Environmental Health & Safety

HHS adds to list of carcinogens

Washington – The Department of Health and Human Services has added four substances to its list of cancer hazards, according to the agency's 13th Report on Carcinogens.

One of those substances – ortho-toluidine, which is used to make rubber chemicals, pesticides and dyes – has been listed as a known human carcinogen. Three others have been added as "reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens," including:

OEHS Conducts Comprehensive Laser Safety Program Review

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) recently partnered with a USNH term agreement contractor to conduct the first comprehensive campus audit of the UNH Laser Safety Program. The audit was intended as primarily an administrative review of the program and inspection of laser procedures in place.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Praises UNH

On September 10th-11th representatives of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) performed an unannounced inspection of university facilities to determine compliance with New Hampshire rules regulating the management of hazardous wastes. OEHS staff accompanied the NHDES representatives during their inspection of hazardous waste management practices in Kendall, Parsons and Rudman Halls, the Whittemore Center Arena and the OEHS Central Hazardous Waste Accumulation facility.

Institutional Biosafety Committee announces next meeting

The next IBC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 6 in Rudman G04. Dr. Mike Ellenbecker, UMass Lowell Professor and Director of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), will be giving a presentation to the IBC on nanoparticles from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. From 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. the regular IBC committee meeting will take place.

Globally Harmonized System of Hazard Communication

On March 20, 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the Hazard Communication Standard to align the regulation with the provisions of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  These changes will impact all users of hazardous chemicals at UNH.  GHS is an international, standardized approach to hazard communication.  The introduction of this new system ensures that chemical users worldwide will understand the labeling and hazards associated with chemicals.  The intent of GHS is to ensure hazard classifi

Live Fire Extinguisher Training

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) is offering live fire extinguisher training on Friday, October 4th in the Kingsbury Hall courtyard. The first session will begin at 8:00 am and will run every 30 minutes, with the last session beginning at 4:30. Each session will involve a brief discussion of fire extinguisher use and then each participant will have the opportunity to use a portable fire extinguisher.

New Members Join UNH Occupational Safety Committee

Senior Vice Provost for Research Jan Nisbet recently appointed two new members to UNH's Occupational Safety Committee (OSC). They are: Alan Bryce and Robert Constantine, representing the University Libraries.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Inspection

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducts unannounced inspection of UNH Radiological Protection Program (RPP).  Three inspectors from the Radiological Health Section of HHS performed the inspection on July 24th.  The inspection team completed a records review of the RPP and visited research labs where radioactive materials are used and stored. The inspectors found no violations in the OEHS central records management system or in our facilities.

Chemical Safety Committee Will Meet On September 4, 2013

The next Chemical Safety Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013, from 2pm to 3:30pm in Rudman Hall G79.  The Committee webpage can be viewed at http://www.unh.edu/research/chemical-safety-committee-0.

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