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    Hi Kate, Its a good question.  What we have done is try to get at least one eyewash station (drench hose variety) installed inside of the custodial closets where chemical mixing occurs.  It would be cost prohibitive to install one into each custodial ...

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    Heather, With regard to performing "radiation safety tasks like surveying labs, receiving and delivering radioactive packages, and processing waste," Texas A&M Radiological Safety employs a team of 6 undergraduate student workers primarily under the ...

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    The EPA has issued a final rule for "Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine."  Excerpts from the rule: " Among other things, these new regulations prohibit the disposal of hazardous waste ...

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    Perhaps contact the IATSE local - these are stagehands and technical theatre people, some of whom are well versed in temporary rigging. https://www.iatse.net/directory/local-15 Hope this helps. John ------------------------------ John DeLaHunt Risk ...

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    Hi Heather, I am maybe an outlier here because I have no staff under me. The administration separated Radiation Safety from the Safety Office, but we still work together. I do all the lab surveys, instrument calibrations, dosimetry and radioactive ...

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    Excluding me, we have 4 FTE supporting radiation safety.  Our technician has a high school diploma.  Our safety specialist holds an associate's in EHS with a focus in health physics.  And then my two higher level positions both hold Master's in health ...

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    Hi Mary I second Steven's recommendation. Also, I'm not sure a rigging specialist is needed. The manufacturer should be able to provide recommendations on installation or at least structural performance requirements. With the help of a consulting ...

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    I have not tried contacting the ring manufacturer----I only actually saw the rings at a distance, at which point I said "We can't have those set up like that---we need to do it right" and the coach had them removed. Thanks for all the help so far! ...

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    Hi, I was wondering what level of employee (i.e. what level of qualifications) your college or university uses to perform radiation safety tasks like surveying labs, receiving and delivering radioactive packages, and processing waste? Do you use degreed ...

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    Thanks all! I have gotten some helpful contacts from you, and am working on following up with them. I think we can get this job done.... Safely! Mary -- Mary Jones Environmental Health & Safety Manager Pacific Lutheran University (253) 535-7233 ...

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    Students working in BSL-1 and BSL-2 labs are required to wear lab coats, safety glasses (splash goggles for splash risks), and disposable single-use gloves (nitrile preferred) in their labs. These guidelines are based on the Biosafety in Microbiological ...

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    Have you tried contacting the gymnastics rings manufacturer? ------------------------------ Steven Levenon University of Kansas - Lawrence Lawrence KS ------------------------------

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    ​Hi, Kathy-- Just a reminder that however the samples are transported, they should always be in a closed, leak-proof carrier that is able to contain a spill. Allison ------------------------------ Allison Koster Chemical Stockroom Manager & Science ...

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    Hello, We have received great customer service from Gravitec in Seattle. They do more fall protection services but likely can help you get the rigging done with their engineers. Best wishes. Andrea McNair , Associate Director ...

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    Good morning Kathy,  We have one main campus and several regional centers.  We have our warehouse courier move hazardous materials under the MoT exception.  Limiting the drivers allows us to make sure that they are properly trained in handling and storing ...

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    Also, you might want to look at the program Yale setup for aerial acrobatic equipment use. This type of equipment can be very dangerous without the proper training. Despite the popularity surge it really is professional acrobatic equipment and needs some ...

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    Hi Mary, There are two options I have found that work in your area. 1. Stagecraft Industries also has an office in Seattle. I have worked with this company on many occasions and find them easy to work with and knowledgeable. This would ...

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    PPE use is spelled out in our Biosafety Manual: http://www.mtu.edu/ehs/documents/biosafety/biosafety-manual.html Jeff -- Jeff Lewin Chemical Safety Officer Compliance, Integrity, and Safety Environmental Health and Safety ...

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    What types of PPE are your students and employees required to wear while working in Bio-Cell Culture Labs while using biosafety cabinets (bsc(s)) or at lab benchtops (e.g. lab coats, safety glasses, disposable arm covers, etc.). Do these requirements ...

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    While moving to the Middle East might seem like a CRAZY thing to do, especially with a family, I can attest that the KAUST community is a great place to live, especially for people with kids. The 35 square kilometer fenced and gated property is home to ...

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    All, The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology ( KAUST ) has a job openings for the following two positions: Industrial Hygienist and Research Safety Specialist.  KAUST is located on the shores of the Red Sea about an hour north of Jeddah ...

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    All, We are looking at getting a consultant to assist us with developing a pressure vessel safety program both in labs and in facilities. Does anyone have any good recommendations? Thanks, -Jerry ------------------------------ Jerry Gordon Manager of ...

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    Texas A&M University does have a paid position for hazardous materials/dangerous goods. This paid position is trained in Hazardous Materials/Dangerous Goods shipping and certified as a DOT and IATA Trainer. The position was created due to an incident ...

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    ​Hi Jennifer, Prior to the creation of my position 2 years ago, there were no safety professionals on campus.  The administration realized the need for a chemical inventory system and ended up with Chimera.  They implemented the system (full inventory ...

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    All dangerous goods and biological shipping needs to involve EHS staff. Two of us are DOT trained, one is IATA trained. We're contemplating moving this function to our University Chemical Stores. Jeff -- Jeff Lewin Chemical Safety Officer ...

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    We have three people who share the responsibility of about 20% of an FTE. One is a Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP). No fines, we just did the right thing. Bill ------------------------------ William Diesslin Associate Director Iowa ...

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    Hi-- We don't have any activities right now that require a rigging specialist, but we have a coach who would like to hang some gymnastics rings from our overhead grid in our gymnasium for the athletes to do some specific conditioning.  I am having a hard ...

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    Does your University have a paid position to do the shipping of dangerous goods or biological materials for all campus labs? If so, did you get a civil penalty? .....and then the position was created? If you got a penalty, how much was it? Which dept ...

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    Chemical and Sustainability Community of Practice February 14, 2019 Meeting Introductions Courtney Kerr Doug Gallucci Lysa Holland Keri Bishop Jeffrey Lewin Kelsie! Trisha Spill Plans (Lysa) What are you including in yours? ...

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    Hi Jennifer, We do not have R1 status. What system do you use? CHIMERA - from UNLV - tailored to colleges - easy to use and not prohibitively expensive like the top three vendors. How many labs / areas does it serve? About ...

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    Hello! Here at UMass Amherst we use CHEMS (Chemical Environmental Management System) run by UNH (Univ. of New Hampshire). I have been using the program for 13 years (it's been in place for 16 years) We have a dedicated delivery room where all the ...

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    Hi Jennifer, Here at VCU , we have been utilizing BioRaft to manage our chemical inventories and for completing yearly safety assessments. BioRaft has recently incorporated the Chemtracker software into its platform which in my opinion has significantly ...

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    Here at ISU, we have a home-built system with a web interface over a SQL Server. It is accurate, but not precise.  I'm curious why achieving the Carnegie Classification R1 dictates the need for an inventory, could you share? ------------------------------ ...

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    I work with the University of Connecticut Chemical Safety Department.  We use the Vertere Chemical Inventory System. We have one employee who pretty much did all of the initial inventory for the campus, with the help of a student employee. It involved ...

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    An excellent compliance matrix resource is at https://www.higheredcompliance.org/compliance-matrix/ Compliance Matrix - Higher Education Compliance Alliance Compliance Matrix The HECA Compliance Matrix lists key federal laws and regulations ...

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    Yale has a chemical inventory system that is fully used by about half of our campus labs--about 300 PIs in charge of laboratories. I think that the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has the best system. There, all the chemicals are received ...

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    Hello all, We have a few questions for campuses that have attained R1 Research status.  Our campus Chemical Safety Committee is interested in getting a campus wide electronic chemical inventory system.  In in order to convince the powers that will approve ...

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    Does anyone have a current tenure promotion policy that covers health and safety as a criteria? Thanks, Matt Roe ------------------------------ Matt Roe Assistant Vice President Environmental Health & Safety Texas Tech University Lubbock TX 806-742-3876 ...

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    I appreciate the clarification. So sorry to hear about this. — Pete ------Original Message------ Hi Peter, It is important to remind people of the dangers of winter weather. However, the UW student actually died from an embolism she suffered while ...

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    Hi Peter, It is important to remind people of the dangers of winter weather. However, the UW student actually died from an embolism she suffered while walking and not from slipping on the ice: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/uw-student-who-fell-on-campus-died-of-natural-causes-medical-examiner-says/ ...

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    This is so sad: https://www.foxnews.com/us/university-of-washington-student-slips-on-icy-sidewalk-dies-police-say Why we remind people to clear walks and to "walk like a penguin." When I lived in Wisconsin, I knew a number of people ...

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    https://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/generalindustry_info_silica.html Pete Peter A. Reinhardt Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety Yale University 135 College St., Suite 100 New Haven, ...

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    Hi Megan,  We have public water so testing is not required.  When I worked on a campus that wells, they were considered water systems and lots of required testing.  However, since our building stock goes back to 1850's, I have started sampling some older ...

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    Good morning, We are wondering what other universities and colleges do regarding custodial operations relating to the use and dispensing of cleaners - some of which are corrosive and some of which are diluted for use from a corrosive concentrate. ...

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    From the EPA website: On December 11, 2018, the EPA and Department of the Army signed a proposed rule revising the definition of "waters of the United States" to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act in a clear and understandable way. The ...

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    To my knowledge, we don't have a well defined Water Quality program at UNM through Facilities Management. However, if you're building a program with your local resources, try looking into the Environmental Engineering or Water Resources Engineering programs ...

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    At Colorado State University we work in conjunction with Facilities Management. EHS has a water quality lab that collects and analyzes samples to be included in the annual report. The links below take you to the lab and FM web site. Please feel free to ...

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    Megan, We've contemplated doing that here over the years as a prudent practice even though the onus of SDWA compliance is with the City municipality.  The City is the Public Water System under the definition.  But something to think about:  Their point ...

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    Hi Megan, We do not test drinking water, but animal water. However, there are many companies that will gladly test and tell you what is growing in your water (Oy!) Have you ever seen the PUR water commercial? https://vimeo.com/188722887 Not ...

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    Randall, We are in the process of building out a program aimed at building level compliance, and we are actively seeking input from end users facing these challenges. It would be helpful to know the types of regulations you're looking to comply with. ...