Technical safety office

About the Technical Safety Office

The Technical Safety Office (TSO) is under the direction of the Director for Technical Safety, Richard Brey, a direct report to the Vice President for Research (VPR). The TSO is located in the Physics department at ISU, in room 101B of the Physical Sciences Building.

The Director is also ISU’s Radiation Safety Officer, receiving technical direction from the Radiation Safety Committee, which is appointed by the Vice President for Research.

We employ a mix of part-time students and a full-time staff Hazardous Materials Officer.

Our Mission

The mission of the Technical Safety Office (TSO) is to ensure that radiation and radioactivity, lasers, and hazardous and biomedical wastes at ISU are managed safely and in accordance with applicable Federal and State laws and regulations.

The mission of the TSO is limited. Examples of activities outside the mission of the TSO include:

  • chemical safety except as it pertains directly to hazardous waste;
  • general safety including compliance with general State Industrial Commission;
  • microwave safety;
  • construction safety;
  • management of non-hazardous solid waste such as garbage, rubbish, paper or cardboard refuse, and non-contaminated glass.

Many of these activities are accomplished by personnel of the ISU Physical Plant.

The detailed functions of the TSO are contained in the ISU Radiation Safety Policy Manual and Hazardous Waste Procedures Manual. The office is able to provide support and job experience for several students who have qualifications in the appropriate technical areas.


Physical Location:

Technical Safety Office

Physical Sciences Building, Room 101B

785 South 8th Ave.

Pocatello, ID 83209

Mailing Address:

921 South 8th Ave Stop 8106

Pocatello, ID 83209

Phone: (208) 282-2310  

Fax: (208) 282-4649 (shared with Physics)


Radiation Safety Officer:

Peter Farina


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209

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