Department of

Electrical Engineering

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Penn State Electrical Engineering Safety Page

Welcome to The PSU Electrical Engineering Department. You may be working with specialized equipment requiring specific safety training e.g. high and low voltage electrical components/systems, lasers, X-rays, etc., or perhaps with chemicals that require training for safe use and proper disposal. This training is required and provided before you are allowed to work in the labs. See your Safety Officer for details.

Safety Commitment

The Department of Electrical Engineering is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its students, faculty and staff. Our department will strive to increase awareness of safety issues, encourage, support and, when necessary, require safety training for all educational, research, and service activities conducted in our facilities. We have established an EE Safety Committee, which is chaired by the EE Department Head and includes several faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. Our department’s Safety Officer is David DeCapria, who also serves on this committee. We are committed through leadership, faculty, staff and student participation to:

  • Creating and maintaining a safe and healthful work and educational environment.
  • Continuously improving our safety program and performance.
  • Abiding by all applicable laws, regulations and University policies.
  • Integrating safety into our daily activities, decision making and planning.
  • Providing resources and training along with continuously communicating our safety policy to all students, staff, faculty and affected parties.
  • Continuously measuring our progress and making adjustments as necessary.

Each of us plays a vital role in the completion of work in a safe manner. Faculty, staff and student recommendations to improve safety and health conditions are encouraged, and all will be given thorough consideration by our safety committees and leaders. Our commitment is to foster and support a safety culture that provides information and training, identifies risks and proactively addresses those risks before they become injuries or accidents. Please feel free to contact the Department's safety officer (Dave DeCapria) or the Department Head (Kultegin Aydin) at any time if you have concerns about safety policies or practices.

Department Safety Officer

Dave DeCapriaDave DeCapria
111G EE West

Safety Tip

Accident Reporting for University Employees

This policy provides procedures for reporting accidents resulting from work-related injuries, and in the investigation of all such accidents, including corrective measures to prevent recurrences. All accidents, injuries or illnesses should be reported to your supervisor as soon as possible, so that the appropriate actions and forms (also found on this web page) can be processed.

This will make it possible for:

  • appropriate corrective measures to be implemented,
  • medical bills to be properly routed if medical attention is needed,
  • the department Safety Office to have accurate information for the inquiries that will follow your medical treatment.

(From PSU Policy SY04 Safety Policy:

The following are a few general items to be remembered when an employee is injured:

  • An accident report should be filed (by the employee’s supervisor) each time anyone is hurt, no matter how minor the injury may seem. Complete the top two sections of the "Supervisor’s Accident/Incident Investigation Report" form found under “ACCIDENT REPORTING” tab on this web page.
  • The accident should be reported whether the employee is full-time, part-time, casual or a student employee.
  • If the employee is injured on the University Park Campus, the report should be submitted to the College or Department Safety Officer, who is to send the report to the Office of Human Resources/Workers' Compensation, James M. Elliott Building, within forty-eight hours of the accident.
  • If the employee is injured elsewhere, the report should be in the Office of Human Resources/Workers' Compensation as soon as possible.

See Safety Policy SY04 for more details.