Below is a list of some of the services offered by Environmental Health and Safety. See also our Links page and Policies and Procedures.
Job Hazard Analysis
Hazardous Materials Emergency Response (Spill Cleanup)
Environmental/building safety reviews are conducted by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety on a quarterly basis throughout campus and upon request. Quarterly physical reviews are accomplished in conjunction with Facilities Management. Areas covered during reviews consist of, but are not limited to, the following subjects:
* Fire Safety
* Air Quality Issues
* Building Maintenance
* General Housekeeping
* Chemical Storage
Reviews may be scheduled by contacting the Director of Environmental Health and Safety in writing, or by telephone at 546-6400.
In the case of a hazardous material spill, Public Safety must be immediately notified at 280-2911. A Public Safety Dispatcher is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Public Safety will notify Environmental Health & Safety of the incident and location. Public Safety Officers will be dispatched to evacuate and secure the area as necessary.
Chemical Spills (beyond small lab top) must be reviewed, monitored and remediated only by qualified individuals. Qualifications must include: 40-Hour Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training and certification. At Creighton, only EH&S personnel are qualified. They will assume control of chemical/hazardous materials spills. EH&S personnel will remain in control of the situation until relieved by higher authority (Omaha Fire Dept. (OFD) HAZMAT Control Officer). Disposal of hazardous waste resulting from a spill or accident will be accomplished in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations.
If the spill involves radioactive materials, contact the Radiation Safety Office at x5570.
Chemical Waste, regardless of the source of generation, is stringently controlled and reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), OSHA, and other governmental agencies external to Creighton University. Hazardous chemical waste is generated not only in laboratories, but also within Maintenance Facilities, Fine Arts and other departments within the university.
Once hazardous waste is declared by the generator (end user), the Department of Environmental Health and Safety monitors, reviews, documents and coordinates the disposal of the waste. A full time Chemical Coordinator, Mary Duda, is available to assist with, answer questions pertaining to, provide documentation and guidance regarding chemical waste. Mary may be contacted at telephone 546-6404.
Chemical waste is shipped quarterly. Watch "Creighton Today" and JayNet for information regarding upcoming shipments. See also more information on hazardous waste.
Cost of waste disposal is borne by the generator. When writing grant proposals, care should be taken to include a budgeted dollar amount for chemical waste disposal.
Fire extinguishers are available for purchase by Creighton employees at Creighton's cost.
Fire extinguisher training is available upon request. Each participant will put out an actual fire with one of Creighton's fire extinguishers. We cannot recommend this program highly enough. The time to learn to use a fire extinguisher is not when there is an emergency!
Please contact Curtis Tate (546-6252) for information on both of these programs.
All accidents/injuries, or blood/body fluid exposures must be reported to University Risk Management within 24 hours after the incident. Creighton University Form HR-24 is to be utilized in reporting. The form must be completed by the accident/exposure victim, and signed by the victim's supervisor. Specific questions relating to injury or reporting should be directed to Katie Detrick, University Risk Manager at 280-5833. Training and briefing regarding accident reporting is conducted by EH&S during monthly "New Employee Orientation." Additional training/briefings may be scheduled as required by contacting EH&S.
The Department of EH&S has a number of safety related books and videos available for check-out. For a complete listing of Health and Safety related books and videos available through the Dept. of EH&S call 546-6400.