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Welcome to the College of Engineering Safety Website

This site provides guidance on safety procedures and policies for the NMSU College of Engineering.

Our shared goal must be a strong safety culture, where everyone goes home healthy each day. To that end, here are basic requirements for working in any laboratory or other hazardous area in the college. Additional requirements may be given based on the hazard or situation.


  1. Proper attire for ALL Labs is long pants (or full leg coverings) and close toe shoes. Safety glasses are required to work in any hazardous chemical lab.

    1. Safety glasses are also required in designated areas as determined by COE Safety and/or NMSU EHS.

    2. Always remove your chemical gloves when exiting a lab.

    3. A risk assessment for allowable clothing may be required when working around machines.

  2. In case of a power failure:

    1. Perform emergency shut-down of equipment, and evacuate the area.

    2. Always turn off equipment that my be running to prevent damage from power surges and fires due to unattended operation.

    3. Close doors behind you.

  3. Always close a fume hood sash when leaving an the area for an extended period of time.

    1. This reduces energy usage and in the event of a fire, reduces airflow in that area which keeps a fire smaller.

  4. Never work alone in a laboratory.

    1. Contact the COE Safety to request an exemption and to perform a risk assessment a specific situation. See table below

  5. Minors in labs must be approved by the COE Safety Specialist and the Department Head. See table below.

  6. Training required for laboratory access can be found in the Training Matrix Table.

  7. Portable propane gas tanks cannot be stored inside a building per Fire Code (NFPA 1 Table and OSHA 1910.110.

  8. All containers are required to be labeled even it they contain only water. Hand written labels are acceptable as long as the complete name of the contents is used. See table below.

  9. All hazardous waste is required to be disposed of properly. It needs to be in secondary containment in a proper environment and have a NMSU Waste Tracking Form attached to each container. See table below.



Safety Resources

Safety Resources
Training MatrixCollege of Engineering Training MatrixCOE Safety Training Matrix_Matrix Only
Working AlonePolicies, Procedures for Working Alone in COE LabsCOE Working Alone Policy
Working Alone Exception Request FormOnline form to request and exception to the working alone policyException Request for Working Alone
Minors in Labs PolicyPolicies and procedures for minors visiting, participating in activities and working in COECOE Minors in Labs Policy
Minors in Labs Request/Approval FormOnline request form for minors to visit, participate or work in COERequest for Minors in Labs
NMSU Waste Tracking FormFill out for each container for disposalNMSU Waste Tracking Form
Example Container Label w Hazard StatementHandwritten labels are OK as long as same information included
Lab Inspection FormsSelf inspection forms for overall lab conditions, waste, eye wash, fume hoods etc.Other Safety Forms
COE Chemical Hygiene PlanCOE Chemical Hygiene Plan DocumentCOE Chemical Hygiene Plan
Emergency Action PlansIndividualized Emergency Action Plans by COE BuildingEmergency Action Plans
Online and Live Safety Awareness TrainingCOE Specific Safety Awareness Classes Safety Awareness Training
Required Training by Hazard Training Requirements for Departments and SituationsSafety Training Matrix
Demonstrations and Outreach Event SafetySafety requirements and procedures for demonstration and outreach eventsCSB Video - After the Rainbow
Roof AccessCOE Policies and Procedures for Roof AccessSOP Roof Access
Confined SpacePolicies and Procedures for Confined Space EntryNMSU Confined Space
DronesPolicy and Procedures for remote drone activityUnmanned Aircraft - Drones