manner. The presenter will also discuss how to prepare a tabletop lesson plan and provide examples of support materials. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.055 Modular facilities: A cost-effective option for biosafety level 3 laboratories Bethzayda Matos Iowa State University, USA Iowa State University continues to expand its BSL3 labs to accommodate the need to safely answer the questions of management and control of emerging diseases. The university must follow the laboratory practices and facility requirements under the Select Agent and Toxins Rule. This requirement was met by procuring and installing a modular BSL3 lab. A primary reason Iowa State University chose to follow a modular approach was funding. Due to security and space availability, a site was identified adjacent to other research facilities that could be developed. This session will present several lessons learned from design to finally working at the bench. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.056
Layers of communication: Success and confidences Tim Meansa, Madelyn Millerb, Peter Schneiderc, Dennis Sullivand a Metis Secure, USA; b Carnegie Mellon University, USA; c University of Texas, USA; d University of Louisville, USA As EHS leaders are faced with the relatively new responsibility of emergency mass notification, they must review and evaluate a multitude of communication methods available. In this session, a panel of industry experts will discuss the tools and approaches they have used as emergencies have arisen, the respective effectiveness of each tool, and their overall confidence in these methods. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.057
A case study in automating oversight of the a university environmental management system Karrie Myera, Steve Nelsonb a Environmental Heath & Engineering, USA; b Auburn University, USA Auburn University is a major land grand, research institution with facilities distributed throughout Alabama including. Each facility works independently to maintain compliance, receiving oversight and support from the risk management and safety department (RMS). This session will review the challenges and experiences in customizing a Microsoft SharePoint application to standardize data collection and reporting and to provide administrative oversight while maintaining the autonomy of remote facilities. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.058 Implementation of a green laboratory pilot program Dennis Nolan University of Texas, Austin, USA Research laboratories are often the largest consumer of utilities at a research university. They are also among the largest consumers of materials and generators of waste. The green laboratory self-evaluation checklist was developed after benchmarking a number of institutions and is currently in the pilot stage. This session will discuss the implementation and benefits of such an evaluation. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.059 A collaborative approach to lab safety training Michael Ochs Arizona State University, USA Every year, several thousand employees at Arizona State University are required to attend lab safety training. EHS, lab research groups, and students created an engaging film that helps class participants retain the training concepts. The film features an employee working alone in a lab who causes a chemical spill which begins a series of emergency events. The class involves group discussions emphasizing the topics regarding
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scenes and characters from the film to emphasis training concepts. Come to this session and learn about the making of this film. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.060 The great debate: Smartphones at work? Amy Orders North Carolina State University, USA If your facility is considering investing in smartphones or mobile technology, there are a variety of ways to outfit personnel to perform health and safety tasks from the palm of their hand while in the field. In jobs that require time sensitive transmission of information, smartphones may provide access to resources, communication hubs, and act as mobile information repositories. North Carolina State University beta tested the role of smartphone technology in assisting with laboratory inspections, training sessions, and practicality of emergency management/information tools. Come learn about this pilot. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.061 Office ergonomics program evaluation Robert Ott Arizona State University, USA Arizona State University implemented a computer ergonomics program in 1996 consisting of work site assessments and an online generic office ergonomics training program. In 2008, the university critiqued this program, and the results were very favorable. This survey was repeated in 2010. Results of the second survey are reported and compared to the initial critique in this presentation. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.062 Environmental stewardship: The lifecycle of waste management Andy Phelana, Jeffrey Sacreb a University of Minnesota, USA; b CHWMEG, Inc, USA With recent court decisions, greater regulatory enforcement, land bans, increased scrutiny by insurance com-
panies, and institutional demands of environmental stewardship, institutions are becoming more aware and taking an active role in the management of their solid, hazardous, medical, electronic, and radioactive wastes. The University of Minnesota has established a waste vendor/facility audit and selection program. This program is intended to both minimize risk to the institution and optimize the proper stewardship of generated wastes and spent materials. Come learn about this program and its objectives.
research administrators, researchers, and EHS personnel; providing lab personnel with uniform decommissioning guidelines; and redistributing usable laboratory reagents, equipment, and supplies to other laboratories on campus. These steps have led to a decrease in the amount of laboratory cleanouts performed by EHS and a decrease in the amount of unknown or obsolete chemicals and reagents found in vacated labs.
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A review and discussion of NFPA codes related to live theater and performance Bill Reynolds Yale University, USA The National Fire Protection Association (NCPA) develops and publishes consensus standards, which are adopted by local legislative jurisdictions as enforceable codes. Many NFPA standards are directly applicable to theater production and live performance as they cover such issues as the means of egress from buildings, life safety in assembly occupancies, electrical systems, and live flame, flame effects, and pyrotechnics before a proximate audience. This session will review these applicable standards and discuss policies and best practices to assure compliance.
Laboratory self-inspection program participation as an indication of improved safety culture Kaplana Rengarajan, Steve Arehart, Rodrick Esaw, Patty Olinger, Meagan Parrott, Dionna Thomas Emory University, USA In 2008, Emory University implemented a laboratory self-inspection program where researchers were asked to complete an annual inspection of their space and report findings to EHS. This presentation will describe how the implementation of various research safety programs has had an impact on researcher participation in the annual laboratory self-inspection program. Results will be discussed to show that increased participation in the program is an indication of improved safety culture and the development of an educational environment that fosters self-reporting in Emory laboratories. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.064 Lessons learned from implementation of formal decommissioning process Kalpana Rengarajan, Steve Arehart, Rodrick Esaw, Patty Olinger, Meagan Parrott, Dionna Thomas Emory University, USA This presentation will discuss the proactive approach taken by EHS to implement a formal decommissioning process for the research labs at Emory University. The steps included developing a working relationship between
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doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.066 Improving your fire alarm systems and monitoring James Robinson University of Maryland, USA Codes such as the ADA standards require that you do more to provide warning to building residents. Parents are demanding a higher level of safety for their college-aged students and the Department of Education mandates an annual fire safety report if you have resident halls on your campus. This presentation will help you improve your systems, compliance with DOE reporting requirements, and image with parents. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.067
Subpart K: Should your institution opt in or out? Sarah Sajedi ERA Environmental Consulting, Inc, USA What does Subpart K rule do for the university’s hazardous waste compliance? Who is eligible to take advantage of this rule? What are the advantages and disadvantages of opting into Subpart K? How can you better manage information about the containers in the laboratory using Subpart K? What do you need to know about training, removal of containers from laboratory, and hazardous waste determination? These questions and more will be answered during this presentation. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.068 Requirements for continuous gas leak detection systems Luis Samaniego Northwestern University, USA It can be perplexing to know when a continuous gas leak detection system is required in a laboratory. Code officials, architects, engineers, EHS professionals, and research laboratory users may have different perspectives on the applicability of regulations and risk. This presentation reviews the current NFPA and International Building Code requirements for continuous gas leak detection systems and how gas leak alarms fit within the larger context of emergency alarm systems. Three scenarios that may require gas leak detection systems will be discussed: toxic gas, flammable gas and oxygen depletion. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/ j.jchas.2012.04.069 Lessons learned from a shooting on campus Peter Schneider University of Texas, Austin, USA In September 2010, a student at the University of Texas, Austin fired an AK47 in the middle of campus. For three hours, this urban campus with more than 50,000 students was ‘‘locked down’’ until it was determined that there was only one shooter. This session will describe this tragic incident with an
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