Risk Management - Safety: Technology Developemnt Center (TDC)

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Welcome to the TDC online safety toolkit!

As a University student, employee, community volunteer or facility user you are visiting this online toolkit 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.


Check with your TDC supervisor first before completing this on your own.

  1. Print the Checklist for TDC online safety toolkit
  2. With the printed checklist in hand, complete the corresponding action items listed below
  3. Take the completed checklist and attachments to your TDC supervisor for review. The documents should be kept in the TDC's departmental files for the duration of the individual’s driving responsibilities at the TDC. You are done!






Required Forms

Instructions: Follow the instructions below. Please attach the completed forms to your checklist.

  • Lab Use Policy
    All TDC personnel must read, print, complete and sign this one-page form. These are University policies for the use of the TDC lab and you will be expected to comply with them.
  • Lab Manager Responsibilities
    If you have been selected as a Lab Manager by the TDC to serve in a supervisory role in the absence of University faculty or staff, you must read, print, complete and sign this one-page form. Students or community volunteers who are acting in this role must be registered as University volunteers as well.
  • Volunteer Registration
    If you have been selected as a Lab Manager and/or asked to perform other offical volunteer duties on behalf of TDC, then please print, complete and sign the one-page Application and Volunteer Time Sheet. You will not need a criminal background check, unless you are working with minors. Since you will be serving a leadership role, you receive state liability insurance protection and limited medical benefits if you are injured in the course of performing your authorized volunteer duties.


Safety Training

  • Hazardous Waste & Lab Safety Training
    This training course and quiz is for anyone at TDC who works with hazardous chemicals and generate hazardous waste. Your quiz score is sent to the University’s Environmental Health & Safety Office (EHS) for review.   EHS will forward it to the TDC for documentation.
  • TDC Machines and Equipment Specific safety training is required prior to the use of TDC machines and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, ShopBot, welding equipment, milling machines, lathes, saws, forklift and vehicle lifts. Please check with TDC faculty, staff or a lab manager before using any TDC macines or equipment.
  • CPR/First Aid - Students Training resources that are available to students.
  • CPR/First Aid - Faculty, Staff and Volunteers Training resources that are available to faculty, staff and volunteers.


Vehicle Safety Programs (if applicable)

  • Basic Driver Safety Program 
    If you will operate a vehicle (licensed or TDC/VRI research) on behalf of the University, the State of Washington regulations require that you to complete the state Basic Driver Safety Program. 
  • Van Training Program 
    If TDC 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.
  • Trailer Towing Safety
    TDC may ask you to tow a trailer.  There is a lot more to towing a trailer than just hitching up and taking off down the road.  This link takes you to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) information brochure that provides tips to help you make safe decisions when towing a trailer.


Accident Reporting

  • Accident Prevention Planning 
    The 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.


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.  Students pay 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 TDC 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 TDC website

Page Updated 05.17.2018