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UNH Updates New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Env-A 1400 Air Toxics Compliance Demonstration Report

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.

Environmental Health & Safety Training

The Office of Environmental, Health and Safety (OEHS) and the Research Computing Center (RCC) are happy to announce that UNHCEMS is now the training platform for OEHS training modules. 

The benefit of the change from Blackboard to UNHCEMS is three-fold:

New Hampshire Department of Safety Launches Free Emergency Alert Mobile App

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.

NIOSH Highlights Climate Change's Impact on Workers

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.

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.

UCLA Creates Center for Research Laboratory Safety

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.

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