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Environmental Health Services: Minimizing accidents and maximizing health and safety at CSU

January 24, 2014

Environmental Health Services is a multi-disciplined team of professionals that supports the mission of the university in the areas of environmental health, occupational health, safety and compliance.

The Department of Environmental Health Services (EHS) is a multi-disciplined team of professionals that supports the mission of the university by promoting, educating and partnering with CSU professionals, the community and governmental entities in the areas of environmental health, occupational health, safety and compliance.

EHS has a cumulative total of over 200 years of experience in all areas of Environmental Health at CSU and works closely with numerous departments, including the Office of Risk Management and Office of Policy and Compliance.

EHS educates its stakeholders by providing over 46 different training sessions and has logged over 30,000 individual training records. Partnerships are fostered with the CSU community and regulatory agencies by attending regular meetings and conferences, participating in joint educational and emergency response exercises, responding to and participating in regulatory audits relative to EHS services and promoting environmental health best practices. EHS is proud to be part of the newly formed Office of Policy, Risk and Environmental Programs (PREP). Click on the links below for more information on the EHS website.

Emergency Management

EHS has emergency first responders on call 24/7 to respond to environmental emergencies. Contact EHS during office hours at 970 491-6745, or CSUPD after hours by calling 911.

 EHS works with Training and Organizational Development to provide proctor training, oversees the Thor Guard Lighting prediction system for the university, oversees the safety for special events on campus, coordinates fire drills and training, and develops and maintains the university emergency operations plan and building safety plans.

Did you know that the CSU emergency coordinator has been requested to help with security at Super Bowl XLVIII?

Learn more: Emergency Response Plan

Biological Safety

Audits and CDC inspection, coordination, oversight and training are performed by this unit within EHS.

Biological material use must be approved by the Institutional Biosafety Committee through the Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office (RICRO).

Did you know that CSU was selected to house the Rocky Mountain Regional Biocontainment Laboratory? This facility is one of 13 Regional Biocontainment Laboratories in the United States and serves the Health and Human Services Region VII, which encompasses Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Lean more about Biological Safety.

Safety and Industrial Hygiene

As part of EHS, this office oversees the Spill Prevention and Counter Measures Control (SPCC) program, performs fume hood certifications, reviews construction plans for EHS issues, conducts annual safety walks to evaluate safety concerns surrounding CSU buildings, performs routine building health and safety audits through the building proctor program, and oversees all asbestos and lead related issues in university buildings.

Did you know that CSU has over 700 fume hoods on campus that EHS inspects annually?

Learn more about Building Safety, Asbestos, Industrial Safety, SPCC and Fume Hood Safety.

Radiation Control Office

EHS supports the university’s Radiation Safety Committee which approves any use of radioactive material on campus. The Magnetic Resonance Safety Committee approves the use of high level magnetic sources. This office is also in the process of implementing a Laser Safety program.

Did you know that the office received a grant for over $700,000 from Sandia National Laboratory?

Learn more about the Radiation Control OfficeLaser Safety, and Magnetic Resonance.

Chemical Management

The chemical management program consists of chemical safety, chemical inventories per Homeland Security, inspections, cleanups and training. All hazardous waste disposal is required to go through EHS. Additionally, EHS has a chemical recycling program. Free chemicals for lab use are available.

Did you know that EHS has picked up and safely disposed of over 1 million pounds of waste?

Learn more about Controlled Substances, Emergency Response, Explosives and Hazardous Waste.

Water Quality Laboratory

The EHS Water Quality Laboratory provides routine water quality testing of water, pools and more for both CSU and the public. This lab also provides septic system safety and compliance, plumbing and cross connection control and oversight of all mold problems and remediation on campus.

Did you know that the lab samples benthic invertebrates up and down the Poudre and Thompson rivers for regulated water quality issues and that the head of the lab has been requested to help in major natural disaster areas including Katrina and Joplin?

Learn more about Environmental Quality.

Public Health

EHS oversees pool and spa safety and compliance, indoor air quality, pest control and pesticide safety, food safety, child care and camps programs, and public safety outbreak.

Did you know that there are over 200 food establishments that have been inspected at CSU?

Learn more about Public Health and Food Safety.

Safety Compliance

EHS provides training, fit testing and medical surveillance for respirator safety on campus. Areas identified through the Occupational Health Program will assist in identifying areas of concern for noise and other exposures. EHS also provides oversight of the DOT regulatory requirements.

Did you know that wearing a respirator requires a medical evaluation and training before it can be used?

Learn more about Respiratory Protection.

EHS also provides noise evaluations on request.

Learn more about Noise Evaluation.

Occupational Health

EHS’s Occupational health program identifies risk associated with working at CSU, and determines what safety programs individuals need to be enrolled in to work safely at CSU.

Did you know that a rabies vaccination series costs about $650 and that bats are known to carry rabies?

Learn more about Occupational Health.


Each member of EHS is passionate about supporting CSU’s mission and is glad to answer questions, build relationships and enhance collaborative efforts campus wide.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
 


Contact: Erin Rezac
E-mail: erin.rezac@colostate.edu
Phone: 970-491-5110