Research & Sponsored Programs

Environmental Health & Safety

Message from Director Ergonomics
Accidents and Injuries Human Subjects
Animal Use Material Safety Data Sheets
Biosafety Winter Safety
Chemical and Laboratory Safety Driving Safety
Chemical Safety Fact Sheets Slips, Trips, and Falls
Occupational Safety Laser Safety
Emergency Preparedness and Response Radiation Safety
Enviromental Protection Standard Operating Procedures

Message from the Director

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Welcome to the home of the Environmental, Health and Safety Department. I want to wish you a happy, healthful, and safe experience at the University of South Dakota. It is our mission to protect our students, staff and faculty and prevent our work from causing harm to the environment. To that end, we are dedicated to the integration of safety and environmental compliance into our culture and our behavior.

As you explore the EHS web page, you will find a variety of tools to assist you in incorporating safety into your work and study. In addition, we offer personal services to assist with issues of laboratory safety, radiation safety, biosafety, laser safety, waste disposal, ergonomics, etc. If you do not find the information you are looking for here, please feel free to contact our office at 605.677.6265, or by email at

I look forward to working with you throughout your time at the University of South Dakota.

Kevin O'Kelley, Director of EHS

Accidents and Injuries

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Animal Use

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The Animal Protection Program promotes the humane care of animals used in research and teaching at USD. Additional resources for faculty, staff, and students is available in the MyUSD portal.


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The mission of the biosafety program is to provide assistance to the University community in assuring that research involving biological agents is conducted in a safe and responsible manner, and that these activities are in compliance with external regulations and applicable University policies.

Biological & Chemical Safety Manual

Institutional Biosafety Committee Manual

NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

Biosafety in the Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratory (5th Edition)


Biosafety Level Guidelines

Biological Safety Cabinet Guidelines

Bloodborne Pathogens

Glove Removal

Chemical and Laboratory Safety
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Hazardous Chemicals are used by many of the teaching and research labs at USD, as well as in maintenance and housekeeping operations.

Biological & Chemical Safety Manual

Chemical Label

Material Safety Data Sheets

Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories (Student Edition)

Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories (Teacher Edition)

NIOSH Laboratory Safety Guidance Manual

Chemical Safety Fact Sheets

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Acetic Acid


Aerosol Container Disposal

Alkali Metals

Alternatives to Formalin

Aluminum Chloride

Ammonia (ammonium hydroxide)

Aqua Regia

Biological Spill Response

Chemical Spill Response

Chemical Storage Guidelines

Chromic Acid

Compressed Gas Cylinders

Corrosive Liquids

Cryogenic Liquids

Cyanide Safety

Emergency Shower and Eyewash

Ethidium Bromide

Ethidium Bromide Waste Disposal

Flammable Liquid Storage


Fume Hoods

Germane Gas

Glove Removal

Hazardous Waste Collection

Hydrochloric Acid

Hydrofluoric Acid

Hydrofluoric Acid Medical Response

Insertion of Glass Tubes


Laboratory Inspection Form

Laboratory Waste Disposal Guidelines

Lecture Bottles

Mercuric Compounds

Mercury Spill Response

Minors in Labs

Nanoparticle Safety

Nitric Acid

Perchloric Acid

Peroxide Forming Compounds

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Picric Acid

Piranha Solution

Pre-Startup Safety Review (PSSR)

Pyrophoric Materials

Reactive Chemical List

Sharps (including broken glass)

Sodium Azide

Sulfuric Acid

Tert-Butyl Lithium

Occupational Safety
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Aerial Lifts

Avoiding Back Injuries

Band Saw

Chop Saw

Circular Saw

Defensive Driving

Drill Press

Eye Protection

Fall Protection

First Aid Kits

Foot Protection

Good Housekeeping

Hand and Power Tool Safety

Hand Drill

Hazard Communication

Job Hazard Analysis

Ladder Safety


Machine Guarding

Miter Saw

Noise and Hearing Protection

Office Safety

Safe Lifting


Slips, Trips, & Falls

Stress Management

Table Saw


Working in Hot Conditions

Emergency Preparedness and Response
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Emergency Operating Plan

Campus Emergency Status

Environmental Protection

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How to get an ergonomic evaluation of a workstation.

1st: Review the Information on A User Friendly Workstation and Personal Workstation Checklist.

2nd: Submit a request for a personal evaluation to

Human Subjects

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The USD Office of Human Subjects Protection is dedicated to ensuring the rights, privacy, welfare, and safety of human subjects participating in research under the auspices of USD.

Material Safety Data Sheets

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Material Safety Data Sheets

Winter Safety

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Winter Safe Driving

Winter Safety in South Dakota

Driving Safety

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Safe Driving

Safe Driver Tri-fold

Traffic Safety

Winter Safe Driving

Slips, Trips, and Falls

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Slips, Trips, and Falls

Laser Safety

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Laser Safety Manual

Radiation Safety

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Use of radioactive materials by faculty, staff, or students requires compliance with NRC and USD policies. Authorization and approval by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)is required for faculty. All persons working with radioactive material must receive training appropriate to their use and must be approved by the RSO. USD has a radioactive material license issued by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The license authorizes faculty, staff and students to use radioactive materials in research and teaching. This is a Type B license of broad scope which does not permit the use of radioactive materials in patients or human subjects.

Radiation Safety Manual

Radiation License

Radionuclide fact sheets:

3H 7Be 14C 18F
22Na 26Al 32P 33P
35S 45Ca 51Cr 59Fe
64Cu 65Zn 67Ga 68Ga
86Rb 90Sr 99mTc 111In
123I 124I 125I 131I
133Xe 177Lu Ag-110m As-73
As-74 Ba-133 Br-77 Cd-109
Ce-141 chlorine36 Co-58 Cs-137
Ge-68 nickel63 scandium46  

Standard Operating Procedures

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Please use the SOP template below to write your laboratory-specific SOPs. All sections on the SOP template must be completed. Please refer to the corresponding Material Safety Data Sheet (insert link) to add important information on the SOPs per the manufacturer recommendations.

SOP Template

Alternatively, the University of California Los Angeles EHS Department has generated a great many SOP's for chemicals, and has made them freely available for use by other universities. You can customize these SOPs to match your laboratory operations. UCLA Chemical SOP Library