News

New and Improved Biosafety Training

October 13, 2023 - K. Bullard

EHS's biosafety training will soon be completely revamped with three concise, new courses focused on biosafety risks in specific workplace settings.

Welcoming Elyssa Cox, Industrial Hygienist to Chemical Safety Team

September 6, 2023 - D. Erickson

I am excited to share that Elyssa Cox will be joining the Chemical Safety team on September 5. Elyssa will be responsible for air monitoring for formaldehyde in anatomy labs and waste anesthetic monitoring in surgical suites.

Administrative Business Analyst, Nicole Hurst, Leaving EHS

September 5, 2023

Administrative Business Analyst, Nicole Hurst, is moving on from the Department of Environmental Health & Safety.

Office Manager, Lindsey Brownlee, Leaving EHS

July 26, 2023

Office Manager, Lindsey Brownlee, is moving on after 19 years with the Department of Environmental Health & Safety.

August Click System Upgrade, Outage

July 13, 2023

Planned August upgrades to the Click system will improve the researcher experience and require some system downtime.

Occupational Safety Officer Phil Weinstein Retires

June 20, 2023 - L. Brownlee

Occupational Safety Officer Phil Weinstein retires after 24 years with the Department of Environmental Health & Safety.

Office Coordinator Haley Smith Departs EHS

June 20, 2023

Haley Smith, EHS Office Coordinator, has accepted a position as a General Office Assistant for the State of Michigan.

Biosafety Levels and How They Affect Your Lab

June 13, 2023

A combination of lab practices, containment equipment, and lab design make up the biosafety levels 1-4.

Importation of Biologicals Workshop

Importation of Biologicals Workshop

May 19, 2023 - J. Willard-Smith

On May 18, 2023, MSU Offices of Research and Regulatory Support (MSU ORRS) and Environmental Health and Safety (MSU EHS) hosted a day-long conference on the Importation of Biologicals.

EHS Announces Recipients of 2022 Laboratory Safety Recognition Awards

May 9, 2023 - A. Bitters

We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2022 Laboratory Safety Recognition Awards.

Biosafety Tips and Tricks - Soil Research Safety

May 5, 2023

Do you work with soil? If you do, are you aware that it may be regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service?

Jamie Kracko Moving On to MSU IPF

May 5, 2023 - H. Smith

Jamie Kracko, EHS's Occupational Safety Industrial Hygienist, has accepted the Safety Coordinator position with IPF Power and Water. EHS wishes her the best of luck on her new job!

ORRS and EHS to host Importation of Biologicals Workshop

May 5, 2023 - J. Willard-Smith

MSU Offices of Research and Regulatory Support (MSU ORRS) and Environmental Health and Safety (MSU EHS) to host The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Importation of Biologicals Workshop.

Biosafety Tips and Tricks – There is no good science without Safety Training

April 11, 2023

Training can promote a culture of safety in clinics and laboratories.

Ability LMS Training Update for Labs

April 5, 2023

The Ability system support team is migrating lab personnel into appropriate Lab Safety tracks per EHS initiative to make safety training and monitoring simpler.

Take Your Child to Work Day: Safety Tips

March 16, 2023 - G. Cottrell

The WorkLife Office is pleased to announce the return of the highly attended Take Your Child to Work Day on Thursday, April 27, 2023

Lisa St. Clair Joining EHS as MSU Food and Water Sanitarian

March 13, 2023 - L Brownlee

Lisa St. Clair will be joining EHS in her current role as the MSU Food and Water Sanitarian.

Dr. Pradyot (Peter) Chowdhury Joins EHS FRIB Safety Program

March 10, 2023 - L. Brownlee

Dr. Pradyot (Peter) Chowdhury has joined the EHS FRIB safety program.

Fume hood safety

March 1, 2023

The equipment described here will either protect the materials inside them from contamination or protect the worker from a hazard, in one case it does both. Confusing these can be dangerous.

New Safety Requirements for 2-propanol

January 13, 2023 - G. Cottrell

Moving forward, all 2-propanol containers will need to be dated upon receipt and tested/dated/documented every 12 months for peroxide formation. Please pay particular attention to 2-propanol in secondary containers, clear containers and containers that have been exposed to sunlight.

Open Flames Hazard for Labs

January 2, 2023

Open flames cause fires, explosions, destroy biosafety cabinets and ruin facilities.  Risks for personnel can be anything from burn injuries to deaths.

December is Sharps Injury Awareness Month

December 1, 2022

Reduce your risk of needlesticks and Sharps injury

Jared Andrews, Industrial Hygienist II, Leaving EHS

November 11, 2022 - G. Cottrell

Jared Andrews, Industrial Hygienist II, is leaving EHS.

Biosafety Tricky Topics - Aerosols and Biohazards

November 1, 2022 - K. Bullard

Aerosols and Biohazards

October is Biosafety & Biosecurity Month

October 18, 2022 - J. Willard

October is the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) International’s Biosafety & Biosecurity month putting a spotlight on research and teaching institutions as an excellent way to foster a culture of biosafety and biosecurity.

Training Changes for All Laboratories

October 4, 2022

MSU’s Environmental Health & Safety is implementing several significant changes to how training will be documented.

College of Natural Science Joins EHS in Recognizing Laboratories

September 28, 2022 - A. Bitters

The College of Natural Science joins EHS in recognizing recipients of the 2021 Laboratory Safety Recognition Awards

Contractor Safety Requirements Manual Published

Contractor Safety Requirements Manual Published

September 27, 2022 - Z. Hansmann

The MSU Contractor Safety Committee voted to publish its inaugural Contractor Safety Requirements Manual, which will help the university communicate expectations for safety to contractors working on campus.

Anna Guernsey, Health Physicist, Leaving EHS

September 21, 2022 - P. Wright

Anna Guernsey, Health Physicist, is leaving EHS.

Luis Ochoa Carrera Appointed President-Elect of ABSA

September 20, 2022 - J. Willard-Smith

EHS's Luis Ochoa Carrera Appointed President-Elect of the American Biological Safety Association

EHS Welcomes Dr. Katie Porter to Inspection Team

August 30, 2022 - A. Bitters

EHS is excited to announce that Dr. Katie Porter will be joining our team on September 1, 2022.

Michelle Wiggins Joining EHS Chemical Safety Team

July 29, 2022 - D. Erickson

EHS is excited to welcome our new Safety Technologist, Michelle Wiggins, on August 1, 2022.

EHS Announces Recipients of 2021 Laboratory Safety Recognition Awards

June 23, 2022 - A. Bitters

We are excited to announce the recipients of the 2021 Laboratory Safety Recognition Awards.

Cristiane Neves Pereira-Hicks Joining EHS Inspection Team

June 22, 2022 - A. Bitters

EHS is excited to welcome our new Safety Technologist, Cristiane Neves Pereira-Hicks, on July 11, 2022.

Dr. Alessandra Hunt Joins EHS Biosafety

Dr. Alessandra Hunt Joins EHS Biosafety

May 13, 2022 - J. Willard-Smith, MSU EHS IBC Biosafety Officer

I am happy to announce that Dr. Alessandra Hunt has joined the MSU Biosafety Team. Her main responsibilities will include managing the MSU Fit testing, autoclave testing, and the MSU South Campus Neighborhood safety programs. She will also be assisting with laboratory inspections, High containment lab management and the Institutional Biosafety Committee management  (IBC).

Evelyn Uithoven Departing EHS

April 28, 2022 - L Brownlee

Evelyn Uithoven, Industrial Hygienist, is leaving EHS. Her last day is 4/29/2022. Please join us in wishing her a great transition to her new job with Herman Miller.

Reminder: Use Appropriate PPE in Photo and Video Shoots

Reminder: Use Appropriate PPE in Photo and Video Shoots

April 22, 2022

EHS stresses the importance of using appropriate PPE during photo and video shoots.

Nicole Hurst Joining EHS Administration Team

April 6, 2022 - L. Brownlee

EHS is excited to welcome our new Administrative Business Analyst, Nicole Hurst, on April 11, 2022.

Travis Smith Joining EHS Radiation Safety Team

January 19, 2022 - P. Wright

EHS is excited to welcome our new Senior Health Physicist, Travis Smith, on February 1, 2022. Travis’ primary responsibility will be radiation safety at our Grand Rapids facilities, though he will be an integral part of the radiation safety program for all MSU.

Gary Bosh Joining EHS Environmental Compliance Team

January 18, 2022 - M. Lindsey

I am excited to share that Gary Bosh will be joining the Environmental team on Monday, January 17th. Gary will be responsible for hazardous building materials, including asbestos, lead, and PCBs.

New EHS Learning Tracks in Ability LMS

New EHS Learning Tracks in Ability LMS

December 16, 2021 - A. Bitters

Save time and increase compliance by using one of three new lab safety learning tracks (groups of courses) in Ability LMS.

Environmental Coordinator Dan Lyons Moving On

December 13, 2021 - M. Lindsey

Dan Lyons, Environmental Coordinator, has resigned from the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, effective December 9, 2021. He has accepted a new job as an inspector for MIOSHA. EHS wishes him the best of luck on this new chapter. 

Launch of ChemInventory Software

November 1, 2021 - G. Cottrell

The ChemInventory Software is launching for a larger user group starting in November 2021.

Important MSU EHS Hazardous Waste Changes

October 28, 2021 - S. Horn

Effective Immediately - Important MSU EHS Hazardous Waste Changes

Haley Smith Joins EHS Administrative Team

October 21, 2021 - L. Brownlee

EHS is excited to welcome our new Office Coordinator, Haley Smith, on October 26, 2021.

Genevieve Cottrell Receives Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award

September 14, 2021

Chemical Hygiene Officer Genevieve Cottrell has been recognized with the Jack Breslin Distinguished Staff Award.

Waste Disposal Guide Phased Out

August 27, 2021 - S. Horn, B. Smith

The Waste Disposal Guide has been removed from the EHS website.

Jamie Kracko Joining EHS Chemical and Occupational Safety Teams

August 25, 2021 - G. Cottrell, Chemical Safety Officer

I am excited to share that Jamie Kracko will be joining the Chemical and Occupational Safety teams on September 1, 2021. Jamie will be responsible for fume hood testing and fit testing, and will be working both at 4000 Collins and Giltner Hall.

Karen Archer, Office Coordinator, Departing EHS

August 6, 2021 - L. Brownlee

Karen Archer, Office Coordinator, last day with Environmental Health & Safety was Friday August 6, 2021.  She has accepted a position with the automotive industry.  EHS wants to wish her the best luck on the awesome opportunity. Please direct all department questions to ehs@msu.edu

Luis Alberto Ochoa Carrera Joining EHS Biosafety Team

June 28, 2021 - J. Willard, MSU EHS Biosafety Officer

I am excited to share that Luis Alberto Ochoa Carrera will be joining the MSU EHS Biosafety team on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Luis will be responsible for the safety management of the BSL-3/ABSL-3 facilities at MSU as well as operating as the Pandemic Safety Manager moving forward.

New Respirator Fit-Test Contact

New Respirator Fit-Test Contact

June 17, 2021 - P. Weinstein, J. Willard-Smith

Personnel requiring respirator fit-tests (excluding Vet Med personnel) should now contact EHS at EHS.Respirators@msu.edu or 517-355-0153 (press 3) to request appointments.

Patrick Wright Named Interim Radiation Safety Officer

Patrick Wright Named Interim Radiation Safety Officer

May 13, 2021 - L. Brownlee

Effective May 10, Patrick Wright has been named interim Radiation Safety Officer.

RSO Bryan Harris Moving On

May 11, 2021 - L. Brownlee

Bryan Harris, Radiation Safety Officer, has resigned from the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, effective May 7, 2021. He has accepted a new job with the US Army. EHS wishes him the best of luck on this new adventure.

EHS Safety Portal Upgrade

EHS Safety Portal Upgrade

March 15, 2021

MSU's Environmental Health & Safety has completed of a significant redesign of the EHS Safety Portal which houses important safety-related processes such as waste pickup requests (chemical/hazardous, radioactive, incinerator), supplies/materials requests (radioactive materials, dosimeters, labels, door signs), laser registration, asbestos survey search.

EHS Safety Portal Upgrade

EHS Safety Portal Upgrade

March 3, 2021

MSU's Environmental Health & Safety is nearing completion of a significant redesign of the EHS Safety Portal which houses important safety-related processes such as waste pickup requests (chemical/hazardous, radioactive, incinerator), supplies/materials requests (radioactive materials, dosimeters, labels, door signs), laser registration, asbestos survey search.

Travis VanWyck Joining EHS Hazardous Waste Management Team

Travis VanWyck Joining EHS Hazardous Waste Management Team

December 28, 2020 - Brian Smith, Hazardous Waste Coordinator

I am excited to share that Travis VanWyck will be joining the EHS Waste team on December 28th. Travis will be responsible for picking up, transporting, and processing hazardous waste for disposal. Travis is joining us from Americhem.

EHS Service Portal Upgrade

EHS Service Portal Upgrade

October 16, 2020

The Environmental Health & Safety Info Portal is undergoing a significant upgrade. Redesign of the database and testing is already underway. Conversion to the new web portal is planned for December 2020. Watch here for announcements as we get closer to implementation.

Karen Archer Joining EHS Administration

September 23, 2020 - L. Brownlee

I am excited to share that Karen Archer will be joining the Administrative Team on September 28, 2020.  Karen will be responsible for processing all financial paperwork, HR paperwork, and Document Management.

Regulatory Updates for Waste Generators

September 14, 2020 - S. Horn, B. Smith

Regulatory reminders related to the New Generator Improvement Regulations adopted by Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

Tyler McCord, EHS Chemical Industrial Hygienist, Published in "Annals of Work Exposures and Health"

August 25, 2020 - L. Brownlee

Tyler McCord, EHS Chemical Industrial Hygienist, Matthew Legaspi, Elaine West, Priscilla Yun, Diana Larson, Samuel Paik, and David Zalk’s study on Quantitative Validation of Control Bands Using Bayesian Statistical Analyses was published August 21, 2020 in the Annals of Work Exposures and Health. Help us to congratulate them on this outstanding accomplishment. Click to read abstract.

Krista DeYoung, Administrative Business Analyst, Departing EHS

August 17, 2020 - L. Brownlee

Krista DeYoung, Administrative Business Analyst, Departing EHS

Rebekah Mosci to Join EHS as Safety Technologist

August 12, 2020 - A. Bitters

Rebekah Mosci to Join EHS as Safety Technologist.

The FDA issues additional recalls on methanol containing hand sanitizers

July 13, 2020 - A. Bitters

The FDA issues additional recalls on methanol containing hand sanitizers.

The FDA advises against using 9 different hand sanitizers

June 24, 2020 - A. Bitters

The FDA advises against using 9 different hand sanitizers.

Use Appropriate PPE in Photo and Video Shoots

May 19, 2020 - E. Uithoven

As featured in MSU Today, EHS stresses the importance of using appropriate PPE during photo and video shoots.

What's that stink? It could be your drain.

February 13, 2020 - EHS Chemical Safety

A common indoor air quality problem across Michigan State University is caused by dry drains. Read about dry drains and how to prevent them.