Are You Shipshape? by Christopher Aston
Did you know that dry ice, as well as certain specimens and biological materials, when offered
for shipment, are classified as dangerous goods/hazardous materials? Training and certification
are required for all individuals involved in any aspect of shipping hazardous materials/
dangerous goods, including packaging of these materials, labeling of packages, or preparing/
signing shipping paperwork. Columbia University offers this training for shippers of dry ice and
certain biological materials; please note that shippers of chemicals and other hazardous
materials must contact EH&S for assistance. The training, which must be renewed every 2
years, is available via Rascal.
In addition to training, compliance with shipping regulations requires that copies of shipping
documents be retained by the shipper for two years and that they be readily accessible to Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors and EH&S staff. In fact, failure to attend training<
and failure to maintain shipping documents are two of the most frequently cited violations by
the FAA, and these violations can carry steep penalties.
In order to optimize Columbia's shipping program, EH&S is requesting feedback from any
investigators who have been trained on this topic. A short online survey, which you may have
already received by email, is available: http://tinyurl.com/shipsurvey.
Please help us to understand your needs. EH&S is available to help classify your shipment,
complete shipper's declaration forms, commercial invoices and FedEx airway bills, select and
review your packaging, advise on dry ice quantities and assist with international shipping and
permitting. Request help with your next shipment by completing our "Intent to Ship
Hazardous Materials Form"
Ergonomic Computer Workshop by Terrence Jaimungal
|While the ”NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules” have been in effect for over thirty years, it is only EH&S is enhancing its office ergonomics program and transitioning to a population-based
program that will allow us to reach a broader
audience at Columbia University. In partnership
with the Office of Work Life, EH&S has already
launched the new Ergonomic Workshop Program.
The Workshop will provide helpful tips and<
techniques about how to set up your workstation so
that you can perform your job functions in a manner
that will mitigate ergonomic risk factors and allow
attendees to test various workstation arrangements<
to feel the differences between ergonomically fit and
unfit workstation designs.
Information about ergonomics, as well as a schedule for the Ergonomic Workshops, is available http://www.ehs.columbia.edu/Ergonomics.html