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.

For additional support, contact the Purchase College Office of Environmental, Health and 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 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 in the University Police Emergency Guide.

Chemicals, toxins, radioactive materials, and other potentially hazardous substances must not be brought onto the campus unless bought through the Office of Purchasing and Accounts Payable. In the event any have not gone through the proper process, they must be reported to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

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 Office of Environmental Health and Safety indicating:

(a) The type and amount of the material brought to campus,

(b) The storage and use locations, and

(c) Attach a copy of the Safety Data Sheet for each substance.

A copy of each SDS must be given to the chair or director for inclusion in the “Safety Data Sheet” binder.

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 Louis Wirtz, Associate Director Environmental, Health & Safety, and a UUP chapter representative.


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