Safety Program

CSL is totally committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment free from recognized hazards that could cause serious harm or even death.

Occupational Safety in the US is regulated by OSHA (OSHA Act of 1970, 29 CFR 1910.1200(a)(1), 29 CFR 1910, 29 CFR 1960, 29 CFR 1926, 29 CFR Part 1960.46); OSHA set standards apply since 1980 (US Presidential Executive Order 12196) to all US Federal Agencies, aside from the Military. At the DoC NOAA ESRL everyone (including anybody coming into the building: i.e. affiliates, contractors, guests & visitors, vendors) is obliged also to follow DoC OSH guidelines and NAO209-1.

Even though Employees of the State of Colorado (ie CIRES, CIRA) are normally exempted from OSHA, at DSRC and on NOAA projects, they must comply and adhere to CU EHS regulations (CO Governor Executive Order DO122-89) that must be at least as stringent as the OSHA regulations (CO Governor Executive Order DO122-89).

NOAA Safety and Environmental Compliance Office (SECO) (UMS authentication required)

Applies to all NOAA Employees, Affiliates, Contractors, Guests and Visitors all the time, and everywhere
CSL Employees, Affiliates, Contractors, Guests and Visitors work

Training Requirements

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All Staff:

In addition, All new Staff:

In further addition, All Staff, as required by work space, job duties & tasks.

Determined by supervisor, unless Director and/or Program Lead decision overrides it. See the Lab Hazard and Risk Analysis (Intranet access required) then refer to the Safety Programs tab for:

  • Biological Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Laser Safety
  • Office Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Staff Shop Safety

Safety Programs

NOAA Safety Seagull

Biological Safety

Chemical Safety

Hearing Conservation

Laser Safety

  • CSL Laser Safety Program
  • Laser Institute of America (LIA) Laser Safety documents may be viewed / downloaded but DO NOT DISTRIBUTE to others per copyright: (Intranet access required)
  • NIST Laser Safety Awareness (UMS authentication required)
  • CSL Laser Inventory (UMS authentication required)

Office Safety

Radiation Safety

Staff Shop Safety


Saying Something about Safety in your workplace. Video: VitalSmarts

CSL Lab Hazard and Risk Analysis (Intranet access required)

CSL Safety and Environmental Compliance Manual (Intranet access required)

DoC Safety Program - DoC Occupational Safety & Health Manual

NOAA Safety Program - NOAA Safety Policy: NAO 209-1A

NOAA Hazard Reporting Tool (CD351)

NOAA Workforce Management Office - Commerce Learning Center (CLC)

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA)

DoC Boulder Campus Emergency Plans (Intranet access required)

CSL laboratories DSRC Block A floorplan (Intranet access required)

CSL Safety Inspections (Intranet access required)

NOAA Safety Incident Metrics: FY14 (through the end of March 2014) (Intranet access required)

CSL Employees on the Job Accidents and/or Injuries

NOAA Environmental Compliance & Safety Assessment System (NECSAS) Program Safety & Environmental Compliance Office (SECO) Policy 97-01

  • DSRC Safety Audits: (Intranet access required)

OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure Standard

OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses:

CSL Chemical Surveys

Matheson or SDS Provider Safety Data Sheets database search

Hazardous Waste and Recycling

CSL manages small amounts of hazardous waste in labs in satellite accumulation areas (SAA); SAAs require weekly documented inspections:

NIST administers the Universal Waste and Recycling program for all agencies on site, including disposal of aerosol spray cans and batteries. Learn More (Intranet access required)

NIST BSHED regularly (twice annually currently) conducts inspections of the CSL satellite accumulation areas (SAA):

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