Educational Sessions

Please find a listing of educational sessions that will be offered at the 2018 Annual Conference below. Further details about date/time of each session will be available later. 

3D Metal Printers: Safety and Health Concerns
Courtney Stanion, Duke University; Matthew Stiegel, Duke University
Some 3D metal printers use lasers to fuse metal powder into custom metal parts. Associated risks include combustible dusts, exposure to airborne metal powder, use of inert gas, and potentially pyrophoric fine dust on the printer’s exhaust filter. Printer operators may also face ergonomic challenges. This session will provide an overview of 3D metal powder printing hazards and controls by exploring how Duke University’s Occupational & Environmental Safety Office partnered with facilities, corporate risk, and instructional personnel to support the installation and use of its 3D metal printer.

A Modular, Flexible Approach to Hands-On Training
Jennifer Mattler, Stanford University
Safety training’s most important goals are to increase student’s knowledge when working with hazardous materials and to help them make informed decisions. Practical, hands-on training offers many advantages over classroom or online methods when new skills and behavioral change are the primary objectives. The presenter will discuss a modular approach to hands-on training across multiple university departments and EHS technical groups. This modular approach allows for flexibility in content and delivery method providing tailored and relevant training leading to enduring understanding.

Advanced Laboratory Safety
Dennis Terpin, University of Illinois at Chicago
This course will increase your ability to identify laboratory safety hazards and enhance your understanding of safe laboratory design and operation. The course will explore the different approaches for conducting laboratory inspections. First, the laboratory inspection checklist; laboratory inspections are conducted annually to ensure safety and compliance with all applicable lab safety regulations and guidelines. Second, an advanced approach to laboratory safety inspection; a laboratory safety inspection based on the conditions and operations that occur on a daily basis in the laboratory.

An Integrated Management System for Facilities
Andrew Gilstrap, College of William & Mary; Dwight Ivy, College of William & Mary; Brad Russell, College of William & Mary
A successful management system ensures safety, quality and productivity issues are not dealt with in isolation. The College of William & Mary's system integrates communication, safety, health, environmental, training, quality, operational, and strategic planning into a single, comprehensive approach that is applicable to higher education facilities management and/or physical plant organizations. Among other things, the presenter will discuss the evolution of the management system and how it streamlined efforts to attain certification under the Cleaning Industry Management Standard's Green Building designation.

ANSI Z10-2012 Occupational Health and Management Systems
Clark Weaver, Idaho State University
This presentation focuses on American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Z10-2012 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) and the value of implementing effective EHS programs in the academic and related research environments. The sections of ANSI Z10-2012 are addressed including: scope, purpose and application, management leadership and employee participation, planning, implementation and operation, evaluation and corrective action management review, roll-out, and barriers. Case studies and EHS/OHSMS program direct and indirect values resulting are presented.

Are Inspections Only Checking Boxes?
Dionna Thomas, Emory University
Emory University’s Inspection Program began 10 years ago. This presentation will discuss the comprehensive approach to laboratory inspections. The presentation will also discuss how the inspection program has changed over time, positive changes made to programs and processes, and areas of opportunity.  Some examples include: creating cross-functionality within EHS, reducing duplication of effort, integrating checks and balances, utilizing technology to enhance safety.

Ask an RSO: Learn from the Experience of Others
Scott Jaqua, Portland State University; Katie O'Dair, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bring all the questions you were always afraid to ask and learn from our panel of experienced university RSOs. Our RSO panel of 4-6 will discuss each panelist’s career and cover such topics as: “Ah Ha” moments, significant incidents, and horror stories and the lessons learned before opening the floor to moderated Q&A from the audience.

Beyond Compliance: Reimagining Standard Operating Procedures
Jack Bracken, University of California–Los Angeles
Standard operating procedures (SOP) are a required, but often poorly defined, part of any chemical hygiene plan. In practice, each academic institution has their own interpretation of what an SOP should be and how they should be used in their campus laboratories. The University of California–Los Angeles has recently transitioned from a substance-specific SOP system to a hybrid system that includes both control-banded and procedure-specific SOPs. The presenters will describe their experience implementing this paradigm-shift and the many obstacles and revelations that were encountered along the way.

Biosafety Concerns in the Clinical Setting
Bruce Finlay, Eastern Virginia Medical School
When biosafety professionals discuss "biological safety," they normally do so in regard to the laboratory. However, there is a growing concern of biosafety in the clinical setting. With more laboratory equipment making its way into medical offices (such as centrifuges and autoclaves) and more gene therapy trials coming to the forefront, biosafety is now a clinical endeavor as well as a laboratory or research one. This session will discuss how to adapt "lab biosafety" to this growing clinical need.

Biosafety Toolkit: A Step Toward Safety Culture
Amanda Ogden, University of California–Los Angeles
Safety compliance sometimes places an undue burden on researchers struggling to complete research activities. The University of California–Los Angeles has developed a Biosafety Toolkit comprising Institutional Biosafety Committee-approved safety standard operating procedures, teaching tools, and worksheets to increase understanding of safety expectations, improve safety compliance, and reduce researcher burden. Standard operating procedure selection is specific to individual Institutional Biosafety Committee protocols and incorporated in the electronic application process. The new, broadly applicable, and versatile system allows for researcher customization to meet the needs of a diverse research community.

Building a Robust Chemical Inventory Program
Jared Martin, Texas Tech University; Travis Dodson, Texas Tech University; Todd Germain, Texas Tech University; Rebecca Maloney, Texas Tech University
Chemical inventory management is a challenge in the university environment. This discussion will outline how a major university developed a method to maintain a robust chemical inventory program. Key takeaways from this presentation are program initiation, maintenance, and lessons learned.

CFATS 10 Years Later: The Basics and What's New
Maureen Kotlas, University of Maryland–College Park
Has it been a while since your institution has thought about the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)? Do you need a better understanding of the requirements? Did you know that the regulations were recently updated? This session will cover the basics of the regulation and what's new. Requirements and strategies for reporting chemicals of interest will be discussed. Details about assessing risk, what DHS requires in security vulnerability assessments, and site security planning will be included. Time will be allocated for questions from the audience.

Combining Forces: A Joint Safety Team Approach
Sabine Fritz, University of Minnesota; Robin Tobias, University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota’s research and biosafety specialists have combined efforts to eliminate redundancy in laboratory safety oversight. These specialists are assigned as service partners to specific colleges and departments and work as a joint audit team in conjunction with departmental safety officers. These teams inspect the laboratories, follow up on incidents, and provide technical guidance and training to faculty and staff. This model has proven to foster stronger relationships with faculty and staff, enhance awareness of hazards on campus, and strengthen culture of safety.

Compliance 2.0: Face the Facts and Live Our Values
John DeLaHunt, University of Texas–San Antonio; William Diesslin, Iowa State University
EHS offices often struggle to be heard in the busy academic and administrative life of the campus. Many EHS offices (and officers) resort to fears of non-compliance as the way to get things done. Two higher education health and safety veterans will share their views on changing minds on campus about the mission of the EHS office. This presentation will look at how the EHS office might position itself for strategic success by setting aside its regulatory compliance targets.

Creating Safe, Vibrant, and Effective Programs for Minors
Sarah Martin, Stanford University
In recent years, there has been an increased focus on educational outreach to enhance student understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, and math. Nearly all campuses have educational programs to engage K-12 students. EHS professionals are often tasked with developing policies that help safeguard minors, but how are restrictions to keep minors safe without discouraging outreach programs established? This session will describe some considerations and strategies for EHS to protect minors while encouraging outreach that educates and inspires young people.

Development of a Lab Safety Committee
Michele Crase, Northern Illinois University
Laboratory safety committees are not mandated like other regulatory committees, but many institutions benefit from such organizations. Learn how Northern Illinois University (NIU) is moving forward in enhancing their safety culture by establishment of a Laboratory Safety Committee. Multiple aspects of the committee will be discussed, including the formation, membership, goals, charge and requirements, and responsibilities of the members. The NIU committee is chaired by the vice president for research and has members from the sciences, engineering, health studies, and the arts.

Do Bowties Have Value in Academic Research?
Gary Baker, Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University launched a new graduate course on professional laboratory safety in late 2017 with 16 students across four science programs. Curricular activities included behavior surveys, a site visit to a national laboratory, a lab inspection, industry speakers, and a semester-long guided inquiry project. The project engaged students in a barriers-focused risk assessment using the bowtie method. Students developed bowties for hazards they encountered in their research areas and applied criteria to assess value and sustainable impact. Outcomes will be presented.

Effective Lab Safety Training: Challenges and Tricks
Timothy Barton, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Regulators mandate training, and institutions often rely on it to inform researchers and promote safe work practices. Unfortunately, there are many obstacles to providing effective training to the research community. This program explores several of these obstacles and possible ways prepare more effective training for researchers.

EHS Planning of a High-Hazard Chemical Laboratory
Mark DiNardo, University of Pittsburgh
This session will provide a roadmap for EHS personnel when they are required to assist in the design of a high hazard chemical laboratory. It will cover utilizing chemical and compressed gas inventory to conduct a risk assessment of the planned chemical agents to be used; preparing EHS personnel to make the proper selection of engineering controls, gas detection, and alarm systems needed for the safe operation of the laboratory; and adapting to constantly changing designs and the addition of chemical agents while still maintaining required safety standards throughout the design of the laboratory.

Emergency Responder Training for High Containment
Lana Senina, George Mason University
George Mason University operates a regional biocontainment laboratory (RBL) that conducts research at Biosafety Level 3 with select agents. Every year, the university provides training to local emergency responders to familiarize them with the research, safety controls, security, and incident response procedures of the laboratory. The training, which includes a tour of the facility, has been instrumental in developing positive working relationships between local responders and RBL staff, identifying the need for exercises and drills, and strengthening facility response protocols.

Emerging Hazards Impacting Educational Institution
David Breeding, Texas A&M University
Emerging hazards pose unique risks to higher education academics and research. By actively engaging in predictive discussions, EHS professionals can effectively determine emerging hazards and use findings to develop and implement cost-effective compliance strategies. In this roundtable discussion, participants will strategize on upcoming hazards and risks impending in their academic and research areas and promulgate findings for use in planning future safety resource allocations.

Evaluating Laboratory Ventilation Effectiveness
Ralph Stuart, Keene State College
Laboratory ventilation includes a wide array of stakeholders with varying levels of expertise and priorities. This presentation will discuss how these factors interact and lessons learned related to stakeholder communication about laboratory ventilation.

Evolution of Shop Safety
Margaret Smallbrock, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; Jerilyn Roberts, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
This session will discuss implementing and sustaining a shop safety program at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. The Mechanical Engineering Department and the campus EHS office worked together to develop and implement a more comprehensive shop safety culture over a decade. Improvements were made to facilities, equipment, procedures, training, and accountability.

Expanding Outreach: A Safety Course for Students
Keith Duval, University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh Chemistry Department recently introduced a safety course for chemistry students. The course introduces best practices involving lab safety. EHS has collaborated on this initiative from its start and continues to support the class as it evolves. This presentation will review how students completing the course have become empowered to contribute to the safety culture by becoming safety leaders in the lab. The presentation also will discuss the recent development of group projects that have been integrated into departmental training and incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum.

External Reviews of EHS Programs and Safety Culture
Bruce Backus, Washington University in St. Louis
Presentation will cover pros and cons of external reviews and provide recommendations on how to focus reviews on the culture of safety in research.

Fall Protection: From Zero to 50 in Six years
David Farris, George Mason University; David Algert, George Mason University
This session will discuss how institutions of higher education can develop and implement a fall protection program when no previous program or protections exist. In 2016, George Mason University embarked on a six-year process to address the university’s most egregious fall hazards. Using a combination of in-house expertise, site assessments, contract services, strategic planning, and enterprise risk management programs, the university has begun the process of retrofitting university buildings with fall protection equipment in accordance with a Five-Year Fall Protection Strategic Plan.

Findings from a Campus Initiative to Improve Lab Safety
Tracy Harvey, University of Washington; Alex Hagen, University of Washington
The University of Washington completed a two-year initiative to improve safety in its research and teaching laboratories. Ninety labs with significant chemical inventories and hazards and low safety ratings were selected for the initiative. The initiative was designed to engage leadership support and to work with these labs to develop best practices, to identify any barriers to safe practices, and to address barriers with increased service, mentoring, new tools, and streamlined processes. Lessons learned have resulted in new tools and practices that are being shared with laboratories campuswide.

From Grease to Giving: Student Sustainability Projects
Tom Syfert, University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina has developed several experiential learning projects that promote sustainability and service learning. Currently, the project is to refine used cooking oil to make biodiesel, and the refine the glycerin waste to make an all-natural soap. The presenter will explain the process and how to develop such a program.

From One to 100 Without Hiring New Employees
Dennis Steverson, Lipscomb University
EHS employees in small departments on college campuses are often considered jack-of-all-trades, with anything from Clery reports to plumbing issues to worker's compensation being a part of their job duties. The ever-increasing list of assignments and the expansive amount of knowledge needed to perform all of the responsibilities can often be overwhelming to one or two people. In this session, the presenter will look at ways to capitalize on the strengths of working at a small college and offer suggestions on how to navigate the weaknesses.

Hot Topics in Biosafety
Biosafety Community of Practice
CSHEMA Wondering what’s happening or what you might need to know in the world of biosafety? Whether a professional, novice, or just interested in the area, this session will focus on current and emerging topics in the biosafety community. Panelists will discuss a range of hot topics in the biosafety community and share experiences and strategies. Potential topics include emerging regulations, recent laboratory-acquired infections, advances in laboratory techniques, and any other concerns that our community members might be discussing right now.

How to Create an Effective Laser Safety Program
Shawn Miya, Indiana University
Does your campus have lasers? If so, this technical session is for you! This session will cover all aspects of an effective Laser Safety Program from identifying hazardous lasers to conducting annual inspections.

Implementation of the APLU Guidelines
Thomas Briggs, Virginia Commonwealth University
The Association for Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) issued its Guide to Implementing a Safety Culture in April 2016. The guide makes a series of 20 recommendations associated with commitments by the institution, data analysis, training, and the role of continuous improvement. Virginia Commonwealth University made the commitment to initiating the guidelines and have made efforts to comply with the commitments over the course of five years. The first phase was to initiate the first four recommendations.

Implementing an Enterprise EHS Software Solution
Kihumba Ndiritu, Kennesaw State University
The ability of an institution to effectively manage, document, and track a myriad of EHS-related compliance requirements requires not only people, tools, and business processes, but also a supporting technology. This presentation will highlight Kennesaw State University’s efforts to procure, implement, and utilize an enterprise environmental and occupational safety information management software, designed to provide an integrated technology platform to ensure unified workflows, automate EHS business processes, and provide centralized repository for critical EHS documents, records, and data.

Implementing an Ergonomic Assessment Program
Carol McMillin, Ursinus College; Susana Gonzalez, San Jacinto College; Ron Souza, University of New England
This session will discuss the implementation of ergonomic assessment programs at three small schools and the impact of these programs at each institution. Ursinus College will discuss its current year-long assessment program. San Jacinto College and the University of New England will discuss seasoned programs.

Journey to Partnership: A Winding Road to Success
Diana Cox, University of California; Regina Frasca, California State University–San Marcos; Lisa Kao, California State University–Fresno; Safa Hussain, UC Risk and Safety Solutions
The need for collaboration between institutions may be common sense, but when universities don’t have a business model for working together, how do they find a way forward? As part of an effort to increase collaboration between California State University (CSU) and the University of California, CSU recently adopted environmental health and safety and risk management software created at the University of California (UC). In this presentation, you’ll hear from CSU EHS officials and UC Risk and Safety Solutions about the many challenges faced in creating a partnership and how those were overcome.

Lab Inspections: Sharing Practices
Michael Labosky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Jan Eggum, University of Kentucky; Amy Haberman, University of Florida; Ara Tahmassian, Harvard University
Lab inspections are commonly performed in research laboratories, but can processes be used to anticipate which labs pose the greatest compliance or safety risk? In this session, you'll hear from various universities about their processes and then participate in information sharing about ideas for improving the future state of lab inspections or proposing alternatives. This will be a moderated, interactive Q&A.

Lab Portal: Gateway to Research Safety
Christopher Pang-Gonzalez, University of California–Los Angeles; Diana Perez Saldivar, University of California–Los Angeles
Lab Portal is a suite of safety services designed to aid in the process of onboarding new principal investigators (PIs) and facilitate the movement, expansion, and closure of research labs on campus. The primary objective of Lab Portal is to help PIs navigate the regulatory requirements of setting up a wet lab while promoting safe research practices. EHS specialists help integrate risk assessment into the research process by providing lab-specific design consultations and safety training. This early partnership between EHS and PIs seeks to promote a sustainable laboratory safety culture.

Laboratory Operation Threshold Ranges
Markus Schaufele, Northwestern University
Controlled environments allow safe laboratory operation and foster the research and sustainability mission. Presented are examples of more than 30 laboratory operating threshold values for lab utilities, ventilation and air quality, space, and more that affect lab safety and research outcomes.

Learned Lessons from New Safety Audit Practices
Jeff Lehosky, University of Utah
The University of Utah laboratory safety audit program has experienced a lot of change over the years. The process changes annually, with new ideas and recommendations from the campus community. This presentation discusses the continued approach and vision, dedication to implementing new programs and procedures, the improvements that have been implemented to date, the continued challenges faced, the implementation of a new staffing structure and those roles, and the continued goals for future improvement and dedication to safety in the community.

Lessons Irma Taught Us
Beth Welmaker, Nova Southeastern University
Are you prepared for a natural disaster? How well can you really prepare? Lessons learned from Nova Southeastern University will demonstrate that while you can prepare fairly well, in the end, flexibility and communication are the best assets in disaster recovery. The presentation will outline preparation efforts, the reality of the storm aftermath, and the challenges encountered during efforts to return to “normal.”

Lithium Batteries: Navigating Shipping Regulations
Marianna Wood, Texas A&M University
Explore the transportation of lithium batteries, from changing regulations and identifying the lithium battery to packaging, labeling, marking, and required documentation in preparation for shipping in commerce.

Managing EHS Workload with Low-Cost Software
Matt Moustakas, Texas Woman's University
Learn how Texas Woman's University (TWU) Risk Management Department uses low- and no-cost web-based software to manage the flood of projects, tasks, and even strategic goals. Tools such as Asana, Zapier, and Google Suite help TWU capture, prioritize, assign, and track action items to closure. The presenter will cover how some recurring process can be automated without coding and ways to analyze performance data generated through the use of these tools. This session may be particularly helpful for small schools or those with IT departments that are not providing this type of infrastructure.

Maximize Your Chemical Inventory System
Dorian Evans, University of Texas–Dallas
Go beyond simple container counting. A robust, campuswide chemical inventory system can provide many benefits beyond simple inventory counts. With proper implementation and management, several common and complicated day-to-day hazards may be identified, monitored, and mitigated. In addition to basic operations, this session will provide insight into how a robust inventory system can simplify reporting, first responder information, waste classification, laboratory cleanouts, reactive chemical management, and chemical surplus programs.

Musings on 40 Years of EHS Leadership in Higher Education
Larry Gibbs, Stanford University
Extracting from more than 40 years of experience in developing and leading EHS programs in higher education and academic research, the presenter will provide an overview of the major events, issues, and cultural changes that have driven EHS program evolution during that time. Included will be a review of where the profession has been, where it is currently, and musings and prognostications for the future. The presenter will use case studies and stories to illustrate various perspectives and viewpoints. 

Negotiating with the Regulator
Peter Schneider, University of Massachusetts–Boston
This will be a small-group role-playing exercise focused on a campus regulatory inspection. Participants will play the role of campus EHS director and an EPA inspector. The scenario is a followup meeting to a campus environmental inspection. The meeting is designed to settle penalties and corrective actions. Following the exercise, participants will share observations, lessons learned, and negotiating strategies.

Operational Improvement of Laboratory Inspections
Jordan Sumliner, Emory University; Arlene Manthey, Southern Methodist University
At Emory University, the laboratory inspection program includes two key elements: an annual self-inspection by laboratory personnel and a scheduled validation inspection by EHS personnel. With the implementation of an electronic management system for protocols that requires annual renewal for every laboratory, staff attempted to align the annual self-inspection with the validation inspection. The results to improve the process of the laboratory inspection program will be discussed.

Organizational Resilience Approach to Safety, Risk
Melinda Skura, Simon Fraser University; Laura Vajanto, Simon Fraser University
In the institutional context of a public university, what does organizational resilience look like? Why would a university blend this philosophy and practice within its approach to safety and risk management? Is this the right approach for your institution? In Canada, the Safety & Risk Services Department at Simon Fraser University is currently taking an organizational resilience approach to safety, security, and enterprise risk management. The journey from concept to implementation will be outlined, along with lessons learned, models used, and challenges encountered.

Outcomes from a Safety Climate Survey
Imke Schroeder, University of California
Academic institutions strive to improve the culture of research safety. Safety climate surveys are useful tools to measure the state of a university’s culture of research safety. The University of California Center for Laboratory Safety has developed a safety climate survey, which was conducted at three universities in California. This session will provide an overview over the survey and its outcomes. The results will include recommendations for improving research safety in academic institutions.

Partnering with Lab Managers for Mutual Benefit
Bruce Brown, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
By partnering with laboratory managers to create a quarterly lab managers seminar, EHS has created a forum for ongoing discussions with researchers of not only safety topics but also laboratory matters. The forum has resulted in improved communications and a better research environment that is noticed by campus leadership. Information will be shared on how the lab managers forum was initiated, topics presented, and how the sessions have evolved over time. In addition, the tangible and intangible benefits for both EHS and the researchers will be presented.

Post-Earthquake Lab Spill Assessment Program
Kevin Creed, Stanford University; Craig Barney, Stanford University
For some institutions, emergency preparedness must address earthquake-specific impacts. Chemical spillage due to earthquake shaking is foreseeable and preventable. It is nonetheless vital that affected universities have a means to safely and efficiently determine the extent of chemical spillage in laboratories. The goals are to reduce the risk that researchers re-enter unsafe lab environments prior to remediation steps and to support a critical link in resuming research. Stanford University is implementing a program to meet these goals.

Professional Development Core (Competency) Work
Amy Orders, North Carolina State University; Janette de la Rosa Ducut, University of California
The safety business is an evolving profession, challenged by dynamic and often taxing academic research, discoveries, and applications. CSHEMA's implementation of core competencies provides broadly accepted guidelines and recommendations to professionals working in campus settings to strengthen their capacities to anticipate, recognize, communicate, and respond to EHS program challenges. Initial efforts to operationalize core competencies within the Association will be discussed as well as a case study of their application in a recent campus training effort.

Progress from the Shared Lab Space Subcommittee
Tracy Harvey, University of Washington; Elisabeth Clark, Northeastern University; Alex Hagen, University of Washington
Shared lab spaces are becoming more common in academic campuses with research departments, and these spaces bring additional challenges and barriers to having an effective safety program. Shared Lab Space Subcommittee progress will be described, including the common issues and types of shared spaces found in organizations, a summary of existing practices that may be of use to others, and guidelines and best practices created to support a stronger safety program in shared lab spaces.

Psyched! What EHS Can Learn from Your Psychology Department
Robin Izzo, Princeton University
Over the past few years, Princeton University EHS has worked with the Psychology Department and the Entrepreneurial Center to study ways to influence safety behavior and safety culture. In this session, the presenter review what was done, what was learned, and how new knowledge was put into practice.

Pumpkin Launching: Fun and Safe
Jeffrey Bernard, Kennesaw State University; Henry Salley, Kennesaw State University
For the past seven years, Kennesaw State University has held an annual Pumpkin Chunkin event for first-year engineering students. EHS has worked extensively with the students, organizers, and professors to evaluate and mitigate the risks associated with the event including design, construction, and launching of devices. In this session, the presenters will share our planning, training, and oversight methods that have enabled them to have a safe but exciting event.

Real Energy Savings; Real Laboratory Safety
Meagan Fitzpatrick, Georgia Institute of Technology
This presentation will describe Georgia Tech’s approach to reducing lab energy consumption for a major lab renovation project without sacrificing safety or increasing risk to occupants and visitors to the lab environment. The approach required collaboration between the design team and EHS staff early in the design process, did not require the adoption of new technology, and is easy to implement for other applications. The presentation will include projected energy savings and practical methods for others to apply.

Regulatory Agency Panel: Updates and Q&A
Mary Corrigan, Harvard University
This roundtable will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear from and meet representatives from regulatory agencies. Each will be provided a few minutes to relate the new or high-priority issues affecting the academic sector. Afterward, attendees can ask questions.

Regulatory Update from CSHEMA Advocacy Council
Robin Izzo, Princeton University; Patrick Durbin, University of Texas System
The CSHEMA Advocacy Council keeps track of regulatory changes, proposals, and anticipated changes that affect campus EHS. Learn what is new and what is expected in the coming year.

Rethinking Risk Assessment
Russell Furr, Stanford University
Current methods of risk assessment are often perceived by researchers as overly complex or burdensome and tangential to the research process. In an environment where novel procedures are the norm, an approach is needed that emphasizes risk assessment as part of learning and the creative experimental process. To address these issues, Stanford University has adopted a design thinking framework for risk assessment in which the evaluation of hazards and controls is interwoven into the scientific method.

Safety Attitudes of Engineering Undergraduates
Ashley Augspurger, Iowa State University
Some of the top safety issues young adults face today, especially at college, is safe drinking, safe driving, working safely in the lab. But what are their thoughts and attitudes toward safety? To answer this, a survey was created to find out what undergraduate chemical engineering students think of safety, when they think of safety, and what their safety behaviors are. The presentation will address the creation, implementation, and data obtained from the survey as well as next steps for this project.

Safety Rocks! Awards for Safe Teaching Assistants
Brock Young, University of Nevada–Reno; Chet Carpenter, University of Nevada–Reno
An aspect of laboratory safety that is often lacking at research universities is the emphasis of safe practices in undergraduate science curricula. In 2017, EHS staff at the University of Nevada–Reno performed assessments for the first time of more than 90 undergraduate Chemistry Department laboratory course sections. Rather than using the resulting data to simply enforce regulatory compliance, the focus was instead on recognizing those who already excel at motivating safety, resulting in the creation of the “Safest Teaching Assistant” award.

Small Particle Counting: What Can We Find?
Courtney Kerr, Eastern Virginia Medical School
The use of a particle counter is useful in determining potential hazards. A six-channel counter uses a laser to quantify particles by size. The presenter will review the operation of the instrument, obtain a few readings, and then present and discuss the results. Current health and safety regulations, along with other guidance, may not be adequately addressing this hazard.

So My Campus Has a Biosafety Level 3 Lab, Now What?
Brent Cooley, University of California
High-containment Biosafety Level 3 laboratories present unique challenges in terms of management and oversight. The University of California has been working on establishing a comprehensive high-containment lab program to support more than 20 Biosafety Level 3 labs across the university system. This session will provide an overview of the lab safety program and outline where individuals—including researchers, EHS, and facilities staff, and emergency first responders—can receive hands on training in a Biosafety Level 3 facility.

Starting a Laboratory Safety Program from Scratch
Bobby Clark, Arkansas State University
It is common for universities to have an undeveloped or underdeveloped laboratory safety program. The elements of lab safety may be parsed to disparate positions within EHS, making cohesion of all the elements difficult. This session is designed to help university EHS professionals develop a laboratory safety program that is consistent across all areas of EHS and is more palatable to the entities within the university that those professionals serve.

Support Student-Industrial Safety Collaborations
Anna Sitek, University of Minnesota
This session will provide a historical summary of a JST, a student-run group that began from a partnership focused on safety between Dow Chemical Company and the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. The group's goal is to improve academic safety standards and culture by emulating industrial best practices. Discussion will cover turnover, balancing concern and apathy, value of repetition, timing, selling safety responsibilities as part of academic learning, and advocating for resources.

Teaching Safety: Two Hands at a Time
Rani Jacob, University of Alabama–Birmingham; Judith McBride, University of Alabama–Birmingham
To safely work in a laboratory, students must acquire a firm foundation in the basic principles and practices of laboratory safety. The University of Alabama–Birmingham developed a tiered safety training program based upon safety guidelines that can be used across the full educational spectrum with an increasing depth of knowledge as the level of education progresses. Tier I is online safety training for undergraduate students. Tier II is for teaching assistants and graduate students and consists of an online component based on the R.A.M.P. framework for laboratory safety and a full-day, hands-on workshop.

Training to Become Better a Coworker
James Caesar, University of California–Santa Barbara; Janette de la Rosa Ducut, University of California–Riverside
Each technical discipline risks falling into the trap of silo-ism, alienation, and arrogance. So the University of California concocted the EHS Professional Education Program to save their staff from these career-ending diseases. Learn the engaging techniques used to operationalize the CSHEMA core competencies of communication, influence and negotiation, and program management. Technical discipline skills were developed through hands-on practice to improve appreciation of other programs and those who oversee them. Leadership and teamwork was included as well.

Ultrafine Particles: There is More to the Story
Courtney Kerr, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Educational processes, such as additive printing, shop work, and bone drilling may generate ultrafine, fine, and coarse particles. Depending on the particle size and what it is chemically composed of, it can affect human health in a variety of ways. Current health and safety regulations, along with other guidance, may not be adequately addressing this hazard. The generation of small particles is a hazard that few campuses realize they would have a problem with and require monitoring.

Using Institutional Differences as Strengths
Tristan White, Texas A&M University at Qatar; Andrea Cecetka, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
The Partner Universities of Qatar Foundation have developed a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment and Planning Forum to coordinate EHS and security resources. The forum works to align crisis management plans, works together on large-scale training of contracted guard services to benefit all the universities, and extends specialties to the benefit of all (i.e., lab safety, business continuity, etc.), while balancing expectations in an international, multicultural environment. Many lessons learned can serve to assist other institutions and companies as they work to align different objectives.

Wellness Programs to Enhance Health and Safety
Susie Claxton, Stanford University; Jommel Gutierrez, Stanford University
What is wellness in the workplace? How can it enhance health and safety programs? Stanford University has a strong wellness program, and Residential & Dining Enterprises has "Embrace Wellness" as one of its core values. This session is about how incorporating wellness classes into employee health and safety can help inform them how to stay safe on the job.

Working Collaboratively with Others
Cheryl Zurbrick, Northeastern University; Jonathan Klane, Arizona State University
Come learn some concrete ideas for how to effectively collaborate across three groups on your campus: EHS professionals, researchers, and embedded safety professionals within your institution. Goals of this session are to learn how to leverage your limited resources and working hours in more constructive ways; build researcher buy-in for your safety programs; and avoid unnecessary conflict among groups whose end goals align but methods may not.

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