Environmental Health and Safety

Program and Policies

Lab Checkout Policy

The intent of this policy is to ensure that all hazardous materials used in laboratories and hazardous waste generated by researchers are disposed of properly when a research faculty, staff or student leaves Montana Tech. If improper management of hazardous materials occurs, the responsible department will be charged for any analytical and/or disposal costs associated with those materials. Any regulatory action or fines resulting from improper management or disposal of hazardous materials will be the responsibility of the generating department.

Vehicle Use Policies

The State of Montana has developed a Vehicle Use Policy which all State and University employees must follow. A copy of the policy is available below.

The Montana University System has also developed a Vehicle Use Policy.

Safety Programs

Bloodborne Pathogens Program

Montana Tech has developed a written exposure control plan designed to protect employees from possible infection caused by bloodborne pathogens including, but not limited to, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV).

Fire Protection & Prevention Program

Montana Tech’s Fire Protection and Prevention Plan provides faculty, staff and students with information and guidelines to assist them in recognizing, reporting, and controlling fire hazards on campus.

Electrical Safety Program

The careless handling of electrical equipment starts many fires in labs and other places. Laboratories have stills, waters baths, and other apparatus that can overheat or cause electrical shocks. Minimize electrical safety hazards with the recommendations listed in Electrical Safety Principles.

Fall Protection Program

The intent of Montana Tech's Fall Protection Program is to minimize the possibility of injury or death from the improper use or lack of use of appropriate fall protection.  

Hazard Communication Program

The Hazard Communication Program, also known as the “Employee Right to Know Law,” helps to ensure that employees know what hazardous materials exist on the Montana Tech campus, how to safely use these materials, and how to deal with any hazardous material emergency that arises.

Hotwork Program

The Hot Work Program is designed to help minimize the possibility of injury or property damage due to improper management of open flame/high temperature processes.

Lockout/Tagout Program

The Montana Tech Lockout/Tagout program is designed to protect Montana Tech employees from injury or death from the release of hazardous energy. This program establishes the minimum requirements for isolation of electrical, chemical, thermal, hydraulic, pneumatic, and gravitational energy prior to equipment repair, adjustment or removal.

Pandemic Plan

In the event of a pandemic, Montana Tech will play an integral role in protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and their families. The Pandemic Plan serves as a guide for our response to a pandemic emergency.

Personal Protective Equipment Program

The Personal Protective Equipment Program defines the basic elements and responsibilities of the program in order to ensure the safe and appropriate use of personal protective equipment on the Montana Tech campuses.

Radiation Safety Program

The Radiation Safety Program ensures that anyone on the Montana Tech campus who needs to use any radioactive materials, including sealed sources, is protected and follows the regulations of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Contact the Radiation Safety Officer, Marilyn Cameron, at 4463 if you intend to bring radioactive materials on campus.

Respiratory Protection Program

Montana Tech's Respiratory Protection Program defines the rules regarding the use of respirators for personal protection at Montana Tech as stated in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.134. Strict adherence to the provisions contained in this program is necessary to prevent exposure of Montana Tech employees to potentially hazardous airborne contaminants.