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EHS Hiring Administrative Student Aide

EHS Hiring Administrative Student Aide

June 7, 2021 - L. Brownlee

EHS is hiring a new Administrative Student Aide. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by June 20 at Handshake (joinhandshake.com).

EHS Hiring Safety Technologist

EHS Hiring Safety Technologist

May 14, 2021 - K. Archer

EHS is hiring a Safety Technologist - see story for job responsibilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by June 17 at http://careers.msu.edu/ (Posting #702545).

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.

2021 Worker Protection Standard Training Available via Zoom

January 8, 2021 - Justin Stahl

2021 dates are scheduled for Worker Protection Standard training. Training will only be offered through Zoom to comply with social distancing requirements.

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 Hiring High Containment Lab/Pandemic Safety Mgr

EHS Hiring High Containment Lab/Pandemic Safety Mgr

November 12, 2020 - L. Brownlee

EHS is hiring a High Containment Lab/Pandemic Safety Mgr - see story for job responsibilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by November 24 at http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ (Posting #680922).

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).

COVID-19 Safety Training for Students Available

September 11, 2020 - A. Bitters

Environmental Health and Safety, in collaboration with stakeholders, has developed an online training course: COVID-19 Safety for Students.

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.

EHS Hiring Office Coordinator

EHS Hiring Office Coordinator

July 29, 2020 - L. Brownlee

EHS is hiring an Office Coordinator - see story for job responsibilities.

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.

COVID-19 General Safety Training Available

June 3, 2020 - A. Bitters

COVID-19 General Safety Training is available online now through Ability LMS.

Frequently-Asked Questions about Returning to Research

Frequently-Asked Questions about Returning to Research

May 28, 2020 - M. Lindsey

A list of frequently-asked questions on the Return to Research process is now available, including the approval process, training, face coverings, gloves, disinfection, regulatory references, etc. 

Positive COVID-19 Case Instruction Poster For Researchers

May 28, 2020 - A. Bitters

A new poster lists actions required after an employee working in a research setting tests positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Lab Safety Training Available

May 25, 2020 - A. Bitters

COVID-19 Lab Safety Training is available online now through Ability LMS.

Workbook for Safely Returning to Research

Workbook for Safely Returning to Research

May 21, 2020 - G. Cottrell

To aid MSU researchers in working toward an efficient and safe research reactivation, EHS and ORA have created a Return to Research Workbook (XLSX) covering critical safety and regulatory subjects.

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.

Guidelines for Cloth Face Coverings

April 20, 2020 - Kristen Bullard

Summary of guidelines for cloth face coverings, including materials/ construction, fit, cleaning, storing, donning and doffing.

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

April 19, 2020 - Genevieve Cottrell

OSHA guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 includes Steps All Workers Can Take to Reduce Workers' Risk of Exposure; Classifying Worker Exposure; How to Protect Workers in Jobs Classified as Lower, Medium, High, and Very High Risk; Workers Living Abroad or Travelling Internationally; more.

Worker Protection Standard Training Available via Zoom

April 8, 2020 - Justin Stahl

2020 dates are scheduled for Worker Protection Standard training. Training will temporarily be offered through Zoom to comply with social distancing requirements.

Interim Measures to Conserve Supply of N95 Respirators

Interim Measures to Conserve Supply of N95 Respirators

April 6, 2020 - Amber Bitters

It is imperative that departments with essential workers requiring scarce personal protective equipment implement measures to conserve our extremely limited supply of N95 respirators. Extended use and limited reuse of N95 respirators is a legitimate strategy for extending scarce personal protective equipment in view of the current COVID-19 crisis.

DONATION REQUEST: Critical PPE Needs for Local and Regional Medical Sites

March 20, 2020 - Brian Smith

EHS is participating in a community-wide effort to collect and distribute critical PPE to local and regional medical sites. See full story for list of PPE needed and details of dropoff/pickup.

Do Not Make Your Own Sanitizer

March 19, 2020 - Genevieve Cottrell

Genevieve Cottrell, the MSU Chemical Safety Officer, does not recommend units and departments make their own hand sanitizer at this time. 

Planning Tool for Scaling Back Research Operations

Planning Tool for Scaling Back Research Operations

March 19, 2020 - Kevin Eisenbeis

Earlier this week OSVPRI recommended to research units that they begin advanced planning measures for possible closure. To aid researchers, EHS and ORA have created a planning tool covering several critical safety and regulatory subjects that will require researcher attention as they begin to scale back their research activities.

COVID-19 Cleaning Guidelines

COVID-19 Cleaning Guidelines

March 19, 2020 - Kristen Bullard

EHS provides cleaning guidelines for healthcare and other facilities to address COVID-19 concerns.

Lab Preparations for COVID-19 Disruptions

Lab Preparations for COVID-19 Disruptions

March 14, 2020 - Genevieve Cottrell

EHS remains open and intends to be on campus during business hours, even if further activities are suspended. We are also on call 24 hours a day and offer the recommendations for safely continuing your research...

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.