Upcoming Webinars

15 Common University EH&S Program Issues & Simple Solutions:
Observations from 40 EH&S University Program Peer Reviews

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

This webinar is FREE to CSHEMA Members!

Presented by: Robert Emery, DrPH, CHP, CBSP, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPP, ARM,, Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management

Description: University Environmental Health & Safety programs are complex operations that manage a myriad of potential perils on campuses. To gauge the performance of an EH&S program, university leadership may merely rely on the results of regulatory compliance inspections or commission an internal audit.  But a more insightful and less intimidating assessment method is the use of a collegial peer review by knowledgeable and experienced EH&S professionals from outside the organization. The University of Texas System initiated this approach over 25 years ago, where each institution’s EH&S program would be peer reviewed every three years by EH&S professionals from a different system institution. Over time, other universities from across the country (and around the world) learned of this effort and requests flowed in for reviews on their respective campuses. Having now just completed 40 such peer reviews, a series of recurrent common issues emerged. This presentation will summarize the peer review process and the 15 common issues encountered based on these 40 peer review encounters. But more importantly, the presentation will include the simple solutions to these issues and will provide suggestions for CSHEMA leadership to consider regarding strategic training and workshop opportunities for the membership in the future.

About the presenter: Dr. Robert Emery is the Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Professor of Occupational Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Bob has over 38 years of experience in university health & safety and holds master’s degrees in health physics and environmental sciences, and a doctorate in occupational health. He is responsible for the health and safety of over 17,000 students, faculty, and staff in classrooms, laboratories, offices, and clinical care settings spread over an area equal to the size of the State of Connecticut – as well as regional campuses located across the State of Texas. Bob is also rare in that he possesses national board certification and registration in seven main areas of health & safety.

While managing a comprehensive safety and risk management program, Bob has authored over 75 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and book chapters on health and safety issues and has provided media interviews to major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NY Times, ABC, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, BBC, and NPR. He is a frequent presenter at the local, state, national and international level.

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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.

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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

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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

Small College/University EHS Programs
March 3, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
Presented by: Kevin Klich, MPH, CHMM
Sr. EHS Specialist, Radiation Safety Officer
Stevens Institute of Technology and 
David Fernandez
Director - Office of EHS & Insurance Risk Management
Stevens Institute of Technology

Description: Stevens Institute of Technology’s Office of Environmental Health & Safety and Insurance Risk Management will discuss their experience in preparing, submitting, and earning CSHEMA’s Complete EHS Program Award for Small Colleges and Universities.  This award honors small colleges and universities that have three or fewer EHS professionals in the EHS office and have created safety programs and incorporated novel and/or original efforts while complying with standardized regulations. Stevens EHS staff will discuss the award process and the opportunities that the award program presents to benchmark your program and demonstrate best in class practices.

 

An Introduction to the Cal/OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)
March 10, 2021 | 11:00 AM PST, 1:00 PM CST, 2:00 PM EST
Presented by: Scott Bourdon, CIH, ARM, CSP, REHS
Sr. Mgr., Risk & Environmental Health & Safety

Description:
This course will review the Cal/OSHA Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) requirement.  OSHA considered adopting a similar requirement a few years ago, and many other states require one for certain industries.  Whether or not your State requires an IIPP, it acts as a simple safety management system anyone can understand and use.  Simple metrics can be adopted for it.  And an IIPP will help your team and co-workers understand their safety roles and responsibilities.

 

Combating Indoor Respiratory Infection - Lessons from Real World Testing and Verification
Tuesday, August 10, 2021| 1:00 PM CT
Presented by: Erik Malmstrom, CEO of SafeTraces
Moderated by: Mark Drozdov, Senior Principal Consultant / Subject Matter Expert

Description: 
Ventilation and filtration are critical mitigation strategies forairborne pathogens. However, most buildings lack the ability to test and verify performance of their HVAC and engineering controls. SafeTraces will share real world test results from veriDART™, the first aerosol-based diagnostic solution for identifying potential infection hotspots, verifying HVAC efficacy, and informing safety decision-making with science-based data.

 

CSHEMA Joint Webinar | 3D Printer Emissions and Considerations for Safety in Higher Education
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
Presented by: Dr. Marilyn Black, Chemical Insights Research Institute of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.- Senior Technical Advisor
Ryan Lisk, MPH, ASP, Director, Biological and Chemical Safety- UTSouthwestern Medical Center

Description: 
Years of research prove that designing, operating and managing our buildings with a focus on good indoor air quality (IAQ) is essential to protect the health and productivity of building occupants. Institutions of higher education are a microcosm of the built environment at large. A single campus may contain residences, classrooms, offices, laboratories, and more, all with unique IAQ challenges. As new technologies and challenges emerge, they may bring unintended consequences for human health. Therefore, researchers at Chemical Insights, an Institute of Underwriters Laboratories, completed a multi-year study with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) on the impact of 3D printer emissions on indoor air quality (IAQ).

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