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 office. 

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 exists.

81) What kind of training is required for faculty and students exposed to environmental hazards in departments such as chemistry, medicine, or art?
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? For faculty?
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 IAQ problems. 

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 including radon?
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 fields?


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