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zxc Vol 3 Issue #9 September, 2011



Please take a moment and help us welcome our new Safety Coordinator Dena Harris. She joined the EHS team on August 15, 2011 and we are glad to have her here with us. She is an asset to our team. If you need to speak with Ms. Harris or just want to say hi and welcome her to KSU you can reach her at 678-797-2968 or via email.


Grilling on Campus


The EHS Department, in consultation with other stakeholders, is leading the effort to improve the current grilling facilities on campus. Discussions are currently ongoing with the aim of developing the most appropriate strategy and identifying resources required.

In the interim, the Department wishes to advise the campus community that current policy on grilling continues. The current policy requires grilling to be done using only the charcoal grills installed on various locations on campus grounds.


However, EHS will review  and approve or deny accordingly on case-by-case basis each request by any registered Student Organization to bring an appropriate grill on campus for a particular event.  This will be influenced by the nature of event, particularly size.

Please note that, even with approval to bring your own grill, portable gas grills are prohibited on campus.
If you have any questions regarding the issue, please consult Stephen Ndiritu at 678-797-2410.



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

Environmental Manager

Mr. Stephen Ndiritu, MS

Safety Coordinator

Ms. Dena Harris, MS

Admin. Associate II

Mrs. Natalie Higgins, BS

Student Assistant

Mrs. Leslie Davis

Student Assistant

Miss Brittany Rhoades

Work Study

Mr. David Harrell



Coming Soon: EHS Internal Audits!

The EHS staff is excited to begin a new academic year! As everyone begins to get re-acclimated to our campus environment, I would like to encourage you to begin thinking of ways you can work safer while being well informed about matters pertaining to environmental compliance on campus.

EHS plans to implement an internal audit tool for laboratory and maintenance operations for the winter semester. KSU was inspected earlier this year by the Board of Regents and Woodard & Curran to conduct a Self-EPA audit for RCRA compliance. Issues most often raised by the inspector revolved around chemical storage, waste classification, training and record keeping. The inspector at KSU was the same inspector that visited the entire USG over the past five years and he raised many of the same issues.  We will send out additional information in the weeks to come and suggest you take full advantage of the opportunity to ensure your operation is in compliance. Your involvement will enhance your overall experience. 

As Executive Director, I have been diligently working with my colleagues to review the programs and services that we offer. We continue to look for improvements as we move the Facilities Division forward in revamping our programs and services to better meet the needs of our faculty, staff and students.

We look forward to a great year! I wish the best of success to all of you and remind you that the EHS staff is here to help you in whatever way we are able. Please let us know how we may better assist you!

See you around Campus!

Gerald C. Donaldson, REM
Executive Director-EHS


How to Buy the Right Safety Goggles

(reprinted from


Safety goggles offer good protection for eyes from the debris that flies around while operating a grinder or welding machine. They are useful to safeguard eyes when working on such apparatus from all kinds of floating dust or sparks.

Safety goggles are essential equipment; even for simplest of repair or construction work that can create eye-damaging debris. They truly ensure the safety of your vision, making it extremely important to get enough information, particularly about the lens material, in order to buy the right safety goggles.

Different materials offer different levels of clarity, impact resistance and scratch resistance. Look out for lenses that meet required standards as there are a number of different kinds of lenses.

Glass lenses are the heaviest but they offer the best optical clarity. These lenses are great when working in tight spaces, with small parts or with liquids that might splash. Plastic lenses are lighter and cheaper than glass.

Safety goggles with plastic lenses work well in outdoor settings or for long duration activities. Polycarbonate lenses are the most popular for safety goggles. These lenses offer high impact resistance and are among the lightest offered. You should look for coated lenses to offset scratch damage and UV protection.

High index plastic lenses offer the clarity of glass. These are most often used in prescription safety glasses. Safety goggles come with side shield protection; often in the form of side panels or wrap-around lenses. Side shield safety wear offers a wider protective zone around the eye.

Goggles offer the most protection around the eye. Goggles that fit completely against the face provide the best protection. Safety goggles also allow you to wear prescription glasses or sunglasses under the goggles. They may also come in a number of tinting options. You can also find clear, shaded and transition lenses that are great for indoor as well as outdoor activities.

To ensure eye safety it is wise to use safety goggles. They are inexpensive and readily available at hardware stores. Milwaukee and DeWalt offer some very good safety goggles. You can also get chemical goggles from Pyramex that protect eyes from liquid chemicals. With indirect air vents that allow air to enter and still keep liquids out. They are fog-free and offer UV protection as well.


Top 5 College Campus Safety Tips

Here at EHS the focus is on Safety. This month our new EHS Safety Coordinator, Dena Harris, would like to give you 5 ways you can help keep the campus safe.


  • Parental Input for students

Have students invite their parents to campus and show them around. Get their input. Perhaps they attended the same school themselves years ago and know a bit about the campus. Don’t underestimate the value and wisdom of elders!

  • Keep Passwords Safe

Protect your passwords, your technological gadgets, your bank card, cell phone and be smart about your interactions online (Facebook, etc.) Do not give out too much information. Play it safe!

  • Keep Someone Informed

Always tell someone—your roommate, a friend or even a relative where you are going and with whom and what time you plan on being back. That way, if you go missing someone will be able to provide important details about your whereabouts. There may come a time that you’re glad that you kept them in the know.

  • Lock Up

If the front door at the dorm or your apartment complex is locked it’s locked for a reason. Do not let anyone into the building that you do not know. Always keep your dorm room locked when you are not there and lock your apartment door when you leave the premises.

  • Listen to Your Little Voice

Use your common sense. Don’t put yourself into a potentially dangerous situation and then have to figure out how to get out of it. Plan in advance. Make sure that you have a ride home. Pay attention to your surroundings and exercise self-discipline while having a good time.

We hope you will use these tips to be safe as a new school year unfolds, and should you have a safety concern remember you can reach KSU Public Safety at 770-423-6666 (or just 6666 from on campus).






Tips contributed by, Top 10 College Campus Safety Tips


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