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Vol 1 Issue #2 March 2009

How Do you Disposal Off Aerosol Can?

aerosol cans

KSU uses a wide variety of products that come in aerosol (spray) cans. Cleaners, paints, pesticides, lubricants, and polishes are some of the many products that come in aerosol cans. Aerosol cans contain both the product and a pressurized propellant. In most cases, these products may have hazardous characteristics, such ignitability (e.g. paints, lubricants) or toxicity (e.g. pesticides, chlorinated cleaning products).  In addition, most propellants are mixtures of ignitable gases, such as propane and butane. The aerosol cans themselves are pressurized and therefore present a safety hazard if not properly managed.

Disposing of an aerosol can that still has residual product in the regular trash can be considered improper disposal of hazardous waste.  To ensure compliance with hazardous waste regulations, waste aerosol cans should be collected and managed as hazardous wastes.

If you generate waste aerosol cans, please do not dispose of the cans with the regular trash. Instead, put the cans in a separate container and contact EHS&RM at ext. 3321 for proper disposal. 

For more information on proper management of waste aerosol cans, please see EHS&RM's Guidelines for Management of Waste Aerosol Cans.

Upcoming Health Safety Trainings

Fire extinguisher Usage and HazMat Identification for Crisis Managers

April 9, 2009 1:00PM-5:00PM
KSU Center Rm 174

Health & Safety Training for Managers and Supervisors - Facility Planning & Operation Group.

April 29, 2009 9:00AM-12:00 Noon
KSU Center Rm 174


EHS&RM - General

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

Campus Emergency

Dial - 6666


Challenges That Lie Ahead

Although we are understandably proud of our many past successes, we must give due consideration to the important challenges facing us in FY 2009/2010. The EHS&RM dept, along with other units across campus, will be faced with the need to evaluate and streamline budgets. Funding limitations and regulatory changes will most likely impact our organization as we continue to improve KSU's Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management dept. I am extremely confident in our ability to face these challenges and continue our successful performance.

The focus of our organizational attention must include the following:

EHS&RM's focus on training remains critical to our success. In order to continue to maintain our high level of compliance, we will again strive to make EHS&RM training valuable to the KSU community while providing it in the most efficient and effective manner.
EHS&RM inspections of our facilities are a necessity, and also a time-consuming process. To improve this process, we will provide facility self-check list for Laboratory, Plant Operation and other units to make this process more efficient. This will help identify safe practices and address regulatory compliance issues that may arise.
Budgetary Issues
The upcoming budget reductions at the state level will require the reassessment of our priorities and provide the opportunity to reevaluate several key EHS&RM processes.

I am confident that we can adjust our priorities to meet the needs of all units as we have done in previous years. I look forward to working together with each of you to develop innovative approaches to meet the challenges ahead.

See you around campus!

Gerald C. Donaldson, REM


EHS&RM Participate in a Emergency Response Drill

chemical drillThe Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management (EHS&RM) participated in an emergency preparedness drill organized by the Department of Strategic Security and Safety (SSS) to evaluate the University’s preparedness and response to an emergency involving chemical spills.

  • KSU Department of Strategic Security and Safety (exercise coordinator)
  • KSU Department of Public Safety (Police)
  • KSU Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management
  • KSU Crisis Management Team
  • Cobb County Fire Department
  • Cobb County HazMat Team
The Scenario

The exercise was conducted at Chastain Pointe building 100. The scenario involved a spill of 2 gallons of Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) of unknown concentration with no injuries involved. The employee involved informed the building's Crisis Manager who in turn alerted the KSU police. The Facility's emergency evacuation protocol was implement. The EHS&RM department received a call from the police. We rushed to the scene to evaluate the situation. EHS&RM in consultation with public safety officer at the scene alerted Cobb county Fire Department and the HazMat Team who responded within minutes. The HazMat personnel donned their full-body chemical protection suits and contained the spill.

EHS&RM drew important lessons from the exercise and will apply them to enhance our preparedness and response to actual emergencies involving hazardous materials.

Preventable Auto Accidents

car wreckWe have had a great start to the new year in regards to a reduction in auto claims. However, with warmer weather claims activity seem to increase. We need to make sure that our employees remain alert and aware of their surroundings while driving. With the new DOAS Comprehensive Loss Control program in place we are now being held accountable for our claims activity and will be penalized with an increase in insurance premiums at each renewal if preventable claims are not reduced.

Risk Management requests that all employees who are responsible for driving a state owned vehicle (including student workers responsible for driving) watch the "Driving Do's and Dont's: Changing the Habits" by DOAS. Even if you have already viewed the video we are requesting that you view it again and that it becomes a mandatory part of your annual training.

After watching the video please remember to register your participation:
Click on the link that says register your participation:

  • Enter the employee name
  • Parent Agency or Organization: Regents, Board of
  • Division: (Type in) Kennesaw State University

Reporting an Accident involving State-owned Vehicle

These are the steps to follow when an accident occurs involving a state owned vehicle, even if there are no damages to the KSU vehicle:

  • Driver calls public safety and their supervisor
  • Driver calls DOAS (*THE YELLOW CARD located in the dash - (877)656-7475)
  • KSU Risk Management receives the incident report from Public Safety Records

Please remember that these are very difficult times and money spent on preventable claims is simply money wasted.  Thank you for your cooperation and please let us know if there's anything that we in risk management can do to assist.


USG Online Training

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia website is a good source for online safety and health training. The website contains important health and safety training modules available to faculty and staff members.

The Right to Know Basic Awareness module is the most widely utilized of these modules. In February 2009, 64 people from various departments completed the course. While in January 27 faculty, 36 staff, and 74 students completed the course.

The USG website includes other training course that are important for faculty and staff to complete. Below is a list of some of the available modules:

Take a momement and complete these training modules.  You’ll be safer because of it!


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