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zxc Vol 3 Issue #8 August, 2011

Test Your Knowledge

How much do you know about fire safety? You can test your knowledge by tracking the NFPA Fire Prevention Week Quiz


This year's fire prevention campaign is all about keeping you, your family, and your community safer from fire. You'll find educational material and tip sheets on the leading causes of home fires, information about protecting your home and families with life-saving technologies, and the importance of home escape planning.

Click here to access the quiz. 




EHS - General

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

Campus Emergency

Dial - 6666


Executive Director

Mr. Gerald Donaldson, REM

Chemical Safety Manager

Mrs. Vanessa Biggers

Environmental Manager

Mr. Stephen Ndiritu, MS

Operations Coordinator


Administrative Associate

Mrs. Natalie Higgins, BS

Student Assistant

Mrs. Leslie Davis

Student Assistant

Miss Brittany Rhoades

Work Study

Mr. David Harrell






Environmental Health & Safety offers fully functional On Line Environmental and Occupational Programs ready for use at

This resource features valuable information that is both compliant and useful as well as a quick and simple tool for laboratory and operations personnel. EHS partners with the campus community to provide custom solutions for campus department needs as well.  As many colleges and universities find the need to privatize or outsource training, EHS has stepped up to the task with new and longstanding partnerships to further illustrate the need to maintain a safe learning and work environment.

For information on how EHS can partner with or offer assistance, please contact us at We look forward to working with you soon.

See you around campus!alien

Gerald C. Donaldson, REM
Executive Director-EHS


The first HAZWOPER class I attended was in the early 1990’s when it first became a regulation.  I attended a class at the Tennessee Valley Authority.  It was a 40 hour class and included a whole bunch of information about which I knew little to nothing. 

When we as a society moved from mom and pop organizations to manufacturing facilities, there was a need for rules and regulations.  These were evident because of the numbers of people who were hurt or killed on the job.  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was created in 1971 by the Occupational Safety and Health Act for the purpose of preventing occupational injuries, illnesses and deaths.  OSHA regulates manufacturing and construction.  The problem then became what the manufacturers did with their waste materials. The RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) was enacted by the federal government in 1976. It is an amendment to the 1965 Solid Waste Disposal Act, which oversees the disposal of solid waste and hazardous materials.  The goals of the RCRA include protecting the environment from the harmful effects of industrial waste, energy conservation, reduction of industrial waste, and effective disposal of waste material.  The HAZWOPER regulation became effective March 6, 1990.

So, what does HAZWOPER mean anyway?  It is an acronym meaning Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.  It is a policy enforced by OSHA and can be found in 29 CFR 1910.120.  The Hazardous Waste part of HAZWOPER includes inspectors, plant managers, equipment operators, geologists, hydrologists, truck drivers and scientists, among others.  The Emergency Response part of HAZWOPER includes fire men, police, national guard, hazardous materials responders, first responders to name a few.  It regulates the safety and health of the employees or employers who handle hazardous substances in five distinct situations:  cleanup operations required by a governmental body, voluntary cleanup operations at sites recognized by the government as uncontrolled hazardous waste sites, operations involving hazardous waste at sites covered by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, operations at sites regulated by Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations and all emergency response operations.

We intend to manage all chemical wastes at KSU according to the EPA rules and regulations set forth in 40CFR. If you have any questions about hazardous waste, please contact the Chemical Safety Manager, Vanessa Biggers, or 678-797-2415.


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