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Vol 1 Issue #9 October, 2009

Water Damage !


We have all witnessed, firsthand, the havoc torrential rainfall can unleash on communities. Flood hazards are real, no matter where one lives; people living in low-lying areas, near water or downstream from a dam are particularly more vulnerable to flood hazards. Even seemingly small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying grounds that appear harmless in dry weather can flood following heavy rainfall. Floods are one of the most common natural hazards in the United States.

What do you do if you are affected by Floods?

Once the rain has stopped, the first priority should be flood cleanup to remove water and contaminated materials
from your home or office. According to the  United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), failure to do so in a timely manner can present serious long-term risks to health and to property. To educate the public on flood clean-up, the EPA has prepared a Flood Cleanup Fact sheet, which discusses problems associated with flooding, particularly with regard to microbial growth and the steps you can take to lessen these effects.

To learn more about how to clean after a flood please visit the EPA’s website or feel free to contact us anytime at 770-499-3321 or

Fire Safety fire prevention

Fire safety week was held the first week of October, however EHS&RM as well as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) believe fire safety awareness should happen year round. A combination of lit candles in jack-o-lanterns and dead leaves makes Halloween a prime time for fires to occur.

Please visit the NFPA website for more information on how to be "fire safe".

Happy Halloween-- EHS&RM



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

Administrative Associate

Ms. Tami Talton

Student Assistant

Ms. Leslie Burch

Student Assistant

Mr. James Kimani

Student Assistant

Ms. Hollie Means



KSU and the Right-To-Know Act

For the month of December, Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management (EHS&RM) will ask laboratory personnel to perform self-inspections of their training records, particularly as they relate to Right-To-Know (RTK).

Kennesaw State University has a RTK Program to inform KSU employees and student workers about any chemical in the work area that is potentially harmful to their health or physical safety. The KSU-RTK Program follows the Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right-To-Know Act of 1988 (O.C.G.A 45-22-2). The Act requires employers to provide information to employees who may be exposed to hazardous chemicals in the course of their work. The Right-To-Know Act also requires employers to provide information about hazardous chemicals to local fire departments, emergency planning committees, and the general public. EHS&RM manages the RTK Program. 

Before beginning work with or around hazardous chemicals, new employees and student workers must go through RTK Training and also through Work Area Specific Training. The University System of Georgia (USG) provides online general RTK training, which is incorporated into the new hire Human Resources Orientation. Upon completion of this course, a RTK Training Record is provided to each participant. A copy of this form must be maintained in the employee’s personnel file. EHS&RM has electronic access of this training documentation as part of the state’s requirement. Information regarding RTK training can be found here.

In addition to this general training, supervisors must provide Work Area Specific training to their employees. This training should instruct new employees and student workers on how to properly handle, store, and dispose of the chemicals they use, as well as inform them of the hazards associated with those chemicals. Lab personnel should know additional key things about their work areas, such as where the material safety data sheets (MSDS) are located, how to detect the presence of these chemicals, how to perform standard work practices and procedures, and what to do if there is a spill or accident. Additional training is necessary when a workplace changes a procedure, introduces a new chemical, or new information on a chemical hazard becomes available.

The KSU RTK Program also requires employers to provide personal protective equipment (PPE), assure MSDSs are available, maintain a work area chemical inventory, and properly label chemical containers. Click here for more information on laboratory safety or you may also contact Vanessa Keel, Chemical Safety Manager, who manages the RTK program for KSU.

We look forward to continuing to provide a safe work environment. See you around campus!

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


Standard Insurance coverage requirements for vendor/contractor contracts

In continuing our look at risk management contract review for this month we would like to review standard minimum insurance requirements for vendors/contractors.  Contractors must purchase and maintain insurance that will protect the contractor from claims that may arise out of or result from the contractor’s operations under the contract.  This insurance will also provide protection for the contractor for any claims in which the contractor may be legally liable whether such operations be by the contractor or by a subcontractor.  Contractors’ liability insurance shall be primary over and above any insurance of the University. 

Contractors insurance must be maintained for the duration of the contract.  The following is the STANDARD MINIMUM types and amounts of insurance requested:

Workers Compensation (WC):

Statutory Limits – required in all contracts

Bodily injury by accident – per employee

$ 100,000

Bodily injury by disease – per employee

$ 100,000

Policy limits

$ 500,000



Commercial General Liability (CGL):


      General Aggregate including


Products & Completed Operations

$ 1,000,000

Each Occurrence

$ 1,000,000

Aggregate Limit

$ 3,000,000



Automobile Liability


Combined Single Limit

$ 1,000,000


Please note that these are the minimum insurance types and limits that we would like to see from all vendors/contractors doing business with the University.  The limits requested can be higher than what’s listed above for a higher risk class.  An example of a higher risk class would be an air charter versus a laundry service.  The contractor must add the State of Georgia, its officers, employees and agents as an additional insured under the relevant policies.

The cost of insurance is considered a cost of doing business and is purchased to protect the interest of the business.  Vendors/Contractors can always request a one time higher limit from their insurance company for a minimal fee specifically for the event or project that they are providing for the University. It is our duty to ensure that all vendors doing business with the University have enough insurance in place to cover the cost of any claims brought against them for their acts.

Should you have any questions feel free to email or call 770-499-2460 for assistance.



Georgia Code 31-12-13 requires public employers to adopt a bloodborne pathogen standard governing occupational exposure of public employees to blood and other potentially infectious materials. 

Bloodborne pathogens can be found in fluids that are in the body (blood, semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedure, any body fluid visibly contaminated with blood and all body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids). Pathogens include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, hepatitis C, non A and non B hepatitis, syphilis, malaria, babesiosis, and brucellosis, among others. 

If you are required to work in a situation where you could “reasonably anticipate” coming in contact with the clean-up of bodily fluids, then you need bloodborne pathogen training.  These jobs include first aid team members, nurses, housekeeping and any other job which could expose an employee to bloodborne pathogens.  If you assist a coworker, but that duty is not part of your job (Good Samaritan), then specific training is not required.

Bloodborne pathogen training must be repeated annually and the employee must have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from a knowledgeable trainer. 

If you need bloodborne pathogen training, please contact Vanessa Keel at or 678-797-2415. 


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