Small Colleges and Universities

  • RE: RSO

    Hello! We also have a small program and I wear the RSO had too. I currently have 2 researchers that actively use radiation.  Happy to discuss any time. ------------------------------ Beth Welmaker Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety ...

  • RE: RSO

    Eric,  We are in a similar position. I have 5 licensed users with 2 active users.  (both being decreased by one due to departing faculty currently). Since I started as a researcher in an isotope using biology lab and transitioned to safety at the same ...

  • RSO

    We have a very small radiation program that does not justify a full time person. I would like to discuss with other schools how they address the requirements of an RSO when they cannot dedicate a FTE to that position. ------------------------------ Eric ...

  • Hello! Anyone using student workers in classrooms to serve as aides for technology issues when the arise? I am interested to know how many schools use a model like this. Thanks! ------------------------------ Beth Welmaker Director of Environmental ...

  • Thank you to all who attended the panel session.  Keep your questions coming via this CoP! Carol ------------------------------ Carol McMillin Director of EHS & Risk Management Ursinus College Collegeville PA 610-409-3221 -------------------------- ...

  • All time are Eastern. Looking forward to having you participate! Beth Welmaker Director of Environmental Health & Safety Facilities Management Office (954) 262-8847 ...

  • All, I am new to CSHEMA and would like to attend the discussion tomorrow. Is shows 12:45pm? Is that on the east coast or west coast? Sean Taggart Director of Risk Management & Deputy Title IX Coordinator Rogue Community College 3345 ...

  • we have developed a whole line of signage _ although as one of my biology faculty pointed out - mountain lions are solo animals https://covid19.uccs.edu/campus-access/signage ------------------------------ Cynthia Norton Hazardous Materials Management ...

  • Hi All, I was wondering what COVID-19 signage folks were using for classroom entrance doors, in particular regarding any local/state/federal requirements, maximum room occupancy, any college/university specific requirements, imagery, etc.? My apologies ...

  • Good morning to all! Elisabeth Hasse and I want to hear from you ahead of the small schools COVID panel discussion next Tuesday, July 14 @ 12:45pm!  What specific questions or topics are you struggling with or need further advise related to COVID? ...

  • How are you addressing COVID-19 regulated medical waste? ------------------------------ Joseph Davenport Safety and Chemical Hygiene Officer West Virginia State University Institute WV 304-204-4060 ------------------------------

  • Thank you so much Dale! ------------------------------ Chintan Amin Director of EHS Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA 949-480-4979 camin@soka.edu ------------------------------

  • Absolutely! Please feel free to share as you find appropriate and let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you, -Dale -- Dale R. Plemmons, MPH, CHMM Director of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management Gustavus Adolphus ...

  • Thank you so much, Allan. ------------------------------ Chintan Amin Director of EHS Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA 949-480-4979 camin@soka.edu ------------------------------

  • Agreed. We have 18 Task Forces; and it would be impossible for any one person to have the requisite expertise or bandwidth to handle. About 14 reports were consolidated and are now being reviewed by key persons. Having that many teams is not without ...

  • Hi Dale, I am actually grateful for the detailed response. This is what I was really hoping for. So, many thanks for your feedback. Would you mind if I crop the body of your response and share with our committee? Thank you again. ------------------------------ ...

  • Hi Chintan, Thank you for your question. Our College is all in on this and the short answer is that we really don't have just one COVID-19 Prevention Plan Coordinator. Currently our COVID-19 Response Leadership Team has ten members and includes ...

  • Hi All, I hope this e-mail finds you all well and healthy. At your institution, who has been chosen as a COVID-19 Prevention Plan Coordinator? Thank you ------------------------------ Chintan Amin Director of EHS Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, ...

  • Meant to write, "Much appreciate it." Not sure where "d" came from. ------------------------------ Chintan Amin Director of EHS Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA 949-480-4979 camin@soka.edu ------------------------------

  • Thank you so much Jon. Much appreciated it. ------------------------------ Chintan Amin Director of EHS Soka University of America Aliso Viejo, CA 949-480-4979 camin@soka.edu ------------------------------

  • Teaching Lab Guidance

    Hi Everyone A while back there was an inquiry about teaching lab occupancy restrictions but I don't recall seeing any response.  In our research labs we're using 250 sq ft per person as a guideline and preferred 10 feet of bench space between them.  ...

  • Hi Chintan, Here's our Campus Ready site and our Worksite Plans . And I've attached a draft simple template for the College of Engineering. Good luck! Jon

  • COVID-19 Prevention Plan

    Hi All, I am hoping if anyone is willing to share their COVID-19 Prevention Plan (Worksite Specific Safety Plan). I am currently using UC Office of President's template on UCR's website . Thank you ------------------------------ Chintan Amin Director ...

  • UV disinfection

    I have been asked if UV light disinfection can be used on sensitive electronic equipment (i.e. cameras). I've checked on Apple, CDC and other university websites and everyone seems to approve using isopropyl alcohol. I'm still being pushed for a non chemical ...

  • RE: Restrooms

    We started with the ACHA guidance which calls for 1 person per room and 1 per bathroom (if possible).  The way our residence halls are set-up this isn't really doable.  Our residence halls are all set up a suites.  So we are currently going with 1 person ...

  • RE: Restrooms

    Hi Cynthia, What guidance are you using for bathrooms in Res Life? I'm specifically wondering on the number of people per bathroom. Thanks so much! Suzanne ------------------------------ Suzanne Howard Director, EHS Wellesley College Wellesley MA 781-283-3882 ...

  • Hello everyone. Do you have an institution-wide Occupational & Environmental Safety Committee?  If yes, who does this committee report to?  We are trying to find benchmarks for where will a college wide safety steering committee report to? This is a ...

  • Restrooms

    As we are planning for reopening the question has come up about public restrooms - what do we need to do? limit # of people close a certain number of stalls/urinals disable air dryers (known to potentially increase the spread of bacteria) What ...

  • Good afternoon, The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has just released new guidance for institutions of higher education regarding COVID 19 planning for students returning in the fall (please see attached). Representatives from our college, ...

  • Hello Colleagues, Each of us have or are developing our own Safety Plans.  And our major contracted parties, such as Aramark and Sodexo have good plans.  But, I am wondering if anyone has a simple template that a small contractor who comes to campus ...

  • Hi Melissa, Right now we are requiring self checks and not collecting the data. We also have a reporting procedure should the screen present concerns (see attached). A screening procedure video was created and required to be watched by all returning ...

  • ​​So I have just been informed that our Plant Operations people are planning to build floor to ceiling walls of Plexiglas between everybody.  My first thought was- airflow.  I have enough problems with people building private offices in areas designed ...

  • Shea, thanks.  But I have a further question.  How do you document/record self-checks?  We are an open campus, with no front gate, so people are entering from many directions and can then enter buildings.   Ideally, once an individual is screened they ...

  • For now are requiring daily self checks for the few employees that are coming on campus, but not collecting the information. However, we are looking to roll out an app put together by our IT group. Suzanne Howard, MPH Director, ...

  • We are conducting "self-checks" but do not collect the data. Each employee can either screen themselves at home before leaving for work or we can screen them on campus.  I have provided all areas that have returned to campus with infrared thermometers ...

  • Hi Margaret That looks really interesting, thank you for sharing!  I think that something to keep in mind when using UV for this kind of thing, is to realize those photons only kill/denature microorganisms they actually touch, so that is a limitation ...

  • We are discussing creating a guideline or tool to either encourage or require daily wellness self-checks for all students and employees, but I'm coming up with more questions than answers on this topic. Is anyone else implementing wellness self-checks? ...

  • I think there may be some studies coming out later in June or July on band instruments from what I am hearing from our band director. She has put together some ideas to start out and will adjust as we can see more recommendations. We are having to ...

  • Hi-- Wondering what smaller schools are coming up with for engineering controls so theatre and music might be taught safely in person in the fall?  (CAN they be safely taught in person, what with the amount of inherent aerosolization in singing, voice ...

  • Greetings, I have been approached by a department that is looking to the Fall semester and is trying to determine the best way to sanitize their equipment. Not all of it will be friendly to disinfectant so they were looking at other options. Ont that ...

  • RE: COVID-19 Posters

    Here is what we have developed so far - note we are Mountain Lions so we have used a theme "protect the pride" the other is a poster that we actually created early on for disinfecting the final one is from our county public health office ------------------------------ ...

  • RE: COVID-19 Posters

    ​We are running them on our electronic signs in every building.  I downloaded a bunch from the CDC and various state health department websites. ------------------------------ Phillip Sandusky Assistant Director of Public Safety and Environmental Health ...

  • COVID-19 Posters

    Hi All, Does anyone have any COVID-19 posters that have been developed or observed that you are willing to share?  Davidson is looking to have these posters in place when the campus reopens.  We are adhering to the American College Health Association ...

  • Hi Dan, Great questions. Gustavus Adolphus College is soon to be publishing our return to work plan so I don't have a final version yet. But for Minnesota, the State of Minnesota  Department of Economic Development (MNDEED) website has the following ...

  • RE: Dorms

    Hi All, It appears that Davidson has formally adopted the American College Health Association guidance.  Does anyone have any ACHA training that they would be willing to share?  Thanks! ------------------------------ Allen Stowe Manager, Environmental ...

  • RE: Dorms

    here is some guidance from American College Health Association ------------------------------ Cynthia Norton Hazardous Materials Management Specialist University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs CO 719-255-3212 ------------------------- ...

  • Hi Dan, I will put generally what we are doing below in red, but let me know if you want more details. Will we continue working from home for some or most employees? For the time being, we still have most working from home. However, TWU's ...

  • Dorms

    Hi all, Does anyone have resources on bringing your college/university dorms/student housing back online for the fall semester?   We are primarily a boarding college, so any resources on the process would be helpful to me. Thank you for your help. ...

  • Re-opening procedures

    As the economy is beginning to open up again, we are beginning talks about what to do when our University reopens. Will we continue working from home for some or most employees? Will we take everyone's temperature before they are allowed to enter ...

  • Using stairs will create social distancing problems unless you designate each staircase as either up or down. Buildings should have at least two sets of staircases. Put signs at the entrance to each stairwell on each floor designating it as either up ...