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1 This is a general orientation for Western’s Technology Development Center (TDC) personnel only, which includes students, employees, community volunteers and facility users. Please carefully read and make sure you understand this information. If you have any questions, please contact Western’s Environmental Health & Safety office at

2 Environmental Health & Safety Part of the Business and Financial Affairs Division Risk Management Workers’ Compensation Chemical, Biological & Radiological Materials Management Indoor Air Quality Occupational Safety Fire Safety Environmental Management Ergonomics Industrial Hygiene Emergency Planning Chemical Spill Response Safety Training EHS provides the following services to the TDC and the rest of the campus community:

3 Orientation Topics Your Responsibilities Safety Information Book Emergency Procedures General Safety & Accident Prevention Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Hazardous Waste & Lab Safety Training Personal Safety Vehicle Safety Programs The following topics will be outlined in this orientation:

4 Policy & Responsibility Observe health & safety rules, policies and procedures Observe hazard warnings Report ALL accidents, illnesses, property damage, or chemical releases to your TDC supervisor Seek appropriate treatment for injury/illness Report unsafe conditions to your TDC supervisor or EHS You are responsible for observing University and TDC policies and procedures, including:

5 Green Safety Information Book This green safety book is available at the TDC. Please ask your TDC supervisor where to find it.

6 Green Safety Book Mandatory Topics Emergency Procedures Policy & Responsibility Regarding Safety General Safety & Accident Prevention Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Take some time to review and become familiar with the following topics for the TDC: The next slides will outline some important subjects under these topics.

7 Emergency Priorities Eliminate major threats to life and safety Preserve property and the environment Maintain continuity of educational activities Restore essential systems and services Restore the residential living program The University has determined that these are its priorities as it responds to an emergency: As you can see, the safety of people comes first, followed by property and operations.

8 Emergency Communications To receive alerts, log onto Web4U to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date, especially your cell phone number. You must have a W# to do this. Check with your TDC supervisor.Web4U messages: Emergency s will be sent to all WWU official addresses describing the nature of the emergency. Web site: Information will be disseminated on the web site, which is hosted at an external location. Or go to the WWU homepage: Western Alerts – emergency communications - may come to you at the TDC by text message, telephone, , and/or the Big Ole steam whistle. Although the TDC is away from main campus, if you here the whistle sound, it is a signal to look for emergency information.

9 Western Emergency Response Guide TDC personnel should be aware of the location of this important guide. It will be posted in the TDC workspace. If you have trouble locating it, ask your supervisor. This guide provides useful information for responding to various emergencies. Note tab on faculty information for use in classrooms, which is useful for anyone supervising students.

10 Emergency Contacts Bellingham Fire Department911 Medical Aid911 University Police Others Environmental Health & Safety Prof. Fleishman Prof. Bussell

11 Emergency Systems and Equipment Buildings – fire detection and alarms Fire extinguishers near building exits Chemical use areas will contain Emergency eyewash Emergency shower First Aid Kits At TDC and in University Police cars AEDs (automated external defibrillators) Not at TDC, but in all University Police cars There are systems in place to help respond to emergencies:

12 Emergency Response Skills The University offers training for First Aid/CPR/AED and fire extinguisher use for students and employees. Contact EHS or your TDC supervisor for details. EHS also offer C-CERT training for employees. Call for information.

13 Emergency Procedure- Fire or Explosion Let others know Evacuate Pull fire alarm and call 911 Contain event, if safely possible Use fire extinguisher, if trained Assemble in safe place One person meets emergency responders when they arrive

14 Hazards of Incipient Fire Fighting Be sure the fire extinguisher is appropriate for the type of fire and you are trained to use it Make sure everyone else is gone or leaving Be sure the fire department has been called Be certain the fire is small and not immediately spreading Be sure your back is to a safe and unobstructed exit If in doubt, GET OUT!

15 Emergency Procedure - Clothing Fire Stop the burning – have the victim stop, drop and roll or use the emergency shower Cool the victim Call 911 or 3911

16 Earthquake Procedure - During Stay where you are Protect yourself Drop to floor Cover yourself Hold onto your shelter Be aware of objects that might fall Move away from windows & heavy objects Don’t enter or exit buildings during shaking

17 Earthquake Procedure - After Avoid moving seriously injured people Prepare for aftershocks Avoid telephone use Listen to KGMI 790 for information Watch for fires and utility problems Avoid elevators Avoid drinking from taps Check food or drink containers for broken glass Avoid flushing toilets

18 Tsunami Procedure Commonly caused by an earthquake Amount of warning will vary depending on earthquake location Because of TDC’s location, if you feel the ground shake, move to higher ground or inland immediately – use F Street Whatcom Middle School on F Street is an assembly location for the city Listen to a radio (KGMI 790), NOAA weather radio or TV for updates

19 General Safety & Accident Prevention Accidental injury or illness reporting Report within 24 hours Use online webform or pdf at Paper copies available from TDC supervisor or EHS Accident investigation by TDC supervisor & EHS staff Safety bulletin boards Review its contents

20 General Safety & Accident Prevention All TDC personnel should obtain a safety and health orientation Report near misses and unsafe conditions, equipment, or practices to your TDC supervisor or EHS TDC can participate in the EHS annual departmental self audit EHS can provide a safety and health evaluation

21 General Safety & Accident Prevention EHS offers back safety training and ergonomic evaluations of your work space

22 General Safety & Accident Prevention Electrical Safety Avoid daisy-chained extension cords Avoid octopus plugs Use heavy duty outlet strips plugged directly into outlet Turn off equipment when everyone leaves, if possible Have a timer for coffee pots or makers

23 General Safety & Accident Prevention Avoid Heat Stress Watch for high temperatures and humidity Keep hydrated Avoid heavy clothing Acknowledge the limits of your physical condition Certain medications can affect your tolerance to heat

24 General Safety & Accident Prevention Good housekeeping is critical for safety Clean work areas: Lower the risk of fire Avoid spreading chemicals Harbor fewer allergens Keeps exit routes clear for emergency egress

25 General Safety & Accident Prevention Using tools and equipment: Use of TDC’s specialized tools or equipment requires prior instruction This may include, but is not limited to, ShopBot, welding equipment, milling machines, lathes, saws, forklift and vehicle lifts Check with your TDC supervisor

26 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) SAFETY GLASSES MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES in the TDC lab area. Other appropriate PPE will be required for certain equipment and procedures as well. Check with your TDC supervisor

27 Hazardous Waste & Lab Safety Training To comply with federal and state regulations, EHS offers an online training and quiz for students, employees and community volunteers who work with hazardous chemicals and generate hazardous waste at the TDC. Your quiz score is sent to EHS. EHS will forward it to the TDC staff for documentation.

28 Personal Safety Stay alert to your surroundings Report suspicious activities in or around the TDC to the Bellingham Police (911) or University Police ( ) Any unauthorized visitor or student should be asked to leave the TDC. Call University Police for assistance, if necessary Report any lighting or security problems to your TDC supervisor as soon as possible

29 Vehicle Safety Programs Students, employees or volunteers who drive for WWU must complete the state’s basic driver safety program If driving state/university vehicles; or If driving their own personal vehicles 12-passenger van drivers must also complete a state van training program every 2 years Check with your TDC supervisor

30 Other Information Sources WWU Facilities Management Storm/Emergency Line University Police (non-emergency) Bellingham Police (non-emergency) Whatcom County Sheriff (non-emergency) Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Services American Red Cross Employee Assistance Program After Hours

31 Environmental Health & Safety Thank you for being safe. Your well-being and that of your friends and colleagues depend on it! Contact us: Walk in: Environmental Studies 72 Mail: Western Washington University Environmental Studies 72, Mail Stop 9070 Bellingham, WA Phone: Fax:


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