ABE Facility Safety

Reporting accidents and injuries

All accidents and injuries must be reported even if medical attention was not required. Further information on reporting accidents is available here

5-item inventory for lab/shop safety

Follow the five steps listed below to identify and implement safe operations in departmental labs and shops.

    1. Write and communicate Safety Operating Procedures. See templates here
    2. Lab Safety Manual:
      • Become familiar with ISU’s Lab Safety Manual and act upon the practices specified in the manual. The manual is available here
      • Write, publish, and communicate Emergency Action Plan
    3. My Training Needs:
      • Complete the “My Training Needs” assessment on the EH&S website to identify training sessions students and staff need to complete. The ‘how-to’ for “My Training Needs” is available here
      • Implement appropriate training practices
    4. Coordinate lab/shop safety audits with EH&S personnel (Paul Richmond); implement the recommendations adequately.
    5. If labs and shops are likely to be overcrowded, coordinate a conference with EH&S to determine maximum occupancy, and integrate this information into the Safety Operating Procedures.

Safety Rules Poster

Posting safety poster in a visible location next to the entrance to a lab or shop will provide safety critical information. Click the image below to download an editable PDF file for the poster.


Shop Safety fundamental training module is live! Click here for more information.

“The Global Harmonization System (GHS) has changed OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard.
The EH&S department will provide a review on how these changes in labeling and documentation affect your operation.
Register online at http://www.ehs.iastate.edu/

– Click on Training
– Chose ISU Login
– Click on Schedule (under my menu)
– Click to register


Employees and students safety is the highest priority in all operations at the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. This page consists of resources that will assist with establishing and maintaining appropriate safety practices in departmental labs and shops.

ABE Labs and Shops with Faculty in Charge

Here is a PDF of all the ABE labs and shops, along with the faculty in charge. Click here to view the PDF

Shop Safety Resources

Shop Safety Audit:

Shop Safety Audit is a self-assessment tool that aids in identifying safety concern that needs to be addressed. Shop supervisors or PI needs to be completed this assessment. The assessment tool/form is available here.

Tool Use Agreement:
ISU policy requires shop users to complete and sign a Tool use agreement. Tool agreement form is available here.

The department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) provide training modules for a variety of safety and environmental topics. Significant number of the training modules is available online. Access the EH&S Learning Center through here