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zxc Vol 4 Issue #6 June 2012

Summer Safety Tips

Though it is only the start of June, this can be one of the most dangerous times when it comes to heat exposure. Because the temperature outside is comfortable, people tend to forget that activity will raise body temperature even further. EHS would like to remind everyone, with the following tips as well as the article below, how to stay safe from heat exposure.

  1. Be aware of the heat. Pay attention to it and modify your activities appropriately.
  2. Pay attention to your hydration status, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
  3. Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.
  4. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  5. Cover windows that receive a significant amount of sun with drapes or shades to help keep your house cool.



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, BS

Environmental Manager

Mr.Stephen Ndiritu,

Safety Coordinator

Mr. Terran Terrell, MPH

Admin. Associate II

Mrs. Natalie Higgins, BS

Student Assistant

Mrs. Leslie Davis

Student Assistant

Miss Brittany Rhoades

Work Study

Mr. Michael Nero



Regulatory Commission Meeting

In 2007, the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG) entered into an Audit Agreement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to conduct environmental self-audits of all USG institutions. As part of that Agreement, each USG institution is required to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS) to facilitate compliance with all applicable environmental laws.

An EMS is an integrated set of programs and procedures for managing the day-to-day EHS operations to enhance regulatory compliance, reduce environmental impacts, and increase efficiency of operations in a comprehensive manner. An EMS will help establish a common environmental baseline across our campus. All USG institutions are required to develop and implement an EMS by year 2013 per the audit agreement with US EPA.

The EHS Department has retained the services of Woodard & Curran to assist in the design, development and implementation of this initiative. The initial stakeholder’s meeting was held Friday, May 18, 2012 from 9:00am until 10:15am at Chastain Point. The meeting agenda included the following:

  • Introduction of EMS Elements & Management Responsibilities
  • Covered “Getting Started”
  • Established EMS Team
  • Began building an EMS Part I & Part II

We would like to thank the many representatives that have already or will be participating with this important initiative. We will continue to solicit from faculty, staff, and students a commitment to environmental stewardship as leaders in our community. Additional information will be provided regarding development and implementation of this regulatory tool.

If you have any questions or would like more information about EMS or the meeting, please contact EHS via email or at 770-499-3321.

See you around campus!
Gerald C. Donaldson, REM


Protect Yourself from Heat-related Illness this Summer

The hot and humid summer season is upon us. While the season brings warm and long day light which allows for increased outdoor activities, the season also presents certain environmental conditions, such as high temperatures and humidity which can result in heat-related illnesses. Personnel working in hot outdoors environment such as in athletics, maintenance, construction and ground-keeping operations are at increased risk of such illnesses. Those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment are particularly vulnerable. According to US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) every year, thousands of workers across the country suffer from serious heat-related illnesses during the summer months.

Sweating is the primary mechanism by which the body cools itself. However, in hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can therefore rise to dangerous levels and result in heat-related illness, if precautions are not taken. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can result in death and requires immediate medical attention.

Awareness and being proactive by taking preventive action is your best defense against heat-related illness. If you are at risk of being exposed to heat stress, then water, rest and shade can make the difference between life and death. Drinking water often, taking breaks, and limiting time in the heat can help prevent heat illness. Gradually build up to heavy work in hot conditions to become acclimated - build tolerance to the heat. This is important if you 54are new to working outdoors in the heat or have been away from work for a week or more. Also gradually increase workloads and allow more frequent breaks during the first week of work. It is very important that you know and look out for the symptoms of heat illness in yourself and others during hot weather. Plan for an emergency and know what to do acting quickly can save lives!





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