Environmental Health & Safety

Hazard Communication Update

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) has recently updated its campus hazard communication program to be in line with the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Program.  The Hazard Communication Standard requires employers to provide information regarding chemicals in the workplace.  Information can be found in the form of container labels and Safety Data Sheets.  The recent update also pulls the UNH program in line with the requirements of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Hazardous Chemicals. 

Survey results link role of principal investigators to lab safety

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in academic research laboratories say that they witness and experience fewer accidents and injuries when the lab's lead faculty member or supervisor is actively engaged in safety programs, according to a UCLA study.

Compliance with requirements for wearing lab coats, eye protection and other personal protective equipment also correlates strongly with the active involvement of the principal investigator, according to the research.

OSHA announces Top 10 most-cited violations for FY 2014

Chemical Safety Committee Meeting

The next meeting for the UNH Chemical Safety Committee will be Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 2:00pm in Rudman Hall, Room G79.

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.


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