News from Environmental Health & Safety

OSHA Hazard Communication Update

August 24, 2012 | Uncategorized

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued an updated Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) that is aligned with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Changes to the standard include revised definitions, additional label elements and standardization of Safety Data Sheets. Employees must be trained on the new label elements and the […]

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2012

May 31, 2012 | Uncategorized

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center has kicked off hurricane season with Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 27th to June 2nd.  Among the features of the week is an instructional video series consisting of brief videos focused on hurricane hazards, the forecast process, preparing a plan and taking action.  New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is also taking […]

September is National Preparedness Month

September 7, 2011 | Uncategorized

NYC Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno kicked off National Preparedness Month recalling the recent Hurricane Irene and earthquake events.  National Preparedness Month is a nationwide campaign to promote emergency preparedness and encourage volunteerism and it continues to expand.  OEM has developed an initiative, “Partners in Preparedness”, that challenges businesses to prepare their employees for emergencies; has […]

Hurricane Preparedness 2011

August 26, 2011 | Uncategorized

As hurricane season continues in the Northeast, the Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management wanted to impart some information on precautions that may be taken to ensure the safety of each student, faculty and staff member. New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has developed informational brochures to prepare New Yorkers for […]

Increased Temperatures, Increased Risks

July 21, 2011 | Uncategorized

As the heat rises, so too does the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  The extreme heat is particularly difficult on the elderly and individuals living with chronic health conditions.  The best way to prevent heat-related health risks is to stay in an air-conditioned place.  If you must exercise or work outside, make sure you do […]

NYC DOHMH Launches Bed Bug Website

March 30, 2011 | Uncategorized

To address the concern over bed bugs, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has launched a new bed bug website – www.nyc.gov/bedbugs.  This interactive website has useful information on several topics as well as links to a wide variety of related resources.  Some of the topics covered are precautions to take to prevent […]

Business Continuity Awareness Week 2011

March 24, 2011 | Business Continuity Committee

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI), an international resource for business continuity practitioners, declared March 21st to March 25th Business Continuity Awareness Week.  The week is designed to promote business continuity management through educational events.  BCI will be conducting free webcasts throughout the week to educate interested participants on the nuances of business continuity management.  BCI […]

Cold Weather Safety

February 4, 2011 | Uncategorized

New York City is turning into a winter wonderland, which makes for some treacherous conditions.  The regular snowfalls and cold temperatures have led to icy walkways and roads and can affect the integrity of your home.  A number of different agencies have provided safety tips for this winter season.  Here are some highlights:  wear a […]

NYC DOHMH Briefs EHSO Council on Bed Bugs

November 3, 2010 | EHSO Council, Risk Management

Sharon Heath of the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene briefed the EHSO Council on bed bug control practices  at the Council’s October meeting.  Although bed bugs do not pose any health risk, quick and decisive action is required to minimize the bed bug’s notoriously bad stigma.  According to Ms. Heath, proper preparedness for bed […]

September 2010 = National Preparedness Month

September 2, 2010 | Risk Management, Uncategorized

National Preparedness Month (NPM) calls our attention to the importance of being prepared for all emergencies.  Proper preparedness includes having an Emergency Supply Kit, making a Family Emergency Plan, and staying informed about emergencies and  appropriate responses.  Activities stressing the importance of emergency preparedness will be held throughout the month and a calendar of events may […]