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Vol 1 Issue #14 March, 2010

World Water Day


Everyday we wake up without the worry of clean water. We run the tap to brush our teeth, bathe in, and sometimes even to drink. For less than a dollar we can buy bottled water at any corner convenience store without thinking twice about the cleanliness of the water. In some parts of the world this is not the case and with the growing populations it may not always be the case for us either. To learn more about World Water Day 2010 click here or check the WWD2010 info page.


Protect Yourself from the Sun


The unusually harsh winter season we experience the past few months has abated and warm sunny days are ahead of us.  Protecting your skin against harmful ultraviolet radiation from the Sun will be essential in coming months. The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) provide valuable information on how you can protect your skin from the sun during the hot sunny season. Please their website to learn more.



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

Miss Kimberly Helms

Student Assistant

Ms. Hollie Means



Spring Break Safety for Travelers

Spring break is a time for fun with friends and fellow students. When you leave home, safety should be a top concern. Staying safe will ensure you return to school with great memories from spring break 2010.

One of the most anticipated times of the year for a college student is spring break. It's an excuse to leave town, hang out with friends and forget about class. Unfortunately, spring break also brings potential safety risks.

Choose your destination wisely. There's never been a better time to land great travel deals, which means you don't have to settle for an unsafe hotel or a destination spot you aren't crazy about. Pick a place that is safe and do some research on tourism in the area. This is especially important if you plan to leave the country. 

If you're driving, use extra caution. Stay off your cell phone and never text while driving. The more passengers in your car, the greater the chance of an accident - so make sure everyone buckles up. Always practice defensive driving. Even if you're being safe, it doesn't mean other drivers will do the same. 

Travel with people you know and trust. Whether it's a student group or a few close friends, you'll want to be with people who look out for your safety. Stick with your group. Never leave the group you're with on spring break - even if it's the middle of the day. Choose at least one person you plan to stick with the entire time, although the larger the group, the better. 

"We want Spring Break to be memorable, but in a good way"  "You don't want to get arrested for DWI, receive a ticket or be injured somehow because you were irresponsible. Have fun, but please be safe." No matter where you plan to travel, keep yourself safe with the following:  

Tips for a safe Spring Break

  • Don't text while driving
  • Wear your seat belt
  • Don't drink and drive -- find a sober friend to do the driving
  • Don't leave your drink unattended, and don't accept drinks from strangers
  • Keep a fresh driver behind the wheel, or stop every couple of hours to rest and walk around
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained
  • Keep your friends close

See you around campus!

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


The first week of April is National Asbestos Awareness Week.  Asbestos has been banned in 40 countries, but not the United States. It is a naturally occurring mineral and was once considered to be a miracle mineral.  Its flame resistant properties have been realized for thousands of years – evidence of use in pottery and chinking of log homes dating back to 3000 BC in Scandinavia and written documentation of use in the Roman Empire.  The Romans used asbestos table cloths and threw them in the fire to remove food particles so that the table cloth would be clean for the next customer! 

First century Pliny the Elder and Strabo, a geographer, recognized that people who worked with asbestos died at an early age.  Now we know that asbestosis and mesothelioma are only two of the deadly diseases caused by exposure to asbestos.  The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004.   ADAO seeks to give asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is the largest independent organization dedicated to preventing asbestos-related diseases through education and legislation. ADAO’s mission includes supporting global advocacy and advancing asbestos awareness, prevention, early detection, treatment, and resources for asbestos-related disease.  For more information visit or contact Vanessa Keel at 678-797-2415.


Topic of the Month… Prevention of Cuts & Lacerations

MCj00978630000[1]With Spring time around the corner, many of us are gearing up for our outdoor activities.  With most of these outdoor activities comes an increased potential for hand and arm cut injuries.  Before you begin these operations, please take a few moments to assess your job tasks to determine what protective equipment is required.  Typically, cuts rank as the third most frequently occurring occupational injury and most are preventable.  There are a variety of causes that can contribute to these injuries.  They include:

  • Improper training
  • Powered machinery
  • Hurrying, Inattention
  • Missing Guards
  • Not wearing PPE
  • Poor Housekeeping
  • Hand Tools
  • Improper Lighting for the task
  • Lack of established procedures
  • Improper tool for the job


MCj02785860000[1]How do we prevent Cuts? 

  • Train employees to use established safety procedures.
  • Maintain proper machine guarding.
  • Use Lockout/Tagout Procedures.
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Proper tool use and maintenance.
  • Good Housekeeping.


Of course, one of the most common sources of cuts is the use of knives and other cutting tools, therefore:

    • Inspect tools before use.
    • Keep work area clear.
    • Maintain control of the tool.
    • MPj04442750000[1]Cut away from your body; keep your body out of the line of fire. 
    • Secure the item being cut.
    • Use a sharp blade; a dull blade requires greater force which increases the hazard.
    • Dispose of all blades in a sharps container.
    • Never use a cutting blade as a screwdriver or pry bar.
    • Don’t leave exposed blades unattended.
    • Store cutting tools properly.
    • Only use knives with a blade locking device.
    • Wear gloves; use the right glove for the job. 
    • NEVER wear loose fitting gloves around rotating equipment.


With a little preparation these injuries are preventable!  Let’s work together to make Georgia a safer place to work.

If you have any questions or need any further information please contact Karmen Binion at 678-797-2460.

DOAS Risk Management Services Division Loss Control Office.



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