EHS Assistant

Drinking Water Program


In order to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, drinking water sources are monitored for water quality. Oregon State University’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) department tests for a variety of contaminants on both a routine basis and in response to concerns that may be reported. The focus of the program is to sample all drinking water sources for lead concentration. Lead in drinking water may be a concern at high levels due to negative health effects, especially for children or if pregnant.

Laboratory Safety Coat Program

Supervisor Safety Responsibilities - do you know yours?

The Office of Human Resources presents Core Curriculum for OSU Supervisors and Managers on February 10 and 11, 2015.  Safety responsibilities of supervisors is one of the many topics covered.  If you are a new or experienced supervisor and have not taken this course, it will make your work easier with collective bargaining information, policies, procedures and helpful resources. Register at

Do you know your safety responsibilities as a supervisor?

Supervisor Safety Responsibility training is available as part of the Center for Learning and Organizational Development's Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors course.  If you are unable to attend the full course, the material presented for the safety portion is available on-line.  All managers/supervisors are encouraged to review this information so that they are informed of their safety responsibilties.  Go to the EH&S Training Home page to find a direct link to the training "Supervisor Safety Responsibilities."

DUSC Seminar March 11

The March 11 Department/Unit Safety Coordinator (DUSC) Seminar Powerpoint presentations are available on EH&S website.  Go the the Training Home Page. 

Topics include:

  Lab Safety Assessments

  Chemical Inventories and Container Labeling

  Laboratory Safety Resource Binder

  Chemical Hygiene Plan

  Chemical Reuse program

Eye safety during Sunday's solar eclipse

Sunday's (May 20) partial (annular) solar eclipse should not be viewed without proper eye protection. 

Like other types of solar eclipses, annular eclipses are spectacular but potentially dangerous skywatching events. Care must be taken to observe them properly, or serious and permanent eye damage — including blindness — could result.

Warning: Never look directly at the sun, either with the naked eye or through telescopes or binoculars without the proper filters.

To safely observe the May 20 annular eclipse, you can buy special solar filters to fit over your equipment, or No. 14 welder's glass to wear over your eyes. Do NOT use standard sunglasses, UV or laser goggles, or any kind of homemade sun-shading contraption.