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Vol 1 Issue #3 April 2009


TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register and get more details on Computer Training beginning April 21st.

We will be providing training for Chematix the chemical inventory enterprise system we employ here at KSU. This session will be held on Tuesday, May 5th.  Who should attend? Personnel whose responsibilities include chemical handling and the procurement of chemical products.  The training is also designed to make users proficient in using Chematix to obtain information for Right-to-Know purposes as well.  All state agencies are required to submit a Hazardous Chemical semi-annual inventory report. This training will ensure the accuracy of our information.

Our goal is to have each department understand how to manage their chemical related products/materials in the safest manner.  We will continue to provide assistance throughout the process. Please join us as we continue to strive toward this goal.

For more information contact Vanessa Keel, Chemical Safety Manager; (678) 797-2415.

Upcoming Health Safety Training

Health & Safety Training for Managers and Supervisors - Facility Planning & Operation Group.

April 29, 2009 9:00AM-12:00 Noon
KSU Center Rm 174


TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register and get more details on Computer Training beginning April 21st.


EHS&RM - General

Tel: 770-499-3321
Fax: 770-420-4363

Campus Emergency

Dial - 6666



The delivery of service(s) must be timely, accurate, with concern and with courtesy. One may ask why are these elements important? The answer is that all services are intangible and are a function of perception.

Practically every element of Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management's (EHS&RM) day-to-day operations relies extensively on "Customer Involvement" from our internal and external constituencies.  Customers drive the selection of Policies, Business Processes and Projects to name a few. Input is critical at the front end of every process improvement initiative.

Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management (EHS&RM) is committed to excellent customer service. We take this charge seriously.  You can help us continue to improve the quality and information we provide by completing our brief survey.

The results of this survey will help us improve our efforts in providing a safe working environment for everyone at Kennesaw State University.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Gerald C. Donaldson



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  1. If you tailgate through the access gates in the parking decks and lots on campus then it is considered drive at your own risk. You are assuming liability for any damage to your vehicle from a falling gate. There is no coverage available through our insurance with Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) for access gate damage to your vehicle from tailgating. Only one vehicle at a time is allowed through the access gates. This means that you must wait for the person in front of you to exit or enter then wait for the gate to completely close and/or reopen before proceeding forward. 
  2. If you drive a state owned vehicle for personal use such as picking up lunch for yourself or coworkers, you assume liability for any damage done to the vehicle as well as any damage done to anyone else’s vehicle if an accident occurs. This rule is for anyone driving a state owned vehicle including student employees.

Please visit the DOAS Risk Management - Insurance Services website and view the Auto Program Training Videos to learn more.  Don't forget to register after viewing the videos.

If you have any questions concerning liability, what is covered and what is not covered then please contact KSU Risk Management.  We are always happy to help!


Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that is written by chemical manufacturers for each chemical they manufacture.  They are required by law to supply this document to end users of their products.  Each company can use its own MSDS format because there is no legal format.  Most MSDSs will contain information relating to the following:

  • Chemical Product and Company Identification
  • Composition, Information on Ingredients
  • Hazards Identification
  • First Aid Measures
  • Fire Fighting Measures
  • Accidental Release Measures
  • Handling and Storage
  • Exposure Controls, Personal Protection
  • Physical and Chemical Properties
  • Stability and Reactivity
  • Toxicological Information
  • Ecological Information
  • Disposal Considerations
  • Transport Information
  • Regulatory Information

Our goal is to obtain an MSDS for every chemical or chemical product on campus.  We have our Chemical Inventory Management System in place (Chematix).  We also have a web-based program called MSDSonline that we employ. 
When you go to our website, click on Search For MSDS. You can search by:

  • Product,
  • Manufacturer,
  • CAS# (number assigned to a pure chemical),
  • Z# (number assigned to a mixture – KSU specific). 

If the MSDS has been added to the database, you will be able to view and/or print it.  If it is not there, please email us at  Include as much information about the product as you can:

  • The name of the product
  • Chemical manufacturer
  • CAS #
  • Z #.

We will find the MSDS and add it to our ebinder in MSDSonline.  MSDSonline has other capabilities including hazard label printing.  These features are being beta-tested.

Click here to learn more about the history of the MSDS.




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