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Caution, aggressive Hawks on Campus

Please use caution when walking near the Rentfro Gym & Regent Row areas on Stewart Street, NMSU campus. A pair of Swainson Hawks are roosting in the area trees and have dived at pedestrians.  Since the beginning of July, the hawks are being more aggressive.  The reports indicate that they have dived and struck pedestrians on…
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Heat Illness Precautions

A new video from OSHA aims to inform workers of all ages about the importance of taking precautions against heat illness. Dozens of workers die every year because of working in the heat, OSHA says. Most of those deaths take place in the first few days of working in the heat, which makes it especially…
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Suspension of Chemical Waste Pickups for Disposal

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY 575-646-3327 INTERDEPARTMENTAL M E M O R A N D U M SUPERVISORS PLEASE POST DATE:        June 28th, 2017  TO:           Distribute to All Lab Supervisors  FROM:     Drew Kaczmarek, Assistant Director, EH&S SUBJECT:     Suspension of Chemical Waste Pickups for Disposal  Suspension of chemical pickups for disposal will start Thursday, July 13th, 2017…
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2016 NMSU Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Report – Las Cruces campus

NMSU Consumer Confidence Drinking Water Report Each year NMSU Facilities and Services provides the NMSU Las Cruces community a detailed report on NMSU’s water quality for the Las Cruces campus.  NMSU provides a high quality drinking water that is safe.  In order to ensure the quality of our water, the New Mexico Environment Department and…
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Heat Illness Prevention

Heat Illness Prevention Memo (pdf) To: NMSU Employees (Staff, Supervisors, Faculty and Researchers) Subject: Heat Illness Prevention It’s summer and with the increasing summer heat, it is important to review the precautions to prevent heat related illnesses, which occur when the body is unable to cool itself efficiently. Heat illness is a serious medical condition that can lead…
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Five Safety Staff receive awards today

EH&S Safety Staff receive awards March 31, 2017 Click image below or http://safety.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/72/2017/03/2017_0330-ServiceStricklandAwards.pdf  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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University Safety Committee Meeting, March 30th

To: NMSU Community Announcement:  There will be a University Safety Committee 3:30pm, Thursday March 30th, in Room 110 (Safety Training Facility), Academic Research Unit C, 1620 Standley Drive (map). Proposed Agenda (Rev.): New Online Lab Safety Training Modules: New Chemical Hygiene Plan for NMSU; HazMat Shipping Program UPDATES; Online Chemical Inventory System – EHSA improvements;…
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Respirator Safety Program Change: Fees

PROGRAM CHANGE: Fees for Respiratory Medical Evaluation   The recent staff reduction at Campus Health Center has impacted their continued ability to provide medical evaluations for respirator wearers.  We need to use a new provider to obtain medical certification and there will be an associated fee. This is a one-time cost for employees that wear…
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NMSU Severe Injury Reporting Requirements

NMSU Severe Injury Reporting Requirements – Effective: 1/1/2016, re-posted NMSU site Feb 2017 Background The OSHA federal regulations under 29 CFR 1904 for reporting workplace injuries were revised, as of January 1, 2015. The implementation date of the new federal requirements in states that operate their own safety and health programs (such as New Mexico)…
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2016 Safety Violations, Top 10

2016 Top 10 Most Cited Safety Violation in USA (Summary source: OSHA website and Safety and Health Magazine article) Violation frequency by count is shown on the 2016 Top 10 table (image at right).  The first 5 violations by rank are Fall Protection, Hazard Communication (Chemical safety), Scaffolding, Respirator Protection, and LockOUT/TagOUT (Electric Safety).  …
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