CSHEMA Symposia provide opportunities for professionals to learn about and discuss pertinent issues related to specified subject matter.

CSHEMA Spring Symposium 2023:
Beyond the Bench: Field Research Safety

University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA

February 27--28, 2023

Field research is a vital component of research and education at many institutions, however relatively few institutions have dedicated programs that manage the risks associated with the unique hazards and challenges associated with these settings. As an up-and-coming area in academic EHS programs, we need your help to define best practices. Join us and share your successes, challenges, and lessons learned so we can improve all things related to field research safety.

Pre-Symposium Professional Development Session offered Sunday, February 26!
"Farm & Agricultural Safety Training Program: Train-the-Trainer"
presented by Virginia Tech EHS

Farming and agricultural work remains among the United States' most dangerous professions and has significant crossover with today's field research programs.  This one-day train-the-trainer program provides you with the background and materials to teach Virginia Tech's Farm & Agricultural Safety Training (FAST) program.  You will get 13 modules, each with supporting materials, that address specific hazards found in the farm and agricultural workplace. All training materials have been reviewed for technical accuracy by OSHA and are provided in both English and Spanish. Each module focuses on the most common hazards and provides support for workers to recognize, evaluate, and control them. The program relies heavily on support materials such as labels, checklists, and posters to reinforce behaviors within the workplace.

Modules include: an Introduction to Agriculture & OSHA, Falls, Hazardous Chemicals, ATV Safety, Weather Safety, Manure Pit Safety, Farm Machinery Safety, Vehicle Safety, Workplace Violence, Confined Spaces, Hazardous Energy Control, and Fires / Explosions. These modules are designed to focus on establishing safe worker behavior.  All compliance notes refer to federal OSHA guidelines.  Training can be modified to include additional information pertinent to their locality.

The costs of instruction and student materials are funded through a Susan Harwood Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, thus there is no cost to participants. Fees will cover the costs of venue, AV and food.

The Farm & Agricultural Safety Training Program is produced under grant number SH-39188-SH2 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.   It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 


Click here for the Spring 2023 Exhibitor & Sponsorship Prospectus

Past Symposia

Fall Symposium on Storytelling

Princeton University | October 11-12, 2022

Enjoy the Keynote Presentation from Brad Snyder, Paralympic swimmer and triathlete, world record holder, retired US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, and Princeton PhD candidate. Brad sustained complete vision loss while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. He is also a fellow in the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the United States Naval Academy.

Click here to watch the recording of the lecture.

Storytelling is a part of our daily lives and part of how we survived long ago: from the family stories we pass on, the books we read, the movies we watch - the list goes on! While many may think of storytelling as a form of entertainment, it is also a transformative tool for safety culture, adult learning, sense- or meaning-making, bonding and relationship building, qualitative research and incident sharing. CSHEMA’s Fall Symposium on Storytelling will explore the science, art and power of storytelling with relation to environmental health and safety and risk management programs on campuses.

To see the schedule and presentation topics, click here.

Spring Symposium

Chemical Safety: A Campus-Wide OpportunityFebruary 21-23, 2022

Our universities have a wide variety of chemical use and storage, and training regulations and challenges. The goal of this symposium is to leverage our collective knowledge on these topics to provide insight and unique strategies to help combat ever-growing requirements.

To see the schedule and presentation topics, click here.

Virtual Fall Symposium

Resiliency & Change | October 13-14, 2021

As our universities see a rapid return to pre-COVID activity, EH&S professionals find themselves at the brink of change. The goal of this program is to capture the shifts in thinking and working, now with higher stakes involved. From changes to laboratory inspections, to the ergonomics of shared (hotel and work) spaces, EH&S professionals find themselves balancing risks in a new paradigm. Let’s share the best practices, learning tools, and lessons learned so that we can build resilience.

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Virtual Spring Symposium

Collaboration | April 27-28, 2021

University EHS professionals collaborate on things all the time with many different stakeholders on many different areas of their work - from internal campus departments, schools within the universities, other universities, high schools, and industry. We do this because we learn early in our EHS careers that collaboration is at the heart of what we do and everyone involved in safety anywhere believes in sharing knowledge so all everyone is safe on the job wherever that is.

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Virtual Fall Symposium

Training & Communication | November 16-17, 2020

This Symposia gave attendees a glimpse into innovative EHS training and communication methods. We will consider how to incorporate and encourage effective training and communication methods at our institutions, share best practices, and learn how we can better collaborate with each other, our students, and our researchers.

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