NSC Laboratory Safety Program


Welcome to the Nuclear Science Center!  Below you will find resources for setting up your laboratory, including facility safety documents and expectations.  Please start with the orientation checklist, and direct any questions to the NSC Laboratory Program Manager.

NSC Lab Program Orientation (page 1) & Expectations (page 2) Rev. 9-2018

Laboratory Safety Documents & Forms

The laboratory safety documents are the governing facility-wide safety policies and may be referenced by principle investigators as they develop their procedures for performing scholarly research at the Nuclear Science Center.

Required Training

  • Radiation Worker Training
  • Radiation Worker Refresher Training
  • Radiation Worker Machines Training
  • Back Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Slips, Trips, & Falls
  • Emergency and Fire Safety Preparedness
  • Portable Fire Extinguisher Safety
  • Office Ergonomics
  • Asbestos Hazard Awareness
  • University Laboratory Safety – Working Safely
  • University Laboratory Safety – Analyzing Chemical Hazards
  • University Laboratory Safety – Analyzing Physical Hazards
  • University Laboratory Safety – Analyzing Developing & Using Controls
  • Risk Assessment
  • PPE – Eye and Face Protection
  • PPE – Hand Protection

How To Access Safety Training

To access the mandatory training noted in the bullets above, as well as many other training and professional development courses, go to Employee Training and Development and log into WSU’s Training website using your WSU Network ID and password.  On the top right of the page click on the red box labeled “Log In To Your Online Learning Account”.  You will be prompted for your network ID and password.  Once you have logged in, on the left side of the page you’ll see “WSU Safety Courses”.  Click on WSU Safety Courses to access a large selection of safety courses, including all but one of Voiland College’s required courses, the Asbestos Hazard Awareness training.  Details on how to access the Asbestos Hazard Awareness training is below.

Upon completing a training course (a score of 80% and above is required to pass) the trainee will be awarded a certificate of completion.  At any time WSU employees can view their training progress by selecting “Learning Transcript”.  From within the Learning Transcript any training initiated within WSU’s Training website, in process or completed, can be viewed.  To view/download a completed certificate choose the training course desired, click on the icon under “Actions”, and select print.  A copy of the certificate will pop up.  Click on the print icon in the top right corner to print the certificate.  Please note that by changing the print destination to “save as PDF” a digital copy of the certificate can be downloaded.  The downloaded certificate can then be attached to an email and sent on to a supervisor.

Supervisors can verify their workers’ training either by looking at completed training certificates, provided by their employees via paper or digital formats, or via reports their unit’s administrators are able to access within WSU’s Training system, also known as SkillSoft.

Required Postings

  • U.S. NRC Form 3: Notice to Employees (RAM Labs)
  • WA DOH Form RHF-3: Notice to Employees (RAM Labs)
  • Signage as required by 10 CFR 20 (RAM Labs, e.g. radiation area, radioactive materials)
  • Map showing the location of safety equipment (all labs)

WA Fire Code

  • Do not block access to fire alarm pull stations or fire extinguishers.
  • Electrical panels must have a workspace measuring 30″ wide x 36″ deep x 72″ high in front of the panel.
  • Extension cords must not be used in place of permanent wiring, must be in good condition, rated for the load, and must not be heavily coiled.
  • Nothing must be stacked such that it is closer than 36″ from the ceiling.

Safety Data Sheets

Safety data sheets (SDS) are required for each laboratory at WSU to be readily available to anyone with access to the laboratory, including first responders.  To update your SDSs on this website, contact your NSC Laboratory Program Manager.

Laboratory Specific Safety Information

Below are quick links to specific laboratories and contain any useful information including SDS’s and safety considerations.

Dodgen Research Facility, NSC & NUCS

Fulmer Hall, NSC and NUCS-Fulmer