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Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

CDC Releases New Guidance:  How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

The CDC has released new guidance related to face covers or "masks" to help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.  Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces and outside when 6-feet of physical distancing is not possible.  CDC has released a new website with quick, easy to read information and infographics on how to select, wear, and clean your mask.  Key points with exhalation valves in them are not recommended.  Additionally, the CDC's website provides cautionary statements about wearing neck gaiters and face shields.

Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

The California Department of Public Health released an updated guidance requiring Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings, such as public places, particularly when those locations are indoors or in areas where physical distancing is not possible.

Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings (PDF)

FDA Continues to Warn the Public about the Growing List of Toxic Hand Sanitizer

The FDA continues to identify additional brands of hand sanitizer which have been identified as toxic. While EHS and Procurement and Contracting are doing our best to monitor the list and what products have been purchased, we realize that some products purchased with PCards or which have been brought from home, could still be in use on campus. Please help us protect the campus community by reviewing the list at the link below and comparing the hand sanitizers in your area which you have purchased or brought in.

https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol#products

If you identify any hand sanitizers which are on the FDA list of toxic hand sanitizers, please immediately remove them from service and contact EHS for proper disposal.

Proper Use of Disposable Gloves

Proper Use of Disposable Gloves (PDF) will help you use gloves properly, understanding when to use them, how to avoid cross-contamination when wearing gloves, and how to take them off.  To protect yourself, use these steps on How to Remove Gloves (PDF).

Environmental Health & Safety Continuity Plan

Business and Finance (B&F) is committed to continuing operations as efficiently as possible to serve student, faculty, and staff during campus impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, we have created business continuity plans for each B&F department that outlines how each unit has adjusted hours and processes to function remotely, how staff can be contacted, and what services have been modified or suspended.

Environmental Health and Safety Continuity Plan (PDF)

Division-Wide Business and Finance Continuity Plan (PDF)

What We Do

We provide guidance and services to the campus community to promote the integration of health, safety, and environmental stewardship into all University activities.

Our Areas of Expertise

Health and Safety Training

We offer a variety of training programs to the campus community, including: injury and illness prevention, ergonomics, fall protection, fire prevention, general safety, and hazard communication. For more information, staff and faculty should visit the CSU Learn website to sign up for current training classes.

Emergency Preparedness 

We oversee the Emergency Preparedness Program which includes, Chico State Alerts, and the Emergency Action Plan (PDF).  Please review the information on the Emergency Preparedness website.