Montana State University

Safety and Risk Management

Montana State University
P.O. Box 170510
Bozeman, MT 59717-0510

Tel: (406) 994-2711
Fax: (406) 994-7040

Physical Address:
1160 Research Drive
Bozeman, MT 59718

Chris Catlett, Interim Director

(406) 994-4146

Environmental Health and Safety Programs

Safety and Risk Management actively promotes a positive, responsible, and integrated safety culture throughout the University. Several programs support this promotion, which are listed below.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED)AED

The AED Program places Automated External Defibrillators (AED) on campus to provide quick access in the event of an emergency.

Chemical Safety

Chemical Safety Program provides information/assistance for compliance with the training, use, storage and disposal of chemicals. This includes laboratory, custodial, and other workplace settings.


The E-Scrap Program keeps electronic devices from entering the landfills when there is a better and more appropriate route of disposal. Often times, items are reused, or stripped down for parts and recycling.

Fire/Life Safety

The Fire/Life Safety Program is directed at the safety and property conservation at MSU and sister campuses. The program includes fire prevention education, fire device inspections, system testing and staff/student trainings.

Ice GrippersIce Grippers

The Ice Gripper Program offers FREE Ice Grippers to all MSU employees for their safety while walking on snowy and icy paths. Think studded tires for your feet - get your FREE pair here!

Occupational Health and Safety

Health and Safety is involved in the detection of unsafe or unhealthy working conditions, and in the identification and monitoring of occupational exposures to chemical and physical hazards. In addition, they provide work site health and safety inspections including but not necessarily limited to laboratories, service and agricultural work areas, and office environments. Health & Safety develops and performs health and safety training programs as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These programs include, but are not limited to, a Hearing Conservation Program, Respiratory Protection, Blood borne Pathogen Standard, Occupational Medical Surveillance, Confined Space, Fall Protection and Personal Protective Equipment.

Ergonomics is fitting the task to the worker. It is finding the best way to arrange workstations so the worker can perform his/her activities efficiently and safely. We work with you to create a safe working environment.

Respiratory Protection Program
Respirators are often used where particulates in the air are too plentiful to be innocuous. These devices require special attention to training, use, and monitoring to maintain a safe breathing environment for the user.

Medical Surveillance
The Medical Surveillance Program annually evaluates employee health and workplace risk factors, to ensure that the workplace is not adversely affecting employees' health and well being. Early detection of any changes in health is critical in providing prompt treatment and any associated medical care to address employee needs. Individuals that are at increased risk of acquiring illnesses due to working conditions are entered into this program.

Universal Waste

The Universal Waste Program deals with Universal Waste as defined by the EPA. The four categories are Batteries, Pesticides, Mercury-Containing Equipment, and Lamps.

Workplace Inspections

Safety and Risk Management assists building occupants in maintaining a safe environment through scheduled and unscheduled workplace inspections. These inspections are designed to promote safety, and catch hazards and potential hazards before they turn into an accident or injury. A Self-Inspection checklist is available for all employees to view and utilize. Two checklists exist: