appliances, computers, and radioactive materials. The Waste and Recycling Guide provides information to Iowa State University personnel regarding the management of waste items, including identification, disposal, recycling, and waste minimization.
  • Weather Coordinator Contact - ()
  • Weather Radio alarms guide - (Manuals/Booklets)

    Becoming Prepared:identifying who needs to be notified, developing a notification strategy, and publishing the notification plan.

  • X-Ray Safety Manual - (Manuals/Booklets)

    The X-Ray Safety Manual discusses rules for the safe use of X-Ray producing devices at Iowa State University. The manual also covers associated hazards of X-Ray safety, the basics of X-Ray production and detection, and the biological effects of exposure to ionizing radiation.

  • X-ray/Radiation Producing Device Authorization Application - ()
    The Principal Investigator must complete this form to apply for a X-ray/Radiation Producing Device Use Authorization.
  • X-ray/Radiation Producing Device Authorization, Checklist for Obtaining/Maintaining an - ()
  • X-ray/Radiation Producing Device Worker Application - (MiscDocs/Links)

    Please note, if working off-campus, you must be logged in through Okta and the VPN to access the X-Ray/Radiation Producing Device online template.