Vol 1, Issue 1

February 2009

Safety Alerts


It is winter season and power can be lost during winter storms. If you lose power, never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off. Click here to learn more.


What would you do if there were a fire in your building?

Each person at KSU has a personal responsibility to take immediate and appropriate action to ensure their own safety in the event of a fire emergency. Click here for more information on the appropriate procedures to follow.





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

Administrative Assistant II

Ms. LaRondra West


Ms. Leslie Burch

Student assistant

Mr. James Kimani


Tel:770-499-3321 Fax:770-420-4363


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Welcome to the Inaugural Issue of KSU Safety Bulletin

Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management is pleased to introduce to you the inaugural edition of the KSU Safety Bulletin. The Bulletin is a monthly newsletter created for the Kennesaw State University campus community to highlight our programs and to share information about any new or emerging issues that may affect the regulated community at large.

We continuously strive to enhance dialogue with our stakeholders. We therefore welcome your questions or suggestions on how to improve the information provided in this newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact us at

We thank you for your continued support!

Gerald C. Donaldson, REM

KSU Chemical Inventory Management System (Chematix)


Chematix is a chemical management system with full-featured capabilities of tracking chemicals from point of entry as inventory to point of exit as waste - “cradle to grave”. The system also provides a quick access to the chemical's hazards information. The system is constituted of various modules to facilitate inventory management, waste management, financial management and e-procurement.

The inventory module enables the end-users to track the amount and location of chemiclas on campus. The procurement module enables faculty and staff to purchase and receive chemicals, while the waste module enables the end-user and EHS&RM personnel to manage all aspects of chemical disposal. Chematix can also be used in the event of an emergency to assist emergency personnel with information on presence of known chemical hazards in a particular building on campus. All chemicals used on campus should be entered into Chematix. The following are examples of types of items that should be entered into the system:

  • Gas cylinders
  • Solvents
  • Chemical samples
  • Stock bottles of chemicals
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Chemicals in maintenance shops
  • Paints

Some items not tracked through Chematix are as follows:

  • Lab supplies
  • Working solutions (mixtures made up from stock chemicals already in the lab inventory)
  • Petri dishes of agar

KSU EHS&RM Department is required by law to submit a biannual chemical inventory report (in June and December) to the Board of Regents as part of the “Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988 (O.C.G.A. 45-22-2)”.  Chematix greatly reduces the amount of time required to update the chemical inventory and generate reports. All substances are tracked via scanning barcodes attached to each item upon acceptance into the system.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding Chematix, please contact Vanessa Keel, Chemical Safety Manager via email at or at 678-797-2415. 



Why Risk Management?

The goal of Risk Management is to preserve University assets, both human and physical. This is accomplished by identifying, evaluating, and controlling loss exposures faced by the University. Our goal is to minimize the adverse effects of unpredictable events. We utilize a number of processes and tools including, but not limited to:

  • Maintain current values for buildings, contents, and moveable property.
  • Respond to all property, liability, and other casualty losses
  • accomplishing the appropriate resolution of all claims.
  • Review insurance language in vendor and research contracts to control transfer of risk
  • Review and approve Certificates of Insurance for vendors and facility users
  • maintain database of insurance information.

If you have any questions regarding Risk Management please contact the KSU Risk Manager, Karmen Binion at (678) 797-2460 or Also please check out our website.


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