Fisk University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
Fisk University Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) mission is to maintain the safety, health and the protection of the environment within the disciple of natural sciences in all programs and activities. We are dedicated to developing, implementing and managing environmental, health and safety programs compliant with federal, state regulations and Fisk University policies.
To foster and develop a competent partnership between student, faculty and staff to eliminate individual risk, maintain safety and protect the environment of Fisk University and the surrounding community.
You may review the OSHA Fact Sheet about Laboratory Safety Standards.
- OSHA Laboratory Standard Fact Sheet
- OSHA Chemical Hygiene Plan Fact Sheet
- Fisk University’s Chemical Hygiene Plan
Identifying Hazardous Waste: Listed and Characteristic
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already predetermined that certain wastes are hazardous and these hazardous wastes have been incorporated into published lists.
Characteristic wastes exhibit measurable properties which indicate that the waste deserves regulation as hazardous waste. The EPA has established four hazardous waste characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity.
Globally Harmonized System for Hazard Communication
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), also known as the Right to Know Law, is mandated in federal and state regulations with enforcement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Tennessee Division of Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA). Information about the HCS is available at https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/
The HCS is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. A side-by-side comparison of OSHA's existing hazard communication standard (HCS 1994) versus the revised hazard communication standard (HCS 2012) is located at https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/side-by-side.html
EHS Coordinator for Academic Affairs
Dr. Robert Wingfield