EH&S’departmental Vision drives our continuous effort to “provide expert guidance and timely service to the University Community.” As you may have already heard, the EH&S and CUMC Radiation Safety Offices have merged as of January 2010 and with this integration comes many positive changes for the University community, and enhancements to our service offerings.
Among the most important service changes for laboratories are those related to radioactive waste handling. If your laboratory generates radioactive waste at CUMC you may be familiar with the carbon copy radioactive waste service request form that you were required to complete and hand deliver to the Radiation Safety Office come snow, sleet, rain or heat of summer to arrange a waste pick-up. Generators in the “super block buildings” (P&S, PH, VC, and Black) were not required to deliver forms to the Radiation Safety Office but had to adhere to the “can hours” schedule, to deliver their lab’s waste to the P&S basement waste storage area. The alignment of the radioactive waste program with our departmental Vision eliminates these burdens on laboratories.
Effective immediately, all radioactive waste service or radioactive waste supply drop-off requests should be submitted via the EH&S website using the new Radioactive Waste Pick-up Request form (http://vesta.cumc.columbia.edu/ehs/radioactivewastepickup/). “Can hours” ceased on July 1, 2010, and all radioactive waste is now picked up directly from your laboratory by EH&S upon submission of an on-line Radioactive Waste Pick-up Request form.
Please note that although the chemical/hazardous waste and radioactive waste pickup requests look similar they are two separate forms and should not be used interchangeably. Here is a preview of some of the some additional enhancements to the radioactive waste program:
If you have other ideas or suggestions for improving the Radioactive waste service in the University community, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our part of the United States outside temperatures may rise above 100° Fahrenheit (F) between June and September. Even on cooler days, high humidity can make the outdoors an undesirable, and unhealthy, place to be. If your job entails vigorous activity in during hot, humid weather, heat stress can be a major occupational hazard.
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