Environmental Health and Safety
August 22, 2019: Wendy Campbell joins EHS as Industrial Hygienist
As the new Industrial Hygienist for the University of Idaho, Wendy will be responsible for managing the laboratory safety and industrial hygiene programs. Industrial hygiene is a field of safety that works to anticipate, recognize and control environmental factors in the workplace that may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being or significant discomfort among workers. Some areas of this field covered by EHS include indoor air quality (IAQ) issues, blood-borne pathogens, asbestos and lead containing material management, hearing protection and respiratory protection.
Wendy is a native Idahoan returning from Florida. She has a B.S. in Biology and a Master of Health Science degree from Boise State University, and has worked in private industry, consulting and state government for more than ten years in the field. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and is an active participant in professional organizations. She enjoys sailing, reading, playing music on a variety of instruments and has recently taken up golf, at which she is not very good, but apparently is a very entertaining player.
March 29, 2019: Fire Safety in the Workplace Required Training
All employees are required to be trained in fire prevention, evacuation and fire safety annually, according to the International Fire Code as adopted by the State of Idaho. In order to comply with this requirement, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) developed an online course called “Fire Safety in the Workplace” to be taken as the initial training by all U of I employees. Options are available for the annual refresher training, including an in-person presentation or a downloadable training document. More information and the training document are available on the Fire Safety webpage.
February 04, 2019: Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule Changes
To: All Individual Generators of Hazardous and Chemical Waste
The EPA has begun enforcing a new rule that affects how the university must accumulate hazardous waste in laboratories, shops and any other location where hazardous waste is generated. Idaho DEQ started enforcing this rule in 2018. This new EPA rule is generally referred to as the "Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule."
Important specific changes that need to be implemented and followed by all individual generators of hazardous and chemical waste to ensure compliance with this new rule can be found in the "Haz Waste Generator Improvements Rule Change Resource" section on this page.
What training do I need?
Because we are frequently asked about our training courses and how to know which courses a particular person or job may need, we have prepared a matrix for supervisors to use as a guide in determining training. Based on answers to a list of questions, a training profile can be developed for each job. The matrix is intended as a starting point, and all of our general training must be accompanied by job/task-specific training from the supervisor or designee. Our website provides supplementary written materials on many topics, and we can provide supervisors with individual assistance upon request.