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Vol 1 Issue #16 May, 2010

National Lead-Safe Renovation Program to Protect Children

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule which is aimed at protecting children and families from lead-based paint hazards associated with renovation and repair activities. With the rule in place, renovations and repairs of pre-1978 housing must now be conducted using safe practices to protect children and pregnant women from exposure to lead-based paint.

The rule requires contractors working in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities to take the proper precautions to work lead-safe, including minimizing dust, containing the work area, and conducting a thorough cleanup to reduce the potential exposure associated with disturbing lead-based paint. In addition, contractors are required to be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices.

According to the EPA, almost a million children have elevated blood lead levels as a result of exposure to lead hazards, which can lead to lower intelligence, learning disabilities, and behavior issues. Adults exposed to lead hazards can suffer from high blood pressure and headaches. Children under six years old are most at risk. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. If a home was built before 1978, there is a likelihood that it contains lead-based paint. Please click here for further information on the subject or contact Stephen Ndiritu at x2410.


Upcoming EHS Training Classes


Heat Stress-- June 2 2010 1:00 – 4:00pm
Confined Space Entry--June 16th 2010 1:00 – 4:00
Storm Water Management--July 14th 2010 1:00 – 4:00


Please contact Lionel Elder for further information on locations and how to register.



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

Miss Kimberly Helms





Chemical Hygiene Plan

Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management and the College of Science & Mathematics staff have revised the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) for Kennesaw State University. The CHP describes proper practices, procedures, equipment and facilities for employees, students, visitors and others working in the laboratories to protect them from potential health hazards presented by chemicals used in the laboratory workplace. This plan also provides guidance for those working cooperatively with principal investigators and laboratory workers to achieve compliance with University safety policies and governmental regulations. From time to time, it may be necessary when cooperation and/or safety fail to refer to the CHP.

The CHP is designed to ensure safety/compliance through a system of phases and/or to make the appropriate corrective actions.Kennesaw State University employees and students are required to follow the policies and procedures outlined in the Chemical Hygiene Plan. General precautions for working with laboratory chemicals in the following areas are referenced:

  • Common hazards
  • General safe work practices
  • Chemical storage
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Other safety equipment and engineering controls
  • Work practices for particularly hazardous substances
  • Chemical waste management
  • Emergency procedures

You may obtain a copy of the Chemical Hygiene Plan on our website or for more information, contact Vanessa Keel, Chemical Safety Manager at: 678-797-2415.

See you around campus!

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


State Tort Claims Policy


Did you know that as an employee of the state you have automatic professional liability coverage?  This coverage is provided to you under the State Tort Claims Policy through the Department of Administrative Services.  This policy provides coverage to state employees acting within the scope of their official duties or employment.  The Georgia General Assembly has elected to waive the State’s Sovereign Immunity for this particular coverage.

As a state employee this coverage affords you the ability to be free to make decisions, within the scope of your employment, in good faith without fear of lawsuits against you personally or loss of your personal assets.  This policy provides coverage anywhere in the world while acting within your scope of employment but only if the claim or suit is filed in the Courts of the State of Georgia.  This coverage provides a per person limit of $1,000,000 and a per occurrence limit not to exceed $3,000,000.

This policy does not apply to losses resulting from conduct on the part of any state employee or officer which is not within the scope of their official duties or employment.  This policy will not apply to any claim filed in any courts operated by the United States or any state government other than Georgia.  Please feel free to contact risk management or Karmen Binion at x2460 if you would like to review this policy or if you have any questions concerning the State Tort Claims Policy.




North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, or NAOSH Week, occurs every year during the first full week of May. NAOSH Week is intended to raise awareness about occupational safety, health and the environment. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) joined with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) in 2002 to raise the public's awareness of occupational safety, health and the environment in North America during NAOSH Week. This is just one tool the almost 100-year-old ASSE and its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members use throughout the year to promote occupational safety aimed at preventing injuries and illnesses. Several organizations representing thousands of businesses have partnered with ASSE and CSSE to support NAOSH Week, including U.S. federal agencies such as the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reach millions of people around the globe on the importance of being safe at work.

During NAOSH Week, ASSE and CSSE members, OSHA and NAOSH partners develop and implement activities throughout North America to promote NAOSH Week. ASSE members have held fleet safety classes, ergonomic awareness events, distributed catastrophe preparedness information, distributed free teen worker safety and preventing roadway crash brochures, developed and presented teen worker safety courses, helped Habitat for Humanity, held a personal protective equipment (PPE) fashion show, donated PPE and much more. In past years, NAOSH themes have included: mining safety; transportation safety, as transportation accidents are the number one cause of on-the-job deaths; youth workplace safety; and more.

 Also, 2007 was the first year that Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHP) was celebrated. OSHP Day falls on the Wednesday of NAOSH Week. The day was established to honor occupational safety, health and environmental professionals who have dedicated their lives to protecting people, property and the environment. There is a special web page focusing on safety and health professionals' experiences at work, how they got into the profession and the history of safety at

Each year ASSE urges everyone to get involved in NAOSH Week in an effort to better educate the public about the positive benefits a safe workplace provides not only for workers, but for their families, friends, businesses, their local community and the global community. In 2008 close to 6,000 people lost their lives from on-the-job injuries and never made it home. We’d like to move that number to 0.

Article reprinted from visit the website to get more information about how you can become involved in Safety, Health and the Environment or contact Vanessa Keel at x2415.



EHS&RM would like to congratulate our federal work study employee, Miss Hollie Means, on her upcoming graduation from Kennesaw State University.

Hollie will be receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology on May 13, 2010.

Congratulations Hollie on all of your hard work and accomplishments. May only the best things be in your future.

From all of us here at EHS&RM~~Good luck




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