Experimental Safety Plan (ESP)

The ESP ensures the safety of all participants at the on-site contest. It is the first step in the approval process for running your team's bench-scale demonstration at the contest. While preparing your bench-scale demo at your home institution, follow your institution's safety protocols. 


  1. Before submitting the ESP, have at least one team member complete the mandatory On-Demand Short Course "Developing an Experimental Safety Plan" 
    1. This short course is taught within the NMSU On-Demand Course system.
    2. The course is free, but limited to teams enrolled in the contest. 
  2. Complete, submit, and obtain approval of the ESP form
  3. Complete the Transportation form (see below) if your team plans to ship equipment to Las Cruces.

Environmental Health and Safety Short Course: A free optional course that helps teams write a robust EH&S section of their report. Each person completing the course will earn a digital badge that demonstrates additional EH&S training. 

Short Course Links:  Teams that have registered for the contest will be emailed the links to the Short Courses, "Preparing the ESP" and "Environmental Health and Safety." If your team has not yet registered, contact us (werc@nmsu.edu) to let us know you will be entering the contest, and we will email the links to you by mid-December.


ESP Forms and Examples

ESP Form

ESP Example

Lab Hazard Checklist



Equipment Transport Form

Submit this form by March 25, 2024 if you plan to ship equipment to Las Cruces.

This form ensures that NMSU's Mail Services Department will expect and deliver your packages to the Farm & Ranch Museum. 

Note: Packages should be shipped only through USPS. See form for details.

2024 Equipment Transportation Form