The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEH&S) is dedicated to providing quality services to WSU’s research community. These services encompass environmental stewardship (hazardous waste management) and occupational health and safety, which include areas such as: laboratory/ chemical safety, radiation safety and biological safety.
OEH&S also provides environmental, health and safety services to the entire university. These services include:
Environmental (Hazardous Materials Management) – Hazardous chemical waste disposal, biological/ medical waste disposal (including sharps disposal), radioactive waste disposal, universal waste (lamps, batteries) collection, emergency response for hazardous spills, laboratory clean-outs (by appointment only)
Health and Safety – Indoor air quality, industrial hygiene services (air contaminants monitoring), noise monitoring, lockout/ tagout, biological safety in accordance with CDC/ NIH guidelines, ergonomics, lab safety inspections
Training – Bloodborne pathogens/ biosafety, laboratory right-to-know (Hazard Communication), personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, hazardous waste/emergency procedures, other sessions as required by state or federal regulations
Radiation Safety – Equipment registration, lab inspections, personal dosimetry, training (general radiation safety and specific equipment training)
Other Services: Occupational health nurse specializing in animal allergies and zoonotic diseases, fume hood and biological safety cabinet certification, water safety, food safety (restaurant inspections), asbestos surveys, confined space policies, laser safety and dangerous goods shipments
- Biosafety Training
- December 12 2013 at 12:00 PMScott HallThis training is required annually for all employees who work with materials that are handled at Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2), including work with human blood, body fluids, tissue, cell lines, animals infected with human pathogens, mammalian viruses, etc. Employees who have taken this class at least once at WSU may take the annual refresher on-line. Topics covered include: Explanation of Biosafety Principles and Levels from CDC/NIH Contents of the WSU Biosafety Manual & Exposure Control Plan Explanation of bloodborne infectious diseases Procedures to follow in an exposure incident Safe work practices Personal protective equipment Use of biological safety cabinets and other safety equipment Biohazard waste disposal rules, and much more. Click here to view the Biosafety Powerpoint Presentation (note: viewing these slides does not count as training!) Click here for an explanation of Biosafety Levels.
- Water@Wayne Seminar: "Are Contaminated Sediments an Important Ecosystem Stressor?"
- January 9 2014 at 2:30 PMWelcome CenterThe Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne Seminar on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wayne State University Welcome Center Auditorium, 42 W. Warren, Detroit, MI. The guest presenter will be Dr. Allen Burton, Professor in the School of Natural Resources & Environment and in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Director of both the Water Center and the Cooperative Institute of Limnology and Ecosystems Research at the University of Michigan. His presentation is titled: "Are Contaminated Sediments an Important Ecosystem Stressor". Contaminated sediments are frequently implicted as a major stressor requiring remediation based on exceedances of sediment quality guidelines. These situations often are in human dominated waterways with other coexisting stressors. Decisions on risk and remediation rarely consider all co-existing stressors and realistic linkages between exposure and effects. Examples of various in situ-based approaches will be presented, including; passive samplers, caged organisms, colonization and transplanted organisms where exposure compartments include overlying waters, storm waters, upwellings, sediment-water interfaces, biofilms, surficial sediments and pore waters. A small reception will follow in the Welcome Center Lobby.
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