In case of Emergency:911 or x7777 (on internal phone)
303-497-7777 (when using cell phone)
DSRC Medical Unitx3801
In case of Chemical Emergencies/Spills:
NIST BSHEDx5375, option 3
* BSHED: Boulder Safety Health and Environment Division (NIST under contract with NOAA)
NIST Police (non emergency)x3530
CSD Safety OfficerEric Williams x3226; DSRC 2A118
CSD Area Safety Representative (ASR)vacant
CSD Radiation SafetyAnn Middlebrookx7324; DSRC 3A117
CSD Laser SafetySteve Brownx6306; DSRC 1A118
NOAA SECO Industrial Hygienistvacant
NOAA SECO Environmental EngineerMark Georgex3064
* SECO: Safety and Environmental Compliance Office

Safety Program

CSD 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 Environmental, Safety, and Sustainability Office (NESSO) - NESSO information for NOAA employees (UMS authentication required)

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

Uncle Sam pointing at you


Training Requirements

All Staff:

  • Annual NOAA Safety, Environmental and Sustainability Awareness Course (UMS authentication required)
    • All Federal employees are required to complete the course annually.
    • Cooperative Institute employees are required to complete the course as per agreement between NOAA & the Cooperative Institutes.
    • Contractor employees should take the course, unless otherwise directed by their NOAA Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR).

In addition, All new Staff:

In further addition, All Staff, as required by work space, job duties & tasks (see risk analysis spreadsheet):
This is determined by supervisor, unless Division Management and/or Program Lead decision overrides it.

NOAA Safety Seagull

Safety Programs

Biological Safety

Chemical Safety

Hearing Conservation

Appliances generally not approved for use in GSA-controlled space

  • coffee pots in personal/individual work spaces
  • coolers and small refrigerators
  • fans and heaters
  • electric blanket-type lap warmers and leg warmers
  • electric, propane, kersone, natural gas, solid fuel, and volatile-liquid cooking appliances
  • griddles, hot plates, toaster ovens, popcorn makers
  • decorative water fountains, aquariums / fish tanks
  • decorative lights, including holiday string lights
  • plug-in air fresheners, night lights, and electronic pest control appliances

Laser Safety

Motor Vehicle Safety

Office Safety

Radiation Safety

Staff Shop Safety

Video: VitalSmarts

Saying Something about Safety in your workplace.


CSD Labs Hazard and Risk Analysis (Intranet access required)

CSD 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)

CSD laboratories DSRC Block A floorplan (Intranet access required)

CSD Safety Inspections (Intranet access required)

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

CSD Employees on the Job Accidents and/or Injuries

CSD Pandemic Work-at-Home Policy (UMS authentication and Intranet access required) and Alternative Work Arrangements in the Event of Pandemic Outbreak

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:

CSD Chemical Surveys

Matheson or SDS Provider Safety Data Sheets database search

Hazardous Waste and Recycling

CSD 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. More info...

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

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