Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Health and Safety Newsletter
Fall 2023: Protecting You and the Environment
July 28, 2023: Fire Season Air Quality
Fire season has started, bringing poor air quality with it. During this time, you may have many questions about working in smoky conditions. A Smoke Event FAQ is available to cover some of the most common concerns. The page includes links to understanding the air quality index (AQI) values and other important information. For additional information, please contact EHS at 208-885-6524 or email@example.com.
July 24, 2023: Grilling and the New Semester
As we approach the beginning of a new semester, university departments and recognized student organizations may want to schedule a back-to-school BBQ. EHS wants you to enjoy your event safely. We can assist in the planning of a location, providing a loaner fire extinguisher and working with you to ensure the requirements below are met. You will need to complete a BBQ Authorization form and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, you may also contact us at 208-885-6524.
- Grills are allowed only when used a minimum of 10 feet from buildings, flammable landscaping or other readily ignitable fuel sources.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times. Loaners are available from EHS.
- Grills must be placed on a hard, noncombustible surface (concrete, asphalt, etc.).
- It is required to use a metal drip pan under the barbeque to prevent grease from staining concrete.
- Grills must be attended at all times when lit.
- Ensure charcoal remains (for charcoal grills) are completely extinguished when finished.
- Do not dispose of charcoal in university dumpsters, trash containers or on the landscaping.
- Do not dispose of spent fuel canisters in a dumpster or trash container.
- Do not bring grills into buildings until cooled.
- Propane tanks are not allowed in university buildings.
- Lighter fluid must be stored as a flammable liquid.
Individuals and unauthorized groups may not conduct grilling on campus. Individuals may grill for tailgating during football games in designated parking lots where tailgating is allowed to occur. University Housing has guidelines related to university apartments and residence halls.
What training do I need?
Because we are frequently asked about our training courses and how to know which courses a particular person or job may need, we have prepared a matrix for supervisors to use as a guide in determining training. Based on answers to a list of questions, a training profile can be developed for each job. The matrix is intended as a starting point, and all of our general training must be accompanied by job/task-specific training from the supervisor or designee. Our website provides supplementary written materials on many topics, and we can provide supervisors with individual assistance upon request.