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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Environmental Health & Safety is to protect our students, faculty and staff from danger, risk and injury, while safeguarding our environmental resources.

Vision Statement

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety is dedicated to providing the support, resources and continuous assessment and improvement that support and reflect the University’s mission and strategic plan. This Office strives to develop a nationally recognized environmental, health and safety program.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities and services of EH&S include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Develops, recommends, and implements policy on health, environmental and safety protection
  2. Develops accident prevention and loss control systems and programs; communicates requirements to faculty, students and staff and ensures implementation throughout campus
  3. Monitors safety inspection programs, evaluates program maintenance and determines priority of current hazard correction; makes random visits with inspectors
  4. Develops and implements health and safety educational programs or activities to improve awareness of safety and protection procedures
  5. Directs individuals, including but not limited to, principal investigators, supervisors, regular and temporary employees, visiting professors and students to obtain any required safety training before working with hazardous chemicals, bio-hazardous agents, radiation, or physical/mechanical hazards in working or learning environments
  6. Determines whether safety needs are met (e.g. training, personal protective equipment and corrective measures, including non-mandated items identified in safety inspections).
  7. Incorporates workplace safety requirements and responsibilities into each appropriate job description
  8. Ensures that workplace safety expectations are communicated to each student and employee
  9. Communicates emergency action preparedness plans to all personnel in order to ensure familiarity and coordination between facility personnel and emergency responders
  10. Advises, coordinates with and provides technical guidance to University staff, faculty and administrators regarding safety codes, policies and procedures

EH&S PROGRAMS

Prevention is the key to promoting safety on campus and training plays a big role in that regard. We encourage faculty, staff and students to take advantage of these classes by emailing the Environmental Health & Safety Office.

Fire Safety Training

  • Annual training for kitchen staff, and others as needed or requested
  • Inspection
  • Fire Safety Training
  • Fire drills for resident halls and administrative buildings
  • State Fire Marshal Inspection
  • Annual Sprinkler Inspection
  • Annual Fire Department Walk Through
  • FM 200 System Documentation
  • NFPA 70E Guidelines (Electric Safety Requirements)

Laboratory Training Programs

  • Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Laboratory Safety Training
    • Safety Data Sheets, Hazard Communication
    • PPE
    • Regulatory Overview
    • Spill Kits
    • Hazardous Waste
    • Safety Equipment
    • Inventory
    • Lab Coat Program
  • Inspections
  • Risk Assessment

Chemical Hygiene Plan

A Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is a document that summarizes policies and procedures that have been enacted to protect laboratory workers from, and inform them of, the hazards inherent to their work with chemicals. In other words, it is a safety manual for those who work with chemicals in laboratories.  The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has enacted a standard that requires such a written plan. This standard, Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.1450:  “Occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories”, or Lab Standard for short, became effective January 1991 and can be found in section B chapter XI of the Chemical Hygiene Plan.

Office Ergonomics Basics

Chemical & Radioactive Waste Disposal

All chemical waste must be disposed of through Environmental Health & Safety according to the procedures found on page 20 of the Chemical Hygiene Plan.

TRAINING

Available EH&S Classes

Florida Poly insists safety take priority in all areas of research and laboratory work. For questions and concerns, email the Environmental Health & Safety Office. The following training courses are also available to improve safety:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens (60 minutes)
    • Contents: bloodborne diseases, occupational exposure risks, exposure control measures, vaccination program, accident reporting procedures. This is designed to meet training requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard. Employees exposed to human body fluids must attend.
  • Confined Space Entry – Awareness Level (30 minutes)
    • Contents: An overview of what is meant by “confined spaces” and why these spaces may be hazardous to persons that need to enter them, and the procedures that are used to enter them safely.
  • Ergonomics (60 minutes)
    • Contents: How to reduce repetitive motion injuries and physiologic stressors in the office environment.
  • Fire Extinguisher Training (TBD)
    • Contents: What causes building fires, and what occupants can do to reduce fire hazards; how to respond to a fire-related emergency; when and how to properly use fire extinguishers.
  • Hazard Communication (30 minutes)
    • Contents: Material safety data sheet use, container labeling, regulatory requirements.
  • Hazardous and Infectious Waste (60 minutes)
    • Contents: Packaging, transporting, and disposing of laboratory chemicals and infectious waste.
  • Hearing Conservation (60 minutes)
    • Designed for people enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program. Contents: Effects of noise, how noise is measured, hearing protection, hearing tests, OSHA requirements.
  • Hot Work Permit System (Worker Level, 30 minutes; Supervisor Level, 2 hours)
  • Lab Safety (2 hours)
    • Contents: Chemical Hygiene Plan, university inspection checklist, general laboratory safety, proper fume hood use, biohazard exposure prevention.
  • Radiation Safety Awareness (60 minutes)
    • Contents: What radiation is, history of radiation use, potential risks, examples of sources, dose reduction, radiation uses at the university, general safe work practices.
  • Respiratory Protection (60 minutes)
    • Designed for people enrolled in the Respiratory Protection Program. Contents: regulatory requirements, types of respiratory protective equipment, proper use, purchasing procedures, and university program.
  • Golf Cart Training (20 minutes)
    • Designed for people looking to use University Golf Carts. Contents: University safety video (3 minutes), general safety video (9 minutes), golf cart safety quiz, check out/in sheet and checklist. This training can be found in My Poly Portal under Canvas.

CONTACT

Questions?

Please email the Environmental Health & Safety Office.