Environmental Health and Safety has updated many of their online safety training programs to the new BuckeyeLearn system. This system is a university-wide online training tool, allowing learning and training opportunities to be easily accessed by the university community of faculty, staff, and student employees. In this edition of the Environmental Health and Safety brief, check out some of the available trainings.
Environmental Health and Safety will be offering the Introduction to Laboratory Safety & EHS course on February 13, 2018. This 1/2-day course (12:30 – 4:30 p.m.) is intended to give a high level overview of lab safety and Environmental Health and Safety at The Ohio State University. Training is intended for individuals who are new to the laboratory environment and is open to all university faculty, staff, students and sponsored guests. This course does not meet the specific regulatory requirements for working in a laboratory. Additional online modules are required.
This training also will be available as a webinar...
It’s the holiday season, but whether you’re decorating your cubicle or office, remember to keep safety a top priority and follow all departmental policies and protocols. In this edition of the Environmental Health and Safety brief, learn 12 tips to keep your office a safe environment.
The University Laboratory Safety Committee’s “Excellence in Safety” awards recognize a university faculty or staff member (Individual Award), student (Individual Student Award) and a laboratory research group (Group Award) who have made a considerable contribution to improving laboratory safety on the Ohio State campus. Such contributions can be defined as, but are not limited to, actions taken to prevent injury or illness, outstanding response and cooperation given to resolve unsafe conditions, consistent improvement during laboratory inspections, or any other consistent and proactive demonstration of efforts in support of a positive laboratory safety culture.
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker. Environmental Health & Safety has implemented an ergonomics program to focus on the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders associated with repetitive job duties. In this edition of the Environmental Health & Safety brief, learn tips to make your workstation more ergonomic-friendly.
Noise-induced hearing loss usually progresses unnoticed over a period of years. Hearing protection devices should be worn to reduce noise exposure where noise levels reach 85 decibels or higher. In this edition of the Environmental Health & Safety brief, learn OSHA’s exposure limits and how to protect your hearing.
The Office of Research and Environmental Health and Safety are launching a new user-friendly web-based tool for conducting risk-based assessments – the Online Risk Assessment Tool (ORAT). The ORAT will replace the existing Occupational Health Registry on November 1, 2017 .
Because it is important that you understand the potential risks associated with your research or job-related duties – especially when there are potential risks due to contact with animals, hazardous agents, operations or environments – the ORAT will walk you through the process for assessing your job-based risks. It employs a simple question and answer model...
After receiving notification that a staff member on the Newark campus had been diagnosed with Legionella pneumonia, the university worked with the Wexner Medical Center, Columbus Public Health, the Licking County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and national Legionella consultant Tim Keane to test water in the Newark residence hall where the staff member worked.
The consultant and medical experts have advised that the source of the illness was not the university’s facility.
No Legionella of any type in the drinking water. No Legionella serogroup...
After receiving notification that a student living in Drackett Tower (Columbus campus) had been diagnosed with Legionella pneumonia, the university worked with the Wexner Medical Center, Columbus Public Health, Ohio Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and national Legionella consultant Tim Keane to test water in the residence hall. Results found:
Drinking fountains: no Legionella present. Drinking fountains are in the process of being returned to service. Showers: no Legionella present. Sinks: less than or 1 CFU/ml (colony forming units per milliliter) for Legionella. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines recommend remediation at...
Almost everything in an office today operates on electricity. Electrical equipment is potentially hazardous if improperly used or maintained. In this edition of the Environmental Health & Safety brief, learn a few tips to keep your workspace safe from electrical hazards. test