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Vol 1 Issue #12 January, 2010

Upcoming Documentary "Fuel"






KSU and EHS&RM would like to remind you 'change your oil and you can change the world'. That’s also the message behind Fuel, the recipient of a Sundance Audience award and 11 standing ovations. Filmmaker Josh Tickell brings the issue of America’s oil addiction right into your living room by uncovering the rising domination of the petrochemical industry. But not all hope is lost, says Tickell, who argues that there are currently many solutions available to help power the nation with clean, renewable energy. The movie was available on DVD January 1, 2010.





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



Too Many Chemicals

Everywhere you turn, you can find someone talking about chemicals. Environmental, Health, Safety & Risk Management has a database of chemicals, called Chematix. It contains information about the effects of various chemical substances. Chemical Safety Risks are everywhere. EHS&RM has been evaluating the risks of chemicals that accumulate in science laboratories and throughout the rest of the campus. These chemicals may be shock or temperature sensitive, or they may be incompatible with other chemicals that may inadvertently mix with them. This is why EHS&RM would like to reduce risks by decreasing the number of chemical containers on campus. Ideally, the only chemicals in labs/shops should be those that will have an immediate or planned use in research, teaching or operations. The old attitude of keeping a chemical "just in case" doesn't make sense compared to the human and facility cost of a chemical accident.

EHS&RM has recently removed a large number of hazardous Chemicals (several compressed gas cylinders) throughout campus facilities. This “initiative’s” goal is to minimize the number of hazardous chemicals on campus. This will substantially reduce risks posed by the handling of these materials. This added effort will undoubtedly provide an even safer environment for our faculty, staff, students and the campus community. Safety is a “Shared Responsibility”. Your efforts play a vital role!

If you would like to know what you can do to participate in this initiative, please contact Vanessa Keel, Chemical Safety Manager at 678-797-2415.

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See you around campus!

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




Auto Coverage & Safety Training Videos

The State of Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) Risk Management Office has developed a couple of Auto Coverage & Safety Training Videos for all state employees.  The videos explain when employees are and, more importantly, when they are not insured.  The goal is to have these videos viewed annually by all State of Georgia employees regardless of whether or not they drive a state vehicle.  It is imperative that all state employees have the opportunity to view the videos. 

 EHS&RM would appreciate everyone's participation as we would like for each department to include this in your mandatory annual training for your employees.

 1) Go to:

2) Scroll down to Auto Program Training Videos and when you are done watching the 2 videos...

3) Complete the acknowledgment form verifying you have seen the videos by clicking on register your participation. The parent company is Regents, Board of and Division is Kennesaw State University.

 Agency participation in this training exercise will be reviewed by the Governor's Office.

 If you have further questions, you may contact our office at for assistance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Laboratory Fume Hoods



A laboratory fume hood is a cabinet with a movable front sash (window) that is made out of safety glass.  It is a local exhaust ventilation system that is designed to protect laboratory personnel from inhalation hazards, such as hazardous gases, dusts, mists, vapors and fumes.  The working surface of the hood should be as clean and empty as practical to support the removal of the hazards.  No chemicals or other items should be stored on the working surface.  

The fume hood operates by drawing air into the hood under and around the sash.  The moving air causes the hazard to be removed from the hood through the baffles (openings in the rear and top of the hood) and thus away from the user.  The contaminated air is exhausted to the outside of the building usually through an exhaust that is located on the roof of the building.

A correctly functioning hood will have a face velocity of 100 linear feet per minute (lft/min) +/- 20% with the sash positioned at 18” open.   Each hood will have a fume hood performance sticker which lists the dates of inspections, face velocities and inspectors.  Laboratory users should use the hood with the sash open 18” or less for optimal safety.  Each hood should also have a monitor that will alarm when the air flow is reduced to dangerous levels. 

If you have any questions or concerns about laboratory fume hoods, please contact Vanessa Keel, Chemical Safety Manager at 678-797-2415.


Responding to an Oil Spill


Oil is used around the Campus for wide variety purposes. It is available in multiple operational equipment and processes, including elevators, motor vehicle, hydraulic systems, fuel storage tanks, and in catering operations.

Whenever oil is present, there is always a possibility that a spill can occur.  Most oil spills are accidental, and can happen at any time. The severity of the spill will depend on the location and the amount of oil spilled. Preventing spills is the best way to protect your health and the environment from exposure to oil. KSU has developed and is implementing a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-E.P.A) regulations. The SPCC plan includes an inventory of University’s bulk oil storage, outlines procedures for preventing oil from being spilled and released into the environment, and details the procedures for responding to a spill event.  

In the event of an oil spill, the individual(s) who caused the spill is responsible for ensuring prompt and proper clean-up. The Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHS&RM) has prepared general procedures (Oil Spill Response and Cleanup Procedures) to be followed in the event of an oil spill. We encourage members of the University community, particularly those who regularly deal with oil or work with oil-filled equipment to familiarize themselves with these procedures. Click HERE to access the Spill Response and Cleanup Procedure from EHS&RM website. If you have any questions on the subject, please contact Stephen Ndiritu, Environmental Manager at 678-797-2410.



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