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2) Articles & News

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4) Links

5) PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations

1) Avian Influenza Information

2) Articles & News

Accidents Spur a Closer Look at Risks at Biodefense Labs
by Jocelyn Kaiser, in Science

UW professor gets probation and fine
by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A&M lab employee lacked clearance in bioagent case
by Emily Ramshaw, The Dallas Morning News

Safety clause
by nature

Practical Experiences in Dual-Use Review
by Davidson et al., in Science

Professor pleads guilty to dumping chemical
by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Reuse of Disposable Medical Masks During Flu Pandemic Not Recommended
by the Institute of Medicine

Electronic Waste
by the American Chemical Society

Universities Say New Rules could Hurt U.S. Research
by the New York Times

Clean-up dumps hazardous items
by the Ka Leo News

University violated federal environmental law
by the GW Hatchet

University of Louisville Emergency Preparedness Documents
submitted by Dennis K. Sullivan & Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville

Poison Found at Post Office; No Tie Is Seen to Terrorism
By JUDITH MILLER

by the New York Times

BIOTERRORISM PREPAREDNESS....EHS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville

Fire in Chemistry Building
By Michael D. Larrañaga, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Dr. Ron Atlas

3) PDF - Adobe Portable Document Format

Autoclave Verification Poster
Instructions for Use of 3M Attest Biological Indicator Test
Submitted by David Hibbard, University of Kentucky

Responses to the University Laser Safety Survey
Edited by Bill Fendt

Report of the OECD Workshop on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials:
Building Co-operation, Co-ordination and Communication

EPA released a request for commenttoday in the federal register on a proposal to "streamline" some mixed waste rules.

Possession, Use and Transfer of Biological Agents and Toxins Interim Final Rule - American Society for Microbiology

Bioterrorism Security Risk Assessment Form (FD-961)
The information required by this FBI form is a result of the regulations mandated by the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 and is a component of the security risk assessment. Unless exempted from registration under the CDC regulations (42 CFR Part 73) or the APHIS regulations (7 CFR Part 331 and 9 CFR Part 121), an individual or entity that possesses, uses, or transfers select biological agents and toxins must complete this FBI form for the entity, the responsible official (RO), and alternate responsible official (ARO).

U.S. Department of Justice Press Releases
Nov. 2002 DOJ press release on the UConn grad student's plea agreement . The first DOJ press release on this case issued last July is also included. Note the language.... "FORAL knowingly possessed anthrax that. under the circumstances, was not reasonably justified by a prophylactic, protective, bona fide research or other peaceful purpose."

University EHS Chargebacks/Surcharges
Fall 2002 Director's Roundtable

Transporting Hazard Material Safely
By Peter A. Reinhardt, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Guidance from the University of Wisconsin Madison Safety Department.

Destruction of Select Agent
by Peter A. Reinhardt, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Many campuses are now reviewing their stocks of select agents. In some cases, researchers are choosing to destroy select agents rather than being subject to increased security requirements. In many cases, select agents are best treated in the laboratory. UNC created this form to document the destruction of exempt and non-exempt select agents.

Integrated Emergency Management Plan - Purdue University
document submitted by Carol A. Shelby, Purdue University

Instructions for Completing the Building Emergency Management Plan Template - Purdue University
document submitted by Carol A. Shelby, Purdue University

Revised EH&S Compliance Policy
document submitted by Carol A. Shelby, Purdue University

Food and Drinks in Labs Survey
document submitted by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville

Food and Drink in Labs - Regulations & Standards of Care
document submitted by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville

Web Based Training Programs
document submitted by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville

National Wildlife Federation Questionnaire
document submitted by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville
In May 2001, The National Wildlife Federation sent out this questionnaire to presidents at various colleges and universities asking questions about environmental policies, performance and responsibilities.

Building Safety Inspection Checklist
document submitted by David Dorth, University of Missouri-Columbia

Fire Safe Dorm Act

Boston College Acts on Fire Safety Request

College and University Environmental Management System (EMS) Alliance
document submitted by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville

Chronology of EPA Inspections/Penalties for Universities
document submitted by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville
This chart is meant to be a useful tool for University EHS directors and managers to track the trend of EPA related inspections of colleges and universities. The information contained in this chart is in the public domain and has been compiled by University of Louisville's Department of Environmental Health and Safety with input from other EHS Directors, FOIA requests and RCRIS database.


4) Links

Emergency/Disaster Management
Emergency and Disaster Management Planning on the UC Davis campus utilizing an integrated approach to the management of programs and activities for all four emergency phases (preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation) and all types of emergencies and disasters (natural and man-made).

Select Agent Interim Final Rule
This links to the Select Agent interim final rule published
by HHS. This version was published in the March 18, 2005 Federal Register.

Foushee Group, Inc.
The Foushée Group, Inc. was formed in 1980 with the dedication of providing quality, responsive counsel to organizations in the fields of compensation program development, compensation research and survey publication.

Backstopping Researchers' Safety
Great article featuring Director's Roundtable member Bruce Backus, Director of EHS in the School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis.

Safety Concerns with Fountains at Purdue

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Environmental Law: Selected Issues for Higher Education
NACUA, National Association of College and University Attorneys, released a publication entitled Environmental Law: Selected Issues for Higher Education by Micheal Sermersheim who is deputy counsel at Univ. of Akron and former chair of NACUA's section on environmental law. It has lots of good information including audit considerations and lots of appendices.

American Industrial Hygiene Association
Laboratory Safety Incidents

Salary Benchmarking for EH&S Positions
Joe Griffin, Harvard University, said they had used The Foushee Group, Inc. for several years and found it fit their needs very well.

5) PPT - Microsoft PowerPoint PresentationsPowerPoint document

FY06 SHERM Metrics Summary
submitted by Bob Emery, University of Texas

CSHEMA Benchmarking
submitted by Peter Ashbrook, University of Missouri-Columbia

Autoclave Training
submitted by David Hibbard, University of Kentucky

Effectively Presenting Data
submitted by Robert Emory, University of Texas

New DOT Security Regulations

National Security and Biological Research:  Where are the Boundaries?
Ronald Atlas

Bioterrorism Agent Compliance - Impact on Academia
submitted by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville

Biosurveillance & Bioterrorism
submitted by Ron Atlas, University of Louisville

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Model - Purdue University
presentation submitted by Carol A. Shelby, Purdue University

Sheltering In Place - Purdue University
presentation submitted by Carol A. Shelby, Purdue University

Ft Worth Tornado Damage

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EPA Symposium on Compliance within Colleges and Universities
University of Pennsylvania/Region III EPA

document submitted by Cheri Hildreth Watts, University of Louisville

Why is EPA focusing on colleges and universities?

Every year, EPA chooses a sector to emphasize their enforcement presence. This year, they have chosen to add colleges and universities to their list. The Region 3 representatives stated that they ( Hdqtrs.) chose this sector because the various regions have discovered that compliance within colleges was much worse than they had anticipated. They made the statement that "it is only fair for colleges to include the cost to operate within compliance in the same manner as industry is required to". They went on to explain that they have encountered a culture where university administrators do not seem to understand that universities have to comply with all existing laws and regulations just as any other place of business. The Region III official standing in for director, Samantha Fairchild, said that "universities are role models" and that we should act in that manner.


 

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