Rensselaer promotes safe and healthy working conditions for its employees through a program of training, job hazard analysis, safety procedures and guidelines, and incident reporting and analysis. Safety on the job is the responsibility of every employee.
The Environmental, Health, Safety & Risk Management department is available for training or consultation on any employee concerns relative to workplace hazards. As an employee, you are protected by OSHA regulations and are guaranteed a workplace safe from serious hazards, and you also have the right to voice concerns about unsafe acts or conditions without fear of retribution.
Reducing the risk of workplace exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens is contained within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations set forth in 29 CFR 1910.1030.
The Biological Safety Program at Rensselaer provides oversight for research involving biological hazards.
The Laboratory and Chemical Safety Program provides support and services to establish and maintain safety and compliance in Rensselaer's research and teaching laboratories.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is deeply engaged in ionizing radiation research and didactic training. Both radioactive materials (RAM) and radiation producing equipment (RPE) are in use at its various facilities.
Laser use at Rensselaer is governed by a combination of regulations set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA-adopted ANSI standards) as well as Part 50 of the New York State Department of Labor code rule.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has defined a hazardous waste as any material that no longer has a use and is either specifically listed in the regulations or meets defined hazard characteristics.