General Safety

Binghamton University is committed to having a safe and health work environment. Through good work practices and the following environmental health and safety programs the University will strive to keep its employees safe.

Asbestos

Asbestos Abatement Projects
Frequently Asked Questions

Asbestos is present in various buildings on campus. Asbestos regulations require that BU shall determine the presence, location, and quantity of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) and Possible ACM (PACM).

Asbestos Brochure (pdf, 80KB)

The following link will take you to information regarding the presence of asbestos on campus:

Asbestos Field Guide (pdf, 2MB)

For information on locations please contact the Physical Facilities Director of Operations at 7– 2224

Confined Spaces

Binghamton University has a Confined Space Entry Program. The program follows all applicable rules and regulation. To enter a confined space area you must fill out a permit through Environmental Health and Safety.  Please contact EH&S for further information.

Ergonomics

The aim of ergonomics is to reduce physical and psychological stress by adapting the job and working conditions to the employee in order to prevent injury. The implementation of ergonomics into your work and home environment helps protect you from acquiring musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) and stress related illnesses.  Binghamton University has an Ergonomics manual (pdf, 2MB) and provide campus employee ergonomics evaluations upon request.  Please contact our office at 7-2211 if you are interested in an evaluations.

Fall Protection

Binghamton University follows both the General Industry and the Construction standard with regards to fall protection.

Ladder Safety

The Ups And Downs Of Ladder Safety

Portable ladders are in wide use on our campus and come in two basic types - the A-frame (stepladder) and extension (straight ladder). They can be made of multiple materials including wood, metal or fiberglass. Ladders come with manufacturers warnings and recommendations for safe use, which should be followed carefully.
The key points for the safe use of stepladders include:

  • Spreaders should be fully extended and locked
  • Never stand on the top two levels
  • Use only the step side for climbing - not the support back
  • Never lean the stepladder against a wall to use like a straight ladder

The key points for safe use of Straight Ladders are:

  • Always use a ladder longer than the height you need to reach
  • When stepping off a ladder onto a roof or platform the ladder should extend at least three rungs above the step off
  • Never stand on the top three rungs
  • Always place the ladder on a stable base
  • Always angle the ladder appropriately for the height (1:4 base:height)
  • Secure the ladder in place

In general, when using a portable ladder be sure it is clean and well maintained. Maintain three points of contact when ascending or descending and never over reach to either side. Try to keep the belt buckle area within the uprights. Never use a ladder that is damaged or unsafe. Ladders should be inspected regularly.

Mold

The EPA state that “Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.”

See the following links for more information:

http://www.epa.gov/iedmold1/append_b.html

http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

Last Updated: 1/22/16