The office of Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for ensuring that indoor campus environments are conducive to good health and well-being, by recognizing, evaluating, and controlling health and safety hazards, using knowledge and experience in industrial hygiene and safety engineering.
The Air Quality Index is used as a means of reporting daily air quality. The EPA calculates for the five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act. These include ground level ozone, particle pollution (or particulate matter), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. There are established national air quality standards to protect public health and to make it easier to understand, the air quality index is divided into six categories corresponding to a different level of health concern:
- "Good:" The AQI value for your community is between 0 and 50. Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
- "Moderate:" The AQI for your community is between 51 and 100. Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people. For example, people who are unusually sensitive to ozone may experience respiratory symptoms.
- "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups:" When AQI values are between 101 and 150, members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. This means they are likely to be affected at lower levels than the general public. For example, people with lung disease are at greater risk from exposure to ozone, while people with either lung disease or heart disease are at greater risk from exposure to particle pollution. The general public is not likely to be affected when the AQI is in this range.
- "Unhealthy:" Everyone may begin to experience health effects when AQI values are between 151 and 200. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
- "Very Unhealthy:" AQI values between 201 and 300 trigger a health alert, meaning everyone may experience more serious health effects.
- "Hazardous:" AQI values over 300 trigger health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
Waste Disposal Forms
Chemical Hygiene, also know as Laboratory Safety, covers safety aspects relating to chemical hazards at the College. Employees and students have the right to know about hazards and individual ways to reduce risk of exposure to these hazards. The college's Chemical Hygiene Plan (PDF) helps explain specific work practices and procedures for all work involving hazardous substances.
Chemical Inventory and SDS Sheets
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) lists information on chemical substances or mixtures and contains information on the manufacturer, chemical identification, hazardous ingredients, physical/chemical characteristics, fire/explosion hazards, reactivity, health hazards, precautions, and control measures.
Individual departments at the College are responsible for maintaining and updating Material Safety Data Sheets as items are purchased or replaced. MSDS's should be filed within the department where the chemical is used and also in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Please contact EHS for assistance in obtaining an MSDS on a particular substance.
Do not accept donated chemicals from outside organizations.
The Hazard Communication program is designed to help control chemical exposure at the College. Everyone needs to know what hazardous chemicals they work with and how to protect against exposure. The Hazard Communication Plan will help you better understand the different types and hazards of chemicals at the College. The plan also includes labeling requirements, material safety data sheets, and information on employee training.
- Hazard Communication Plan (PDF)
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan