Environmental Health and Safety

Hours: 
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday thru Friday

Phone: 530-898-5126

After Hours Contact:
UPD 898-5555

Department Zip: 0019

Summer Hours:
Monday-Thursday
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed Friday

Programs and Safety Information

Program Descriptions and Information

Below is a summary of the health, safety and training programs managed by the department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). Additional information, forms and reports are located in our forms directory. For assistance please contact our office at 898-5126.

 

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APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT CONTAINING HAZARDOUS MATERIALS

Before moving or submitting a Moving Request to have your surplus equipment taken away, it is important for the equipment to be assessed and made safe to transport to the Surplus department. Some equipment and appliances contain chemical products that are safe for transport.  Examples would be Freon or oil in a standard refrigerator or freezer. These are sealed and secured for shipment by the manufacturer of the appliance or equipment.

 

ASBESTOS/LEAD PROGRAM

While it is true there are many buildings at CSU, Chico with building materials containing asbestos and lead, these materials do not pose a hazard to employees unless they are disturbed. EHS maintains the Asbestos Management Plan, including an extensive sampling data base, while working closely with Facilities Management and Services, Ag Research Teaching Center (Farm), and University Housing and Food Services, to assure staff use proper work practices when working with asbestos containing materials. 

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BIOLOGICAL MEDICAL WASTE PLANBiological Label

The California Medical Waste Management Act requires generators of medical waste to develop a plan that specifies the procedures that are utilized in handling, storing, treating, transporting, and disposing of medical waste. This plan describes California State University, Chico's (the University's) policies and procedures to comply with the Act. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for developing and implementing the Medical Waste Management Plan. Environmental Health and Safety will apply for the required permits, pay fees, develop contracts for disposal services and transportation, and provide assistance to the departments to insure compliance. Each department is responsible for complying with all the handling, containment, and storage of wastes that are generated by their department. Types of Wastes Generated: Biohazardous waste, medical waste, sharps waste pathological waste, and pharmaceutical waste.

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CAMPUS FIRE SAFETY RIGHT TO KNOW ACT

The Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act is an amendment to the Higher Education Opportunity Act.  This amendment serves to increase campus fire safety awareness across the nation, providing students and their families with the fire safety records of college/universities. Signed into law by President George W. Bush on August 14, 2008, this amendment requires post-secondary institutions to publicly display fire safety information and statistics, much as they already do with other safety statistics, such as campus theft and assault.  This information provides prospective and current students of the policies, concerns, and fire safety conditions that are present at the institution in which they have applied or are enrolled. California State University, Chico, has developed our web-site with all the required information for viewing.  Please take time to review our statistics and fire safety information.  Let us know if you have any questions in regards to fire safety. To obtain an up-to-date copy of the Fire Incident Log call (530) 898-5126.

CHEMICAL HYGIENE PLANBiological Label

Employees are required to follow the guidelines and procedures set forth in this plan. Employees should read this manual carefully, and any questions regarding the contents of this plan should be brought to the attention of their immediate supervisors. This plan will be reviewed annually and approved by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.

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DEFENSIVE DRIVER TRAINING AND MOTOR VEHICLE USE

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ERGONOMICS

Ergonomics is defined as the application of human biological sciences with the engineering sciences to achieve optimum mutual adjustment of people and their work, the benefits measured in terms of human efficiency and well-being. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety can assist in correcting many of the ergonomic problems faced in your immediate job environment. Most of the problems that result in repetitive injuries can be solved with simple, yet effective solutions. If you are experiencing discomfort and feel that it is a result of current work station design, please feel free to contact our department for assistance. Take a few minutes to review the following information on workstation ergonomics and some key points to look for and apply the principles mentioned. To schedule an ergonomics review for your area please contact EHS at 898-5126.

ELECTRONIC WASTE PROGRAME-Waste Label

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS

Our department oversees many environmental programs on Campus at CSU, Chico including the following.

  • Air Quality Permitting
  • Air Toxics
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Emergency Management Response
  • Underground Storage Tanks
  • Water Quality

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FIRE SAFETY AND FIRE PREVENTION GUIDES  

FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM AND VENDING GUIDELINES

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety provides the Application for Food Vending Permit and Food Preparation Guidelines to groups serving food on campus that is made available to the general public. The Application for Food Vending Permit is available to all CSU, Chico organizations and groups. If you have any questions regarding the Application and Guidelines, please call EHS (530) 898-5126.

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GENERAL SAFETY PROGRAMS FORMS AND INFORMATION  

 

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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND WASTE PROGRAMSToxic Waste Label

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE

The purpose of the Campus Health and Safety Committee is to act as an advisory body to Cabinet on matters of health and safety and to increase health and safety awareness among all members of the CSU, Chico campus community. The Committee will make recommendations to assist Environmental Health and Safety in achieving the University's goal of creating a safe environment that is most conducive to the mission of the University.

The Campus Health and Safety Committee will report annually to the President and Cabinet. Through its work, the Committee will aid in the implementation of health and safety provisions contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreements. The Committee will make recommendations and report, as needed, to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, with emphasis on training the campus community on health and safety policies and procedures in order to prevent and correct work-related health and safety issues. The Committee’s focus is on prevention and correction of unsafe working conditions, as well as on education and training. The Committee will not be directly involved in receiving OSHA complaints, investigating such complaints, or developing resolutions.

The mission of the Health and Safety Committee is to address work-related health and safety concerns stemming from working conditions.  The Committee may assist Environmental Health and Safety in its role with the University Public Safety Advisory Committee* and the University Police Department with issues that may include both work-related health and safety issues and public safety issues that concern law enforcement.

 

HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM

The purpose of this program is to establish the acceptable limits of Noise Exposure at CSU, Chico. Title 8, Group 15, Article 105, Sections 5095–5099 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) has established acceptable limits for the amount and duration of noise that employees can be exposed. CSU, Chico employees exposed to the upper limits of noise exposure during an 8-hour shift are required by law to use ear protection, unless the noise can be controlled by administrative or engineering controls.

Protection against the effects of noise exposure will be provided to employees when the sound levels and duration are exceeded. Sound level will be measured on the A-scale of a standard sound level meter at slow response. For additional information and assistance, please contact EHS at (530) 898-5126.

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INJURY ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM

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JOB SAFETY ANALYSIS PROGRAM

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LOCKOUT TAGOUT-THE CONTROL OF HAZARDOUS ENERGY

Effective January 2, 1990, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) passed Section 1910.147 of Title 29 Code of Federal Regulation. The intention of this law was to reduce the amount of serious injuries caused by the release of stored energy during routine or non-routine maintenance of equipment or machines. The State of California has also adopted similar regulations that can be located in T8 CCR 3314. The goal of the Lockout/Tagout Program is to prevent accidents due to accidental machine startup or the release of stored energy when maintenance or servicing operations are taking place on machinery or equipment.

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MOTOR VEHICLE USE PROCEDURES

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RADIATION SAFETY PROGRAMRadiation Icon

Contact the Radiation Safety Officer at (530) 898-5126. EHS is responsible for the following radiation safety programs; Authorized Uses of Radioactive Materials, Radiation Safety, Radiation Safety Committee, and Radioactive Waste.

RESPIRATORY PROTECTION PROGRAM

In order to control the risk of inhaling air contaminated with hazardous dust, pesticides, vapors, smoke, gases, mists, or fumes, the primary objective should be to prevent atmospheric contamination.  This goal may be accomplished by providing protection through the use of property engineering controls such as exhaust systems or fume hoods.  Another step to ensure that the potential for hazardous atmospheres does not exist is by promoting administrative controls, this would include: substituting a harmful materials with a less toxic substance, and/or shift rotations to reduce employee's amount of exposure.  Finally, if the above techniques cannot be met, as in any emergency situation, the use of personal respiratory equipment is necessary. If you have any questions regarding the Respiratory Protection Program, please contact EHS at (530) 898-5126.

 

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SAFETY DATA SHEETS (SDS) ONLINE

OSHA HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD AND LABELING REQUIRMENTS

Recently, there was a significant change in OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard.  The updated standard is commonly referred to as GHS HazCom.  This revised standard applies (with some specific exemptions) to every employer and every employee who handles chemicals in the United States. By June 1, 2015, manufacturers and employers need to label chemical containers according to the GHS HazCom labeling requirements. Visit our forms page to download Sample Labels.

  • Use SDS Online to find, print, and save Safety Data Sheets (SDS). 
  • SDS Online allows any campus user to search through an on-line database containing millions of Safety Data Sheets.
  • SDS Online can be used to create and maintain an E-Binder or electronic copy of all pertinent SDS's for your particular laboratory, work area, or department. 
  • It can also be used to print GHS compliant labels for secondary containers, if needed. 
  • For maintaining an E-Binder or printing GHS labels, please contact EHS at (530) 898-5126.

SAMPLE SAFETY POLICIES PROGRAM

The Health and Safety Audit of California State University, Chico, conducted by representatives from the CSU Board of Trustees, provided findings that required each department to develop written policies and procedures which address the following.

  • Procedures to ensure adequate training of employees and students when working in a hazardous environment and to avoid unsafe conditions and hazardous equipment.
  • Keep training records and records of students’ injuries, incident reports, and safety complaints.
  • Maintain hazardous materials inventory for each room, and provide a chemical inventory to EH&S.
  • Request an MSDS when ordering a chemical.
  • Periodically post safety notices and Departmental Procedures.
  • Notify contractors of unsafe conditions within the department.
  • Designate department safety coordinators.
  • Ensure compliance with the Illness and Injury Prevention Program (IIPP).

These procedures outline the processes departments carry out in order to accomplish safety training, record keeping, safety inspections, safety communication, and hazardous material inventories. The processes outlined in the department safety procedures should include the person who is responsible to complete tasks and how departmental leadership is kept informed and aware of the status of safety issues. These two components are fundamental to ensuring that the assigned responsibility for safety procedures is carried out. Also, management can reevaluate the effectiveness of the written safety procedures and determine if the resources allocated to complete the process are adequate.

 

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TRAINING PROGRAMS

The following training programs are among those offered by EHS. We use state-of-the-art training technology to provide an enhanced learning environment for campus faculty and staff. These programs can be tailored to your department needs and we may offer safety training on other topics when requested. Please contact EHS at 898-5126 regarding trainings. 

  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Bloodborne Pathogens/ Infectious Materials
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Employee Fire Response Guide
  • Ergonomics: Making the Job Fit You
  • Fall Protection Program
  • Forklift Safety
  • General Employee Safety
  • Hazard Communication “Employee Right to Know”
  • Heat Illness Prevention Guideline
  • Injury and Illness Prevention
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • New Employee Safety Orientation
  • Pesticide Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Supervisor Safety Series

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UNIVERSAL WASTE PROGRAMUniversal Waste Label