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  • Dust Accumulations

    Hello All! We have two spaces that are dedicated to wood working; Theatre's scene shop and Interior Architecture's wood shop.  Both have dust collection systems, but inevitably sawdust will build on elevated surfaces.  So, a few questions: Outside ...

  • Safety Rules

    Good afternoon, I am meeting with our Facilities management and they are in the process of updating their work rules. I have been tasked with reviewing the safety component of this list. Do any of you have a list that you wouldn't mind sharing with me? ...

  • I am sure many of you heard, but on Friday, July 5th there was a major natural gas explosion in one of our residence halls significantly damaging (though apparently not structurally) that building, an adjacent residence hall, and totally destroying the ...

  • We are in the process of reviewing our contractual language for contractors working on campus - would you be willing to share any safety language you have in your agreements?  What are the expectations you outline in your contracts for compliance with ...

  • We provide prescription safety glasses. We also have the transition ones (sunglasses) for our Grounds crew. It has increased the use of safety glasses, especially, for the staff that is far-sighted. ------Original Message------ We pay for safety ...

  • Brad, For those who request them, yes. This is been a surprisingly small number...I guess we have a lot of contact wearers who just wear safety glasses. Either that or Texas just have naturally good eyesight! :) Joking aside, we had a number of maintenance ...

  • We pay for safety shoes.  A mobile truck comes once per month and new employees and existing employees that need new shoes are able to obtain them.  Until recently, we only allowed new shoes once per year for most folks.  What we found, though, was that ...

  • Matt, Do you offer/provide prescription safety glasses for all maintenance technicians? Thanks for your feedback! Brad ------------------------------ [Brad] [King] [[Director, Office of Occupational Safety] [Environmental Health & Safety] [Washington ...

  • Brad, We purchase prescription safety glasses for landscapers and similar trades, but not custodial currently. As for safety shoes, we follow a similar approach, but at $85 dollars, and we recently added custodial to this as well. We have a shoe trailer ...

  • Hi Brad - Our Facilities Department does purchase safety glasses for their teams (Building Maintenance, Custodial, Grounds, Waste/Recycling and Utilities).  We are happy to replace any team member's safety glasses whenever they become damaged, ...

  • I am collecting information on PPE purchasing practices for maintenance and custodial staff.  Any feedback would be appreciated. 1.)  Does your facilities department purchase prescription safety glasses for custodial and maintenance staff?  Our facilities ...

  • I am collecting information on PPE purchasing practices for custodial and maintenance staff. Any feedback would be appreciated. 1.) What is your facilities practice for purchasing prescription safety glasses for custodial and maintenance staff? Our facilities ...

  • If you're not self-insured, you might ask your insurance company if it has a resource. You might be able to get a decent price. Have a good day, Lori Welch EHS Coordinator Risk and Safety Dept. Rm. 214 Dempsey Hall UW-Oshkosh (920) 424-0985 ...

  • Hello All, I was curious if any of you had any 3rd party companies you have used in the past to conduct an EHS audit, I need to get one scheduled for the next fiscal year but I need to get quotes back to the board fairly quickly. I appreciate all ...

  • Question regarding ECP annual inspections (See: 1910.147 (c) (6)(i)). This requirement is specific for each energy control procedure (which is supposed to be equipment specific). OSHA directive CPL 02-00-147 (3-65) confirms this fact. Such inspections ...

  • No worries. If it is possible, and if not doing it already, you may be able to mitigate several of the safety concerns if you can get into the capital/local planning phases and review the architectural drawings for problem areas, request clarifications, ...

  • Thanks to Ms. Welsh, Mr. Dean and Mr. Campbell for your responses.  I needed these to verify I was on the right track.  You would not believe the contractors who feel they can bypass all safety concerns, due to low bid and facilities management overlooking ...

  • I'd say that any modification done to a piece of equipment without the manufacturer's input or knowledge would be considered compromised. I think you're doing a good job asking the engineer for calculations. Maybe the manufacturer of the ladders could ...

  • I haven't seen extension ladders used in this manner (legally anyhow) and I can't imagine that it is compliant, especially if it is a fiberglass ladder (you didn't mention whether that's the case).  The only reason I don't completely dismiss it is because ...

  • Ed, To answer your question: No.  Unless they are manufactured stack (sectional) ladders built for the purpose of stacking, then anything else is not considered. The alteration of the extension ladders violate the manufacture specifications and have changed ...

  • Hello everyone, We recently had a new power plant built for a new building, as well as for upcoming future buildings. After the plant was release to us by System Architects, EHS inspected the site.  We found that the fixed ladders to access the cooling ...

  • Have you installed an outdoor chemical storage building/locker as your central accumulation area on your campus? If not, how large is your CAA? We are quickly filling up our site (and real estate is expensive so expanding indoors is unlikely) so are ...

  • With some of the new laser and research devices access to process cooling water may be needed in laboratories to provide adequate cooling.  If your Facilities group has standardized the specification for process cooling water capacity, temperature, pressure, ...

  • Dear CSHEMA,  Come work in the one of the fastest growing metroplexes in the nation!  Southern Methodist University is seeking a talented individual with background in a university setting to manage its Occupational Safety programs.  Do you know OSHA ...

  • Great, that sounds awesome.  I will contact you separately with additional questions. ------------------------------ Teresa Webster EHS Manager University of Redlands Redlands CA ------------------------------

  • We buy a generic safety star lapel pin. I believe we have started a program where if an employee gets 5 stars they can trade 4 of them in for an item, like a travel mug or soft lunch cooler. We also publicize how many were handed out each month in ...

  • Hi Beth, Thank you for sharing your website link.  Your site looks amazing and is easy to get around. I am indeed concerned about non-reporting.  We're going to have to seriously re-consider our safety incentive program.  Regarding the safety stars, ...

  • Teresa, That is great! Congratulations on the successes you have had thus far. We offer "safety stars" for any employee that does something safe. It can be anything. People nominate each other, supervisors can nominate, etc. We do a monthly Safety ...

  • Thanks Beth!  I seems that most people are doing monthly topics.  Good to know! ------------------------------ Teresa Webster EHS Manager University of Redlands Redlands CA ------------------------------

  • Thank you all so much!! ------------------------------ Jennie Evangelista EH&S Specialist Chapman University Orange CA ------------------------------

  • Teresa - This is terrific.  Our team is doing the same and started last month. I am attaching our schedule for you. We do the same presentation 2x a month to accommidate the staff.  The group would be too large all together. We also provided a one page ...

  • We started weekly Toolbox Talks in Facilities Management in July 2018, but I'd like to move it to monthly next fiscal year.  I've attached our schedule, in case you're interested.  We've made them in english and spanish.  I pulled most of them from OSHAtraining.com ...

  • Hi all, I would like to implement a recognition or awards program for people working safely or identifying hazards (prizes, pins, etc.).  What are you all doing that has been successful?   We currently have a quarterly Safety Incentive Program (pizza ...

  • Lockout tagout, confined space entry, fall protection, home safety, safe driving, PPE ------Original Message------ Ladders, extension cords, safe driving on campus, personal protective equipment, lead, asbestos, electrical safety, injury reporting, ...

  • Ladders, extension cords, safe driving on campus, personal protective equipment, lead, asbestos, electrical safety, injury reporting, hot work permits. ------------------------------ Karen Barnack Facilities and Construction Safety Manager Portland State ...

  • ​Hello, I conduct monthly safety trainings/ toolbox talks for our Facilities Management staff and need suggestions on safety topics to train them in. I've already trained them on: heat stress prevention, Fire Safety, Right to Know, back safety, bloodborne ...

  • Good morning, We are working to formalize the minimum PPE required for our employees & contractors who will be working within our central utility plants, which includes CHP.  Have any of you developed formal minimum PPE requirements for staff and contractors ...

  • Lab Safety

    Good morning everybody, My name is Jorge L. Sanchez, EHS Manager for South Texas College. This is a new program for STC and I am inquiring on laws and regulations for negative pressure rooms and engineering controls.  Will certifications for fume hoods ...

  • RE: LOTO

    Hi All, Over the last 12 years, we have progressed and regressed. We recently had a professional electrical engineering company help us with NFPA70E training, which included LOTO for electrical, and they also trained our plumbers. Our technical trades ...

  • Steven,  Many thanks.  Yes, I think it's very valuable for us all to share this type of information.  Attached is an example of one of our procedures.  We have found that each day that goes by we get better and better at these and are much more efficient ...

  • I thought it would be helpful to share an example of a LOTO procedure the UC in house software solution generates!  https://ehs.ucop.edu/procedures/read-only/52n9ph472 Would love to hear the thoughts of the group and perhaps see some other examples. ...

  • RE: LOTO

    Mike, At UVA  I would categorize us as comprehensive/progressive, but still evolving. ------------------------------ Laura Duckworth Facilities Management, Director of Occupational Programs University of Virginia Main Campus Charlottesville VA [Director ...

  • Thanks,Steven.  We appreciate it. Don't hesitate to reach out if we could be of any assistance. Regards,  Trey ------------------------------ Trey Dean Assistant Director, Occupational Safety and Health University of Virginia Main Campus Charlottesville ...

  • LOTO

    ​​Hello, We are trying to secure funding to upgrade/improve our LOTO program. I was asked to determine what other peer institutions are doing; minimal/no program, program needs helps, minimal compliance, comprehensive/progressive program or however your ...

  • Thank you, Laura and Trey this was a wonderful presentation.  Very insightful, informative and motivating. Keep up the good work and I look forward to the next discussion. ------------------------------ Steven Roper UC Risk & Safety Solutions Davis ...

  • Hi all, As we continue our battle with aging facilities, we have had a number of fume hoods on campus go out of service due to unknown issues with duct work (closed dampers in the system) and unfortunately have gaps of institutional knowledge regarding ...

  • ​Please join the Facilities Management CoP on January 10th at 1:30 PM EST to discuss Implementing an Effective Lockout Tagout Program.  It will be lead by Trey Dean from University of Virginia.   We are hoping for a lot of dynamic discussion so we can ...

  • Dear CoP,  One of the hot topics on our campus right now is laboratory security.  While our newer buildings all have card readers for internal doors, our older buildings, including chemistry, are good old fashioned keyed doors for the most part.  The ...

  • Job Posting

    Good Morning Everyone,  The University of Texas at Tyler is seeking qualified applicants for a Safety Specialist I position with a focus in facilities and construction safety. Please see the job posting for details:  Safety Specialist I University of ...

  • Please join the Facilities Management CoP on January 10th at 1:30 EST to learn about "Engaging employees and management to implement LOTO in your organization", presented by Trey Dean, Asst Director of OHS at University of Virginia.  We look forward to ...