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Vol 1 Issue #11 December, 2009

Winter Safety

The winter season is upon us. The season can create certain environmental conditions, such as icy drive/walk ways, power outages, and of course the extreme cold temperatures.

These conditions are potential health and safety hazards for you and your family both indoors and outdoors. One of the most common tragic outcomes during the winter is accidental Carbon Monoxide (CO) poison, particularly when people use a generator in an indoor environment, following a power outage. Each year, thousands of people get sick and hundreds die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Awareness and being proactive by taking preventive action is your best defense against these conditions. To learn more on how you can keep yourself and your family safe during the season, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website on winter weather.





The Staff at EHS&RM would like to wish everyone a Happy Winter Break and Remember KSU Campus including EHS&RM will be closed December 19-January 4.




Winter Efficiency

Making sure your home is well-sealed against the elements is the first step to winter efficiency. By sealing leaks and adding insulation you'll cut drafts while reducing the amount of heated air you lose to the great outdoors.

Combine these upgrades with a programmable thermostat and your annual furnace tune-up and you'll be set to save all winter long. Join the ranks of winter-wise homeowners today by exploring our tips or by scheduling a home energy audit.

Low cost and no cost tips for beating winter energy bills

Get a furnace tune-up yearly. Professional tune-ups ensure safe and efficient operation.

Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted can save up to 5% on heating costs.

Window curtains and blinds are an easy way to insulate your windows.

Use caulk or expanding foam sealant to seal indoor air leaks, such as gaps around pipes and wires, electrical outlets, foundation seals, and mail slots.

Weather-strip your doors and windows. Sealing old windows can be more cost effective than replacing them.

Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.

Click here for more helpful and cost effective means to weather proofing.



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 Keel

Environmental Manager

Mr. Stephen Ndiritu, MS

Operations Coordinator

Mr. Lionel Elder

Administrative Associate

Ms. Tami Talton

Student Assistant

Ms. Leslie Burch

Student Assistant

Mr. James Kimani

Student Assistant

Ms. Hollie Means



EHS&RM Health & Safety Procedures and Programs

Kennesaw State University is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the working environment for faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors. As a consequence of this, the University encourages all members of the campus community to regard accident prevention and working safely as a collective and individual responsibility. We are pleased to announce the development of new written EHS&RM procedures and programs. Over 50 new programs and procedures will be available on our website ongoing in 2010. A frequently asked question,” What is a safety and health program?” A safety and health program contains the health and safety elements of an organization, objectives which make it possible for the university to achieve its goal in the protection of its workers at the workplace.

In fulfilling this objective, EHS&RM is committed to regular consultation with faculty and staff to ensure that these programs and procedures operate effectively and that health and safety issues are regularly reviewed.  Academic and Administrative managers are responsible and accountable for day-to-day safety within their areas of responsibility and have the authority to fulfill those responsibilities. EHS&RM is available to consult and advise regarding specific environmental health & safety matters and to assist with the development of programs/procedures needed as well.

We value your feedback and look forward to your taking advantage of these valuable resources.

See you around campus!

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


Building a Risk Management Culture…


Annually the state of Georgia Processes over 10,000 claims for injured state workers, damaged vehicles and property, and claims from individuals and groups seeking monetary damages from the state and its agencies. State funds in excess of $100 million dollars a year are paid for these claims. Indirect costs including lost workplace productivity and additional administrative time in dealing with these events costs millions more.

We can do our part to reduce state claims by building a risk management culture here at Kennesaw State University that begins with encouraging people to do the right thing at the right time regardless of the circumstance. This process begins with recognizing, evaluating, controlling and anticipating risks and hazards that lead to losses. If we can stop an incident before it happens, the only cost is the time we spent in preventing it.

In order to achieve our mission as a university we must have healthy employees, a safe working and learning environment as well as protection of our assets. In this upcoming new year let's work together to make our university as accident free as possible for our employees and for the general public who utilize our facilities daily. If you see or know of a situation or a circumstance that could potentially cause harm to our employees, our property, the general public or their property then please notify your supervisor or Environmental Health, Safety, & Risk Management.

By taking on this charge to build a risk management culture we will make our university a safer environment for all.

Chemical Inventories 

Chemical inventories should be reconciled by December 15.  This is a biannual occurrence in June and December. 

Following is the paragraph from the Board of Regents Chemical Hazard Communication Program that mandates this action ( 

Hazardous Chemical Lists Each member unit (meaning KSU) Right To Know Coordinator shall supply to the University System Right To Know Coordinator in June and December of each year, a list, by name, of all hazardous chemicals or products present in the member unit's workplaces. This list shall include all chemicals labeled as flammable, explosive, combustible liquid, corrosive, reactive, oxidizer, toxic, water reactive, pyrophoric, or an organic peroxide. 

This chemical inventory reconciliation is an easy task to accomplish with the Chematix system we have in place.  The most labor intensive part of the process is entering the chemicals in the system the first time.  Once that is done and you become familiar with the program, keeping track of your chemicals is much easier.  You may even join the ranks of those who boldly profess “I love Chematix!”.

 If you need help getting started or getting through a rough place, we are here to help. Contact Vanessa Keel, Chemical Safety Manager, at 678-797-2415 or


Holiday Safety Tips


EHS&RM would like to inform you of some Safety Tips before you leave the campus for the holidays.

  • Lock all doors, windows, cabinets and closets.

  • If you have any lock problems, broken windows or doors, report them now.

  • Remove any valuables from desktops, window sills and shelves.  Where practical, remove all personal valuable items from your office.

  • Unplug electrical appliances, coffee makers, heaters, etc.  Report any electrical problems now.

  • Remove any stored combustible materials, (newspapers, books, boxes, etc.) from corridors, closets and other storage areas.

    If you have any questions or concerns, pelase do not hesitate to contact us at 770-499-3321.






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