Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Programs, Policies, Plans and Guides

Programs, Policies, Plans and Guides

The Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs has tasked University Environmental Health and Safety (UEHS) for all campuses to assure that departmental programs/policies are as consistent as possible. The aim is to enhance compliance and avoid the confusion of multiple  programs/policies among the IU campuses and centers.   To this end, a UEHS programs/policies committee representing all campuses has been established and has been working diligently to revise programs/policies so they meet regulatory and guidance standards as well as the special needs of the university environment. These new programs/policies will  be available at the EHS webpages for the respective campus’, as they have been previously,  but will now have a link that redirects individuals to  where all newly revised UEHS programs/policies are housed.  This single depository ( will help us assure that our customers find the most recently approved program/policy and reduce the chances of multiple outdated or unapproved documents from being found during internet searches on related topics. 

There are currently eleven documents posted at  and others will be added as soon as they are approved and ready for distribution.  You will notice a significant change to formatting and the content of the new program/policy may be different than previous documents.  Please be sure to read through the documents that pertain to your work activity and encourage your staff to do the same.  As always, University Environmental Health and Safety is dedicated to preserving the health and safety of the university community and protecting the environment by promoting a culture of safety and demonstrating professional excellence.   If you have any questions or concerns about the content of these documents, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the subject matter experts referenced in the documents.

Anesthetic Gas Safety Program

Asbestos Awareness:  Applies to the communication and training required with regards to asbestos related issues (from maintenance to sampling).

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan:  Applies to all Indiana University Northwest employees, including part-time, temporary, probationary, and employed students, who may as part of their jobs, come into contact with persons, unconditioned primate animals, or items which are infectious or potentially infectious for bloodborne pathogens.

Confined Space Policy (Permit Entry Written Program):  Applies to all employees that (as part of their job) may need to enter permit or non-permit required confined spaces.  A confined space has limited or restricted means of entry or exit, is large enough for an employee to enter and perform assigned work, and is not designed for continuous occupancy by the employee.  These spaces may include, but are not limited to sewer manholes, underground vaults, tanks, hoppers, pits, and diked areas, vessels, crawl spaces, and silos.

Crane, Hoist, and Sling Safety Program

Food Service at Temporary Events Open to the Public:  Applies to events that are either open to the public or are otherwise not "internal events" where food service is planned.

Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting and Other Hot Work Plan:  This plan was developed in conjunction with NFPA Standard 51B for the guidance of all cutters and welders (including outside contractors), fire watchers, and supervisors where cutting and welding operations are to be performed.  Hot work permits (HWP) are required for any temporary operation involving open flames or producing heat and/or sparks.

Emergency Action Plan: The purpose of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is to protect the employees from serious injury, property loss, or loss of life, in the event of an actual or potential major disaster. The EAP describes the initial responsibilities and actions to be taken to protect all employees until the appropriate University or municipal responders take over. 

Hazard Communication Program

Hazardous Waste Management Guide:  This guide has been designed to assist students, staff, and faculty of Indiana University Northwest in the safe and economical management of hazardous waste.

Hearing Conservation Program

Laboratory Chemical Safety Plan: Applies to all employees who may work in laboratories where hazardous chemicals are stored/used.

Laboratory Inspection Program for Institutional Biosafety Committee Approvals

Lockout/Tagout Program:  Applies to Indiana University Northwest employees (and its contractors) for their protection from hazards associated with the unexpected energization or start-up of machines or equipment, or release of stored energy.

Personal Protective Equipment Program

Portable Ladder Safety Program

Powered Industrial Truck Program

Pre-Fire Plan: The Indiana University Northwest Pre-Fire Plan is a course of action against a probable fire and is based on the collective experiences of those involved in the planning process, known or existing conditions, the relation of cause and effect, and reasonable expectancy.  This document should complement standard operating procedures by increasing the ground commander's knowledge of complex occupancies and special risk.

Respiratory Protection Program

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan: The Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan establishes procedures and guidelines to prevent oil discharges on the Indiana University Northwest campus.

University Water Release Response Guidelines