The Workplace Environment
79) What kinds of occupational hazards exist on campus?
Almost every occupational hazard imaginable exists on campus from the
construction industry, to the laboratory setting, to ergonomics in the
80) Does your campus have a history of worker/student health and
safety complaints or problems?
No. However, when a complaint is filed, the Environmental Management,
Health, and Safety office does an investigation to correct whatever problem
81) What kind of training is required for faculty and students exposed
to environmental hazards in departments such as chemistry, medicine, or
All of the universities departments, including Chemistry and Art, require
that training be provided to faculty, staff, and students. There
are also records kept regarding training that has taken place. These
records indicate the date the training took place and what type of specific
training was provided.
82) Are any courses or seminars conducted on art safety for students?
The Art Department conducts presentations on safety prior to students
using hazardous materials and equipment. Faculty is also trained
when using hazardous materials and equipment if they are unfamiliar with
proper use and protective clothing.
83) Is there a non-smoking policy in effect on campus?
Yes, there is no smoking allowed inside
any of the buildings.
84) Have workers or students complained of health problems that may
be due to poor indoor air quality?
At times there are complaints made about poor indoor air quality (IAQ).
Each complaint is investigated and efforts are made to alleviate the problem.
The university also hires indoor air quality consultants at times to investigate
85) What are the sources of poor indoor air quality on campus?
Sources of poor indoor air quality on campus include inadequate ventilation,
too many people in a confined area, high pollen concentrations, mold, etc.
86) Have campus officials investigated indoor air-pollution problems
There have been numerous investigations regarding air quality problems
on campus. The Chico area is not considered a radon producing area
so radon is not regarded as a local issue.
87) What is the status of asbestos abatement in campus facilities?
Many of the buildings on campus contain asbestos. The university
has abated the areas deemed to be a problem or when disturbance is inevitable.
The areas that contain asbestos that are not disturbed are managed and
monitored according to current regulatory standards.
88) Is water quality a concern in your community?
Water quality is a concern in some areas in Chico, but the drinking
water on campus is of very high quality. Surface waters are polluted
with typical storm water related pollutants.
89) What is the quality of drinking water on campus? Has it been
tested for contaminants, such as lead?
The quality of drinking water on campus is high. Cal Water performs
monthly tests for contaminants, including lead.
90) Has your school developed policies and procedures regarding the
use of Video Display Terminals?
There are ergonomic standards initiated on campus, but no policies
regarding Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) exist.
91) Is your school located near a power generating station?
92) Is there any cause for concern on campus regarding electromagnetic