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Thursday April 13, 2023 | 3:00pm CT / 4:00pm ET

The Invisible Leader

Presented by: Zach Mercurio, Author

Join us for a discussion with author Zach Mercurio and CSHEMA president Beth Welmaker in a book club format discussion of his book, The Invisible Leader.

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Wednesday April 26, 2023 | 12:00pm CT / 1:00pm ET

Collaboratively Supporting Travel & Research Around the World

Presented by: Anthony Appleton, Colorado State University

Colorado State University (CSU) supports researchers around the world in a variety of ways. This presentation will include the creation of CSU's guide "Considerations for Field Work," the International Travel Oversight Committee for higher risk travel (known as ITOC), and a few stories. “Considerations for Field Work” was created collaboratively by researchers in the field, directors of field sites, professors, research associate deans, and a variety of research support units. This was the first time in CSU’s 150+ year history that a document to support field research across the university landscape had been created. We will share how any institution can create a similar document with special attention to the use of asynchronous online work environments. ITOC is comprised of Education Abroad, the Vice Provost for International Affairs, the Associate Dean of Students, Risk Management & Insurance, the Office of General Council, and the Research Safety Culture Program. CSU students and staff interested in traveling to countries placed on the CSU Higher Risk Destination List or travel involving higher-risk activities must request authorization for travel from ITOC. The authorization process and decision-making involved in ITOC will be discussed to share how other institutions may benefit from such a committee. Finally, past experiences at CSU involving field work will be shared in story-telling format. Overall, collaboration is the key to supporting travel and research around the world.


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Wednesday May 10, 2023 | 12:00pm CT / 1:00pm ET

Fall Protection - Reflections on a Campus-Wide Strategy : Follow up to CSHEMA Fall Protection Presentation given in 2018

Presented by: David Farris, George Mason University & David Algert, George Mason University

David Farris is the Executive Director of Safety and Emergency Management at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. He has over 18 years of experience in higher education during which time he has developing and implemented numerous environmental health and safety programs in the fields of occupational safety, fire safety, environmental compliance, laboratory safety, and emergency management. David Algert is an Occupational Safety Officer at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia.  He has over 16 years of general industry and construction-related occupational safety experience.  Throughout his career, he has been employed as a safety consultant in private industry and as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.   


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Featured Archived Webinars

Indoor Air Quality

CSHEMA webinars are archived in the Resource Library and accessible to members for on-demand viewing.


This webinar provides a background into common indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns received by the Department of Environmental Safety, Sustainability, and Risk at the University of Maryland. It will give an overview on conducting an IAQ survey and common equipment used, as well as provide several case studies with lessons learned. The presenters outline future initiatives to implement to improve IAQ and communication between the department and the campus employees, students, and visitors.

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Safety Climate Assessment Tool


Want to learn more about how the safety climate at your campus stacks up? This online program will describe how to participate in the CSHEMA University Safety Climate Survey to better understand and measure the extent that safety has been integrated into your campus. The results can be used to compare between different institutions and also to evaluate how your campus has changed longitudinally over time.

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Past Webinars

50 Things Every University EH&S Person Should Know
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 1:00 PM CT, 2:00 PM ET
Presented by: Robert Emery, DrPH, CHP, CBSP, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPP, ARM,, Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management

UTHSCH SHERM management developed a list of 50 items considered by consensus to be essential for every staff member within the department to know. The “50 questions”, consisting of both objective and subjective issues, address a wide variety of aspects related to the university health and safety functions, ranging from essential institutional descriptors to appropriately responding to indoor air quality complaints. Training provided to departmental staff centering on the 50 questions (and associated answers) has proven to be enlightening for the line staff and management alike, and an overall improved level of both customer service and departmental image has been observed. In this session, the 50 “need to know” questions will be presented and the rationale for their selection discussed. Ample time will be allotted for participant questions, commentary and discussion.

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Systemwide EHS Annual Evaluation 
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 | 10:00 AM PT - 11:00 AM PT
Presented by: Scott Bourdon, Senior Manager, Risk & EHS- California State University, Systemwide Risk Management

The Cal State University Systemwide Risk Management Office collects EHS metrics and other information every year in their annual report process. They then analyze the data for trends, good practices, and recommendations. This process has evolved in the three years since it started. This has involved benchmarking, dashboards, campus-specific and Systemwide reports, and communication with leadership. The process helped close findings from the State Auditor and is now part of doing business as process improvement. Learn how this process has evolved and standards used in the analysis. You may find some information to help you evaluate and improve your programs.

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Lessons Learned from Laboratory Vacuum Pump Exhaust Explosion:
Discussion and Preventative Strategies
April 6, 2022 | 2:00 PM ET
Presented by: Kimi Brown, ARM, NRCC-CHO, CSP; Sr. Lab Safety Specialist/Chemical Hygiene Officer, University of Pennsylvania

This webinar will discuss the lessons learned from an explosion and fire that occurred August 14, 2020 in an organic chemistry synthesis laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.  Although there were no injuries, the consequences of this explosion could have been fatal.  Laboratory safety professionals will be interested in learning about this serious event, which involved common chemistry lab equipment and occurred during a task that was perceived to be routine and low risk. In addition to the description of the events leading up to the explosion, this talk will include a short discussion on the process of investigating the incident.  The focus will be on the lessons learned and the corrective actions taken to prevent this from occurring in other laboratories at Penn and elsewhere.

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Shared Leadership: Building an Outcome Focused DEI Initiative
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 2:00 PM CT, 3:00 PM ET
Presented by: Dr. Michelle Cook- Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives, UGA

This session will provide a framework for engaging in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as an opportunity for shared leadership. Utilizing concepts of emotional intelligence, participants will learn how they can develop inclusive competencies that support environments where everyone feels that they belong and that they can contribute to the overall success of the organization.

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