Electrical Engineering Safety

In the Department of Electrical Engineering, 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 JR Watson, 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 (JR Watson) or the Department Head (Kultegin Aydin) at any time if you have concerns about safety policies or practices.

Department Safety Officer

JR Watson
111D EE West

Please email Dave DeCapria with any safety concerns.

Safety Tips

Guidelines for Barbecues at University Park Campus

  • Barbecues are only approved for recognized university groups.
  • All barbecues must be approved by the Environmental Health and Safety office.
  • Approval for a barbecue must be secured at least one (1) week prior to the event.
  • The barbecue location must be approved by both the Environmental Health and Safety office and the area having jurisdiction.
  • There must be a designated person in charge.
  • Only propane grills will be approved for use. The use of charcoal grills is not permitted.
  • A maximum of three (3) grills will be permitted per event.
  • A 10 foot perimeter must be established and maintained around the grill(s) to prevent individuals from accidentally coming in to contact with the grills.
  • Grills must be situated on a hard surface (not on grass), away from building entrances and overhangs.
  • A minimum of one (1) 5-lb. dry chemical fire extinguisher must be present during the barbecue. Building fire extinguishers shall not be utilized to meet this requirement
  • Cooked food must be removed from the grill(s) to a table for dispensing onto plates, rolls, etc.

The above guidelines are provided for everyone’s safety. Any violation of the guidelines will constitute cause to have the function terminated.

Please direct your questions to:

Steven G. Triebold
Fire Protection Engineer
Environmental Health and Safety

EE Department Guidelines

EE Safety Officer: JR Watson 865-5281

  • Same as the University’s Guidelines
  • There is a portable fire extinguisher (To be signed out) for Electrical Engineering events; it is located in room 111G EE West).
  • Any tables or chairs used from the EE West lobby need to be returned when the event is finished.

If you need instructions on proper fire extinguisher operation, make arraignments with the EE Safety Officer for a quick tutorial, before you sign the fire extinguisher out.



The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and data science and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Pennsylvania State University

207 Electrical Engineering West

University Park, PA 16802


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Department of Electrical Engineering