Today @ Colorado State has been replaced by SOURCE. This site exists as an archive of Today @ Colorado State stories between January 1, 2009 and September 8, 2014.

Working at CSU

Chemical safety compliance on campus

November 14, 2011

Following is a message from the Provost's Office on a request from the Department of Homeland Security to visit campus on Dec. 7 to review current inventory of Homeland Security chemicals and to inspect labs that they select from the list that have storage of these chemicals.

Faculty and staff,

While the process we're outlining below may not apply to many areas across campus, we feel it necessary to send out this email rather broadly so that we eliminate the risk of missing any area that may need to participate in this inventory of chemicals. Please read on . . .

Below you will see a link from Environmental Health Services (EHS) regarding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requirement for CSU to report inventories for over 300 different chemicals. We apologize for the short notice and thank you in advance for helping CSU be compliant with this federal requirement.

While EHS, with help from the Research associate deans, has made much progress in devising a system to meet the federal requirements, updating the system has taken time and left CSU with a narrow response window. We have been waiting for approximately two years for the response to our last submittal to determine the next steps of the process.

Inspections coming Dec. 7

Recently, the Department of Homeland Security requested an inspection take place on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. The purpose of the visit is to review current inventory of Homeland Security chemicals and to inspect labs that they select from the list that have storage of these chemicals. Please know that we share the concern that this is a substantial externally-mandated administrative task with a short turn-around time.

If you currently, or in the past, or will in the future, use any chemicals for teaching or research purposes, please review the list of Homeland Security chemicals and complete the form. If you do not, have not, and no not anticipate using chemicals for these purposes, please disregard this email and directive.

Contact information

Here is the web site to get to the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 and the PDF to complete. Please go there and open the PDF "Chem List Download." Print this list, and complete according to directions. For many of you, completing the form may be as simple as "I have chemicals but none on this list."

Starting Friday, Nov. 11, return to the EHS website and click on the link directing faculty and staff to the database where you can report the information. This form must be completed by close of business on Dec. 1, 2011, but the sooner you can submit the information the better.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, cooperation, and hard work in getting this project completed on time.

Please feel free to contact EHS at (970) 491-6745 with questions or concerns you may have.


Dr. William Farland, Vice President for Research

Amy Parsons, Vice President for University Operations

James Graham, Director, Environmental Health Services