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(Links to next pages:) Environmental Health & Safety Procedure Manual Environmental Management Plan Injury Reporting Office Ergonomics Indoor Air Quality Fleet Safety Hazardous Chemical Disposal Asbestos Physical Plant Emergency Recovery Plan EH&S Links

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environmental health safety
(Links to next pages:)

Environmental Health & Safety Procedure Manual

Environmental Management Plan

Injury Reporting

Office Ergonomics

Indoor Air Quality

Fleet Safety

Hazardous Chemical Disposal

Asbestos

Physical Plant Emergency Recovery Plan

EH&S Links

Emergency Info. Contact Harper Police x6330(link to Harper Police Page http://goforward.harpercollege.edu/page.cfm?p=917 )

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is a program to provide a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the College. The EH&S program works with the college community to prevent or minimize injuries, illnesses and environmental damage through the recognition, evaluation, and control of potential hazards arising from college activities.

For any questions or concerns contact:

Sara Gibson, MS, CSP, ARM

Manager, Environmental Health & Safety

Physical Plant – Bldg. B

847-925-6923 or sgibson@harpercollege.edu

Environmental Health & Safety
environmental health safety eh s procedure manual
Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Procedure Manual

This manual contains the College’s written EH&S Procedures, most of which are required by federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.

Click here to download the EH&S Manual

  • PDF
environmental management plan emp
Environmental Management Plan (EMP)

This plan contains the College’s written procedures to comply with State and Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

Click here to download the EMP

  • PDF
injury reporting
Injury Reporting

LIFE THREATENING INJURIES CALL 911

NON-LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES

Employees:

  • Notify the injured person’s supervisor of the incident. (If the supervisor is not available notify Harper Police.)
  • Escort the injured person to Health and Psychological Services (HPS). (During their open hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-4:30pm). Have someone call HPS x6268 before proceeding, to ensure they can assist with the injury.
  • Health and Psychological Services will evaluate the injured person and provide treatment or refer them to Alexian Brothers Corporate Health Services (ABCHS) at 361 West Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL. (also referred to as the Occupational Health Clinic)
  • After hours when Health and Psychological Services is closed, the supervisor or designated representative should take the injured person to St. Alexius Medical Center Emergency Room at 155 N. Barrington Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL.
  • If the incident was due to a work related event the supervisor should complete an Incident/Injury Report (link to word doc) and send it to Human Resources, with a copy to the Manager, Environmental Health and Safety (Sara Gibson).

Students:

  • Escort the injured person to Health and Psychological Services (HPS). (During their open hours: Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-4:30pm). Have someone call HPS x6268 before proceeding, to ensure they can assist with the injury.
  • After HPS hours, students should notify their instructor and should be referred to their own physician for treatment. If the incident was due to a classroom related event, the instructor should complete an Incident/Injury Report (link to word doc) and send it to the Mgr. Env. Health & Safety (Sara Gibson).
office ergonomics
Office Ergonomics

Section 13 –Office Ergonomics is part of the Environmental Health & Safety Manual (PDF).

This program is to assist employees in making adjustments to their computer workstations to achieve a neutral position (see picture).

Employees can either read through Section 13 on their own and complete the checklist or call the Mgr. EH&S (Sara Gibson) to schedule an Ergonomic Evaluation. The Ergo. Evaluation takes about 30 minutes. If you are in pain or discomfort call for an evaluation.

Departments are responsible to provide a proper ergonomic workstation (an adjustable chair and keyboard tray) upon hiring a new employee working at a computer. For existing employees that need assistance, call the Mgr. EH&S (Sara Gibson x6923).

For additional info. see the OSHA website: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/index.html

indoor air quality
Indoor Air Quality

Section 14 –Indoor Air Quality is part of the Environmental Health & Safety Procedure Manual-PDF.

The College’s Physical Plant strives to provide a comfortable indoor air environment. Building occupants can help to maintain a good indoor air quality by doing the following:

  • Report poor indoor environmental conditions (e.g. stuffy air, hot or cold problems, odors, etc.) to Physical Plant x6350.
  • Report water intrusion into buildings as soon as possible to Physical Plant x6350.
  • Limit the use of products or equipment that produce odors or use solvents. If you must use such products or equipment use it in rooms that have ventilation that can exhaust such odors.
  • Minimize generation of dust or aerosols in the work area.
  • Maintain good housekeeping in work areas and break areas. Throw away garbage and old food and clean up spills promptly.
  • Do not bring ozone producing devices or humidifiers onto campus. Ozone producing devices have not been proven safe and humidifiers can add mold and bacteria into the air when not properly maintained.

If you feel health effects due to the indoor air report these to your supervisor. If symptoms persist proceed to Health & Psychological Services.

If you have concerns that are not causing health effects nor can be addressed by one of the above steps, call the Mgr. EH&S (Sara Gibson x6923).

fleet safety guidelines
Fleet Safety Guidelines

Section 17 –Fleet Safety Guidelines, are part of the Environmental Health & Safety Procedure Manual -PDF.

The College has defined standards of conduct and established requirements for faculty, staff, student and volunteers that operate motor vehicles while conducting Harper College business. The primary goal is to prevent accidents and minimize the risk of personal injury.

The Fleet Safety Guidelines include the following:

  • Driver Qualifications
  • Qualification Procedure
  • Driver Responsibilities
  • Accident Reporting/Investigation
  • Pre-trip Inspection
  • Transportation of Children in Grades K-12
  • Restricted use of Passenger Vehicles
  • Use of Personal Vehicles
hazardous chemical disposal
Hazardous Chemical Disposal

Section 15-Environmental Management is part of the Environmental Health & Safety Procedure Manual (PDF) as well as the Environmental Management Plan (PDF).

Waste Identification

  • Hazardous Waste regulations require that hazardous waste be accurately identified. Common wastes include:
    • Spent solvents, acids, bases and oxidizers used in extractions, cleaning or other processes;
    • Unused reagents and other chemicals that are no longer needed, do not meet specifications, are contaminated, have exceeded their storage life or are otherwise unusable in the lab;
    • Waste oils; and
  • Other miscellaneous materials, including broken thermometers, heavy metal salts, pesticides, paints, etc.

If you are unsure of how a chemical waste in your department should be disposed, contact the Mgr. EH&S (Sara Gibson x6923).

Chemical waste pick ups are coordinated by the Mgr. EHS at the end of each semester.

asbestos
Asbestos

Section 16 –Asbestos Management is part of the Environmental Health & Safety Procedure Manual -PDF.

In campus buildings built before 1980 all building materials will be Presumed Asbestos Containing Materials (PACM), unless tested to prove otherwise. The Mgr. EH&S has an Asbestos Inventory of locations that have been sample to determine if asbestos is present. Most of the samples have identified asbestos in the floor tile, floor tile mastic and pipe joint compound.

Contact the Mgr. EH&S (Sara Gibson x6923) if you have questions about asbestos on campus or would like an awareness training session on asbestos.

All asbestos abatement projects are conducted according to regulations set forth in: OSHA, IDPH, IEPA, and Cook County Dept. of Environment.

physical plant emergency recovery plan
Physical Plant Emergency Recovery Plan

The Physical Plant Emergency Recovery Plan is to assess damage and clean up/repair to campus buildings and grounds. This plan does not address the emergency recovery of phone or computer systems, that is the IT department.

All Physical Plant recovery efforts will take place after the initial emergency response and the building or area has been declared safe for occupancy by the Fire Department.

PDF

(also make link to this page from the Physical Plant HOME page)

eh s links
EH&S Links

Regulatory

Illinois Dept. of Labor (IDOL) - www.state.il.us/agency/idol/

Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA)–www.osha.gov

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) -www.epa.state.il.us/

EH&S Organizations:

Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA) –www.cshema.org

National Safety Council-www.nsc.org

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – www.asse.org

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) – www.aiha.org