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Vol 1 Issue #19 August, 2010

Help Us meet Your Safety Training Needs

The Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management plans, develops and provide regular training on various environmental, health, safety and risk management topics. The training sessions are normally scheduled through the Center for University Learning and are available to faculty, staff, and students of the University. The training we provide is aimed at creating awareness on the University's health and safety policies and procedures, educating employees and students on job related hazards, and equipping them with knowledge and skills on how to eliminate or minimize risk to these hazards.

EHS&RM personnel can work with your group or department to help you meet your health and safety training needs. We can provide targeted training on any particular health and safety issue that may be unique or of concern to your team. In this regard, if you would like to have the Department come and provide a specific training to your group, please contact Stephen Ndiritu at 678-797-2410.


Safety and Health Topics Ergonomics from OSHA

Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. Effective and successful "fits" assure high productivity, avoidance of illness and injury risks, and increased satisfaction among the workforce.

Although the scope of ergonomics is much broader, the term here refers to assessing those work-related factors that may pose a risk of musculoskeletal disorders and recommendations to alleviate them.

Common examples of ergonomic risk factors are found in jobs requiring repetitive, forceful, or prolonged exertions of the hands; frequent or heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying of heavy objects; and prolonged awkward postures. Vibration and cold may add risk to these work conditions. Jobs or working conditions presenting multiple risk factors will have a higher probability of causing a musculoskeletal problem.

The level of risk depends on the intensity, frequency, and duration of the exposure to these conditions and the individuals' capacity to meet the force of other job demands that might be involved.

For further information or questions regarding Ergonomics at KSU please please contact Stephen Ndiritu at 678-797-2410.

Click here for an Ergonomics self evaluation check list.


EHS&RM - General

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

Campus Emergency

Dial - 6666


Executive Director

Mr. Gerald Donaldson, REM

Risk Manager

Ms. Karmen Binion, MPA

Chemical Safety Manager

Ms. Vanessa Biggers

Environmental Manager

Mr. Stephen Ndiritu, MS

Operations Coordinator

Mr. Lionel Elder

Administrative Associate

Ms. Natalie Higgins, BS

Student Assistant

Ms. Leslie Burch

Student Assistant

Miss Kimberly Helms

Work Study

Mr. David Harrell


Welcome Back

We are very pleased to welcome back students and the rest of the campus community. Kennesaw State University Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management offers a variety of programs & services to ensure that we all have a safe place to learn, live and work. Our department is responsible for environmental safety, occupational health, occupational safety and loss prevention. Below are commonly regarded topics where daily services are provided. Please reference the quick resource links for the topics below to better serve the campus community needs.

Commonly Regarded Topics:

MSDS  contact Vanessa Biggers at 678-797-2415

Indoor Air Quality questions contact Stephen Ndiritu at 678-797-2410

Hazardous Waste contact Vanessa Biggers at 678-797-2415

Fire extinguisher contact Lionel Elder at 678-797-2968

Questions regarding Mold contact Stephen Ndiritu at 678-797-2410

Risk Management questions or concerns contact Risk Manager at 770-499-3321

Ergonomics contact Stephen Ndiritu at 678-797-2410

Training questions contact EHS at 770-499-3321

Event Safety Incident Reporting contact Risk Manager at 770-499-3321

It is always a pleasure at this time of year to welcome our new group of students. We look forward to a safe and prosperous 2010-11 school year. Please contact our office for questions regarding our services or suggestions for improvement. 

See you around campus!

Gerald C. Donaldson, REM
Executive Director-EHS&RM


The Material Safety Data Sheet

symbolThe material safety data sheet (MSDS) is designed to inform the reader of specific details about the product.  By law, a manufacturer is required to provide an MSDS to each company when the product is purchased for the first time or when a change has been made to the MSDS.

If you are unfamiliar with an MSDS, trying to find what you need can be a daunting task.  There is no required format and that only adds to the frustration.  You need to read the MSDS for a specific chemical or product before you use the chemical or product.   Don’t wait for an emergency situation and then try to find what you need.  Become familiar with it before you need it.

The first section of an MSDS is usually the Chemical Product and Company Identification. You can find synonyms in this section, address of the manufacturer and an emergency telephone number.The other sections can be numbered differently but most MSDSs will start with this information.

There will be a Composition/Ingredient section.  Here you should find which hazardous chemicals are present in your chemical product and in what percentages. There could be only one component that is hazardous and it is only present at 1%.

You will see a Hazards Identification section. This section will list the hazards associated with the product. You may find HMIS Classification, NFPA Rating and Potential Health Effects.

There will be a First Aid section which will tell you what to do to help someone who has been exposed to the product by any route: inhaled, ingested, skin, eye contact or injected – whichever routes are deemed possible based on the manufacturer’s knowledge of the product.

A Fire Fighting section will be written to aid fire fighters in a fire emergency.

A section on what to do during an Accidental Release will be included.  Here you should find precautions for personal protection, protection of the environment and spill and leak procedures for clean-up.

A Handling and Storage section will tell you where to safely store the material and give you safe handling guidelines.

The Exposure Controls and Personal Protection section will tell you about regulations that are in place for the product, including OSHA’s permissible exposure limits (PEL) and ACGIH threshold limit values (TLV).  Also, in this section, you should find information on what is needed for respiratory, eye, hand and skin protection.

A section on the Physical and Chemical Properties of the product is provided showing information like the molecular weight, boiling and freezing points, vapor pressure, etc.

A Stability and Reactivity section may be included detailing the stability of the chemical and with which other chemicals it is reactive.

Toxicological Information should be included which will show how toxic the product is based on research available for it.  The carcinogenic properties of the chemical will be found in this section.

Ecological Information will advise you on how the product affects the environment.

Disposal  Information will show you if the chemical is on a hazardous waste list.  It will also tell you to dispose of the chemical in compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

A section on Transportation Information tells you how to safety transport the chemical by land, air and sea.

Regulatory Information will list US Federal and State regulations as they relate to the product.  This section will also list risk phrases and safety phrases.

The last section in most MSDSs is labeled Other Information.  Here a manufacturer may add a disclaimer and/or definitions as well as any information that is not covered elsewhere on the MSDS.

So, as you can see, there is a lot of information in the MSDS.  It is relevant to all chemical users.  Take time to read the MSDS for the chemicals and products you need to use during your work at KSU before you start the work. 

For more information, contact KSU’s Chemical Safety Manager, Vanessa Biggers, at or

How Do You Prevent Potential Hazards?

Implement routine inspections by looking out for things such as:

  • Loose floor tiles
  • Slippery floors
  • Improperly placed electrical cords
  • Plumbing problems such as leaks
  • Loose railings
  • Improper lighting

Make employees, student and visitors aware of potential hazards via email and warning signs/cones/caution tape to block off area.  Preventing a potential hazard is a joint effort by all, not just a facilities or public safety function.  Everyone can get involved by making a mental note when a potential hazard is noticed and call in potential issues to EHS, Facilities and or Public Safety dependent upon the hazard. Please contact EHS & RM with any questions at or (770) 499-3321.


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