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  • June/July COP call

    Hello Everyone! Here's the poll for the last COP call before the CSHEMA conference. https://doodle.com/poll/69fnf992fie7dykv Please fill this out by June 18th so I can get it set up.  Let me know if you have any topics you'd like covered!! ------------------------------ ...

  • Hi Jackie, it seems you've taken the appropriate steps. I would defer to our IBC to review the risks associated with the lab tasks, and to consider what other pathogens are endemic. And consider if there may be better facilities for labwork at a nearby ...

  • ​ Dear CSHEMA Colleagues: I have a question regarding precautions for one of our field researchers who plans to conduct ELISAs on blood collected from cattle, camels and sheep. The samples will be collected from the animals on a ranch in Kenya, by a ...

  • #1 Tell us about your background and what led you to care about or support field research safety.  I am the biosafety officer; my background is varied.  I have taught/done research in infectious disease microbiology, and was an inspector for the CDC ...

  • That is an excellent question and one we have been struggling with as our knowledge of the soil contamination profile on campus seems to change each time we sample. Currently we are sampling each time there is a need/request to conduct archaeology and ...

  • Regarding the guidelines do you have for the contaminated soils, do they kick in for all archaeology work or just when certain conditions are observed? ------------------------------ Miriam Sharp Laboratory Safety Manager University of Maryland College ...

  • Thanks Sean! Nice to hear from you. I am fortunate to be able to focus on this program right now. Our program elements are... 1. First aid and emergency planning: WFA, heat illness, epinephrine program, Garmin inReach sat device loaner program, ...

  • Hi All Looking forward to participating in this forum. Admittedly our field safety program is in its juvenile stages of development. We have recently developed guidelines for those working in potentially contaminated soil on campus (e.g. conducting ...

  • Hi everyone, to encourage sharing on this listserv we're going to post a series of questions over the next few weeks from the field panel that Becky Grunewald of UC Davis moderated at the CSHEMA Symposium in San Diego. As researchers, instructors and ...

  • Hi everyone, as I mentioned on our COP call I received a request this week from the CDC Yellow Book group regarding a new health study related to student international travel. Please consider promoting participation at your campus or sharing this flyer ...

  • Hello,  I'm so sorry for the delay, I didn't actually see your post until today when I started the COP call. I think the first step is figuring out what your scope of exposure is. Where are people going? What are they doing? Are there any current safety ...

  • Miriam, I am having a difficult time getting safety involvement from our Environmental Science and Sustainability department. Where is the best place to start when it comes to getting a handle on safety in the field or with courses with field work? (Student ...

  • Hello everyone, I have booked the following for the COP meeting in April. Here's the information: April 11th at 1:00pm EST Join our  online meeting room  or by phone:      Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)      Meeting ...

  • Hello Everyone, Please fill out my Doodle poll by March 15 so I can schedule the next COP meeting.  https://doodle.com/poll/zr7mqy6rfzmr3a5x Let me know if you have any suggestions for topics. Thanks! ------------------------------ Miriam Sharp University ...

  • New Meeting ID! 403559108 https://iu.zoom.us/j/403559108 ------------------------------ Miriam Sharp University of Maryland College Park MD ------------------------------

  • Technical difficulties with the zoom meeting on the phone with CSHEMA. Will let everyone know when it is resolved. ------------------------------ Miriam Sharp University of Maryland College Park MD ------------------------------

  • Hello everyone, Here is the information for the January Field Safety COP call:  January 28th at 2:00pm EST (11:00am PST) Join our  online meeting room  or by phone:      Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)      Meeting ...

  • Here is University of Vermont's webpage for travel abroad: https://www.uvm.edu/oie/departure Lots of info here. Be sure to click on the MENU as well. (Ms) Lee Diamond University of Vermont Lab Safety Coordinator ------------------------------ Lee Diamond ...

  • Hello, Thanks to everyone who participated on the call yesterday.  Here's a link to a Doodle Poll for the next meeting: https://doodle.com/poll/bbv45k6xqf4xmhvs If you could fill that out by December 13th, that would be great.  We covered a lot of ground ...

  • We discussed international travel on the CoP call today. UC Davis has a fairly new policy .  There is also a webpage on our travel security website with guidelines as far as high risk destinations. This policy theoretically gives the international ...

  • RE: Community Meeting

    I can't log in - says it's waiting for the host to start the meeting. Anyone else getting the same or am I alone? Thanks, Jon "Amor fati!" - Epictetus, the Stoic "Control your destiny ... or someone ...

  • RE: Community Meeting

    Yes we are. ------------------------------ Miriam Sharp University of Maryland College Park MD ------------------------------

  • RE: Community Meeting

    ​Are we still planning on meeting today? ------------------------------ Eric Jorgensen, EdD Director EH&S Utah State University Logan UT 435-797-2856 ------------------------------

  • Community Meeting

    Hello Everyone, We've scheduled our next COP call for:   November 28 at 3pm EST (12pm PST) Join our  online meeting room  or by phone:      Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll)      Meeting ID: 181 012 972  Hope you ...

  • Miriam, Just a note on your proposed times, 11/27 3-4 is the same time as the lab safety COP call. Cheers, Alissa ------------------------------ Alissa Hanshew The Pennsylvania State University ------------------------------

  • Hello Everyone, Sorry for the delay, but I just wanted to say thanks for everyone who was able to make it on the phone call last month. We went around and talked a lot about specific concerns people had with first aid training, tracking researchers, ...

  • When I was originally benchmarking universities I came up with a list that mentioned committees in their policies. I'm not sure if these were ad hoc committees, sub-committees, or other. Boston University University of Southern Florida ...

  • O2 sensors

    Hi all. I am sure this topic has come up with the past but I tried to search "O2 sensors" and found nothing. So here goes.... Need to know what O2 sensors/monitors with which you or your labs have had the best experience. I have a lab ...

  • Hello out there, I hope you're all well. I recall hearing that a few campuses have committees with faculty participation that review field research projects. If your campus has a committee with oversight of field research and/or international research, ...

  • RE: Community Meeting

    Just a reminder, this is coming up on Thursday. If there are any items that people would want to discuss, please share!! ------------------------------ Miriam Sharp University of Maryland College Park MD ------------------------------

  • Community Meeting

    Hello Everyone, We will be having our first Community Meeting  September 20th at 2pm EST (11am PST). Our goals for the meeting is to identify what the community wants to focus on and what resources that can be developed in the next year.  If you want ...

  • Sorry for the delay in responding, but I've heard good feedback about Gravitec's tower train-the-trainer program. We also recently had some field engineers complete (and recommend) 3 day competent-level training for tower climbing & rescue at Pacific ...

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education recently posted two articles about harassment at field locations: https://www.chronicle.com/specialreport/Field-Sites-Are-Rife-With/210?cid=wcontentgrid_hp_4 While not strictly within the purview of EHS, those of you ...

  • We've got folks climbing towers as well for air quality and meteorological measurements for the IMPROVE network.  Let me know if you'd like to speak with my colleague that's provided their fall protection training. Cheers, Chris ------------------------------ ...

  • Hi Lee, NOAA has a pretty extensive safety manual (with 2017 updates) that includes fall protection for climbing their weather station towers.  It may be a good resource for you.    http://www.nws.noaa.gov/directives/sym/pd05011015curr.pdf ...

  • more Field Safety fun..... I just found out we have 4 researchers climbing a 35 ft tower (owned by Coast Guard) and a 70 foot forest canopy tower (owned  by our University) 1-2 x per year. Does anyone have any research like this happening at their ...

  • I wanted to follow up with a request at the first COP meeting that I post my first email out to department chairs to find out their field safety practices. This had a good response rate and I was able to start the conversation with the departmental leadership. ...

  • RE: Defining The Field

    Coming out of a biology department, I'll admit that when we first began to address "field safety" my thoughts went to hypothermia, animal interactions, insect-borne diseases, water safety, etc. After a very serious near-miss with students and instructor ...

  • RE: Defining The Field

    Here's our definition of "Fieldwork" from Duke Univerisity's Fieldwork Safety policy: "Fieldwork" consists of activities that are • authorized by the University; • conducted for the purpose of study, research, teaching, or provision of clinical services; ...

  • RE: Farm Safety Program

    Thanks Miriam.  Do they have a farm safety manual at each farm? Do they conduct individual job hazard analysis? Do farms self inspect regularly and document inspections?  Do you have a list of all the trainings they are required to complete? Maybe we ...

  • RE: Defining The Field

    Hi everyone, glad to hear the initial COP meeting went well. Thank you to Miriam for her leadership! Regarding Eric's questions: 1). I've focused field safety outreach on outdoor and/or remote work, but try to keep my definition quite broad. Biology, ...

  • RE: Farm Safety Program

    Hi Lee, you may find it useful to check through the EH&S resources available from UC Ag & Natural Resources, posted here . They have dedicated EH&S staff (with excellent leadership from their Risk Manager Brian Oatman) to support 9 Research & Extension ...

  • RE: Defining The Field

    We've struggled with being restrictive about defining the field in order to at least see where our people are going. We'll see how the research community defines it when we eventually get our tracking system set up. Study abroad and general business travel ...

  • RE: Farm Safety Program

    Our Farm managers and dedicated staff have traditionally been managed by our occupational safety group. They get training/are enrolled in our fall protection, respiratory protection, hearing conservation, etc. programs, as needed. Their machine shops ...

  • Farm Safety Program

    If you are a University with a farm (or farms), how have you managed those programs?  Our "Lab Safety Program" does not fit the farms. Do you have a separate Farm Safety manual and farm safety trainings that you require? We have a dairy farm, a horticulture ...

  • RE: Defining The Field

    I agree with Tom's post, and might add emphasis for the following situations: 1. Access to basic services, especially medical care, is hindered; 2. Communication is not readily available (e.g. landline phone, cell phone coverage), and alternatives (e.g. ...

  • RE: Defining The Field

    Good question! I would think that each of us has different answers.  I would define it very broadly: Anywhere that is off campus where research or teaching is being performed.  That's just my first attempt at the definition.  There are a host of examples ...

  • Defining The Field

    Thank you all for this morning's meeting. It seems that I have many more questions then help for this group. Today I came away asking a couple of specific questions; First, field safety seems to be a broad topic. In a straw pool, how do you delineate ...

  • RE: Welcome!

    Hi Chris, Awesome! As a former environmental geologist, I want to see how you do environmental (split?) sampling while on your (split) board descending a 14er! ;-) Jon ------Original Message------ Greetings all, I hope those in Baltimore ...

  • RE: Welcome!

    Greetings all, I hope those in Baltimore have a great time! I'm particularly interested in this group for both personal and professional reasons.  I was raised on a seedstock cattle ranch in South Dakota, and have a passion for all things outdoors.  ...