000 Introductory Material

Section 000: Introductory Material
Safety Policy & Procedure Manual
Revised: 09/28/2011

The Safety Policies and Procedures Manual (SAF) provides guidelines and information for Oregon State University about programs and services provided by Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) and the Office of Risk Management (ORM).  Policies and procedures contained in this manual reflect requirements, standards, and statutory and regulatory mandates established at the local, state, and federal level and by the State Board of Higher Education. In many cases, specific procedures related to these policies are located at the main EH&S web site, and are linked herein.

Emphasis is on providing guidelines and information on prudent operating practices to:

  1. Protect human health and the environment,
  2. Ensure regulatory compliance, and
  3. Preserve University interests and assets.

This emphasis is consistent with the EH&S mission statement:

To foster a safe and healthful environment for the OSU community

and the ORM mission statement:

Protecting our resources to provide the OSU community with

Programs and Services

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is responsible for providing to the University community comprehensive programs and services.  Program areas covered and services provided by OSU EH&S include the following:

The Office of Risk Management’s goal is to collaborate with faculty, staff and students to help them meet their goals while still protecting the University, and to minimize the risk of loss to the University by:


Additional guidance documents and information regarding programs and services can be found at the Environmental Health & Safety and Office of Risk Management web sites. Comments regarding these policies and procedures or any EH&S program or service can be submitted via phone (541) 737-2273 or email to environment.safety@oregonstate.edu.

Additional Information

In the event of an inconsistency or conflict, applicable law and the State Board of Higher Education's policies supersede University policies and University policies supersede college, department or lower unit bylaws, policies, or guidelines.

The University reserves the right to add, amend, or revoke any of the contained rules, policies, regulations, and instructions or incorporate additional ones, with or without notice, as circumstances or the good of the University community may require.

A printout of this manual and each change to this manual is created from the original text source for the online version and retained permanently as an official record at University Archives.  Printouts of all revisions to online Policies and Procedures Manuals are similarly available.