The EH&S Professional workshop is a one-day, in-person workshop (held at various UC campuses), which provides an overview of advanced topics in Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S). Participants review concepts from the EH&S Generalist online modules, and transform this knowledge into practical skills through hands-on exercises. In addition, they network with colleagues from other campuses and dialogue about EH&S core competencies such as communication, influence & negotiation, program management, technical skills, leadership, and teamwork. Learn more here.
In 2017, NC State’s Business Continuity Department was eliminated and a new department of Emergency Management and Mission Continuity (EMMC) was established. The goal of this restructuring was to improve institutional emergency planning and continuity by expanding emergency planning outreach and to fortify university preparedness and response. EMMC oversees risk assessment, plan development, testing and plan auditing - via comprehensive emergency planning coined Pack Plans. This program produced substantial resource enhancements, including fiscal and human resource reduction, with increased customer participation, data management and sustainable programming while utilizing existing campus resources and infrastructure. Learn more here.
The Agrilife Safety division within Texas A&M University's EHS office developed an inspection report program that used the existing electronic inspection data and cut report generation and delivery time by 83% resulting in a savings of 620 person-hours and $14,614 per year. Learn more here.
This innovative training model was developed to enhance safety in research and teaching laboratories. The tiered approach (two tiers) divides graduate students and teaching assistants (TAs) into an advanced tier (Tier II) and undergraduate students into a basic tier (Tier I) of training. Tier II students are enrolled into an online R.A.M.P. based training and a daylong hands-on workshop. Tier I students will take an online basic safety course and be trained in class by the TAs on emergency response and use of safety equipment. The training program is very cost effective ($1.43 per student), easy to implement, practical enough to train thousands of students per year while linking theory and practice. This will help to improve safety conditions in laboratories and other work places along with saving time and resources. Any institution can easily implement this training method to provide cost effective and efficient hands-on and face-to-face safety training to many students. Learn more here.
The Pre-Inspection Report saves lab inspectors considerable time and energy by pulling information from a variety of systems into a central place that provides important information on a lab such as researchers' required PPE, which hazardous chemicals are in a lab, if their chemical inventory has been certified, and what findings inspectors may have noted during previous inspections. Learn more here.
The Risk and Safety Solutions Chemical Inventory Solution facilitates streamlined, accurate chemical data reporting in real-time, reducing administrative burden and providing valuable insight into the hazards and locations of chemicals on each UC campus. Learn more here.
The UK Occupational Health and Safety Division has the Ergo Corner, a free program designed to reduce ergonomic risks and prevent potential injuries (such as cumulative trauma disorders and repetitive motion injuries). Learn more here.
Beginning in 2014, EHS at Virginia Tech began development of a robust Training Management System. The TMS now hosts 40 on-line training programs, with more in development. Implementation of the TMS is estimated to have saved more than 6,000 EHS employee hours over the past forty-four months. Learn more here.
The Carleton College Custodial Department created a Custodial Training Guide to be used by all 51 members of the custodial department. It took three years to create the guide because it was worked on during the monthly labor management committee meetings since Carleton's custodial department is a union operation. The guide contains many sections, four of which contain information which directly addresses safety in the workplace. Learn more here.
To identify the immediate first aid treatment options by medical providers, EH&S has developed a series of “Print & Go” guidance sheets in pdf format, which can be printed and taken to the emergency room (ER) by individuals following occupational exposure to biological, chemical or radiological hazardous material. The sheets address the issue of emergency room physicians not typically seeing many cases of exposure to chemicals such as cyanide and hydrofluoric acid, or biologicals such as diphtheria toxin, lentiviral vectors and Macacine herpes virus 1. Our goal was to address potential issues of under-treatment or over-treatment of patients. The sheets provide information that medical personnel can reference but do not provide individualized medical care or treatment. The content includes immediate measures to take, types of specimen to collect, medication and countermeasure options, sources of additional information/ expertise and next steps. No sheet is longer than two pages. The sheets have been promoted to the University community and enthusiastically endorsed by the medical directors of the local ER. Learn more here.
In 2015, Stanford University R&DE devoted resources to implement a Stretch and Flex (S/F) program for custodial staff. The S/F program provides work-specific stretches to help employees increase their overall flexibility and range-of-motion. These measurable preventative efforts help promote safety as an organization value and priority. Learn more here.