In a strategic alliance, the Office of Environmental Health & Safety will hire Chemistry Department graduate students to verify the campus chemical inventory in 2015. The project will allow the graduate students to earn difficult-to-secure income while still having time to continue their graduate research. The Office of Environmental Health & Safety benefits from the chemical handling experience of the interns.
The 2014 Annual Report for the Office of Environmental Health & Safety has been published, and is available on the OEHS website. The compliance matrix for major program areas and regulatory drivers can also be found on the same page.
UNH recently completed a third party review of current NHDES Env-A 1400 requirements for the Durham campus, the Rochester Landfill Gas Processing Facility, as well as an assessment of Regulated Toxic Air Pollutant (RTAP) emissions from UNH’s Manchester and School of Law campuses. In completing this review, UNH has updated the compliance demonstration to accurately characterize estimated ambient impacts of individual RTAPs.
NHDOS Can Now Send Location Specific Warnings to Anyone with the App
CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Safety announced Monday the launch of its NH Alerts mobile app, a free tool that notifies users of hazards in the area based upon cellphone location. The NH Alerts app was developed by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management with federal grants.
A number of worker populations, both indoors and outdoors, may be particularly vulnerable to threats from climate change. Some of these workers may include: emergency responders, health care workers, fire fighters, utility workers, farmers, and transportation workers. Climate change can amplify existing health and safety issues and new unanticipated hazards may emerge.
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.