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zxc Vol 3 Issue #11 November, 2011


Please take a moment and help us welcome our new Safety Coordinator Terran Terrell. He joined the EHS team on November 1, 2011 and we are glad to have him here with us. He is an asset to our team. There is no doubt you will see him out and about on campus, but if you need to speak with Mr. Terrell or just want to say hi and welcome to KSU you can reach him at 678-797-2968 or via email.

Exit and Exit Enclosures are Not for Storage

Emergency Exits and Exit enclosures such as exit stairwells are designed to provide fire separation from the rest of the building and provide a protected passageway in the event of fire.

It is important that the exits and exit enclosures be kept free of combustible materials that can compromise this protection. In fact, an exit enclosure should not be used for any purpose other than as a means of egress. Therefore, at no time should an exit stairwell be used for the storage of any material regardless of whether or not the material is combustible. Fire and life safety codes prohibit such storage.

If you see materials stored in exit and exit enclosures including stairwells, please notify EHS at Ext. 3321.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Staff at EHS



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

Mr. Terran Terrell, MPH

Admin. Associate II

Mrs. Natalie Higgins, BS

Student Assistant

Mrs. Leslie Davis

Student Assistant

Miss Brittany Rhoades

Work Study

Mr. David Harrell



Cobb County Recycling Facilities

The EHS office routinely receives inquiries regarding the recycling of household items. Though we do not offer onsite services, there are several locations available for recycling of household items in Cobb County. Please reference the information below regarding what’s available.

  • The Smurfit Stone Recycling Center, located at 1775 County Services Parkway, Marietta, GA 30008, accepts customer drop-off of office paper, plastics # 1-7, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, phone books, green glass, brown glass, clear glass, aluminum cans, and tin cans. Paper types do not have to be separated. This no-charge customer drop-off service is offered Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information concerning customer drop-off or other recycling services offered by Smurfit Stone Recycling please contact them at (678) 403-3900.

  • The Solid Waste Transfer Station, operated by Advanced Disposal Services (ADS) is located at 1897 County Services Parkway, Marietta, GA 30008. The ADS Transfer Station is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for acceptance of certain recyclable materials. The recyclable materials (tires, used motor oil, used antifreeze, car & truck batteries, and electronic devices) must cross the scales and customers do incur standard tip charges, starting with a $7.00 minimum charge for the first 400 lbs of material to be processed at the transfer station. Additional charges will be applied for disposal of select items such as tires, propane tanks and other items designated by ADS due to security requirements and extensive handling and expenses required to process and ship these items. For information concerning ADS disposal rates please contact them at (770) 485-8940.

  • TAG Grinding Services, Inc. vegetative waste recovery center located at 2150 County Services Pkwy accepts yard debris such as grass clippings, limbs, bushes, or leaves. TAG Grinding does charge for this service. For specific information concerning TAG’s disposal rates or other information, please contact their office at (770) 896-3995. TAG’s hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.recycle

Let’s all continue to be vigilant in being good stewards of reuse! Please contact the EHS office if you have any questions or please visit if you would like further information on recycling in Cobb County.

See you around campus!

Gerald C. Donaldson, REM
Executive Director-EHS


Thanksgiving Safety Tips

(Contributed by Lena Gott, Safely Deep Frying a Turkey)

Happy November, as normal here at EHS the focus is on Safety. This month our EHS Safety Coordinator, Dena Harris, would like to remind you that a deep fried turkey is certainly tasty, but precautions should be taken to ensure that no one is injured by the turkey fryer or hot oil during the cooking process.

  • Carefully read all cooking and safety instructions that accompany the turkey fryer.
  • Some users overfill the fryer with oil, which may cause oil to spill when the turkey is placed in the fryer. This may lead to a dangerous fire or severe burns.
  • Turkey fryers tip over easily, causing dangerous spills of super-hot cooking oil. Make sure the deep fryer base is stable to prevent it from turning over.
  • Many turkey deep fryers don’t have a built-in thermostat, so an accurate thermometer is essential. Combustion may occur if the oil overheats.
  • Do not attempt to touch the turkey deep fryer with bare hands; use potholders at all times. The pot, lids, and handles become extremely hot, posing a burn hazard.
  • Do not use the turkey deep fryer indoors. Set it up outdoors (not in a garage) and away from wooden structures.

In addition to the above safety tips, individuals should keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of fire and make sure to set up the turkey deep fryer on a flat surface.


Have a Safe and Enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday!

Five safety eyewear myths

According to Prevent Blindness America, more than 2000 people incur work-related eye injuries each day. Approximately 10% of these injuries require one or more missed days from work and 10 to 20% cause temporary or permanent vision loss. Identifying and dispelling several common safety eyewear myths may help to reduce these injuries and suffering.

Myth #1: Adding sideshields to nonsafety eyewear will give you OSHA-acceptable safety glasses.

Safety eyewear is designed to go above and beyond the call of duty and to go into environments where regular glasses dare not go. Safety eyewear conforms to a higher standard of impact resistance than regular glasses.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for eye and face protection are detailed in 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.133.

Myth #2: Clear polycarbonate lenses do not provide ultraviolet radiation protection.

Most plano (nonprescription) safety glasses have polycarbonate lenses. Prescription safety glasses may have polycarbonate, glass or CR39 plastic lenses.

Myth #3: All tinted / shaded lenses serve the same purpose.

Safety glass lenses are available in a variety of tints and shades. These tints and shades are not merely decorative, they are designed to enhance workers' vision under various lighting conditions.

Myth #4: Nonvented goggles are

Goggles are designed to fit snugly but not necessarily seal completely to a wearer's face. They provide more protection than safety glasses and consist of a frame, lens or lenses, ventilation area and headband.
In instances where gasproof goggles are required, nonvented goggles do notprovide adequate protection.

Myth #5: All face shields are created equal.

Face shields are designed for different applications. For example, splash shields and combination biosafety masks are lightweight, comfortable and guard eyes from splashes of potentially infectious materials. These types of shields do not meet the ANSI Z87.1 impact requirements.

For more information on safety eyewear and further discussion of each myth, please vist the labsafety website or contact EHS via email or at 770-499-3321.


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