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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The UC Center for Laboratory Safety has been created to improve the practice of research laboratory safety through the performance of scientific research and implementation of best safety practices in the laboratory. Recently scheduled workshops emphasize issues related to chemical hazards, and will provide a forum for lab safety professionals and researchers to discuss challenges with research lab safety and brainstorm solutions for creating safe working environments.
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) most recent
Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting
year of 2011. In New Hampshire, the overall
releases of pollutants to the environment have decreased since the
previous reporting year (2010).