Workplace Safety

General Information

Hazard Communication

If you work with chemicals at MU you have a right to know about the potential hazards associated with those chemicals. The EHS unit provides right-to-know (RTK) training and administers the material safety data sheet (MSDS) information system for the campus.

The Pennsylvania Community Right To Know Act mandates the University maintain up to date Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s) for all chemicals and products which contain hazardous chemicals in the workplace. Hazard warning labels must be affixed to material and chemical containers. The University must keep an accurate inventory, by department, of all chemicals used on campus. Hazardous Substance Survey Forms (HSSF) are available for those university areas which require them.

Hazardous Waste

All hazardous waste generated on campus must be properly labeled, containerized, and stored in conformance with federal and state environmental laws. The EHS unit works with various campus groups to comply with the hazardous waste laws.

Radiation Safety

The Director of Environmental Health and Safety is the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) for Millersville University.

Any department or faculty member using radioactive materials must follow strict protocol for safe handling, use, storage, and disposal of the material. The EHS unit works with faculty and students to ensure compliance with federal and state radiation safety rules and regulations.

Only those radioactive materials listed on the university radiation safety license may be used. The use of any unauthorized radioactive materials is strictly prohibited. Contact the RSO if you would like to inquire about the possibility of using a new radioactive material.

Only those faculty members listed on the university radioactive material license may use radioactive materials. The use of radioactive materials by non-licensed individuals is strictly prohibited. If you wish to begin using radioactive materials, you must contact the RSO to become an authorized user.

Anyone who handles or uses radioactive materials at Millersville University needs to complete radiation safety training. Any faculty member wishing to use radioactive materials for the first time must first be added to the university radiation safety license and must receive radiation safety training. If you wish to start using radioactive materials, and need this training, contact the RSO.

Any new laboratory procedures which use radioactive isotopes, or equipment with sealed radioactive sources, must be approved by the RSO.

Infectious Waste and Bloodborne Pathogens

The EHS office works closely with Health Services to administer the proper accumulation, storage, and disposal of infectious waste on campus. Blood borne pathogens training and the campus hepatitis B vaccination program are adminstered by the EHS office in conjunction with Health Services.

Safety Training

The EHS unit offers a wide variety of safety and health related training courses. Contact EHS at 872-3017 to schedule training.

Ergonomics

Individuals who feel they are developing ergonomic health problems from poor workstation design can contact the EHS office for an ergonomic consultation.

If you want to improve your office set up and work area, read these Ergonomic Tips for A Healthy Work Station.

Asbestos and Indoor Air Quality

The EHS office maintains a data base of all know asbestos-containing materials on campus. If you encounter a suspect asbestos-containing material (ACM) and wish to have it identified, contact the EHS office.

The EHS office can also assist with reports of possible problems with indoor air quality in campus buildings.

Laboratory Safety

The EHS office works closely with the Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Art, Industry Technology, and other departments to facilitate good laboratory safety practices, including the safe handling of hazardous waste generated from the laboratory process.