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Local Safety Committee

Departmental Safety Committee Accomplishments For 2008
And Objectives For 2009

K-State Research and Extension
College of Agriculture

All of our safety efforts are built on the grass-roots involvement of employees and students in local safety committees. Committee members solicit input from their peers, establish local safety objectives, and provide leadership to address the safety issues that are most important to their respective organizational units.

4-H Youth Development Agricultural Research Center - Hays Agronomy Animal Sciences
& Industry
Biological & Agricultural Engineering Communications/ Umberger Hall Entomology Grain Science
& Industry
Horticulture, Forestry & Recreation Resources Kansas Forest Service Northwest Research Extension Center Plant Pathology
Southeast Agricultural
Research Center
Southwest Research - Extension Center

 


 4-H Youth Development


· The Safety Committee is Gary Gerhard (Chair), Stephanie Duke and Jim Adams.
· Accomplishments for 2008:

o Completed an ergonomic evaluation of all workstations and made improvements.
o Removed hazards from storage rooms and other areas.
o Maintained first aid kits in department vehicles and main office.
o Maintained winter driving kits, road emergency kit and accident kits in department vehicles.
o Developed new Cloverbud Program trainings that emphasize safe, age-appropriate activities for 5 and 6 year olds.
o Continued to review overnight/residential activities standards for use by field, area and state staff (modified from camp standards).
o Continued to review camp standards.

· Objectives and activities for 2009:


o Implement Cloverbud Program trainings that emphasize safe, age-appropriate activities for 5 and 6 year olds.
o Continue work to review and revise overnight/residential activities standards.
o Faculty and staff will complete a refresher of “Accident Response Tutorial”, (www.nonprofitrisk.org).

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 Agricultural Research Center—Hays


· The Safety Committee is Joe Becker (Chair), Cody Graham, Keith Harmoney, Jarett Schmeidler, Blaine Werth, Mary Werth, and Matt Woydziak.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Provided safety information to new and current employees thru training, memos, and safety meetings.
o Conducted spill drill self-assessments in all chemical laboratories.
o Hosted the 2008 Farm Safety Awareness Day, an event attended by employees, high school students, and the public.
o Continued to make progress labeling unidentified breakers in panel boxes.
o Conducted periodic inspections to address safety issues involving machinery, pesticides, hazardous waste, and other safety issues.
o Reduced targeted safety and compliance problems by 75% as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.
o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests, and tetanus vaccines.
o Provided fit tests for employees who wear respirators.

 

· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Continue providing cell phone numbers of ARCH employees to our administrative staff to improve emergency communication to employees working in remote locations. This now includes part-time employees.
o Label all valve shut-offs in manholes of ARCH water system.
o Provide additional eye-wash stations.
o Assist with events at the Farm Safety Awareness Day. 

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 Agronomy


· The Safety Committee is Fred Caldwell and Vernon Schaffer, Co-Chairs; Mark Claassen, Russell Dille, Mark Leuthold, Cathy Minihan, Vara Prasad, Dave Regehr, Zoran Ristic (ex-officio).
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o All electrical service lines at the East Central Research Field have been buried in conduit.
o All of the flexible blower boots of Throckmorton Hall fume hoods have been replaced to increase efficiency.
o All bulk oil storage containers at the Agronomy North Farm have had a secondary containment barrier added for spill/leak protection.
o Semi-annual walk-through safety inspections conducted of all areas.
o Vehicle operation and farm machinery safety training conducted.
o Reduced targeted safety and compliance problems by 86% in laboratories and by 98% at farms, greenhouses, and shops as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.
o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests, and tetanus vaccines.
o Provided fit tests for employees who wear respirators.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Set up a growing season field operations training program that would include such topics as farm machinery safety, heat injury prevention & treatment, severe weather procedures, etc.
o Insure all projects and operations storage areas are kept clean & orderly to reduce the possibility of an injury or fire.
o Continue to educate workers and conduct walk-through inspections to ensure all chemicals are properly marked, stored, handled, and disposed of.
o Pursue the goal of making on-line training available & documented for many of the required training topics.
o Investigate the establishment of a “Train the Trainer” program for many of the required topics to enable timely and on-site training.
o Continue development of an inter-active Employee Safety Training Database 

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 Animal Sciences and Industry


· The Safety Committee is Pon Pope (Chair), Cheryl Armendariz, Ryan Breiner, Beth Ann Crozier-Dodson, Russ Gottlob, Colleen Hill, Ken Odde, Garrett Parsons, Mike Scheffel, and John Wolf.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Reduced injuries from the handling of livestock and equipment
o Used incident report forms
o Provided safety training to employees and students in research labs and livestock units
o Conducted hazardous waste safety reviews in research labs and livestock units
o Conducted spill response drills
o Upgraded preharvest lab to a biosafety level 2 lab (105 Call Hall):


§ Provided additional training
§ Updated standard operating procedures
§ Used biosafety cabinet


o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing test, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests, and tetanus vaccines.
o Conducted monthly opacity assessments and met all other requirements to comply with EPA Clean Air Act regulations at the feed mill.
o Reduced targeted safety and compliance problems by 87% in laboratories and by 88% at farms and shops as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Reduce injuries resulting from the handling of livestock and equipment
o Use incident report forms
o Provide safety training to employees and students in research labs and livestock units
o Conduct hazardous waste safety reviews in research labs and livestock units
o Improve animal handling facilities
o Conduct and review lab spill response drills
o Expand the list of MSDS sheets to an electronic version and investigate the possibility of a centralized list for both buildings
o Participate with Campus Safety by having chemicals listed in the Online Chemical Inventory
o Provide first aid and CPR training
o Review and update lab and livestock unit first aid kits
o Update lab standard operating procedures including proper chemical disposal

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 Biological and Agricultural Engineering


· The Safety Committee is Darrell Oard (Chair), Phil Barnes, Pete Clark, Arlene Jacobson, John Slocombe, Judy Stuck, and Bob Wolf.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Replaced the water distiller with a unit that has more safety controls.
o Disposed of old equipment that was cluttering up the labs.
o Added striping to the floor in lab142 to mark walkways and areas that need to be kept clear for fire extinguishers or electric panels.
o Arranged for the campus safety office to pick up old chemicals and paint.
o Made a request with Facilities to reestablish hot water in the building for restrooms and labs.
o Required all Graduate students to attend a lab safety class.
o Conducted a shop safety session for the ¼ scale team and design class.
o Rearranged Lab 35 to create safer and less congested work areas.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Replace the forklift.
o Establish a safe working area for the biomass gasification research.
o Have the chemical exhaust hood in Lab 138A.
o Continue the work to get hot water back in the building.
o Add stripping to the floor in the shop area to establish walk ways and an area where eye protection is required.
o Work with Facilities to make Lab 114 F meet the fire code.
o Develop an emergency response plan for the department.
o Survey the labs to insure proper chemical and fuel storage practices are being followed.
o Establish an ATV policy and operator training. 

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 Communications/Umberger Hall Administration Combined Committee


· The Safety Committee is Rob Nixon (Chair), Kevin Block, and Pat Murphy.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Continued chemical safety and hazardous waste inspections. No safety and compliance problems were observed.
o Employees completed a variety of safety training experiences, including chemical spill identification and procedures, hazardous waste program, equipment safety, mandatory export control regulations, hazard communication, hearing conservation, .
o Worked with K-State Public Safety for proper chemical disposal.
o Continued to communicate and schedule training opportunities to employees.
o Reviewed incident reports to identify / eliminate hazards.
o Provided ergonomic evaluations of work place and procedures.
o Facilitated the purchase of back support / braces for distribution center employees.
o Inventoried our supplies and submitted the required information to the Public Safety Office for Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).
o Resolved fire safety issues.
o Forwarded safety information to employees concerning Portland cement hazards, required annual medical exams, hearing tests, respirator fitting, hazardous waste awareness training, managing stress at work or home, and defensive driving courses.
o Employees participated in the tornado drill.
o Evaluated noise levels.
o Addressed mold issues affecting employees in McCain.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Continue chemical safety and hazardous waste inspections.
o Perform chemical spill identification, spill procedures, hazardous waste program and equipment safety training for new employees as needed.
o Work with K-State Public Safety for proper chemical disposal.
o Continue to communicate training opportunities to employees.
o Review incident reports to identify and eliminate hazards. 

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 Entomology


· The Safety Committee is Jeremy Marshall (Chair), Raman Bansal, Sherry Figge, and Jeff Whitworth
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Provided safety training to all new employees.
o Completed annual spill drills in most labs
o Hazardous waste checklists completed by most labs twice during year
o Participated in safety nspections of labs, greenhouses, fume hoods, and Insect Zoo.
o Notices from Safety Coordinator and Public Safety were circulated to the entire Department
o Reduced targeted safety and compliance problems by 85% in laboratories and by 100% in greenhouses as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Revise/update all safety posters
o For laboratories using formaldehyde, ensure the PI and at least one additional lab member are trained appropriately
o Continue 2 lab and greenhouse inspections each year
o Continue safety practices of (a) training for all new employees, (b) annual spill drills for each laboratory, (c) completion of hazardous waste check lists, and (d) updated MSDS sheets. 

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 Grain Science and Industry


· The Safety Committee is Leland McKinney (Chair), Sajid Alavi, Adam Fahrenholz, Ron Madl, Eric Maichel, Terri Mangiarocino, and Bhadriraju Subraman.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Incoming students were provided safety training
o The frequency of safety audits was increased
o Old chemicals were removed from storage areas and laboratories.
o Reduced targeted safety and compliance problems in laboratories and milling areas by 93% as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.
o Provided hearing tests to employees and students who work in high-noise areas.
o Conducted monthly opacity assessments and met all other requirements to comply with EPA Clean Air Act regulations at the pilot flour mill.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Provide hearing tests to employees and students who work in high-noise areas.
o Organize departmental seminars addressing the OSHA regulations, the Grain Handling Standards, and departmental safety policies.
o Send a questionnaire or survey regarding departmental safety concerns.
o Review departmental safety protocols for ways to improve effectiveness and efficiency.
o Improve methods of monitoring safety training. 

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 Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources


· The Safety Committee is Stuart Warren (Chair), Sam Reyer, Rhonda Janke, and Chana Rajashekar
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Held 4rd annual lab clean up and waste disposal. Arranged for Public Safety to pick up and dispose of chemicals and hazardous waste. Several labs and the departmental storage area participated in this year’s clean up.
o Conducted hazardous waste training on January 16, 2009.
o Eight labs out of 10 held a spill drill in 2008. A goal of 100% participation will be targeted in 2009
o Continued to remind researchers as to the importance of proper labeling.
o Safety items were placed in every quarterly departmental newsletter
o Conducted laboratory and farm inspections twice in 2008.
o Reduced targeted safety and compliance problems by 86% in laboratories and by 100% at farms and greenhouses as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.
o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests, and tetanus vaccines.
o Provided fit tests for employees who wear respirators.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Coordinate the fifth annual lab clean up and waste disposal program.
o Ensure annual spill drills are completed for all labs containing chemicals.
o Bring all laboratories to sustained compliance with chemical container labeling requirements and consistent methods of disposal of wastes.
o Continue to inform employees of safety training opportunities, safety issues and tips, as well as, reminders of keeping MSDS notebooks up-to-date in the monthly departmental newsletters.
o Continue semi-annual lab inspections for chemical labeling and storage, first aid kits, etc.

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 Kansas Forest Service


The Safety Committee is Ross Hauck (chair), Mark Haller, and Shonna Zimmer.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Made the following safety training available to full time, temporary and student employees: forklift, skid steer, loader, first aid/CPR, WPS pesticide safety, and the safe use of knives, staple guns, and chemicals.
o Kept sidewalks clear of ice and snow.
o Have on site absorbent material for chemical and oil spills.
o Maintain a current MSDS master file
o Conducted periodic inspections to address machinery and noise hazards, pesticides, hazardous waste, and other safety issues.
o Acquired, trained personal, and maintained (monthly) an AED unit in the office.
o Acquired and maintained (as needed) a portable O2 unit for the office.
o Purchased and maintained (annually or as needed) a First Aid Kit and fire extinguisher in each fleet and program vehicle.
o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests, and tetanus vaccines.
o Provided fit tests for employees who wear respirators.
o Eliminated all targeted safety and compliance problems as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009


o Maintain hazardous waste safety information in all locations where chemicals are used.
o Continue to provide employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests and tetanus vaccine.
o Provide all employees who participate in fire suppression or fire support activities time for physical training.
o Provide ergonomics training and work station evaluations when requested.
o Offer Defensive Driving Training.
o Provide Pesticide Worker Protection Standard training to all students working in the greenhouse and tree packing operation.
o Keep sidewalks clear of ice and snow in a timely manner.
o Remove yard debris that may be a trip or fall hazard.
o Provide forklift and skid loader certification training for employees and students who operate equipment.
o Offer CPR/First Aid/AED training.
o Maintain all life support equipment available to employees.
o Continue to maintain a current MSDS library.
o Identify, limit access and eliminate all hazards as soon as they are reported. 

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 Northwest Research-Extension Center and Area Extension Office Combined Committee


· Dan Foster & Jeanne Falk (co-chairs), Vicki Brown, Pat Evans, Sara Juenemann, Marvin Farmer, Dan O’Brien, Chris Onstad, Tranda Watts.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Pesticide decontamination kits were examined and refilled accordingly (8 kits)
o Email was sent to county agents in northwest Kansas with Inclement Weather Driving Tips (40 agents)
o Severe weather action plan was developed and placed on file in the Northwest Area Extension Office and Northwest Kansas Research - Extension Center Office for public events held at NWREC.
o Signs for ‘Where To Go in Case of a Tornado’ and ‘Tornado Shelter’ were updated and posted in buildings (20 signs).
o First-aid kits were replaced in nine vehicles and 6 kits were refilled.
o Email was sent to county extension agents to remind of items to have in first-aid kits (37 agents).
o Purchased new hearing protection earmuffs with radio (one pair).
o Ergonomic session offered at Office Professional Training - ‘Being Fit while you Sit’ (25 attendees).
o Purchased new chairs for offices with ergonomic features (8 chairs).
o Eight agents attended Conflict Management Workshop.
o Dead limbs and one dead tree were removed.
o Parking lot and street were resurfaced to aid in drainage and prevent ice accumulation.
o Handicap parking and parking spots were repainted.
o Annual inspection of fire extinguishers was conducted (86 extinguishers).
o Replaced and rewired lighting in office area in conference building.
o Trained student employees for ‘Worker Protection Standards’ (6 employees).
o Attended Hays Safety Day (4 employees).
o In greenhouse, gas furnaces were replaced, electric water heater was installed (instead of gas), rewiring was completed according to specifications.
o Completed inventory of chemicals.
o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests, and tetanus vaccines.
o Provided fit tests for employees who wear respirators.
o Eliminated all targeted safety and compliance problems, as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Send reminder to county extension agents for a severe weather plan for county fair. This reminder should include contact information for help writing this plan and an example plan.
o Send out tips for a safe, comfortable work/computer station to county agents.
o Check locations (vehicles and buildings) for posting emergency numbers.
o Safety orientation for student workers.
o Inspect fire extinguishers.
o Inspect decontamination kits and refill accordingly.
o Inspect first-aid kits and refill accordingly. 

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 Plant Pathology


· The Safety Committee is Bruce Ramundo (Chair), Ashley Cavenah, Ben Echalier, Joy Pierzynski, Mike Pumphrey, Harold Trick, and Marietta Ryba-White.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Administered the New Employee Safety Orientation Program that includes a lab safety checklist, policy manual, video “Practicing Safe Science”, and a demonstration on the use of the autoclaves.
o Offered the following training programs as needed: pesticide worker protection, skid loader safety training and tractor safety.
o Continued to expand and update the scope of the Departmental Safety Web page.
o Updated the Safety Bulletin Board located in the main hallway.
o Fall Safety Seminar given by Dr S. Galitzer.
o 95% of all current employees have completed the CourseWorks Computer based safety training.
o A committee member met individually with new faculty to discuss department and campus safety programs and expectations. Each new faculty was also given a packet of information concerning safety.
o Promoted the removal of old chemicals and equipment.
o Participated in lab, greenhouse, and Rocky Ford inspections.
o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests, tetanus vaccines and fit tests for employees who wear respirators.
o Completed the required yearly spill drill in the Spring/2008.
o Developed and distributed a set of guidelines for working in the greenhouse.
o Replace outdated first aid kits in the greenhouse corridors.
o Continued to maintain winter weather emergency kits in departmental vehicles.
o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests and tetanus vaccines as needed.
o Reduced targeted safety and compliance problems by 100% in laboratories and by 88% at greenhouses and farm operations as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.
o Provided fit tests for employees who wear respirators.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Administer the New Employee Safety Orientation Program that includes a lab safety checklist, policy manual, video “Practicing Safe Science”, and a demonstration on the use of the autoclaves.
o Administer the CourseWorks Computer Safety Training modules.
o Update and promote our Safety Web Site and Bulletin Board as needed.
o Continue to offer training for pesticide worker protection, skid loader safety training and tractor safety training.
o Participate in periodic inspections of labs, greenhouses, and Rocky Ford Farm.
o Complete the required yearly spill drill in the Spring/2009.
o Schedule a departmental safety seminar in the fall.
o In conjunction with Public Safety offer a “hands on” training module for working with radioactive materials.
o Offer a First Aid certification course for members of the department. 

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 Southeast Agricultural Research Center


· The Safety Committee is Terry Green (Chair), Mike Cramer, Mike Dean, Talana Erikson, Adam Harris, Ken Kelley, Kelly Kusel, Lyle Lomas, Jim Long, Joe Moyer, and Dan Sweeney.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o CPR and first aid training was conducted for all employees.
o EPA Worker Protection Standard Training was conducted.
o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests, and tetanus vaccines.
o Provided fit tests for employees who wear respirators.
o Fire extinguishers were inspected and serviced as needed.
o Weather alert radios were purchased for Parsons and Mound Valley units.
o PTO shields were monitored and replaced as needed.
o Semi-annual safety inspections were conducted. Reduced targeted safety and compliance problems by 94% as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.
o Expired eye wash bottles were replaced.
o Pesticides were inventoried and some that had been on hand for an extended period of time were used.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Conduct annual medical testing of employees.
o Conduct respirator fit test.
o Conduct annual fire extinguisher inspection and service.
o Replace liquid fertilizer storage tanks.
o Purchase sharps containers for used needles from livestock vaccination.
o Dispose of or use old pesticides.
o Monitor condition of PTO shafts and replace as needed.
o Conduct spill test for lab.
o Inventory personal protective equipment for each employee and update as needed.
o Purchase electric pump for diesel storage tanks. 

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 Southwest Research-Extension Center and Area Extension Office Combined Committee


· The Safety Committee is Jeff Elliott (Chair), Rita Dome, Ankush Joshi, Jaylen Koehn, Kent Martin.
· Accomplishments for 2008:


o Reported Homeland Security Chemicals as required by law.
o Employees received the following training, as required according to their duties: EPA Spill Prevention Control & Counter Measures, worker protection standards, SPCC "How to fuel your vehicle without creating a spill" training.
o Conducted Selective Agent Survey.
o Reported our list of hazardous chemicals to our local emergency planning department.
o Properly shipped hazardous materials.
o Provided employee medical surveillance including hearing tests, pulmonary function tests, cholinesterase blood tests, and tetanus vaccines.
o Provided fit tests for employees who wear respirators.
o Continued monthly fire extinguisher inspections and annual service.
o Renewed pesticide applicator permits as needed.
o Offered commercial pesticide applicator training for credit at fall field day.
o Installed secondary containment for tank at pesticide storage facility.
o Disposed dry cell batteries and mercury thermometers at Manhattan.
o Eliminated all targeted safety and compliance problems, as documented by audits from the K-State Research & Extension safety office.


· Objectives and Activities for 2009:


o Conduct training on how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
o Review our tornado shelter locations and put up appropriate signs.
o Update our first-aid kits.
o Update our pesticide storage facility operating procedure.
o Check all electrical breaker-boxes for proper labeling and recommended upgrades.
o Get someone trained in DOT hazardous material shipping.
o Offer forklift operator training.

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