The Environmental Health and Safety office, located in Daniel building room 104, is responsible for planning, implementing and administering The University's health and safety program, and for providing supportive technical consultation, training, investigation, and inspection to ensure compliance with guidelines set forth by federal, state and local laws and regulations. Its primary functions are to assist The University community in meeting health and safety responsibilities, to prevent or reduce accidents and to identify and eliminate environmental hazards and dangerous conditions for students, faculty, and staff on campus.

NOTICE: The following safety programs and policies are to be used as guidance documents to promote a safe educational and work environment. This site is for informational purposes for Midwestern State University Staff, Faculty, Employees and Students only. Any federal, state or local regulation more stringent than these requirements will automatically take precedence over these documents as applicable

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MSU Employee Safety Manual: LINK-Safety Manual

Workers Compensation!

All work related injuries should be reported to your supervisor. To receive medical treatment for a work related injury and file a workers compensation claim, please call Sara Webb at ext. 4649

Worker's Compensation Injury Forms


This information is intended for use by the Midwestern State University's campus community. While the material contained may be reproduced by other individuals and organizations Midwestern State University does not warrant its application to other campuses or workplaces. Comments are welcomed and may be directed to the Office of Environmental Safety Coordinator.

Related Links:

State Office of Risk Management: http://www.sorm.state.tx.us/
Occupational Safety & Health Administration: http://www.osha.gov/
Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov/

Fire Safety and Fire Extinguishers

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Campus Extension Cord Safety

Many questions have arisen regarding the restrictions on extension chords on campus. The following guidelines should be used by faculty, staff, students, and visitors to assure that the extension cords in use does not violate good safety practices or fire codes. The National Electric Code (NEC) is the primary document that provides guidance in the use of extension cords. Thes guidelines are based on the NEC. If you have any questions about the NEC please feel free to contact the Safety Officer Rich Frank at x4032 or the Electrical Superintendent Doug Allison at x4706.

In dormitories and office settings:

  1. Extension cords which have the UL label are approved, as long as the size and use is appropriate.
  2. Two and three conductor extension cords must have a minimum conductor size of 16 AWG copper.
  3. Extension cords are normally rated in amps, and must be used within the ampere rating. (Compare the ampere rating of the appliance with the rating of the chord.)
  4. Three pronged (three conductor) extension cords must be used when connecting electrical items that have three pronged plug-ins.
  5. Extension cords must not be run under rugs, mattresses, through doorways or windows, and must be protected from damage at all times.
  6. Three prong adapters are not to be used with two conductor extension cords on the female end of the cord.
  7. Splicing and "home repairs" of extensions cords are not permitted unless performed by Facilities Management. Insulation, strength and conductor size must not be compromised.
  8. Cords used in wet and/or outdoor locations should be protected by ground fault circuit interrupters.


On maintenance and construction sites:

  1. Extension cords with an equipment grounding conductor must be used at all times.
  2. Extension cords must be protected from damage, and not run through doorways or windows where the doors or windows may close, causing damage to the cord.
  3. Extension cords must be plugged into a circuit protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter on wet or outdoor construction and maintenance sites, or have the ground circuit checked for continuity in an assured grounding and conductor program.
  4. Extension cords should be a minimum of 16 AWG and be rated for the equipment in use. The following is a guide that might be helpful in selecting the cord:

Extension Cord Ampere Rating

Wire Size(Copper) Single Phase Two and Three Conductor Cords Three Phase Cords
16 AWG 13 amps 10 amps
14 AWG 18 amps 15 amps
12 AWG 25 amps 20 amps
10 AWG 30 amps 25 amps
8 AWG 40 amps 35 amps
6 AWG 55 amps 45 amps
4 AWG 70 amps 60 amps
2 AWG 95 amps 80 amp