Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Fact Sheets

EHRS Safety Fact Sheets

General Information

Biological Safety

Chemical Safety

Occupational Safety

  • Addressing Air Quality Issues
    • Even though modern buildings are designed to keep pollutants out, there can still be air quality problems. Learn what to do if you believe that there is an air quality issue.
  • Art Safety: Physical and Chemical
    • Working in the Art School has some unique physical and chemical hazards.
  • Art Safety: Tool, Electrical, and Fire
    • Learn how to stay safe when using tools, electricity, and fire hazards in the Art School.
  • Back Safety Awareness
    • Learn how to avoid injuries by using safe and proper techniques when lifting or moving heavy objects.
  • Fume Hood Safety
    • Guidelines to keep in mind before and while using a fume hood.
  • Ergonomics for Telecommuters
    • People who work from home on computers have the same ergonomic needs as people who work in the office. This fact sheet is intended to help you make adjustments in your home "office" to make you comfortable.
  • Hearing Conservation Program
    • The Hearing Conservation Program is designed to protect employees from hearing loss that is caused by exposure to hazardous noise. This fact sheet goes over some of the key points about hearing conservation and explains how EHRS can help.
  • Importing from Overseas
    • The process of receiving materials from outside the US is regulated and managed by the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). EHRS can provide guidance but it the responsbility of the overseas shipper and importer to make sure all steps are followed correctly.
  • Laptop Ergonomics
    • Learn how to combine the convenience of a laptop with desktop ergonomics.
  • Laser Cutter Safety
    • Laser cutters have several hazards associated with their use ranging from the creation of toxic fumes to the possibility of fire. Learn some guidelines for the safe use of a laser cutter.
  • Laser Safety
    • Lasers can be used in research, in clinical settings, and even in classrooms and offices (laser pointers, anyone?). Here's how to stay safe when using them.
  • Machine Safety
    • Many hazards exist when working with machine tools. Here are some guidelines to follow to protect yourself.
  • Methods for Controlling Hazards
    • What can be done to eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards and provide workers with safe and healthful working conditions.
  • NFPA Diamond
  • Pictograms and Hazards
  • Reading Chemical Labels
  • Respirator Protection: Principal Investigators, Directors, Supervisors, and Faculties' Responsibilities
    • All of the personnel who are responsible for ensure that employees, students, and volunteers/visiting scholars, under their supervision, wear respiratory protection when needed.
  • Respirator Protection: Respirator User's Responsibilities
    • A respirator user is an individual who wears a respirator to protect to their lungs from a hazardous substance in the area. This fact sheet explains their responsibilities for safely using a respirator.
  • Respiratory Protection Program
    • Airborne contaminants in the workplace can pose a respiratory hazard. Our respiratory protection program can help keep your workplace safe.
  • Safety Data Sheet Breakdown
  • Selecting Eye Protection
    • Information on choosing the best eye protection for the work you are doing.
  • Sit-Stand Workstations
    • Learn more about adding flexibility to your work area.
  • Temple Noise Thermometer
    • Sound is not always a simple concept to understand. This infographic helps to illustrate the noise levels of various activities around Temple University.
  • Types of Respirators and Face Coverings
    • Respirators, masks, and face coverings each provide unique levels of protection. This chart breaks down the differences and will help you make sure you are using the equipment right for your situation.
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
    • Interested in flying your drone on Temple property? Take a look at this fact sheet to see the safety precautions and federal laws you need to follow to keep yourself and the whole community safe.

Radiation Safety

  • Dry Activated Radioactive Waste
    • EHRS manages all radioactive waste disposal at Temple University and Temple University Health System. Dry activated radioactive waste is any solid, dry laboratory materials, equipment, or supplies that have been contaminated with radioactive material.
  • Radioactive Waste General Guidelines
    • EHRS manages all radioactive waste disposal at Temple University and Temple University Health System. This fact sheet goes over the requirements for radioactive waste generators and general precautions for radioactive waste handling.
  • Working with X-Ray Producing Equipment
    • Learn about what consititutes x-ray producing equipment, what regulations apply to them, and the training necessary to use them safely.


  • Pregnant Worker Counseling
    • The objective of the Pregnant Worker counseling program is to assist women who are childbearing age, pregnant, or nursing, understand the risks and minimize exposure to these hazards in the workplace through education and counseling.