For the Best Service: Use the Online Pickup Request Form
for Hazardous Waste

Help us serve you better.  EH&RS/EH&S has implemented an online pickup request system that provides advantages to both you and us in picking up Hazardous Waste from your laboratory.  Submitting online, as opposed to phoning or faxing, provides a time-stamped document that serves as a record of your request.  This document is used to set internal schedules as well as assure EH&RS/EH&S knows what your lab is requesting.  Not only are online pickup forms used to let us know what you want removed but you can also use the "ADDITIONAL DESCRIPTION" area for special instructions or requesting supplies such as labels or containers. 

Please phone if you have any questions, but for pick up requests, the online request form is the way to go for optimal service.  To access the online request, visit our website: http://www.ehrs.columbia.edu/; select the appropriate campus; then, click on the FORMS link and choose the Hazardous Waste Request Form.

Clear Corridors

Fire Department and Building Code requirements state all corridors shall be kept accessible and unobstructed at all times; and shall also be kept free of combustible contents.  Fire Department inspectors have been issuing violations for failure to comply with this rule, and failure to correct such conditions can carry an initial fine of up to $1000.  ALL obstructions- combustibles (cardboard storage boxes), desks, chairs, bookcases, and computer equipment be removed from the corridors-they are not storage areas!  If something needs to be removed please tag it and call Facilities for removal.

Columbia University Facilities Safety Training

In the ongoing effort to provide all members of the Columbia community a safe and healthy working environment, this past summer Columbia University Facilities (CUF) Morningside conducted safety training for all its Operations TWU employees. This comprehensive training program included a wide range of environmental and occupational safety topics.  All shifts took part in the program, which included about 400 employees. Specific safety training classes were taught by personnel from CUF, EH&RS/EH&S, and Fire & Life Safety. Topics included:

  • Accident Prevention & Reporting
  • Trips, Slips, and Falls Prevention          
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Chemical Safety & MSDS Review
  • Hand Safety
  • Ladder Safety
  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Universal & Hazardous Waste Safety
  • Safe Electrical Work Practices
  • Machine Guarding Safety
  • Hazard Communication/Right-To-Know
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Confined Space

Employees responded positively to the training, finding it “very useful” and “very informative”. Others noted that the training “created awareness” and that they will now be “more prepared to identify hazards.”  To build on this awareness and positive safety attitude, additional training will continue throughout the year. Note that CUMC Facilities personnel receive safety training annually each Spring.

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