Safety Toolkit - Behavioral Neuroscience

Welcome to the Behavioral Neuroscience safety toolkit!

As a student in Behavioral Neuroscience, you are visiting this web page to complete various action items to comply with federal, state and/or University health and safety requirements. 

Please carefully read and make sure you understand this information.  Your safety and that of your friends and colleagues depend on it.



Acknowledgement of Risk/Hold Harmless Form (AOR/HH)

Instructions: Please print, complete and sign this AOR/HH form. Bring it to the Behavioral Neuroscience Program Coordinator in AI 599.


Safety Training

University Animal Research Policy
This is the University's policy on animal research. Please review and become familiar with it. It is the policy of the University to provide the best possible care for animals used in research or teaching both for humane reasons and because such animals make for high quality research.

Hazardous Waste & Lab Safety Training
This training and quiz is for students and community volunteers who work with hazardous chemicals and generate hazardous waste. Instructions: Read the presentation and take the quiz. Your quiz score is sent to the University’s Environmental Health & Safety Office (EHS) for review.   EHS will forward it to the Behavioral Neuroscience staff for documentation.

Chemical Safety This is an important overview of chemical safety protocols to protect your health and well being. The Behavioral Neuroscience will have its own, specific protocols for its program.

CPR/First Aid - Students

CPR/First Aid - Faculty, Staff and Volunteers


Accident Prevention Plan

Accident Prevention PlanningThe University's Accident Prevention Program is contained in Western's Safety Information Book in various sections.

Accident Reporting Requirements: Accidents should be reported withing 24 hours. Accident report forms are available to print and complete with pen, or electronically.  Accident reports should never be used to assign blame but should focus on improving processes and equipment use to mitigate hazards and protect people more effectively into the future.

Vehicle Safety

Basic Driver Safety Program
If you will operate a vehicle (licensed or Viking research) on behalf of the University, the State of Washington regulations require that you to complete the state Basic Driver Safety Program. 

Instructions: The link takes you to web-based tools.  Please  print, complete and sign the one-page Safety Checklist for State Drivers while you complete the online action items. Bring it to Engineering Technology Office in ET 204.

Van Training Program
If VRI asks you to drive a 12-passener van, contact EHS at 650-3065.  Special training and document requirements apply. Use of 15-passenger vans is prohibited by the University.


Other Information

Student Health Insurance Coverage
Health insurance also called medical insurance is not provided by the University.  Students are responsible for maintaining their own health insurance.  As a student you have paid an annual fee to gain access to the Student Health Center for primary care medical treatment, but this is not health insurance. An injury caused by an accident that requires emergency medical treatment in a hospital would not be covered by this fee.  This links takes you to information about the University’s voluntary student health insurance plan and others. 

Field Trip Insurance (to be arranged by BNS faculty or staff only)
Student group/class going on WWU sponsored and supervised field trips or similar extra-curricular activities may purchase field trip insurance for limited medical expense benefits.


Go to the Behavioral Neuroscience Program website

Page Updated 11.09.2013