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Vol 1 Issue #10 November, 2009

“Candle with Care”

bswcCandles, whether used for decorative, fragrance or religious ceremonies, may be attractive but can present a serious fire hazard. A candle is an open flame which means it can easily ignite anything that can burn. According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), most candle fires are caused by combustibles being too close to the candle or by being knocked over by people, wind, doors, children or pets. In addition to being a fire hazard, improperly used candles can generate a significant amount of soot which can damage the walls, floors and ceilings.

The use of candles on campus for decoration, fragrance, lighting, amusement, instruction or entertainment purposes is prohibited. Candles use on campus is limited only to religious ceremonies or other special occasions in designated areas, with appropriate fire safety precautions and prior approval by the department of Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management. Safer alternatives to candles include electronic flicker candles, flashlights and battery-operated lanterns.

How can you safely use candles at home? To educate the public on safe use of candle, particularly at home, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed Tips for safe use of candles. The Candle Safety tips are available on NFPA website.



Remember KSU Campus including EHS&RM will be closed November 25-28 2009.

The Staff at EHS&RM would like to wish everyone a Happy Fall Break



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



Impact of budget cuts and furloughs on EHS&RM services

EHS&RM does not anticipate significant changes in service levels during the remainder of academic year 2010. Emergencies always take precedence. If you have an emergency situation to report dial 6666 (Public Safety) and EHS&RM staff will be dispatched as needed. For routine EHS&RM service requests please provide as much lead time as is feasible and we will accommodate your needs as soon as possible. Answers to many routine questions can be found on our website. Individual EHS&RM staff contact information can be found here.

KSU's continued committment to providing a safe and healthy working environment while supporting environmentally sound practices remains a high priority. The austerity measures that we already have in place are sufficient to cover this additional projected reduction. We look forward to continuing providing a high level of services and technical resources to the campus community. clamp

See you around campus!

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


Deer Collisions


The State of Georgia continues to have issues with State vehicles hitting deer/animals.  The peak season for collisions with animals is October- December.  Drivers are urged to be cautious during this time of year which is the mating season for White Tail Deer. 



Some suggestions for avoidance of deer collisions:

Be vigilant near dawn and dusk, the most active time for deer.

Heed deer crossing and speed limit signs.

Always wear your safety belt; it reduces your chances of being injured if you hit a deer.

If you see a deer by the side of the road, slow down and blow your horn in one long blast to frighten it away.

When you see one deer, look for another; they seldom run alone.

If a deer looms in your headlights, don’t expect it to move away.  Headlights can confuse a deer and cause it to freeze.

Brake firmly when you see a deer in or near your path.

Do not swerve.  Swerving can confuse the deer and cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another vehicle.

If you hit a deer, stay in your vehicle.  Do not get out and touch the animal.  An injured deer can hurt you or itself.

Get your car off the road if possible and call law enforcement.

Also, be aware that deer are not restricted to rural areas, but also inhabit some densely-populated areas due to increased human encroachment into formerly rural areas.  Following are two links that give additional information to assist drivers in avoiding deer collisions:

Please visit The Georgia Department of Natural Resources for further information or GEICO Insurance for similar deer-car avoidance tips.


Sanitizing Products

With the cold and flu season upon us, many people want to use products to sanitize their offices. Some products have been researched and are approved for purchase through normal KSU purchasing procedures.

Users should keep in mind that these products are chemical based and can cause harm if used incorrectly.  Be sure to read the product labels and abide by the manufacturer’s recommended use.  Be aware that some products can trigger asthmatic reactions or headaches in some people. 

If a coworker is adversely affected by your use of the product, find something that your coworker can tolerate.  If you get headaches for no apparent reason, look at your work environment and note if you are exposed to a chemical product or even a perfume or cologne.  It’s sort of like the old saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  One person’s smell-good product may be making another person ill.

In a work environment, under the Georgia Right-to-Know laws, you have the right to information about any chemical product to which you may be exposed. Any product on the approved list will have a material safety data sheet (MSDS) available to you from our website.  Please take a moment to review the MSDS for products you will be using.

The following products are approved for purchase and use according to the manufacturer’s label:

  • GOJO Purell Sanitizing Wipes
  • GOJO Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer with moisturizers and vitamin E
  • Professional Lysol Brand III Disinfectant Spray, All Scents
  • Lysol Brand Sanitizing Wipes, All Scents
  • Lysol Brand Foaming Disinfectant Basin, Tub and Tile Cleaner II, All Scents (Aerosol)
  • Airwick Decosphere Air Freshener, Various Scents, Liquid (Lavender & Freesia, Papaya & Mango, Jasmine & Kiwi, Linen & Cotton)
  • Oust Air Sanitizer, Fragrance Free

If you use a product that is not on the approved list, please contact Vanessa Keel, Chemical Safety Manager .  She will review the product and if approved, add the MSDS to the online service.


How Much Do You Know About Indoor Air Quality?

Some Facts about IAQ

  • Indoor air pollution levels are typically two to five times higher than outdoor air pollution. Yet, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors.
  • Asthma is the leading chronic illness in children.
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind cigarette smoke.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ranked IAQ among the top five public health risks.
  • 30% to 50% of all structures have damp conditions which encourage the growth and build up of moldand dust mites.

This information was brought to you by the Georgia Indoor Air Coalition. The Georgia Indoor Air Coalition is a public-private partnership working to educate Georgians about Indoor Air Quality. The Coalition is funded through an annual grant from the National Association of Counties, administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.


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