NMSU has made a strong commitment to providing faculty, staff and students a safe and healthy environment that is conducive to learning, teaching and conducting research. The use, handling and manipulation of a wide variety of hazardous chemicals and materials is an integral part of many academic and research activities at NMSU. The university has a legal obligation to comply with numerous Federal, State and local regulations that govern the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals including the OSHA Hazard Communication regulations and the OSHA Laboratory Standard. These regulations are designed to protect workers, the general public and/or the environment. NMSU has implemented specific policies and procedures to ensure that the use of regulated materials is done in a safe and compliant manner. EH&S offers the following safety classes directly related to laboratory safety that includes these policies and procedures covering safe handling practices and disposal procedures of hazardous chemicals.
- Hazard Communication Training (Mandatory training for any employee who handles any type of hazardous chemical or other hazardous material)
- Laboratory Standard Training (Mandatory training for employees working in laboratories that use of multiple hazardous chemicals or chemical procedures and chemical manipulations are carried out on a laboratory scale)
- Laboratory Safety Refresher (Mandatory annual refresher training for employees who have completed the initial Laboratory Standard and/or Hazardous Waste Management training)
- Hazardous Waste Management (Mandatory training for all Waste Coordinator(s) listed on area designated Waste Accumulation Points and recommended for anyone who generates a hazardous waste)
EH&S also offers targeted, specialized safety training classes for specific hazards such as ionizing radiation, lasers and biological safety. Please refer to the Laboratory and Research Areas and Safety Training Requirements training pages for more information and a complete list of classes offered by EH&S. Contact EH&S at (575) 646-3327 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have safety training questions.