Health and Safety

Fire Safety | Hazardous Substances | Environmental Health and Safety Committee


Faculty members are responsible for ensuring that all employees and students under their direction are trained in all health and safety regulations that pertain to any classrooms, laboratories, research facilities, and offices in which they conduct instruction or research programs and for seeing that these regulations are observed. Faculty members should consult with their chair or director about the necessary procedures to meet health and safety regulations for particular courses.

Fire Safety
Prompt attention to fire alarm signals is necessary to ensure the safety of students and employees. Whenever testing is being done on the fire alarm system, announcements before and after the testing are made. During those brief periods, fire alarm signals may be ignored. At all other times, activities must cease and prompt evacuation must begin when the signal sounds. Please close the room door behind you as you leave.

People with a disability that prevents evacuation by stairway should be accompanied to the nearest stair-tower door. Do not use the elevators or attempt to take anyone down a stairway. Advise other evacuees of the situation and remain with the person(s) with the disability. If possible, call 6911 from a campus phone or (914) 251-6911 from a cell phone and advise the University Police of your situation. The University Police will advise responding emergency personnel about your situation. If conditions warrant, move the person(s) with the disability into the stair tower after the evacuation, and be sure the stair-tower door closes behind you. The closed door provides protection from fire and smoke until the emergency personnel arrive.

Additional information on fire safety is available on the Environmental Health and Safety site.

Hazardous Substances
Chemicals, toxins, radioactive materials, and other potentially hazardous substances that have been brought onto the campus but were not bought through the Purchasing Office must be reported to the college’s environmental health and safety officer, Edward Musal, (914) 251-6917. Reporting the type and location of these substances is necessary in case of fire or other emergency.

Federal law requires the campus to have a Safety Data Sheet on file for each substance on campus and also requires that the community be alerted if the amount of a toxin exceeds a certain quantity. Faculty members must send a note to the environmental health and safety officer indicating (a) the type and amount of the material brought to campus and (b) the storage and use locations, and attach a copy of the Safety Data Sheet. Another copy must be given to the chair or director for inclusion in the “Hazard Communications Training Materials.” Information on these sheets is available on the chemistry program site.

Environmental Health and Safety Committee
Health and safety concerns may be brought to the Union-Management Environmental Health and Safety Committee via any of its members, which include building managers. The committee is co-chaired by Eric Wildrick, the UUP representative, and Edward Musal, the college’s full-time environmental health and safety officer.

Related Information:
Emergency Information
Human Subjects Policy
Research Using Animals

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