Many activities have the potential to impact safety, health, and the environment. Environmental Affairs staff is available to assist you in a variety of ways.
Architectural Plan Review
Construction projects involving new facilities and also renovations of existing facilities potentially result in safety, health, and environmental impacts. Staff review planned projects and provide comments during the design phase to assess and reduce potential impacts.
Building Design Standards
Review of existing standards, develop proposed revisions and develop new standards related to safety and environmental aspects of construction and renovation projects.
Environmental Site Assessment
Environmental site assessments are performed by members of the Environmental Affairs Program in order to provide the University with advanced information concerning potential environmental concerns associated with the transfer of property to the University or the demolition/renovation of existing buildings on campus. The information uncovered allows for proper disposition of any environmental concerns as well as giving the planning and budgetary process advanced information that can be used to reduce any funding impact on the University.
Environmental Remediation Oversight
Program personnel provide oversight of environmental remediation projects that take place on university property. The oversight and planning aspects of the program provide the University with the best available option to remediate potential environmental concerns.
Regulatory Liaison Services
Personnel from the Environmental Affairs Program routinely accompany a myriad of federal, state, county and city regulatory personnel that visit the University each year. EHS personnel provide the regulatory personnel with information on university activities and procedures as well as providing access to university facilities so these regulatory personnel may conduct their frequent inspections. Agencies that have frequent contact with personnel from EHS may include the Federal EPA; Ohio EPA - Divisions of Hazardous Waste Management, Air Pollution Control, Solid and Infectious Waste, Emergency Response and Ground/Surface Water; Franklin County Health Department; Columbus Health Department; Ohio Health Department; Columbus Fire Department; PUCO; Department of Transportation and the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency.
Antenna Siting Committee
Providing advice and guidance to the committee in developing standards and criteria.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the use of pesticides under the authority of two federal statutes: the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act provide the basis for regulations, sale, distribution, and uses of pesticides in the U.S. Also, FIFRA authorizes EPA to review and register pesticides for specific applications. The EPA has the authority to suspend or cancel the registration of a pesticide if subsequent information shows the continued use would pose unreasonable risk.
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) authorizes the EPA to set maximum residue levels or tolerances for pesticides used in or on foods or animal feed. The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 amended FIFRA and FFDCA by setting stricter safety standards for pesticides in processed and unprocessed food. Lastly, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires EPA to cancel any pesticide registration, where it can be shown that pesticides endanger protected species.
The U.S. EPA has relegated enforcement of FIFRA to individual states. In Ohio, the Department of Agriculture enforces the FIFRA regulations, as well as licenses all those individuals who may purchase, use, or provide advice relative to restricted use pesticides. All Ohio State University employees that are involved with using or providing advice on pesticides, are licensed and expected to participate in mandatory training and retention of licensing credentials.
NOTE: The Ohio State University promotes the concept of Integrated Pest Control (ICP) management. This concept requires pesticide applicators to initially consider physical or non-chemical means to control pests. When such means prove ineffective, pesticides may then be considered for use as a means of controlling unwanted pests. In addition, consideration should always be given for using the lowest quantity of pesticide product to reduce human exposure, destruction of non-target organisms or harm to the environment.