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Vol 1 Issue #8 September, 2009

Clean Out Those Cupboards!

Chemical Gang

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is concerned with protecting the environment.  KSU must abide by the rules promulgated by the EPA.  One of the rules regards storage of chemicals that are not being used or that have no written plan to be used within a year.  We have chemicals sitting on shelves and the owners have no expectation of ever using the chemicals.  Maybe the Professor has moved on.  Maybe the chemical company sent the wrong order.  Maybe it’s simply out of sight and out of mind.

The reality is that we need to get rid of unused chemicals in a safe and legal manner regardless of why they are here.  Every chemical bottle should have a received date written on it along with the signature/initials of the person receiving it.  If the chemical is not used in 3 years, we need to either dispose of it or have a written plan to use it within the next year.  If a chemical bottle is dusty, rusty or crusty, it needs to be disposed of.  Our chemical inventory will be reduced, dangerous chemicals will be either disposed of or kept in good shape and there will be more storage space in laboratories as well as other rooms all across campus.  If you have unwanted chemicals that need to be disposed of please contact Vanessa Keel, Chemical Safety Manager at (678) 797-2415 or  We’ll take care of it for you!


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

Administrative Associate

Ms. Tami Talton

Administrative Assistant II

Ms. LaRondra West

Student Assistant

Ms. Leslie Burch

Student Assistant

Mr. James Kimani


DPS Begins Enforcement of KSU's Restricted Smoking Policy

No SmokingKennesaw State University campus is a “Restricted Smoking Environment”. Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings and University vehicles. Smoking is permitted in outside designated areas only.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has begun a phased enforcement initiative. This proactive measure’s intended consequence is to educate/inform the campus community regarding compliance with the University's Restricted Smoking Policy. DPS will start by distributing informational flyers and warnings to the smoking public. From September 16th, officers will begin issuing judicial/administrative referrals for violations of the policy.  Violators may also be charged under applicable State and local law.  

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to partner with the campus community regarding the policy. You can assist by politely informing smokers who may be aware or unaware of the policy to do the right thing. Click here to see a map showing locations of Designated Smoking Areas.

Questions or concerns regarding the implementation of this policy should be referred to Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management (770) 499-3321 or Questions pertaining to enforcement please contact the DPS at 770-423-6206.

Cooperation and consideration between smokers and nonsmokers are necessary to assure the successful implementation of this policy.

See you around Campus!

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


Work related Muscular Skeletal Disorders (WMSDs)

WMSD is an umbrella term for a number of injuries and disorders of the muscles, tendons, nerves, etc. caused or aggravated by various hazards or risk factors in the work environment. Other terms used to refer WMSD includes: repetitive strain injuries (RSI); cumulative trauma disorders (CTD) or simply musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD), among others.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, WMSD are among the most prevalent lost-time injuries and illnesses in almost every industry. WMSD can reduce employee productivity and/or cause work dissatisfaction.

Common WMSD includes: Back Pain; Muscle Strain; Tendonitis; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Rotator Cuff Syndrome; Tennis Elbow (epicondylitis) and shoulder pain

What are the symptoms of an WMSD?
  • Tightness, discomfort, stiffness, soreness or burning in the hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, or elbows.
  • Tingling, coldness, or numbness in the hands
  • Clumsiness or loss of strength and coordination in the hands
  • Pain that wakes you up at night
  • Feeling a need to massage your hands, wrists, and arms
  • Pain in the upper back, shoulders, or neck
What are the risk factors for WMSD?
  • Work that places the elbows above shoulder height or the hands behind the body
  • Tasks that call for frequent bending or twisting of the neck
  • Work requiring frequent or prolonged grasping and holding of objects, or frequent wrist movements
  • Work that requires frequent lifting of items from below knee height or above the shoulders
  • Work requiring frequent bending or twisting at the waist
  • Tasks that involve carrying , lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy or awkward loads
  • Spending a long period with a body part held in any one position without movement
  • Psychosocial factors relating to work demands, such as control over work and effort-reward imbalance in the job

Actual level of risk depends on the duration, intensity and frequency of exposure to these factors.

How can I prevent MSDs?
  • When working at a desk, make sure your workstation is properly adjusted to suit your needs.
  • Find something in your day that occurs every hour or so and associate that with your time to stop and stretch. For example, when you receive a phone call or when you hear the news on the radio.
  • When working at a computer, occasionally look away from the screen and focus on a distant object to rest the eyes.
  • Perform simple stretching exercises to reduce muscular discomfort:
    • Conduct stretching exercises slowly and smoothly
    • Hold each stretch for approximately 15 to 30 seconds
    • Relax the muscles between stretches
    • A specific stretch produces better results when repeated at least two times.
  • Get out and go for a walk for some fresh air.
  • In a home office call a mental time out and decide whether or not to set personal boundaries between work and your personal life to maintain a healthy balance.
  • Each day, set aside five minutes for a mental health break.
How Can EHS&RM Department Help You?

Our department can conduct a detailed ergonomic assessment of your work space to identify potential risk factors and help you make the necessary adjustments to reduce or eliminate these factors. For more information, please contact Stephen Ndiritu, 678-797-2410 or email:

SLIPS & FALLS HAZARD - A leading Causes of Injuries

slip and FallOne of the top causes of Injuries to the State of Georgia employees is Slips, Trips and Falls from the same level.  These injuries are from a variety of sources.  Many believe that nothing can be done to prevent this type of injury.  Many believe that the injured person is clumsy and must suffer the consequences.  Of course, that is not the case.  Many typical injury sources can be controlled with simple techniques.  Commitment to prevent these types of injuries is essential.  Whether it from our leadership in setting policies or from ourselves in following those policies on a daily basis.


  • Proper footwear should be used by employees. Just like in sports, your job starts with the right equipment.  No one would play tennis in high heels. 
  • Regular inspections and near miss reporting are other methods that can be used to prevent these injuries.  Again, if you are playing tennis you check the net condition and court before you begin playing.  This may be a sub-conscious or conscious quick scan of the area, but it is done before the start.  Approach every task or journey with the same respect. 
  • Slippery surfaces are a major cause of these injuries; report the hazard, protect the area and get them cleaned up before an injury occurs. 
  • Housekeeping is another potential injury factor.  Cleanliness and safety go hand in hand.  If the objects aren’t there, you can’t trip over them. 
  • Adequate lighting and designated walk areas are other factors to help the prevention of falls.
  • Distractions, carrying objects that obstruct your view, running, walking too fast, quick changes in direction and horseplay are all behaviors that can lead to an injury.
  • Be aware of these and plan to avoid these issues. Thanks for your time.  Let’s work together to make Georgia a Safer place to Work.


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