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“The purpose of this section is to outline policies, procedures and practices associated with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at Georgia Tech.
The EHS Department is located at 490 10th Street, 3rd floor, and can be reached at (404)894-4635 (emergency 24 hr. number is 404-216-5237) or http://www.ehs.gatech.edu/.
New Employee EHS orientation training, which describes both required and recommended training programs based on the person’s position responsibilities, is located at http://www.ehs.gatech.edu/newhire/briefing.pdf
The Georgia Tech Laboratory Safety Manual found at http://www.ehs.gatech.edu/chemical/ehslsm.pdf outlines laboratory safety rules, procedures and performance expectations in all Georgia Tech laboratories”
To assist in the development, implementation, and oversight of EHS policies, programs and procedures, several faculty-led committees have been established. These committees ensure that EHS related policies and procedures are appropriately vetted, including appropriate input from faculty and research staff. The committees are as follows:
Institute Council for Environmental Health and Safety (IC-EHS)
Chemical and Environmental Safety Committee (CESC)
Occupational Health and Safety Committee (OHSC)
Biological Materials Safeguards Committee (BMSC)
Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)
Laser Safety Committee (LSC)
The Georgia Tech EHS Department is comprised of six (6) functional offices, including:
The Biological Safety Office’s goal is to minimize the risks of injury and illness associated with research involving biohazardous agents, infectious materials, toxins, and microorganisms. The Biological Safety Office also addresses public health issues such as mold in buildings, animal / insect borne exposure risks, and drinking water quality.
Training, Monitoring and Services Provided: Laboratory Assessments, Biological Agent Shipping, Biological Research Protocol Review, Biosafety Cabinet Testing / Certification, Autoclave Testing / Certification / Maintenance, Mold Evaluations and Testing, Wild Animal and Insect Investigations, and Water Quality Analysis.
Biosafety Manual: http://www.ehs.gatech.edu/biological/biosafety.pdf
The Chemical and Laboratory Safety Office provides consulting, training, and assessment services to the Georgia Tech research community in the area of evaluating and controlling risks associated with laboratory hazards; and to the entire Georgia Tech community concerning chemical and other workplace environmental exposures.
Training, Monitoring and Services Provided: Chemical Right to Know (RTK) - Initial and Refresher, Lab Safety Training - Basic and Advanced, Asbestos Hazard Awareness, Chematix - Chemical Inventory Management System, Fume Hood Testing/Certification oversight, Toxic Gas Monitoring Program, Chemical Shipping Program, Lab Inspections, Air Quality Investigations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Laboratory Safety Manual: http://www.ehs.gatech.edu/chemical/ehslsm.pdf
The Fire Safety / Campus Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing fire safety initiatives and monitor¬ing fire safety systems in all facilities at Georgia Tech. Fire Safety staff conduct regularly scheduled inspections of all Institute buildings and coordinate fire drills and fire safety awareness training programs. In addition, the Fire Safety Office reviews design plans for all renovation projects and coordinates closely with the State Fire Marshal’s Office on all new construction projects. Please refer to the Fire Safety Office’s website for Georgia Tech’s Fire Safety Policies and Procedures.
Training and Services Offered: Fire/Life Safety Inspections, Fire Extinguisher Inspection and Maintenance, Special Events Plan¬ning/Coordination, Fire Drills/Evacuation Exercises, Hot Work Permits, Renovation Project Design Reviews.
The General Safety Office is responsible for developing, managing and administering occupational safety programs. The General Safety staff also provides consultation and training programs according to regulatory and general industry safety practices.
Training and Services Provided: CPR/AED/First Aid Training, Defensive Driving, Shop Safety Assessments, Ergonomics / Work Station Evaluations, Incident Investigations Coaching the Van Driver, Confined Space Entry, Forklift Training/Certification, Incident Investigations, Lockout/Tagout and Electrical Safety, and Trenching/Excavation Safety.
General Safety Manual: Currently Under Review
The Office of Radiological Safety (ORS) manages all aspects of the use of radioactive materials (RAM) and radia¬tion generating devices at Georgia Tech and oversees the Institutes Laser Safety Program for Class 3B and 4 lasers. The ORS goal is to provide radiological safety and control measures in accordance with the Institute philosophy of keeping personnel and public exposure As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) and to comply with federal and state regulations. ORS maintains and ensures compliance with the Institute’s radioactive materials license issued by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Training, Monitoring and Services Provided: Ordering New Radiological Sources, Radiological Waste Pickup, Radioactive Material Forms (Applicant for Authorized User Status, Application to Become a Radiation Worker, Authorized User’s Inventory Record, Radioactive Waste Disposal Record, Weekly Radiation Survey Checklist, X-ray Forms, Application for Authorized User Status, Application for Acquisition of X-ray Producing Equipment, Quarterly Tests of X-ray Producing Devices), Radiation Safety Manual, Awareness Training and Laser Safety Program.
Radiation Safety Manual: http://www.ors.gatech.edu/rsm.pdf
EHS is also responsible for the Institute’s Environmental Compliance and Dangerous Goods Shipping programs. Roles and responsibilities for specific aspects of each of these programs are shared among EHS staff from the various offices:
In order to ensure a safe, compliant and consistent approach to dangerous goods shipping – and to minimize the time, training and record-keeping burden on Georgia Tech researchers, EHS provides a centralized Dangerous Goods Shipping Program for hazardous chemicals and biological materials (shipping and receiving radioactive materials is handled by the EHS Office of Radiological Safety). Very strict federal regulations dictate that only certified individuals may ship hazardous materials. The penalties for non-compliance in this area may include fines and criminal charges.
The Institute is responsible for complying with a large number of federal, state and local environmental regulatory requirements related to construction activities, research protocols and general campus operations. EHS performs pre-project environmental site assessments, site reviews, Georgia Environmental Policy Act (GEPA) evaluations, and remediation project planning and oversight. Examples of specific programs covered are: storm water runoff, waste water management, undergrounds fuel storage tank compliance, spill prevention control and countermeasures (SPCC) planning, and air emissions (EPA Title V) permitting.
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Insurance & Claims Management Policies are written for the faculty and staff of Georgia Tech. They are intended to assist those who may have questions concerning Georgia Tech insurance coverage and the submission and payment of claims. Final approval of all Georgia Tech claim submissions rests with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, Risk Management Services Division (hereinafter “DOAS/RMSD”). In addition, any claim that goes into suit is generally controlled by the State Attorney General’s Office.
At Georgia Tech there are serious concerns about injuries to individuals and property of others, whether they are part of the academic community or the population as a whole. There are concerns about Georgia Tech property losses, whether or not insured, and finally there are concerns about financial exposures and liability the Institute may face due to actions of the School or the actions of others.
Insurance & Claims Management is charged with the responsibility of protecting the assets and resources of Georgia Tech. This involves the identification of assets exposed to loss. It includes the reduction of the loss potential and the selection of the most appropriate technique for treating the loss exposure.
Generally, Insurance & Claims Management is called upon to provide the various types of insurance coverage required by Georgia Tech and its employees, and to investigate all claims, including pursuit of subrogation against third parties.
Insurance & Claims Management may require a Certificate of Insurance and/or signed Release and Waiver of Liability when formalized activities, groups, concerts, shows, performances, athletic events and presentations require the use of campus facilities.
Any Georgia Tech group, department or individual contemplating any activity such as described above or involved in activities promoted by others is to email, call 404-894-5000 or write Insurance & Claims Management (mail code 0300) as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days before the event date. A Special Events Questionnaire Form available from our website must be completed for us to address all risk factors and insurance needs.