Even the thought of climbing a ladder (unless it’s the corporate ladder, of course) can be scary for some people. The potential for falls and serious injury is enough for many homeowners to leave the gutter cleaning and holiday decorating to the pros.But if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, or you have to reach a high cabinet or replace a bulb in a ceiling fixture, you’re probably going to use a ladder. Just be sure to follow these ladder safety precautions. They apply whether climbing ladders at work or at home.

Ladder Safety CASC

Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Plan is designed to manage asbestos in place to safeguard the health of building occupants.  The primary objective of this plan is to protect building occupants and workers by minimizing the potential for exposure to asbestos fibers.

The Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan serves as the standard for all employees who may come into contact with blood and other potentially infectious material while performing their duties.  The plan complies with the requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29 CFR 1910.1030

Initial and annual Bloodborne Pathogen training is offered online and is included in annual safety training.

Bloodborne Pathogens CASC

Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress. Exposure to extreme heat can result in occupational illnesses and injuries. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat rashes. Heat can also increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness.


  • In 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 4,100 structure fires in dormitories and fraternity or sorority houses (Greek housing.) These fires caused annual averages of 35 civilian injuries and $14 million in direct property damage.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in nearly nine out of ten reported fires in dormitory- type properties (87%).
  • September and October were the peak months for fires in dormitory properties, and they are more common during the evening hours between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., and on the weekends.
  • From January 2000 to May 2015 smoke alarms were either missing, disconnected or without batteries in 58 percent of fatal campus fires.


Fire Prevention PPTCASC

The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks.  This program promotes computer-workstation and job-specific ergonomics.  EHS provides on-site ergonomic evaluations to identify opportunities for improvement, and assists with the selection of ergonomic devices and tools.

Ensure all hand and portable power tools are used properly, safely, and in accordance with all manufacturer’s guidelines.

The safe use of hand tools guidelines applies to all UCO employees who may use hand (i.e., screwdrivers, chisels, pliers, etc.) and power tools (i.e., rotating, reciprocating, pneumatic, etc.) and equipment during the course of their work.

The Hazard Communication Standard is designed to ensure chemical safety in the workplace.  This program establishes procedures and training information to ensure that the hazards associated with chemical substances used in University operations are communicated to all employees.


Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss.  EHS can help identify high risk job/areas, provide sound/noise monitoring, and provide hearing conservation training/program management.


EHS recognizes the impact that indoor air quality has in the workplace.  In an effort to provide the University Community with the optimum level of indoor air quality, EHS has developed a standard procedure for responding to indoor air quality concerns.

For more information about indoor air quality:
Visit Environmental Protection Agency website.

Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is a procedure that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur.  It is a documentation of every task within each job to identify health and safety hazards and the steps to control each task.

Lab Safety Goals:

  • Maintain compliance with the multitude of safety and health regulations pertaining to laboratories on the UCO campus
  • Ensure that all laboratory staff understand and apply safe work practices
  • Provide training to lab staff for safe use of equipment and hazardous materials in the lab environment

Biosafety training is required for anyone conducting research with agents that fall into one of four Biosafety Levels.  The four levels of biosafety are: BSL-1, BSL-2, BSL-3, BSL-4.

Complete 5th Edition of BMBL (All Sections)

Chemical Spill

Call EHS at 974-2216 for clean-up assistance.  If the emergency occurs outside of normal work hours, contact Police Services at 974-2345.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required when hazards cannot be eliminated through engineering or administrative controls.  Personal Protective Equipment is required if performing job duties exposes you to physical and/or health hazards.  The proper selection, care, and use of PPE is vital to reducing hazards in the workplace.

All CASC Faculty (Full-Time and Adjunct), Staff (Full-Time and Part-Time), and Student Employees are required to complete safety training each fiscal year, per regulations of Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  You have the option of completing this required safety training online or attend an instructor-led session.