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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.

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 and provide campus employee ergonomics evaluations upon request.  Please contact our office at 7-2211 if you are interested in an evaluations.

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

Asbestos

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

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

Asbestos Field Guide

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.

Fall Protection

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


 

 

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Last Updated: 10/20/14