Welcome to Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS). We 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 EHS, 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 us at 605-677-6265 or at ehs@usd.edu.

Environmental Health & Safety Resources

Radiation Safety

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

Standard Operation Procedures

Please use the Standard Operation Procedures (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 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


How to get an ergonomic evaluation of a workstation:

  1. Review information for user-friendly workstations and the person workstation checklist.
  2. Submit request for a personal evaluation to ehs@usd.edu.

Hazardous Material and Waste Pick-up

Please send request to ehs@usd.edu.

Hazardous Waste Management:

Hazardous waste management includes pick-up of unwanted reagents and generated hazardous wastes from laboratories as well as ensuring appropriate disposal of materials per both federal and state regulations. The most important aspect of hazardous waste management is ensuring that labeling is accurate. Hazardous waste that is improperly labeled risks the safety of individuals in the laboratory as well as those in waste management. Therefore EHS provides Hazardous Waste Labels to help ensure uniformity and accuracy of labeling. Prior to EHS picking-up of hazardous waste a Hazardous Waste Label must be filled out for each waste container. In the event that an unknown hazardous waste is found or generated please contact EHS and we will work together to appropriately identify the hazardous waste.

For any assistance in appropriately labeling of hazardous waste email ehs@usd.edu or stop by the Laboratory Safety Office in Churchill-Haines 188.