Facilities Management

  • Steam Vault Inquiry

    Good Afternoon CSHEMA Colleagues, Northwestern has over 5 miles of underground steam lines and over 40 steam vaults on our Evanston campus.  How do you handle isolating or de-engergizing steam lines and confined space entry when contractors or maintenance ...

  • We use iPod Touch devices with a small barcode reader that connects via bluetooth (or similar) currently the Unitech Companion MS912. As we have slowly upgraded them over time, they have gotten more and more useful, and now can connect to ...

  • Inspection Scanners

    We are looking into using a bar code scanner to aid us with our inspection of our spill kits and other equipment throughout campus.  We just need something basic that scans a bar code and allows us to enter the status of the item we scanned at the point ...

  • Member Needs Survey

    Facilities Management CoP, As a member of the Board of Trustees and fellow colleague very involved in the Facilities area, I want to personally invite each of you to complete our Member Needs Assessment survey ( Click Here ).  This survey is designed ...

  • RE: ice cleats

    We, too, have considered them for wider distribution.  We have had a few folks beta test them and the feedback was that they worked well in terms of traction but it was a bit of a hassle for those that go from outdoors to indoors a lot as they would have ...

  • ice cleats

    I'm curious about the efficacy of the numerous ice cleats I see on the market. I've not seen a lot of data about how well they work. Do any of you use these for your employees who work outside, or regularly traverse outside, during the snowy, icy winter ...

  • Hello CSHEMA members, The mission of CSHEMA is generally educational.  Occasionally, members use the CSHEMA platform to gauge peer advocacy interest or organize standard advocacy.  Attached is a proposal related to the ANSI/ISEA Z538.1 standard on eye ...

  • RE: Paint

    We have an epoxy that we use that is used for bus stops and transit areas and can withstand anything save a snow plow.  However, it's not a paint that would cover the entire surface area.  It is placed down on a template with a wide variety of widths.  ...

  • Paint

    We are looking for a cleanable epoxy paint with anti-slip properties.  It needs to be resilient for harsh cleaners and safe for staff to travel over.  We are looking for something for our cage wash area.  Any suggestions?? ------------------------------ ...

  • Paint

    We are looking for a cleanable epoxy paint with anti-slip properties.  It needs to be resilient for harsh cleaners and safe for staff to travel over.  We are looking for something for our cage wash area.  Any suggestions?? ------------------------------ ...

  • We have addressed monthly inspections and budgeting in the attached document. Essentially, AED supplies are charged to the building budget through Facilities Management. They send out monthly work orders to folks in the various buildings to remind them ...

  • EH&S at UT Tyler is responsible for the AED program implementation (including any laws regarding AEDs), purchase of AEDs, installation locations, ensuring medical supervision of the AED program, maintenance and monthly inspection. ------------------------------ ...

  • All  Good afternoon! I am currently assembling an equine safety policy.  I would like to ask if there is anyone in the community that my have examples of programs associated with equine safety, barn facilities safety, and safety of employees, faculty, ...

  • Hi Scott - We get our AED's purchased during a project, such as a complete building renovation or new construction.  Our group is responsible for the inspections and on-going maintenance of each AED on the campus. Thanks Dave ------------------------------ ...

  • Hi all, We are making some changes to our staff and working with other groups to redesign our AED program.  What group or groups on your campus are responsible for AED siting/installations, inspections, and maintenance? Thanks ------------------------------ ...

  • ------Original Message------ I hope this is the right location to post this.  I have a specific safety related question.  We have thousands of feet of high pressure high temperature pressurized water lines on campus in our utility tunnels.  Various ...

  • All; Note that NFPA Life Safety Code prohibits the installation of adhesive-backed color contrast strips. NFPA 101 7.2.2.5.5.1 Exit stair treads shall incorporate a marking stripe that is applied as a paint/coating or be a material ...

  • Hi Karen, Your story is yet another good example of the reason we push for prevention through design (PtD) as well as the benefits of having EHS/safety at the table during the design process. All my best, Jon Jonathan ...

  • Yes! We do have contrasting treads at the top and bottom stairs and at landing transitions. This is something we are watching for carefully on our new construction and remodel projects, in coordination with our Disability Resource Center. Unfortunately, ...

  • Hi Mary, Here are a couple of photos showing the steps in my building. The top and bottom steps have a black tread (as opposed to the rest being green) with a yellow stripe at the leading edge/nosing. I've noticed that it does help me to ...

  • Hello! Does your campus install contrast treads or paint contrast markings on the top and bottom steps (either on nosing or at the leading edges of treads) of stairs to make them more visible, following ADA Advisory 504.4? Any insight would be greatly ...

  • Dear Lab Safety COP community members, The CSHEMA board encourages the membership of each COP to huddle, organize and produce two webinars a year.  A possible topic for webinar is a version of the PDS from Indianapolis "Advanced skills for hazardous ...

  • Hi - I was curious if anyone in California has been reading/reviewing the emergency regulation 8 CCR 5141.1, Wildfire Smoke and how it will impact operations in a College/University setting.  I went to a presentation today by a Cal/OSHA representative ...

  • RE: Use of Roundup

    Hi Chris - We are looking at a variety of products and have not picked a final product.  However, the ones we are looking at right now are Lifeline Herbicide, Gallery SC Herbicide and Dimension 2EW Herbicide.  We have found that some of these products ...

  • RE: Use of Roundup

    Thanks Dave, much appreciated. Do you know what they are using as a substitute? ------------------------------ Chris Short Director EHS University of Denver Denver CO 303-871-7501 ------------------------------

  • RE: Use of Roundup

    Hi Chris - Our Facilities Team (Building, Custodial, Grounds) uniforms are laundered through our uniform provider.  In addition, we have banned the use of Round-Up by our Grounds Team. Thanks Dave   ------------------------------ Dave Mathe - CSP, ...

  • Use of Roundup

    Hello, Our Grounds people are requesting that we launder their clothing here on campus after they've used Roundup.  Does anyone else do this or have a policy in place? ------------------------------ Chris Short Director EHS University of Denver Denver ...

  • 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, ...