Safety Manual


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A. Preface
B. Reserved


A. Emergency Procedures

1. Injuries
2. Emergency Plan for Gas Leaks
3. Fire Protection/evacuation Plan
4. Chemical/biological Emergency Response
5. Security Threats
6. Storms
7. Radiation Emergency

B. Operational Safety & Loss Prevention Plan

C. Safety and Environmental Responsibilities

1. Chancellor and Chancellor’s Staff
2. Deans, Directors, and Department Heads
3. Professors and Other Supervisors
4. Employees, Students and Visitors

D. Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

1. Scope
2. Duties
3. Services Available Through Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)

E. University Safety Committee

1. Responsibilities
2. Duties of the University Safety Committee

F. Standards

G. Louisiana Building Code for State Owned Buildings

1. Exit and Means of Egress
2. Panic Hardware for Required Exits
3. Locking or Obstructing Exits and Passageways
4. Exit Signs
5. Emergency Lighting
6. Fire Alarms
7. Portable Fire Extinguishers
8. Storage of Flammables in State Buildings
9. Evacuation Diagrams

H. Emergency Showers and Eyewash Stations

1. Procedures and Operation
2. Portable Eye Wash Stations


A. Hazard Control

B. Safety Meetings

C. Pre-fire Plan

D. Accident Reports

1. Occupational Accident or Illness Report
2. Automobile Accident or Loss Notice
3. Liability Accident Notice
4. LSU Police Reports
5. Verbal Reports

E. Accident Investigations

1. Formal Investigations
2. Informal Investigations by Supervisors
3. The Investigation Procedure
4. Approval Process and Routing
5. Completing Items in the Action Plan

F. Job Safety Analysis

G. Safety and Health Inspections and Reports

1. Safety and Health Inspections
2. Laboratory Inspections
3. Miscellaneous Inspections


A. Fire Safety in Dormitories

1. Fire Hazards on Campus
2. Fire Safety Features
3. Fire Prevention for Students
4. Fire Extinguishers
5. Fire Drills
6. Guide for Fire-safe Christmas Decorations In Student Rooms
7. Guide for Safe Christmas Decorations In Other Common Areas

B. Electrical Safety

1. Electric Codes and Safety Standards
2. Medical Services and First Aid
3. Employee Training
4. General Electrical Safety Precautions
5. Electrical Installations
6. Special Rules for Power Distribution Circuits
7. High Voltage Testing
8. Overhead Power Line Work
9. Underground Electrical Work
10. Power Substation Installations and Worker Rules
11. Additional Rules for Power House Workers
12. Wiring in Wet Locations
13. Use of Electrically Powered Equipment and Tools
14. Ground Fault Circuit Protection
15. Extension Cords
See the Appendix for Guidelines on Extension Cord Use
16. Hazardous Locations

C. Stairs & Ladders

1. General Requirements
2. Stairways
3. Stairrails and Handrails
4. Ladders
5. Portable Ladders
6. Fixed Ladders
7. Cages for Fixed Ladders
8. Wells for Fixed Ladders
9. Ladder Safety Devices and Related Support Systems for Fixed Ladders
10. Mounting Ladder Safety Devices for Fixed Ladders
11. Use of All Ladders
12. Structural Defects
13. Glossary

D. Scaffolds

1. General Requirements for All Scaffolds
2. Tube and Coupler Scaffolds
3. Tubular Welded Frame Scaffolds

E. Material Handling

1. Lifting by Hand
2. Handtrucks
3. Requirements for Heavy Construction Equipment
4. Fork Trucks
5. Hoists
6. Insulated Aerial Baskets
7. Hand Signals
8. Slings

F. Confined Spaces

1. Confined Space
2. A Permit Required Confined Space
3. Training
4. Hazards of Confined Spaces
5. Procedures

G. Handling, Using, and Storing of Compressed Gas Cylinders

1. Handling Cylinders
2. Using Cylinders
3. Storing Cylinders

H. Control of Hazardous Energy: Lockout/tag out

1. Purpose
2. Definitions
3. Training
4. Preparation for Lock and Tag out Procedures
5. Routine Maintenance & Machine Adjustments
6. Locks, Hasps, and Tags
7. Sop: General Lock and Tag out Procedures -Shutdowns
8. Machine or Equipment Isolation
9. Lockout or Tagout Device Application
10. Stored Energy
11. Verification of Isolation
12. Extended Lockout – Tagout
13. Release from Lockout/tagout
14. LOTO Procedure for Electrical Plug-type Equipment
15. LOTO Procedures Involving More than One Employee
16. Management’s Removal of Lock and Tag out
17. Contractors

I. Excavations, Trenching, and Shoring


J. Safety in Welding and Cutting Operations

1. General
2. Protective Clothing and Equipment
3. Eye Protection
4. Work in Confined Spaces
5. Ventilation
6. Fire Prevention
7. Gas Welding and Cutting
8. Electric Arc Welding

K. Safe Use of Hand Tools and Portable Power Tools

1. Screwdrivers
2. Hammers
3. Punches
4. Chisels
5. Hacksaws
6. Files
7. Axes and Hatchets
8. Knives
9. Crowbars
10. Shovels
11. Box and Socket Wrenches
12. Electric Saws
13. Portable Grinder
14. Air Hoses

L. Safety Rules for Woodworking Machines

1. General
2. Housekeeping
3. Guards
4. Illumination
5. Inspection
6. Personal Protective Equipment
7. Code References for Woodworking Machines

M. Guide to Woodworking

1. Table Saw
2. Radial Arm Saw
3. Band Saw
4. Jointer/planer
6. Wood Shaper
7. Sander
8. Lathe
9. Circular Saw Blades for Cutting Wood

N. Machine Safeguarding Requirements

1. Flywheels
2. Machine Guards
3. Gears, Sprockets, Friction Drives
4. Belt, Chain or Rope Drives
5. Shafting
6. Belt Conveyors

O. Grounds Maintenance

1. Hand Tools
2. Gasoline Powered Equipment
3. Lawn Trimmers
4. Power Lawn Mowers
5. Riding Mowers
6. Garden Tractors:
7. Pesticides
8. Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

P. Water Vessel Operation

1. Inspection
2. Training
3. Accidents
4. General
5. Water Vessel Safety Program

Q. Vehicle Operation

1. Inspection
2. Training
3. Accidents
4. General
5. Safe Drivers Program


A. Hazardous Material

1. Hazardous Material Information
2. Hazard Communication Program
3. Hazardous Materials Definitions
4. Chemical Handling and Storage
5. Biohazard Control

B. Indoor Air Quality and Sanitation

1. Indoor Air Quality Rules
2. Housekeeping
3. HVAC Preventive Maintenance
4. Basics for Handling Food Safely

C. Safety Rules for the Laboratory

1. Chemical Hygiene Plan
2. Laboratory Ventilation
3. Refrigerators
4. Food and Beverage Consumption

D. Asbestos

1. General
2. Responsibilities

E. Illumination for Occupational Tasks

1. Background
2. Definitions

F. Hot Environments

1. Heat Cramps
2. Heat Exhaustion
3. Heat Stroke
4. Heat Rashes
5. Training

G. Ergonomics

1. Why Are WMSDS a Problem?
2. Rules to Prevent WMSDS
3. Simple Solutions Often Work Best
4. Contact EHS for Assistance

H. Respiratory Protection Program

1. General
2. General Program Management – Responsibilities
3. Voluntary Use
4. Respirator Selection
5. Medical Evaluation

J. Noise

1. Technical Information
2. Effects
3. Standards
4. Program Requirements for Occupational Noise Exposure


A. Eye Protection

1. General
2. Prescription Lens Wearers
3. Contact Lens Wearers
4. Approval and Selection
5. Inspection and Maintenance
6. Other

B. Hearing Protection

1. Employees/students Covered
2. Approval and Selection
3. Fitting
4. Inspection and Maintenance
5. Other

C. Hand Protection

1. Employees/students Covered
2. Approval and Selection
3. Fitting
4. Inspection and Maintenance
5.. Glove Materials

D. Respiratory Protection Program

1. General Program Requirements
2. Rules for Respirator Program
3. Fit Testing
4. Rules for Maintenance, Care and Use of Respirators
5. Identification of Filters, Cartridges, and Canisters
6. Training and Information

E. Fall Protection

1. Employees/students Covered
2. Approval and Selection
3. Fitting
4. Inspection and Maintenance
5. Classification of Safety Belts and Harnesses

F. Foot Protection

1. Employees/students Covered
2. Approval and Selection
3. Inspection and Maintenance

G. Head Protection

1. Employees/students Covered
2. Approval and Selection
3. Fitting
4. Inspection and Maintenance
5. Selection Chart for Head Protection for University Employees

H. Protective and Preventive Clothing

1. Employee/students Covered
2. Approval and Selection
3. Fitting
4. Inspection and Maintenance
5. Preventive Clothing

I. Emergency Showers and Eye Wash Stations


A. Hazardous Waste Management Guidelines

1. Determine If the Material Is a “Hazardous Waste”
2. Properly Label Waste Containers
3. Keep Waste in Compatible Containers and Closed at All Times
4. Store and Containerize Incompatible Waste Separately
5. Use Pollution Prevention Techniques to Reduce theAmount of Hazardous Waste Generated
6. Waste Collection Procedures

B. Hazardous Waste Management Facilities & Programs

1. The Hazardous Material Control Center (HMCC)
2. Biomedical Waste Management
3. Recycling Program

C. Management of Asbestos Containing Materials

1. Rules for the Proper Handling of Asbestos Containing Material(ACM)
2. Construction Document Review and Contractor Notification
3. Management Plans
4. Employee Training

D. Water Quality

1. Permit Management

E. Radiation


A. Hazard Communication Program

1. Responsibilities
2. General Program Information
3. Hazardous Chemical Inventory
4. Labeling
5. Material Safety Data Sheets
6. Training

B. Hazard Communication-Teaching Outline

1. Objectives
2. Modes of Entry into the Body
3. Effects
4. Recognizing the Hazard
5. Material Safety Data Sheets
6. Review

C. Incompatible Chemicals Partial Listing

D. Storage of Flammable Liquids Classes IA, IB, IC

1. Purpose
2. Scope
3. Definitions
4. Standards

E. Biosafety Ventilation Equipment

1. The Class I Biological Safety Cabinet
2. The Class II Biological Safety Cabinet
3. The Class III Biological Safety Cabinet
4. Laminar Flow Clean Air Cabinet
5. Certification of Biological Safety Cabinets

F. Training – Heat-related Disorders

1. Heat Exhaustion
2. Heat Stroke

G. Chemical Hygiene Plan

1. Purpose
2. Scope
3. General Principles
4. General Program Management
5. Basic Rules and Procedures for Working with Chemicals
6. Chemical Procurement, Distribution, and Storage
7. Environmental Monitoring
8. Housekeeping, Maintenance, and Inspections
9. Records
10. Signs and Labels
11. Information and Training Program
12. Waste Disposal Program
13. Engineering Controls

H. Respiratory Protection Program

1. Purpose
2. Scope
3. Definitions
4. General Program Management
5. Voluntary Use
6. Respirator Selection
7. Medical Evaluation
8. Fit Testing
9. Use of Respirators
10. Maintenance and Care of Respirators
11. Breathing Air Quality and Use
12. Identification of Filters, Cartridges, and Canisters
13. Training and Information
14. Program Evaluation
15. Recordkeeping

I. Scaffolding Appendix

1. Outrigger Scaffold
2. Masons’ Adjustable Multiple-point Suspension Scaffolds
3. Two-point Suspension Scaffolds (Swinging Scaffolds)
4. Stone Setters’ Adjustable Multiple-point Suspension Scaffolds
5. Single-point Adjustable Suspension Scaffolds
6. Boatswain’s Chairs
7. Carpenters’ Bracket Scaffolds
8. Bricklayers’ Square Scaffolds
9. Horse Scaffolds
10. Needle Beam Scaffold
11. Plasterers’, Decorators’, and Large Area Scaffolds
12. Interior Hung Scaffolds
13. Ladder-jack Scaffolds
14. Window-jack Scaffolds
15. Roofing Brackets
16. Crawling Board or Chicken Ladders
17. Float or Ship Scaffolds

J. Basic Crane Hand Signals


K. Guide for Extention Cord Use

L. Safe Driver Program

M. Water Vessel Operator Safety Program

N. Forms

O. Hazmat Response Levels

P. Operational Safety and Loss Prevention Plan

Bio Safety
EHS Bulletin
Chemical Safety