Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the Good Times Roll):
During this time of Carnivale celebrations (Mardi Gras) around the world and Superbowl Season please be aware of your safety as well as the safety of others whether you are celebrating out of town or at home. Here are a few things to consider when traveling to one of these celebrations or hosting one in our community or at home.
When serving a multitude of people please consider healthy alternatives for dishes and limit as many food items high in fat, salt, calories, and sugar. Please consider those with food allergies, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses such as hypertension and heart disease (Please click hear for further healthy tips on entertaining).
Encourage other alternatives for healthy living such as fitness challenges and work out groups to any of your guests, who might be interested, on your travels or at the party you are hosting.
Remember to review any guidelines on proper cooking, refrigeration, and holding temperatures for foods you may be serving or may consume (please visit the cdc website for further information on food safety).
Always remember to stay off the road if you have consumed any alcohol. Do not drink and drive or let others drink and drive. As a host it is your responsibility to call a cab as needed or delegate someone who is sober to transport any guests as needed (Please visit EPA or CDC for further information).
Please remember to stay safe regardless of the celebration and always remember your actions may not only affect you, but could also affect the lives of others in our campus and community.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact EHS via email or phone at 770-499-3321.
EPA's College & University Compliance Initiative
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 began focusing its attention on colleges and universities because they found that many institutions were not aware of their responsibilities under various environmental laws. In some cases, this lack of awareness put their staff and students at risk. EPA inspections conducted as part of this initiative resulted in major enforcement actions that forced institutions to pay millions of dollars for violations uncovered during these inspections, as well as several supplemental environmental projects.
Some details on the EPA program for institutions of higher learning are:
- The EPA holds educational institutions to the same high environmental compliance standards expected of private industry.
- In the past the EPA has found that universities assume many environmental regulations do not apply to them.
- Colleges and Universities are regulated and if found in violation, are subject to penalties and negative publicity, just like any other facility.
- Institutions of higher learning need to commit resources and management attention to meet environmental regulations.
USG/EPA Audit Agreement
In 2007, the USG system entered into an audit agreement with the U.S. EPA to perform voluntary self-audits and disclosures of most of the 35 USG campuses, using an independent auditor over a five year period.
The USG/EPA Audit at Kennesaw State University was performed by the consulting firm of Woodward & Curran during the week of March 1, 2011. The multimedia environmental compliance audit analyzed key compliance issues that existed at the time of the onsite component of the audit with regards to specific laws and regulations related to air emissions, hazardous waste, storm water, universal waste, oil storage, regulated medical waste, pesticides, asbestos, lead-based paint, PCB's and more. The audit found that most of KSU’s activities and facilities are managed in good compliance with applicable environmental regulations. The auditors indicated that “maintaining compliance with the environmental programs is a significant undertaking, and EHS does a good job with the amount of resources available”.
The results of the audit were submitted by USG to the EPA. All findings were corrected within the 60-120 day corrective action period. EHS is continuing to work with departments and programs to sustain what has been achieved and to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
Moving from Compliance to Sustainability
Environmental Health and Safety is working toward the development of an Environmental Management System (EMS). The system incorporates the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) model for improvement, and includes:
- Environmental Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's)
- Training and awareness information
- Employee recognition campaign
- Departmental (Designee(s)) for compliance
- Compliance inspections, assessments and peer-review audits
- Environmental Health and Safety Compliance Tracking Database
What Can You Do?
- Ensure that your office has a representative to serve as Environmental Coordinator/Contact for your department.
- Ensure that you and others have received training.
- Use Environmental and Hazardous Waste checklists to perform inspections of your area.
- Promptly correct violations.
- Promote environmental stewardship throughout your area.
Moving forward, this is now the standard in which KSU's Environmental Compliance activities will be measured. We continue to look forward to the many opportunities to strengthen our efforts in support of the university’s mission.
See you around campus!
Gerald C. Donaldson, REM
Procurement using Chematix
Did you know that you can order chemicals and other products through Chematix? You are allowed to use your P-card for purchases from Fisher Scientific, VWR and Sigma-Aldrich. You can purchase from other vendors by PO number. One of the advantages to using the procurement section is that you can receive your chemicals electronically into your inventory. Following is Sivco’s description of the procurement module in Chematix.
Perhaps the most innovative feature of CHEMATIX™ is the ability to procure scientific chemicals and supplies via the web, from virtually any web-enabled device anywhere in the world. Search inventories and catalogs, order supplies, manage existing orders and generate a variety of reports in this powerful module.
Some of the highlights include:
- ability of laboratory personnel to conduct a web search of chemicals in chemical store/warehouse inventories, surplus inventories and on-line catalogues of affiliated vendors according to item description, catalog number or CAS number
- capacity to view item description, unit pricing, catalog number, CAS number and MSDS from on-line search of chemicals and supplies
- one click addition of selected items to build market basket from on-line supplier catalogues, university stores and/or surplus inventories
- ability to quickly add items to market basket from "Hot List", an intuitive order profile configurable according to specific business requirements
- special order capability, allowing procurement of chemicals and supplies from virtually any approved vendor
- ability to specify a purchase order (internal reference) number on market basket orders
- optional central processing and approval via administrative and financial personnel
- ability to upload business-specific supply catalogs containing itemized product listings for both affiliated vendors and campus stores
- ability to process credit card purchases from customers
- access to past orders and, if desired, resubmission of another order of the same items or select items from the previous order
- capability to transmit special order items, non-stock items, and inventory replenishment orders by xCBL directly to contract suppliers
- seamless transfer of purchasing data to and from existing enterprise financial applications
- complete order management and customer service options with the ability to search and report based on shopper name, e-mail address, account or customer number, customer purchase order number, or chemical store/warehouse invoice number
Please let us know if you need any help working with this module. You may email Vanessa Biggers or call her at 678-797-2415.