News from Environmental Health & Safety


August 31, 2010 | Risk Management

As hurricanes threaten 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 hurricanes and flooding, along with […]

Caution: Extreme Heat

August 4, 2010 | Uncategorized

Although NYC may be teeming with outdoor events in the summertime, it is important to remember that while enjoying those events, high temperatures combined with high humidity could lead to deadly heat indices.  Heat waves are particularly dangerous for children, seniors, people with cardiovascular disease, and people taking psychotropic and other medications.  Here are a […]

March 22-26 is Business Continuity Awareness Week

March 24, 2010 | Business Continuity Committee

The NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is recognizing business continuity awareness week by holding a series of three informal conference calls on topics identified as important. The first call, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM on Monday, March 22, will feature speakers from New York City’s Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) team, the City’s own […]

Winter Weather

February 9, 2010 | Risk Management

New York City winters can cause serious risk due to inclement conditions of extreme cold, heavy snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain.  Winter weather results in hundreds of deaths in the United States each year, due in part to traffic accidents, fires from improper use of heaters, overexertion, and exposure.  Hypothermia and frostbite also pose […]

Deputy Commissioner for High Education Joseph Frey speaks to Business Continuity Committee

January 26, 2010 | Business Continuity Committee

The meeting featured a presentation by Joseph Frey, Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education, titled “Statewide Provisions for Regulatory Relief in Times of Temporary Closures of Higher Education Institutions.” The presentation focused on the development of protocols that would permit flexibility during a sustained disruption without impacting the integrity of the academic degree. Commissioner Frey addressed […]

Nils P. Ekberg of NYSTEC speaks to Business Continuity Committee

November 9, 2009 | Business Continuity Committee

The September Business Continuity Committee meeting featured a presentation by Nils P. Ekberg, Information Security Consultant at the New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation (NYSTEC). The presentation, titled “Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Overview,” covered a number of topics, including: lessons learned from other universities’ educational experiences (e.g., a study of colleges’ experiences recovering from […]

EHSRM Flu Webpage

September 10, 2009 | Risk Management

The City has established its strategy for protecting New Yorkers during the upcoming flu season and CUNY wants to make sure you are aware of it. Please visit the Flu webpage for more information and updates.

September 2009 is National Preparedness Month

September 9, 2009 | Risk Management

Are you prepared for an emergency situation? Ready.gov suggests that emergency preparedness consists of getting an emergency preparedness kit, making a plan, staying informed and getting involved to prepare your community. An emergency preparedness kit should store supplies for you and everyone in your household for three days. The kit should include one gallon of […]

Rachel Stein Dickinson of OEM Speaks to the Business Continuity Committee about Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP)

August 20, 2009 | Business Continuity Committee

The Business Continuity Committee’s July meeting featured a presentation by Rachel Stein Dickinson, Deputy Commissioner for Finance, Policy and Administration at the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM), who oversees OEM’s Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP). Ms. Dickinson discussed creating, upholding and regulating business continuity plans and addressed ways in which OEM has assisted other […]

Jim Kerr Speaks to Risk Management Council about NYU’s Emergency Management and Global Travel Policies

July 28, 2009 | Risk Management

July’s Risk Management Council meeting featured a presentation by Jim Kerr, Director of Emergency Management and Business Continuity at New York University, titled “Emergency Management and Global Travel in an Academic Environment: The NYU Model.” Mr. Kerr discussed some of the tools and policies implemented by NYU that provide intelligence on risks in particular areas, […]