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Health & Safety

The Safety program consists of a diverse team of customer-oriented professionals and students. The team provides quality control services which include investigations, education, consultation, monitoring and mitigation, and information gathering and dissemination following established guidelines and regulations. We strive to provide assistance that aids the University in conducting its business in safe, efficient manner.

Services

  • Worker safety and OSHA issues
  • Respirator protection training
  • Building safety inspections
  • Fire prevention
  • Fume hood inspections
  • Ergonomic evaluations
  • Hazardous condition evaluations
  • Lead and Asbestos safety
  • Air sampling
  • Noise sampling
  • ClairtyNet Safety Training

Safety Contacts

2200 Bonforte Blvd
Pueblo, CO; 81001
Office - 719.549.2211
Fax - 719.549.2984

Terrorism

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    Terrorism Emergency Response Guide

    It is difficult to imagine the possibility of terrorist activity on our campus. However, our operations could be impacted by acts of terrorism elsewhere. For example, a portion of our campus may need be used to provide emergency services to the Pueblo community, or incidents in other cities could affect our communications or service vendors. Additionally, the definition of terrorism is broad and the possibility of terrorist-like activity in a campus setting has existed long before the events of September 11th.

    If you suspect a credible threat exists based on your own observations or conversations that you have overheard, contact the CSU-Pueblo County Sheriff's Department (719.549.2373) or FBI (non-campus) to report.

    There is little a department can do to prevent or completely prepare for terrorist activity. The best preparation is to review your departmental Building Safety emergency plans and ensure that they include current contacts and reporting procedures. Make certain everyone is aware of proper procedure and of their responsibilities in a possible emergency.

    When reviewing your plans ask yourself these questions:

    • Do we rely on vendors or other resources off campus (e.g., Denver, or other major municipalities or government facilities)? If so, how would our operation continue to function without these resources? Do we have alternative resources?

    • How operations might continue if I were unable to enter my building or work area? How long could my program operate this way? What alternatives exist?

    • Are all the telephone numbers and contact people current? Do I know how to contact my staff at home? Do I have access to these numbers at home in the event I can not return to my office?

    • Are critical records backed-up and stored off campus?

    • Are there satellite locations for our programs off campus (e.g., in Denver)? If so, are they also addressed in our plan?

    • What are the most likely scenarios for our operations? ( Focus development of specific response procedures for these occurrences and use basic guidance from the CSU-Pueblo plan or EH&S websites to address more generic responses.)

    The following procedures can be incorporated into your plans and should be communicated to appropriate staff.

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    Envelope/Package with Powder and Powder Spills Out Onto Surface:

    1. Ensure that the powder is actually from an identified suspicious envelope/package and not from a source that can be easily explained such as spilled baking soda, flour, artificial sweetener, construction dust, cleaner, or other material inherent to the area or area activity.
    2. DO NOT try to CLEAN UP the powder, taste or smell it.
    3. LEAVE the room and CLOSE the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering (i.e., keep others away).Call the Heating Plant @ 549-2282 to have the HVAC system turned off. Note: This situation may not constitute an immediate evacuation of the entire building.
    4. WASH your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any powder to your face. Wash your face as necessary only after a thorough hand and arm cleansing.
    5. Call the CSU-Pueblo County Sheriff's Department by dialing 911 from any phone.
    6. Remove heavily contaminated clothing as soon as possible with the assistance of EH&S.[For substantiated threats, local emergency hazmat responders will assist with decontamination/sanitation and collection of clothing and contaminated articles. If heavily contaminated with powder from a suspected Anthrax assault, await assistance before removing clothing and potentially spreading the suspect agent.]
    7. SHOWER with soap and water as soon as possible. Do Not Use Bleach Or Other Disinfectant On Your Skin.
    8. If possible, list all people who were in the room or area, especially those who had actual contact with the powder. Sheriff's department should give this list to both the local public health authorities so that proper instructions can be given for medical follow-up, and to appropriate law enforcement officials for further investigation as warranted.
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    Room Contamination By Aerosolization:

    For example: small device triggered, warning that air handling system is contaminated, or warning that a biological agent released in a public space.

    1. Turn off local fans or ventilation units in the area.
    2. LEAVE area immediately - evacuate affected areas. Evacuate entire building when threat has potential to affect entire building (i.e., air handler for building is potentially contaminated, various areas reported, etc. ).

      1. Try to keep group from the affected area together in one place following evacuation (isolate affected group from other evacuees)
      2. Keep potentially contaminated people on site, or identify them on a list (including contact information) before they leave.
    3. CLOSE the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering (i.e., keep others away).
    4. Call Sheriff's Department by dialing 911 on any phone
    5. Call Heating Plant to SHUT down air handling system in the building.
    6. Again, if possible, generate list of people who were in the room or area. Sheriff's department should provide this list to both the local public health authorities so that proper instructions can be given for medical follow-up, and to appropriate law enforcement official for further investigation.
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    What Constitutes a Legitimate Threat?

    The following are examples of items that should be considered a potentially legitimate threat. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive. Discretion and common sense should be employed when assessing these types of situations.

    1. An individual (s) makes a specific threat (says they have a device with a contaminate that they intend to, or have, disperse (d) into the area or into food/water being consumed.)
    2. An individual (s) in an area intentionally disperses something into the air using a mechanical device (with or without any communication or threat)
    3. A package or other article is discovered that has specific wording or other identification on it: identification of bomb or contaminate within; has threats or threatening wording on it; hate, or anti-American sentiments on it (e.g., Anthrax, explosives, "you will die . . .", etc.). An abandoned package is discovered that is ticking or leaking a suspicious substance. [Call Sheriff's department]
    4. People in an area begin to complain of similar symptoms that have come on them suddenly (may be a potential chemical assault or accidental release of chemical irritant).
    5. Telephoned threat of a chemical or biological assault. [This should be handled the same as a bomb threat and will not constitute an immediate evacuation of the building -- follow bomb threat procedures and call Sheriff's department -- unless other indicators are present as well (i.e., coincides with one or more of the other conditions previously identified.)]
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    Suspicion of Food Contamination

    • Contact EH&S and Sheriff's Department to alert them to the potential concern.
    • Contact the Weld County Health Department to see if similar symptoms have been reported elsewhere or to see if symptoms mimic current illnesses being experienced in the community.
    • Contact the Student Health Center and alert them of the concern so they can recommend follow-up to patients.
    • If a specific food/beverage item (s) is/are identified as potentially contaminated, remove from stock or food line. Isolate prepared items as well as the stock used to prepare the suspect items. Items may be sampled by Health Department or other agency. Isolate all utensils used to prepare or serve the suspect items.
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    Terrorism

    Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion or ransom. Terrorists often use threats to create fear among the public, to try to convince citizens that their government is powerless to prevent terrorism, and to get immediate publicity for their causes. Acts of terrorism range from threats of terrorism, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, bomb scares and bombings, cyber attacks (computer-based), to the use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. High-risk targets include military and civilian government facilities, international airports, large cities and high-profile landmarks. Terrorists might also target large public gatherings, water and food supplies, utilities, and corporate centers. Further, they are capable of spreading fear by sending explosives or chemical and biological agents through the mail. In the immediate area of a terrorist event, you would need to rely on police, fire and other officials for instructions. However, you can prepare in much the same way you would prepare for other crisis events.
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    Preparing for Terrorism

    1. Wherever you are, be aware of your surroundings. The very nature of terrorism suggests there may be little or no warning.
    2. Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended. Unusual behavior, suspicious packages and strange devices should be promptly reported to the police or security personnel.
    3. Do not be afraid to move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right.
    4. Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Notice where exits are when you enter unfamiliar buildings. Plan how to get out of a building, subway or congested public area or traffic. Note where staircases are located. Notice heavy or breakable objects that could move, fall or break in an explosion.
    5. Assemble a disaster supply kit at home and learn first aid. Separate the supplies you would take if you had to evacuate quickly, and put them in a backpack or container, ready to go.
    6. Be familiar with different types of fire extinguishers and how to locate them. Know the location and availability of hard hats in buildings in which you spend a lot of time.

Building Safety Plan

This plan is intended to serve as a generic guide for your department to build on. Some buildings may require additional information pertaining to unique situations that may exist. This sample copy of the Sample Building Safety Plan. All Deans, Chairs and Proctors are being asked to write their own plan for each CSU-Pueblo building.


Emergency Telephone Numbers


POLICE AND FIRE - 911
BUILDING PROCTOR - X-XXXX
DEPARTMENT CHAIR - X-XXXX
LAB COORDINATOR - X-XXXX
SAFETY OFFICER - 549.2747
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - 549.2747

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    Evacuation Plan

    • Faculty who are teaching classes at the time of the emergency are responsible for the orderly evacuation of the class.
    • DO NOT take time to turn off computers, printers, or office lights. Close, but DO NOT lock, office door.
    • Exit the building through the closest exit. DO NOT use the elevator.
    • All personnel should be familiar with the exit paths for their areas. REFER TO YOUR FLOOR PLAN and be familiar with the shortest path possible.
    • Proceed in an orderly manner as quickly as possible to the nearest exit and then to the designated reporting area.
    • Stay in the designated reporting area until you are instructed to leave. This way an accurate head count can be taken. Faculty and Lab assistants are responsible for the students.
    • Upon arrival of the Sheriff's department, the proctor will assist them in whatever manner they request or direct. Pueblo fire department and/or the Sheriff's department will clear the building, checking elevators, areas for the use of the physically disabled, and laboratory areas in the building.

    Emergency alarms being turned off DOES NOT mean the building is clear and safe to re-enter. They are silenced so that emergency response personnel are able to communicate with each other. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING for any reason until instructed to do so by fire department, EH&S, or police officials.

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    Fire

    1. Pull the red fire alarm. Refer to the floor plan and be familiar with the nearest alarm location.
    2. If there is immediate danger, remain calm and follow evacuation procedures and then call the Pueblo fire department at 911 from a nearby building.
    3. If there IS NOT an immediate danger, call Sheriff's department at 549.2373.
    4. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Pueblo City Dispatch Center. Immediately identify your location as at CSU-Pueblo and you will be transferred to the Pueblo County Sheriff's department dispatch.
    5. Follow evacuation plan. Listen for directions and congregate at the designated area. Faculty and lab assistants will account for students.
    6. Call the building proctor. ( See emergency telephone numbers)
    7. DO NOT RE-ENTER BUILDING.

    If you are trapped in the building...

    1. If the door to the room you are in is hot to the touch and/or smoke is seeping in around it, DO NOT OPEN IT.
    2. Remain calm. Walls, ceilings, floors, and doors are designed to withstand fire for a safe period of time.
    3. Pack the crack under the door with clothing or other material to keep the smoke out.
    4. Let someone know you are trapped. Call 911 and stay on the line until the dispatcher tells you to hang up. If there is no phone available, yell out the window, wave out the window to gain attention.
    5. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Pueblo City Dispatch Center. Immediately identify your location as at CSU-Pueblo and you will be transferred to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department.
    6. Stay low to the floor near the window as the smoke will fill higher areas first.

    FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ARE TO BE USED ONLY TO PUT OUT A PATH OF FIRE TO GET OUT OF BUILDING. DO NOT USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER TO PUT OUT THE FIRE.

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    Hazardous Materials Spill

    • Bench Top Spills

      A bench top spill is defined as; a spill that will not contaminate the water supply, sewer, air handling system, or any other area, is small enough to be easily handled by staff, and there are NOT any injuries.

      1. Remain calm.
      2. Contain the spill with absorbent pillows. Do not allow to run down floor drains.
      3. Consult the Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS).
      4. If you are familiar with handling the spilled reagent, obtain the proper spill kit and follow the directions that are with the spill kit.
      5. Notify the Principle Investigator for the laboratory.
      6. Dispose of all absorbent waste materials according to; Colorado State University-Pueblo Hazardous Chemical Waste Systems Manual. Do not allow into trash or down drain

      If you are not familiar with the spilled reagents or you do not feel comfortable cleaning up the spill, follow instructions for large spills.

    • Large Spills

      A large spill is defined as; a spill that may contaminate the water supply, sewer, air handling system, or any other area, is too large to be easily handled by staff, and/or there are injuries.

      1. Remain calm.
      2. Only if there is NO immediate danger; call 911, have the following information available for the dispatcher; where the spill has occurred, what was spilled, how much was spilled, when the spill occurred, and if there are any injuries. Stay on the line until the dispatcher tells you to hang up. If there is immediate danger, follow the evacuation procedures and call University Police from a nearby building and have the above information available.
      3. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Pueblo City Dispatch Center. Immediately identify your location as at CSU-Pueblo and you will be transferred to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department.
      4. Call the Principle Investigator for the laboratory.

      ALL LABORATORIES SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH SPILL KITS FOR THE APPROPRIATE MATERIALS BEING USED IN THE LABORATORY. FOR EXAMPLE, ACIDS, BASES, MERCURY, ETC.

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    Special Areas

    To assist Sheriff's and Pueblo City Fire Departments with possible emergencies that require special attention, laboratories , computer areas that have critical data, or any other area which may require special attention in an emergency should be listed here.

    1. FLOOR NUMBER
    2. ROOM NUMBER
    3. WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE AREA
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    Earthquake

    1. Take cover under heavy furniture - a table, desk, or bench - or within a doorway.
    2. Keep away from glass.
    3. Wait for quake or tremor to subside and all falling objects to come to rest.
    4. For small quakes and tremors with NO apparent damage, return to normal activities, building proctors will survey entire building for possible damage such as; leaking pipes, fallen books, etc. All proctors will meet in designated areas to report damages to University Sheriff's Department Police.
    5. Remain calm.
    6. If damage appears heavy, evacuate ONLY when notified by University Sheriff that it is safe to leave.
    7. Proceed immediately to designated area.
    8. Stay away from electrical power sources, fallen lines, buildings, or other tall objects.
    9. Do NOT smoke. Gas lines may have ruptured.
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    Flooding

    • Interior Flooding

      1. Evacuate the affected area.
      2. Report to designated area.
      3. Call Physical Plant/Heating Plant for assistance in having water shut off.
      4. Call the Sheriff's department at 911 from a near by building and have the following information available; where the flooding occurred, if there are any injuries and stay on the line until you are told to hang up.
      5. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Pueblo City Dispatch Center. Immediately identify your location as at CSU-Pueblo and you will be transferred to the Pueblo County Sheriff's department.
      6. Stay away from all power (electrical) sources.
      7. Stay away from utility vaults.

    Exterior Flooding

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Call University Police at 911 and let them know what building you are in, how high the water is, and how many people are with you.
    3. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Pueblo City Dispatch Center. Immediately identify your location as at CSU and you will be transferred to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department.
    4. If there is water all around the building, proceed to the roof of the building or the highest point accessible.
    5. If there is water on only one side of the building, proceed in an orderly fashion out of the building exit that has NO water.
    6. Immediately go to the highest area possible.
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    Medical

    1. Remain calm.
    2. Call 911 and stay on the line until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.
    3. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Pueblo City Dispatch Center. Immediately identify your location as at CSU-Pueblo and you will be transferred to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department.
    4. Do NOT move the victim or give first aid unless you are trained and certified to do so.
    5. Remain with the victim and try to keep the victim warm and alert by talking with them until emergency response teams arrive.
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    Tornados and Winds

    1. Proceed to the nearest interior room that has been designated as a tornado evacuation point and close the door (Refer to floor plan). If at all possible have a phone, radio, flashlights and first aid kits available.
    2. Contact the University Pueblo County Sheriff's Department at 911.
    3. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Pueblo City Dispatch Center. Immediately identify your location as at CSU-Pueblo and you will be transferred to Pueblo County Sheriff's Department.
    4. Monitor the storm by listening to the radio DO NOT LEAVE THE TORNADO EVACUATION POINT SAFE AREA UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO. Sheriff's department and Pueblo City Fire Department personnel will be making rounds throughout campus determining damages and will contact you when it is safe to leave the building. This may take a while, so remain in the designated area until you are contacted to leave. There may be structure damage.

    NOTE: Tornadoes have been known to leave the ground and come back down again in a matter of minutes or even as long as half an hour. Remain in the designated area until notified by the Sheriff's Department &/or the Pueblo City Fire Department that it is safe to leave.

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    Bomb Threat

    1. Locate the FBI Bomb Data Questionnaire attached to this form and fill it out while talking to the caller. If questionnaire is not immediately available, record every word spoken by the caller and any background noises. Then immediately fill out Bomb Threat Questionnaire.
    2. Alert a co-worker via note (if possible) while on the line with the bomb threat. Have co-worker call University Police at 911 and have the following information available; where the bomb threat is, who is taking bomb threat call, an estimate of how many people are in the building, and have them stay on the line until the dispatcher tells them to hang up.
    3. If calling 911 from a cell phone, the call will go to the Pueblo City Dispatch Center. Immediately identify your location as at CSU-Pueblo and you will be transferred to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department.
    4. Notify the Department Dean/Chair/Proctor/Head/Custodial staff.
    5. Evacuate the building immediately.
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    Other Emergencies

    Assault, Harassment, Destruction of Property, Mutilation, Vandalism, Problem Patrons, and Theft:

    1. Call the Sheriff's department immediately at 911.
    2. Notify the building proctor.
    3. Observe suspicious persons but DO NOT TRY TO DETAIN THEM.
    4. Ask the victim to remain until University Sheriff arrive.
    5. Obtain names, addresses, and telephone numbers of witnesses.

    Power Failure

    1. Facilities maintenance will be contacted by designated departmental personnel.
    2. University Sheriff will be contacted by designated departmental personnel after normal working hours and on the weekends.

    Snow Emergency

    1. Administration will inform you of any closures during normal business hours.
    2. In a sever storm, Housing Management along with other University operations, will coordinate food and shelter as necessary.

Asbestos

Most workers at CSU-Pueblo are not at risk of asbestos exposure in the normal course of their work. However, hazards may be present that are not readily identifiable. You should identify the potential risk factors for your work activities with the assistance of your supervisor or EH&S (719.549.2513). Visit the links provided below for examples of building materials that may contain asbestos. Contact EH&S to obtain information about what specific materials contain asbestos on the CSU-Pueblo campus.

Asbestos is a generic term referring to a family of naturally occurring silicate minerals with a fibrous structure. Types of asbestos minerals most commonly used in commercial products were Chrysotile, Amosite and Crocidolite with other forms being less common. Asbestos is known to pose human health hazards. Inhalation of fibers into the lungs is the main route of entry into the body for asbestos fibers. Prolonged exposure to elevated amounts of airborne asbestos fibers can result in Asbestosis, a fibrotic lung disease (which causes scarring of the alveoli and affects the body's ability to oxygenate blood). Epidemiological studies have found that asbestos exposure can also cause other diseases including lung cancer and mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the chest and abdominal cavity). Asbestos exposure is implicated in some cancers of the digestive tract.

In recognition of these health hazards, agencies of the Federal and State Government have established Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) for asbestos fibers: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for industrial and construction exposures, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for community air quality (and for worker protection). The current PEL for asbestos fibers is 0.1 f/cc for employees working around or with asbestos containing building materials (ACBM). The EPA regulates materials that contain more than 1% asbestos. These asbestos containing materials (ACM) have special handling and disposal procedures.

Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the study of work. It is a science that studies people's physical and mental capacities and limitations, including issues of mobility and work-related stress.

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker and has proven important in preventing the types of musculoskeletal injuries that contribute to increasing workplace related disability claims. Ergonomic implementation works to prevent injuries rather than treat them. A complete ergonomics program includes the education about risk factors and causes of injuries, and encourages good habits in posture, body mechanics and exercise at work, at home and at leisure.

Goals of Ergonomics

  • Promote Physical Comfort
  • Promote Productivity and Efficiency
  • Reducing Risk Factors for Injury, Stress, and Fatigue

Learn more about Ergonomics

Environmental Health & Safety Director

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