Machine guards are important because they protect operators and other individuals in the work area from hazards associated during the machine’s normal operation.
Machine guards can protect from the following hazards:
Pinch points Rotating parts Flying debris/sparks Reciprocating parts Live electricity Punching/Shearing/Bending parts
All guards and safety devices must be in place prior to operating a machine. It is not meant to hinder any type of activity involving the machine. Notify your supervisor immediately upon detecting missing or inadequate guards.
Incident Type: Unsafe Act and Unsafe Use of Equipment
Incident Summary: A renovation project was being completed, when it was noticed that a ladder was being used in an unsafe manner. The 10-foot step ladder had been placed on top of an old laboratory counter to provide access above the ceiling. The counter that the ladder was on did not have a countertop surface, so two discarded shelves were placed to act as a temporary surface for the legs of the stepladder. The shelves were not anchored to the...
As Buckeyes, we all can do our part to keep campus clean. Please dispose of single-use masks in the trash, not on the ground. While disposable masks protect us from disease, they also can harm the environment when not properly discarded. You can help by properly disposing of your soiled, torn or saturated masks. Litter and other pollutants can end up in stormwater drains and later discharged into our waterways, having harmful effects on water quality and wildlife.
Supervisors develop a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) to properly identify hazards and protect employees. A proper JHA involves reviewing each job task to determine where hazards exist and providing recommendations for hazard elimination or reduction.
Join Environmental Health and Safety for a Zoom meeting to discuss changes to EHS Online, including a demonstration of the new platform. Lab managers and staff can meet their safety representative, ask questions and learn about platform changes.
When working with hazardous material in the laboratory, it can be easy to forget about the harm these materials can cause if they fall into the wrong hands. Here are some tips to keep your laboratory secure.
Ancillalry staff (housekeeping, maintenance, security, environmental services, facilities management, and emergency response personnel) should receive instruction before working in or visiting an area where entry is controlled because of the presence of radiation, such as research laboratories and patient care areas. Regulations require the extent of instruction be appropriate for the potential radiation safety issues in the area. Departments may request training on an "as needed" basis from Radiation Safety .
Radioactive Material Use Area Entry
All areas that are approved to contain Radioactive Material (RAM)...
What is your official job title at EHS and a general description of your job duties?
As a Medical Health Physics Technician, my main job includes coordinating the dosimetry program for all of The Ohio State University. I work with department badge coordinators to ensure that radiation workers are monitored for radiation exposure. My goal is to ensure that personal radiation exposure is “as low as reasonably achievable” and stays within allowable limits. Along with being Dosimetry Coordinator, my job duties also include assisting in approving radioactive material orders and delivering radioactive materials to laboratories, assisting in organizing...