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zxc Vol 4 Issue #8 August 2012


As you might have noticed the past couple of weeks, the EHS website is currently under going a total revision.

The current site is sitting under construction, but is still useable until we release the new site in September 2012.

Please keep checking the site often for changes and updates. You can reach us by clicking here. If you have any questions about the site, or if you need help with an EHS matter please do not hesitate to call 770-499-3321.



EHS - General

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

Campus Emergency

Dial - 6666


Executive Director

Mr. Gerald Donaldson, REM

Admin. Associate II

Mrs. Natalie Higgins, BS

Admin. Assistant III

Mrs. Leslie Davis

Compliance Training Manager

Mrs. Eutopia Johnson, MS

Chemical Safety Manager

Mrs. Vanessa Biggers, BS

Chemical Safety Coordinator

Ms. Courtney Crawford

Environmental Manager

Mr. Stephen Ndiritu,

Safety Coordinator

Mr. Terran Terrell, MPH

Student Assistant

Miss Brittany Rhoades

Work Study

Mr. Michael Nero


EHS Welcomes New Staff!


Environmental Health and Safety extends a warm welcome to Eutopia Johnson, MS who joins the EHS team as the Compliance Training Manager.  You can email Eutopia or phone her at 770-499-3321.

EHS would like to also extend a warm welcome to Courtney Crawford, BS who joins the EHS team as the Chemical Safety Coordinator. You can email Courtney or phone her at 770-499-3321.

EHS’s specific services and support activities provided to the campus community continue to be further enhanced in regards to safety, compliance and environmental stewardship.

See you around campus!
Gerald C. Donaldson, REM
Executive Director-EHS

The Revised Hazard Communication Standard

The Hazard Communication Standard is a well-known Standard to most laboratory personnel.  It has performance-oriented requirements for labels and  Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).  A standardized format has not been officially adopted.  The result is that some MSDSs are more detailed than others and the hazard communication is often inconsistent.

The United Nations adopted a universal system for identifying chemicals and communicating hazards called the Global Harmonized System (GHS) in 1992.  The GHS requires health, physical and environmental hazard criteria for substances and for classifications of mixtures, provisions for communicating information on labels (including harmonized pictograms, hazard statements, and signal words) and a 16-section safety data sheet.

OSHA is expected to adopt the GHS System with full phase-in by 2016.  Changes will include the replacement of MSDSs with Safety Data Sheets, new hazard symbols, new labels and labeling requirements and new classifications.  Following are the final Hazard Communication Standard pictograms and hazards.

HCS Pictograms and Hazards

Health Hazard
Description: Health Hazard

Description: Flame

Exclamation Mark
Description: Exclamation Mark

• Carcinogen
• Mutagenicity
• Reproductive Toxicity
• Respiratory Sensitizer
• Target Organ Toxicity
• Aspiration Toxicity

• Flammables
• Pyrophorics
• Self-Heating
• Emits Flammable Gas
• Self-Reactives
• Organic Peroxides

• Irritant (skin and eye)
• Skin Sensitizer
• Acute Toxicity (harmful)
• Narcotic Effects
• Respiratory Tract Irritant
• Hazardous to Ozone Layer
(Non Mandatory)

Gas Cylinder
Description: Gas Cylinder

Description: Corrosion

Exploding Bomb
Description: Exploding Bomb

• Gases under Pressure

• Skin Corrosion/ burns
• Eye Damage
• Corrosive to Metals

• Explosives
• Self-Reactives
• Organic Peroxides

Flame over Circle
Description: Flame over Circle

(Non Mandatory)
Description: Environment

Skull and Crossbones
Description: Skull and Crossbones

• Oxidizers

• Aquatic Toxicity

• Acute Toxicity (fatal or toxic)


To learn more about the revised Hazard Communication Standard, click here.  You may also email or call Vanessa Biggers, Chemical Safety Manager, at 678-797-2415.


Vaccinations for College Students and Adults


Transition to adulthood and adulthood itself can be very exciting and bring much independence for an individual, but it comes with many responsibilities such as keeping up with/maintaining your health. Many activities such as starting a career, starting college, or even joining up with the armed forces are exciting but may come with risk such as a greater chance of exposure to infectious illnesses. In order to stay healthy during these activities may require you to become aware of what vaccines are recommended for your young adults and adults. Common Vaccines Recommended for Young Adults (ages 19-24) includes, but may not be limited to:

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, which helps prevent meningococcal disease
  • Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough)
  • HPV vaccine, which protects against the viruses that cause most cervical cancers, anal cancer, and genital warts
  • Seasonal flu vaccine

Common Vaccines Recommended for Adults (ages 25 and older) includes, but may not be limited to:

  • Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough)
  • Seasonal flu vaccine

There may be other vaccines recommended for young adults and adults due to their job, lifestyle, and health putting them at risk for certain illnesses. Check with you personal or family physician for additional information regarding your personal health for vaccine recommendations. For additional information for vaccine recommendation please either visit the CDC Recommended Vaccine Schedule for Adults or contact the KSU Immunization information page. You can call the University health clinic at 770-423-6894 or EHS at 770-499-3321.


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