New Certificate of Fitness (C-14) Study Material & Renewal Procedures by John LaPerche
The new study material is 72 pages and far more detailed than the previous material; it explains the differences between the “pre-existing” and the “new” code, increased focus on safety issues, pictures of common laboratory hazards, and tables of permitted amounts of various liquids and gases. All applicants for the new C-14 must be thoroughly familiar with this material in order to pass the test.
Renewals Procedures have also changed. EH&S will continue to process and pay for C-14 renewals. When your Certificate is up for renewal, EH&S will send an email a copy of the New C-14 Study Material and a Renewal Form. In order to be processed, the Renewal Form MUST be emailed, scanned or faxed back to EH&S. If your Renewal form is not received, it cannot be processed. (Please note - you may also receive a Renewal form in the mail from FDNY; these forms can be disregarded because the renewal process will be managed by EH&S) .
Please renew early! Renewals past the expiration date WILL NOT be processed by EH&S. Late fees of $25.00 apply for late renewals and after 1 year, applicants must retake the C-14 test at FDNY Headquarters at Metrotech Center in Brooklyn. For any questions concerning Certificate of Fitness, please refer to the EH&S website or email Fire Safety at: firstname.lastname@example.org
EPA issues Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Clean-Up Guidelines by James Kaznosky
If a CFL (or any fluorescent lamp) should break, clear the room for 5-10 minutes, open a window, and shut down any window air conditioning units or fans that may be in operation. The broken lamp and visible white powder (mercury and phosphor) require proper cleanup and disposal. The EPA recommends using industrial tape, moist paper towels, and stiff paper or cardboard to aid in cleanup but advises against the use of vacuum cleaners. A sealable container or sealable plastic bag should be used to contain the debris.
If the breakage occurred on campus, the debris can be given to Facilities for proper disposal through EH&S. If the breakage occurred in a dorm or in other Columbia University Residential housing, the debris can be given to the superintendent or Columbia Residential Operations Facilities staffing the building for proper disposal through EH&S. For detailed information, including how to handle such situations in non-Columbia settings, please consult the EPA’s web page on CFLs, which can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html
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