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Title: Environmental Health


1
Environmental Health Safety Compliance
Management System Departmental Safety
Representative Program
  • For Laboratory, Facility, and Office Employees
  • Tulane University
  • January, 2005

2
Course Objectives
  • To become familiar with the
  • Environmental Health Safety Compliance
    Management System (CMS)
  • Departmental Safety Representative (DSR) Program
  • Environmental Health Safety Policies
    Procedures Manual

3
Environmental Health Safety Compliance
Management System (CMS)
  • Involves several levels of management in
    disseminating health safety information and
    ensuring compliance with health safety policies
    and procedures.
  • Goals
  • Improve compliance with EHS regulations
  • Minimize employee and student injuries/illnesses
  • Prevent environmental damage
  • Avoid regulatory fines

4
CMS Components
  • EHS Policy Committee
  • EHS Operations Committee
  • Office of Environmental Health Safety (OEHS)
  • Institutional Committees
  • Departmental Safety Representatives (DSRs)

5
EHS Policy Committee
  • Consists of senior officers and deans who are
    responsible for EHS compliance of the units that
    report to them
  • Unit chair appoints DSR
  • Reviews, comments, and decides on approval of
    policies submitted by the Operations Committee
  • Assists other entities within the CMS in
    obtaining full compliance.

6
EHS Operations Committee
  • Responsible for oversight of the CMS within their
    respective units
  • Keeps the Policy Committee informed and
    recommends policy changes as needed
  • Has advisory responsibilities in occupational/
    environmental health safety and accident
    prevention in University operations

7
Office of Environmental Health Safety(OEHS)
  • OEHS was established at Tulane in 1970
  • It is an advisory and service-oriented department
    with both preventative and response roles in
    University health and safety
  • Main office at Downtown campus
  • 988-5486 (Tidewater Bldg Suite 1130)
  • Satellite office at Uptown campus
  • 865-5307 (Facilities Services Bldg)

8
Office of Environmental Health Safety(OEHS)
Mission
  • To support the healthcare, teaching, and research
    activities of the University
  • To ensure a safe and healthful environment for
    students, employees, patients, and visitors of
    the University
  • To assure that University activities do not
    adversely affect the health and safety of the
    communities which surround its campuses

9
EHS Policies Procedures Manual
  • Most policies procedures are based on federal,
    state, and local standards, regulations, and
    guidelines
  • Revised in 2003
  • Available online at OEHS website
  • http//www.som.tulane.edu/oehs/

10
EHS Policies Procedures Manual
  • DSRs, researchers, and others who have old copies
    of the manual should save the old binders and
    replace the contents with a hard copy of the
    manual.
  • OEHS will provide changes via electronic
    notification.

11
Institutional Committees
  • Review process aids in compliance management by
  • Monitoring the use of hazardous materials (toxic
    chemicals, radioactive materials, biological
    agents.)
  • Examining work practices, operations, facility
    issues
  • Institutional Safety Committees at Tulane
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • Radiation Safety Committee
  • Control of Occupational Exposure Committee
  • Emergency Preparedness

12
Departmental Safety Representatives (DSRs)
  • The DSR program was implemented to facilitate the
    Compliance Management System
  • Unit Heads appoint at least 1 DSR per unit
  • Unit may be department, section, center, or
    program area
  • Number of DSRs and their level of authority is
    determined by Unit Head

13
DSR Program
  • DSR acts as a liaison between OEHS and their unit
  • Duties vary depending on DSR category and as
    determined by Unit Head
  • DSR categories (Offices, Facilities, Labs) are
    based on hazardous materials usage and operations
    within a unit.

14
All DSRs are expected to
  • Attend quarterly meetings w/OEHS
  • Conduct quarterly meetings and/or distribute
    quarterly training material to unit personnel.
  • Ensure submission of quarterly inspection forms
    to OEHS.
  • Report unsafe conditions or practices to their
    supervisor and OEHS.

15
Lab Facility DSRs
  • Duties also include
  • Submittal of various forms including
  • Annual chemical inventory form
  • PPE assessment form
  • Ensuring that MSDSs are available in the
    department
  • Coordinating waste disposal with OEHS
  • Coordinating lab or facility close-out
    information between OEHS, Facility Services
    their department

16
  • Additional information is available on OEHS web
    page - www.som.tulane.edu/oehs.
  • Includes
  • Departmental Safety Representative DSR (DSR)
    Guide
  • Office of Environmental Health Safety Policies
    and Procedures Manual

17
Review
  • CMS goals
  • Improve compliance with EHS regulations
  • Minimize employee student injuries/illnesses
  • Prevent environmental damage
  • Avoid regulatory fines
  • CMS Components
  • EHS Policy Committee
  • EHS Operations Committee
  • OEHS
  • Institutional Committees
  • Departmental Safety Representatives (DSRs)

18
Review
  • DSR Program
  • Unit Head appoints one or more DSRs
  • 3 Categories of DSRS (Office, Facility, Lab)
  • DSR is liaison between OEHS Unit
  • DSR expected to attend quarterly OEHS meetings,
    ensure submittal of inspection quarterly
    training forms, and report unsafe conditions to
    supervisor and OEHS.

19
Review
  • EHS Policies Procedures Manual
  • Based on federal, state, and local standards,
    regulations, and guidelines.
  • Available online at OEHS website
  • http//www.som.tulane.edu/oehs/

20
Tulane UniversityOffice of Environmental Health
Safety (OEHS) www.som.tulane.edu/oehs Karen
Douglas (Uptown), Environmental Health Safety
Specialist(504) 865-5307 / kdougla1_at_tulane.edu
Susan Welch (Downtown), Occupational Safety
Manager(504) 988-3996 / swelch_at_tulane.edu If
unable to proceed to quiz, type the link below
into your browserhttp//aurora.tcs.tulane.edu/ehs
/enterssn.cfm?testnum11
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