News from Environmental Health & Safety

Nancy Clark of DOHMH Speaks to the Risk Management Council on H1N1

July 7, 2009 | Risk Management

The June 30, 2009 Risk Management Council Meeting featured Nancy Clark, Assistant Commissioner of New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Bureau of Environmental Disease Prevention Program. Ms. Clark briefed the Council on the DOHMH response to the H1N1 outbreak and fielded questions from Council members. Discussion topics included flu prevention tips, […]

University Business Continuity Committee is Up and Running

June 25, 2009 | Risk Management

“Business Continuity” is the process of continuing critical functions during a sustained disruption. Although already done throughout CUNY, a recent initiative centralized this process into a University-wide Committee. The Business Continuity Committee composed of senior university officials and senior staff at each campus held its inaugural meeting on June 5, 2009. Executive Vice Chancellor and […]

Swine Flu Preparedness

April 27, 2009 | EHSO Council

CUNY has been part of the New York City Office of Emergency Management’s efforts to coordinate a citywide response to the ongoing concern regarding Swine Flu. According to the New York City Commissioner of Health, symptoms of all confirmed and probable Swine Flu cases in New York City have been mild and they have been […]

Cornell University – Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan

March 10, 2009 | NYCER

Cornell University recently completed its Laboratory Safety Manual and Chemical Hygiene Plan. The manual was created to comply with the basic requirements of the OSHA Laboratory Standard to develop a Chemical Hygiene Plan. The manual offers guidelines for compliance with the OSHA Lab Standard and Cornell University requirements, and provides recommendations for best management practices […]

Presentation on assessing and minimizing risks in CUNY’s Athletic Program

January 5, 2009 | Risk Management

The December 17, 2008 meeting of the Risk Management Council featured a presentation by Zak Ivkovic, Executive Director of the CUNY Athletic Conference, and Dr. Osric King of the Hospital for Special Surgery, on how to assess and minimize risks in CUNY’s athletic program. The biggest risks that Mr. Ivkovic noted were that six CUNY […]

Health and Safety Tips for the Winter Season

December 29, 2008 | EHSO Council

CUNY encourages all of its students, faculty and staff to follow winter safety tips as offered by the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO). These include being aware of common weather-related terms, having a family disaster plan and emergency supplies available, winterizing your home, staying warm, protecting water pipes, preparing for lapses in the […]

Members of the Child Care Council Present to the Risk Management Council

November 12, 2008 | Risk Management

The October Risk Management Council meeting featured a presentation by Betty Pearsall from the York College Child and Family Center, Inc. and Jorge Saenz De Viteri from the Bronx Community College Child Development Center, Inc. on the potential risks associated with children on campus. They briefed the Risk Management Council on their own Child Care […]

Hunter Prides "Zero Findings" in EPA Inspection

November 3, 2008 | EHSO Council, NYCER

During the October 16, 2008 internal CUNY Environmental Health and Safety Officers meeting, Hunter College EHSOs gave a presentation on their September 30, 2008 EPA inspection. Hunter was not cited for a single violation during the inspection. A detailed summary of the inspection and the successful environmental programs that Hunter College has installed may be […]

CUNY A!ert is Put Into Action at QCC

September 26, 2008 | Risk Management

The September Risk Management Council Meeting included a presentation by Vice President Diane Call from Queensborough Community College regarding lessons learned from a power outage in August at QCC. A storm damaged several key transformers, causing power to be lost in the Administration, Library, Science and Humanities Buildings. The QCC administration notified students, faculty and […]

Higher Education Opportunity Act Enacted August 14, 2008

September 26, 2008 | Risk Management

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) (HEOA) was enacted on August 14, 2008, and reauthorizes the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). In addition to reforming federal student assistance, the act also addresses campus security policy, emergency notification, fire safety, emergency management grants, model plans, preparation for future disasters, and mental […]