2.8.11 Occupational Safety Policies

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is responsible for facilitating compliance with all applicable Federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations, as well as those promulgated by the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL).

Ithaca College is committed to ensuring a safe working environment. Supervisors are instrumental in achieving this goal. EH&S is available at all times for consultation and education on health and safety issues. If a health or safety matter involves lost work time, workers' compensation, medical claims, relocation of an employee to another work area, or other issues with employee relations' implications, contact the director of benefits or the benefits specialist at Human Resources. Job Safety

Safety is everybody's responsibility. It is up to supervisors to ensure that employees do their part in preventing accidents. If a supervisor observes or receives a report of a hazardous situation or unsafe equipment, the supervisor should correct the problem if possible or, if appropriate, report the situation to the Office of Public Safety immediately. Students who are aware of a hazardous situation or of unsafe equipment should report them to an appropriate College employee or to the Office of Public Safety. Asbestos Management

EH&S coordinates asbestos management at Ithaca College. The Environmental Safety Specialist (ESS) holds a New York State Department of Labor Inspector Certificate allowing bulk samples to be taken for laboratory analysis.

Asbestos removal at Ithaca College may be performed for three reasons:

  1. a hazardous airborne level of asbestos is present (e.g., due to an accidental disturbance)
  2. renovation
  3. demolition

When asbestos is removed as a result of renovation or demolition project, a specification is written to outline Ithaca College's expectations for the conduct of the abatement company and the air monitoring company. This ensures that the contractor takes all necessary precautions for the safety of employees and compliance with all applicable regulations and codes.

When an emergency asbestos removal is needed, EH&S contacts a licensed asbestos abatement contractor and air-monitoring firm. The people in the affected building are advised of the removal in accordance with NYSDOL regulations Bloodborne Pathogens

As required by OSHA regulations (29 CFR Part 1910.1030), employees of Ithaca College with reasonable potential to encounter bloodborne hazards in their jobs are provided with a bloodborne pathogens exposure control program. The purpose of the program is to inform such employees of bloodborne pathogen hazards that may be associated with exposures in the work place. Applicable employees are trained about the proper protective measures that can be taken to reduce potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The Hepatitis B vaccine will be offered to each person covered by the program.

Some or all employees who work in any of the following areas are covered in the Ithaca College Bloodborne Pathogens Program:

  • Athletic Coaches
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Public Safety
  • Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • Facilities Attendants
  • Health Center
  • Health Center Laboratory
  • Laundry and Equipment Managers
  • Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Clinicians
  • PlumbersRecreational Sports
  • Wellness Center
  • Dorm Mechanics
  • Recycling/Solid Waste Personnel

EH&S is responsible for developing and ensuring the implementation of the Ithaca College Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Program. Inquiries related to this program should be directed to the EH&S manager. A copy of the written Exposure Control Program is maintained and available at each of the above areas, as well as through EH&S. Bonfire Permit

If an employee or student wishes to have a bonfire on Ithaca College property, a bonfire permit must be submitted. The permit process is initiated by by contacting the Ithaca College Fire and Building Safety Coordinator prior to the event. A minimum of two weeks advance notice should be allowed to ensure the neccessary approvals can be obtained from the Ithaca Fire Department and Town of Ithaca Building and Zoning Office. A copy of the permit application can be downloaded at www.ithaca.edu/safety/pdfs/ehs_bonfirepermit.pdf. Confined Space Entry

OSHA regulates work that is performed in a "confined space." Specific requirements for working in confined spaces are set forth in 29 CFR Part 1910.146 of the OSHA regulations.

A confined space is defined as a space that: 1) Is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work; 2) Has limited or restricted means for entry and exit (e.g., tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, and pits); and 3) Is not designated for continuous employee occupancy. Due to their physical nature, confined spaces can be very hazardous. Hazards include, but are not limited to: flammable atmospheres, oxygen-deficient atmosphere, trapped toxic vapors or gases, moving mechanical equipment, and engulfment. Ithaca College has a written Confined Space Entry Program to comply with the requirements in the regulation. This program, which is available from EH&S, defines Ithaca College's compliance with regard to hazards, air monitoring, work practices, responsible persons, rescue, the permit system and training.

Employees in any of the following areas are covered in the Ithaca College Confined Space Entry Program:

  • Information Technology
  • Facilities Maintenance Forklift Safety

The Office of Facilities and the warehouse at Ithaca College use forklifts ("powered industrial trucks"). To comply with OSHA regulations (29 CFR Part 1910.178), classroom and road training is given to the forklift drivers in those departments. Refresher training is provided whenever an operator is observed driving the vehicle in an unsafe manner, there is an accident or near-miss, an evaluation indicates unsafe operation, or a workplace change affects safe operation of the vehicle. An evaluation of each operator's performance is conducted by the applicable supervisors at least once every three years. Only trained and authorized operators shall be permitted to operate a powered industrial truck. Personal Exposure Monitoring

OSHA sets specific acceptable safety levels for certain hazardous air contaminants. Additionally, OSHA has chemical-specific regulations for several individual chemicals. The regulations require employers to ensure their employees are protected against exposures to chemical concentrations above regulatory thresholds. EH&S performs air and personal exposure monitoring as necessary to ensure employee safety. If air contaminants are found at unacceptable levels, the appropriate engineering, administrative, or personal protective equipment controls are put into place.

An extensive list of regulated air contaminants is provided in the OSHA regulations (29 CFR Part 1910.1000). The following is a list of chemicals for which OSHA has specific regulations. Employees and students who anticipate using any of these listed chemicals on campus, must contact EH&S for a workplace assessment and personal exposure monitoring (if not previously completed).

  • Acrylonitrile
  • Inorganic Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Methylene chloride
  • Methylenedianiline
  • Vinyl chloride
  • 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane
  • 1,3-Butadiene

EH&S periodically surveys the campus to ensure that all appropriate monitoring has been completed for employee exposures to regulated chemicals. Hazard Communication

Ithaca College employees who encounter hazardous chemicals on a routine basis in his or her job will be included in the institution's Hazard Communication Program. The Office of Public Safety - EH&S is responsible for maintaining and facilitating the implementation of the Hazard Communication Program. The purpose of the program is to inform applicable employees of the hazards that may be associated with chemicals in the workplace and the proper protective measures that must be taken to reduce exposure to associated hazards. Training of employees who routinely use chemicals in the hazards associated with chemical use is provided at least annually by EH&S.

The program fulfills the Hazard Communication Standard promulgated by the OSHA at 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.1200, as well as Article 28 - Toxic Substances, of the New York State labor laws. Ithaca College is committed to the implementation of its mandatory Hazard Communication Program and will take active measures to ensure that the program is effectively implemented. Ithaca College will make a copy of the written Hazard Communication Program available upon request to employees, their designated representative, and OSHA as required by law. Copies of the written program are also maintained by applicable supervisors of employees who regularly use hazardous chemicals.

As required by law, material safety data sheets (MSDS) shall be made readily available, during each work shift, to any employee or designated representatives. Employees have access to MSDSs during each work shift. Refer to section for information about obtaining MSDSs. Hearing Safety

OSHA requires any employer with employees exposed to noise equal to or greater than 85 decibels on an 8-hour time-weighted average implement a hearing conservation program. EH&S performs noise monitoring and administers the Ithaca College Hearing Conservation Program at Ithaca College in accordance with 29 CFR Part 1910.95. As required, employee noise exposure monitoring and audiometric testing is provided by the College at no cost to applicable employees. The following personnel are covered under the Ithaca College Hearing Conservation Program:

  • Facilities Grounds and Transportation
  • Public Safety – Patrol, Security, Fire Safety, Student Auxiliary Patrol
  • Conference & Events – A/V Technicians

A copy of the Hearing Conservation Program is maintained by applicable supervisors of employees with routine exposure to potentially hazardous noise, as well as EH&S. Laboratory Standard

As required by 29 CFR Part 1910.1450, employees who encounter hazardous chemicals in laboratories on a routine basis in their jobs are provided with a chemical hygiene plan. The purpose of this plan is to inform employees of the hazards that may be associated with chemicals in the laboratory and the proper protective measures that can be taken to reduce exposure to any hazards associated with these chemicals. The Ithaca College Chemical Hygiene Plan also contains specific safety and health procedures to be used in laboratories.

Laboratory safety training is required at the time of initial employment and annually thereafter. Exposure records, if any, must be kept.

Employees who work in laboratories for the following departments are covered under the OSHA Chemical Hygiene Plan requirements:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Exercise & Sport Sciences
  • Health Center
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Park Communications - Photo Lab
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Psychology Lockout/Tagout Procedure

Ithaca College has a lockout/tagout program that establishes the minimum requirements for the isolation of hazardous energy sources in accodance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.147. These include but are not limited to the following: electrical outlets and fixtures; electrical substation; fumehoods; any work on fans; breakers; high voltage switch gear; motors; capacitors; boilers; print shop machinery and air handling units. Lockout/tagout procedures must be used to ensure that the machines or equipment are isolated from all potentially hazardous energy before employees perform any servicing or maintenance activities where the unexpected energization, start-up or release of stored energy could cause injury. The hazards are both electrical and mechanical.

Employees who work in the following areas are covered under the Ithaca College Lockout/Tagout Program:

  • Facilities HVAC Mechanics
  • Facilities Auxiliary Services
  • Facilities Electricians
  • Information Technology
  • Facilities Grounds/Transportation
  • General Services Print Shop
  • FacilitiesPlumbers
  • Park Communications - Telecommunications Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)

Material safety data sheets (MSDS) provide specific health and safety information, chemical data, physical properties, personal protection measures, handling precautions, etc., on hazardous chemicals used in the work place. As required by OSHA regulations, all employees must have unobstructed access to an MSDS for each chemical product they may use or potentially be exposed to during their work. Ithaca College uses a fax-on-demand MSDS program, provided by the 3E Company, Carlsbad, CA, to ensure that all employees have easy access to an MSDS 24 hours per day.

To obtain an MSDS, dial 1-(800) 451-8346.

Be sure to have the following information available when you call: (a) product name and number, (b) manufacturer name, and (c) UPC code (if available). The most current copy of the MSDS will be sent to the fax number specified by the caller. In most cases the MSDS will be faxed immediately, but no more than 20 minutes after calling. If the caller does not provide a fax number, their department fax is inoperative, they do not know their fax number, etc., the MSDS will be automatically sent to the Public Safety Dispatch Center located in the Center for Public Safety and General Services, which is open 24 hours per day.

The fax-on-demand 800# and calling instructions are posted at applicable locations throughout campus (including the Human Resources bulletin board in Job Hall). Posters and phone stickers with the 800# and instructions are available through EH&S. Because they are continuously being updated, employees should not keep files of MSDSs. Employees should call for the most current copy of an MSDS each time it is needed to ensure that they receive the appropriate health and safety data.

EH&S maintains an inventory of all chemicals on campus. This inventory is periodically provided to the 3E Company to ensure that it maintains a list of all chemicals used at Ithaca College in its database. Supervisors must inform the environmental safety specialist of the material name, manufacturer, and UPC code whenever a chemical product is purchased from a new vendor or manufacturer so, the database can be updated. Medical and Exposure Records

Ithaca College is required, under 29 CFR Part 1910.1020 of the OSHA regulations to make available to its employees information about how to obtain access to their exposure and medical records.

An "exposure" means that an employee is subjected to a toxic substance or harmful physical agent in the course of employment through inhalation, ingestion, skin contact, absorption, etc.

An exposure record is a record containing information on workplace monitoring, biological monitoring, material safety data sheets and any other record which identifies where and when a toxic agent or harmful physical agent was used. A medical record can be a medical or employment questionnaire, results of medical examinations, medical opinions or diagnosis, first aid record, a description of treatment, and employee medical complaints." Employee Notification

Every spring, information about these regulations and how to access the medical and exposure records is distributed to employees informing them of their rights under this clause. In addition this information is in the yearly benefits package and is also posted on the Human Resources bulletin board in Job Hall. Personal Protective Equipment

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration requires employers to protect their employees from workplace hazards. The preferred way to eliminate hazards is through engineering controls. Engineering controls eliminate the hazard at the source and do not rely on worker behavior. As such, these are generally the most reliable means of personal protection. Other controls include: machine guards, safe work practices, and/or administrative controls. When these controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be used to protect employees from the risk of injury. PPE is not a substitute for good engineering or administrative controls or good work practices, but should be used in conjunction with these controls to ensure the safety and health of employees. The Ithaca College Personal Protective Equipment Program is intended to guide College personnel in the proper assessment, selection, use, and maintenance of PPE to ensure the safety of its employees.

Personal protective equipment will be provided, used, and maintained when it has been determined that its use is required and that such use will reduce the risk of occupational injury and/or illness.

The Ithaca College Personal Protective Equipment Program addresses eye, face, head, foot, body, and hand protection. Separate programs exist for respiratory ( and hearing protection ( since the need for participation in these programs is established through industrial hygiene monitoring performed or coordinated by Environmental Health & Safety, require medical clearance (respiratory), and specific training. PPE Policy

Ithaca College is committed to providing a safe work environment and the necessary personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of its employees. The College will provide properly fitting PPE that is of safe design and construction to protect employees against applicable hazards, at no cost to the employee.

PPE must be worn whenever it is necessary to guard against hazards capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation, or physical contact relative to any operations, work environment, chemicals, blood or other potentially infectious materials, radiological materials, or mechanical exposures.

Office Directors and Department Chairs have the primary responsibility for determining and providing the appropriate PPE for their areas. EH&S will work in conjunction with the directors, chairs, or designees to make PPE determinations as needed. Employees will be informed of the PPE selections and the specified required use in the workplace.

Employees are required to wear the assigned PPE for the applicable hazards. Employees must ensure that the assigned equipment is used and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition. Defective or damaged PPE shall not be used. Employees must notify his/her supervisor immediately of any damaged or defective PPE to obtain a replacement.

Employees failing to wear the required PPE and adhere to the College PPE policies are subject to progressive disciplinary action. Responsibilities Offices and Departments

Individual College offices and departments have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the safety of their employees. Relative to PPE, these responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that a hazard assessment has been completed for each applicable job/task and work area.
  • Allocating the required funds and other necessary resources to supply the appropriate PPE.
  • Ensuring that an adequate supply of the required PPE is readily available.
  • Facilitating their office or department’s compliance with the PPE policies. Supervisors

Supervisory personnel have the primary responsibility for implementation of the PPE Program in their work area(s). This involves:

  • Functioning as a role model by wearing the appropriate PPE whenever necessitated by job hazards.
  • Making the appropriate PPE available to employees.
  • Supervising staff to ensure that the employees wear the appropriate PPE and that it is properly used and cared for.
  • Ensuring that employees are trained on the proper use, care, and cleaning of PPE specific to the jobs, tasks, and work-areas encountered by their personnel.
  • Maintaining records on PPE assignment and training.
  • Seeking assistance from EH&S as necessary to evaluate work place hazards and select the appropriate PPE.
  • Conducting a hazard assessment whenever new hazards are introduced or when processes and procedures are added or changed.
  • Ensuring that defective or damaged equipment is immediately replaced or properly repaired. Employees

The PPE user is responsible for following the requirements of the PPE Program. This involves:

  • Consistently wearing PPE as required.
  • Attending required training.
  • Caring for, cleaning, inspecting, and maintaining PPE as required.
  • Informing the supervisor of the need to repair or replace PPE, or any other PPE concerns. Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is responsible for the development and administration of the PPE Program. This involves:

  • Reviewing workplace hazard PPE assessments to assist in determining the appropriate PPE for employees.
  • Assisting with conducting periodic workplace PPE assessments as requested by supervisors and/or as determined by EH&S.
  • Maintaining records on PPE hazard assessments and training.
  • Providing technical assistance to supervisors on the proper use, care, and cleaning of approved PPE.
  • Providing guidance to the supervisor for the selection and purchase of approved PPE.
  • Periodically reevaluating the suitability of previously selected PPE.
  • Reviewing, evaluating, and updating the PPE Program as necessary to ensure its effectiveness.
  • Periodically providing training in the PPE Program to applicable personnel. PPE Program Components Hazard Assessment and Equipment Selection

As required by OSHA regulations, Ithaca College shall assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of PPE. For each work site or job task, a “Personal Protective Equipment Assessment Form” must be completed to indicate the applicable hazards and the specific protective equipment needed for each work area or job task.

Supervisors are most familiar with the jobs, tasks, and work areas and potential hazards encountered by their personnel. As such, supervisors have the primary responsibility to conduct a PPE Assessment of each work area and/or job-task to identify sources of hazards, including impact, penetration, compression, chemical, heat, dust, electrical sources, material handling, and light radiation. Each survey will be documented using the PPE Hazard Assessment Form which identifies the workplace surveyed, the person conducting the survey, findings of potential hazards, and date of the survey. A blank copy of this form is available through EH&S and via the Public Safety website (www.ithaca.edu/safety).

Once the hazards of a workplace and/or job-task have been identified, EH&S will work with the applicable Supervisor(s) as necessary to determine the suitability of the PPE presently available and select new or additional equipment that ensures an adequate level of protection against anticipated hazards. Care will be taken to recognize the possibility of multiple and simultaneous exposures to a variety of hazards. Adequate protection against the highest level of each of the hazards will be provided or recommended for purchase. PPE Specifications

All personal protective clothing and equipment will be of safe design and construction for the work to be performed and shall be maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition. At a minimum, PPE used by Ithaca College employees must conform to the updated American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards that have been incorporated into the OSHA PPE regulations.

Careful consideration must be given to comfort and fit of PPE to ensure that it will be used. Protective devices are generally available in a variety of sizes. Care should be taken to ensure that the proper size is selected. Eye and Face Protection

Prevention of eye injuries requires that all persons who may be in eye hazard areas or performing work that has the potential to cause an eye injury, wear protective eyewear. These individuals include: employees, visitors, researchers, contractors, or others passing through an identified eye hazard area. Supervisors shall procure a sufficient quantity of goggles and/or plastic eye protectors that afford the maximum amount of protection possible. If these personnel wear personal prescriptive glasses, they shall be provided with a suitable eye protector to wear over them.

  • Suitable protectors shall be used when employees are exposed to hazards from flying particles, molten metal, acids or caustic liquids, chemical liquids, mists, gases, vapors, bioaerosols, or potentially injurious light radiation.
  • Wearers of contact lenses must also wear appropriate eye and face protection devices in a hazardous environment where injurious substances could be trapped between the eye and contact lenses.
  • Side protectors shall be used when there is a hazard from flying objects.
  • Goggles and/or face shields shall be used when there is a hazard from a harmful liquid splash (including blood or other potentially infectious materials), mist, or vapor.
  • Face shields will be used in operations when the entire face needs protection and should be worn to protect eyes and face against flying particles, metal sparks, and chemical/biological splash. Face shields must always be used in conjunction with primary eye protection (safety glasses or goggles).
  • Welders’ shields must be worn to protect workers’ eyes and face from infrared or radiant light burns, flying sparks, metal spatter and slag chips encountered during welding, brazing, soldering, resistance welding, bare or shielded electric arc welding and oxyacetylene welding and cutting operations.
  • For employees who wear prescription lenses, eye protectors shall either incorporate the prescription in the design or fit properly over the prescription lenses.
  • Eye protectors shall be distinctly marked to identify the manufacturer and the ANSI certification. All eye and face protectors shall comply with ANSI Z87.1-2003.
  • Equipment fitted with appropriate filter lenses shall be used to protect against light radiation. Tinted and shaded lenses are not filter lenses unless they are marked or identified as such. Prescription Safety Eyewear

As stated in section, Eye and Face Protection, prevention of eye injuries requires that all persons who may be in eye hazard areas or performing work that has the potential to cause an eye injury, wear protective eyewear. If these personnel wear personal prescriptive glasses, they shall be provided with a suitable eye protector to wear over them that can be worn without disturbing the proper position of the prescription lenses or the protective lenses.

In most situations, department supervisors have the usual assortment of safety glasses and goggles for employees to select from, in addition to over-the-glass safety glasses for those employees with prescription glasses. These traditional articles of safety equipment will continue to be the primary types/varieties that employees may select from. The College understands, however, that there are other variables or human factors which influence the effectiveness of the safety glasses program. With this in mind, Ithaca College will fund the purchase of prescription safety glasses for applicable employees pursuant to the following policies.

The College will provide prescription safety glasses, within the parameters set forth below, for any employee who wears corrective lenses and who is actually or potentially exposed to chemical or physical hazards on the job, and who has traditionally had to use over-the-glass safety glasses for his/her protection. The intent of this program is not to buy employees prescription safety glasses for home use, or to provide an additional employee healthcare benefit. The intent is solely aimed at providing an additional protective equipment option to those in need of corrective lenses, in a manner that encourages employee compliance with the College’s eye protection program.

Policy Conditions:

Applicability: Employees authorized to participate in this program are all personnel who perform work on a regular basis that has reasonable potential to cause an eye injury (see section due to flying particles, projectiles, and similar foreign objects. Applicable work and jobs are reviewed by EH&S to determine whether there is reasonable potential for eye injury.

Authorization: The EH&S Manager is responsible for authorizing the purchase of prescription safety eyewear through the Ithaca College Prescription Safety Eyewear Program. Employees wanting consideration for inclusion in the program must contact the EH&S Manager.

  • Authorized employees must see EH&S Manager for a “Vision Service Authorization” form, which they are then to take to the approved Empire Vision Centers store located at: 722 South Meadow Street, Ithaca.
    • Contact store for hours of operation.
      Telephone: (607) 273-3300
  • Employees must obtain a copy of their current prescription and bring it with them to Empire Vision. In most cases, Empire Vision will not require a new eye exam. In the event that a new eye exam is required to update a prescription, the employee is responsible for the cost. Note: Some of the cost of the eye exam may be covered for employees enrolled in the College’s healthcare program.
  • Authorized employees will have a variety of options to choose from to meet both their prescriptive and personal design preferences. While the Empire Vision “Industrial Safety Price List” flyer must be consulted for specific details, a synopsis of what is offered and what the College will pay for is as follows:


  • Ithaca College will pay for single vision, bifocal, trifocal, or standard progressive, corrective safety lenses as specified in his/her current prescription according to the Empire Vision Industrial Safety Price List. Reading glasses are not covered.
  • Side shields are mandatory. All prescription safety glasses will come with permanently affixed side shields.
  • All prescription safety lenses and sideshields purchased through this program will be polycarbonate materials rated for "high-impact" per ANSI Z87.1-2003.
  • All other extras that Empire Vision offers, i.e., progressive lenses, tinting, glare resistance, etc., if selected by the employee, will be the employee’s responsibility.
  • Also, side shields are not optional. By the College’s request, all prescription safety glasses purchased through this program will come with permanently fixed side shields.


  • Ithaca College will pay for any safety frames offered through the Empire Vision Industrial Safety Price List up to a maximum of $45.00.
  • Frames must meet ANSI Z87-2

Extra Features: This program only covers the cost of prescription safety lenses, side shields, and frames. Any extra features (e.g., tinting, UV coatings, glare resistant, etc.) that an employee desires are to be paid for by the employee. Circumstances in which an employee has a documented medical condition that may require an extra feature (e.g., tinted lenses for a photosensitive person) will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Payment: Empire Vision will directly bill the College for the costs of covered items. Any additional charges or overages (e.g., extra features, eye exams, etc.) will be paid for by the employee at the time of sale.

Usage: Prescription safety eyewear purchased through this program is intended to be used for Ithaca College business-related work. Employees must store his/her prescriptive safety eyewear in the case provided in a clean environment, away from equipment, objects, or people that could accidentally damage it. Other than the designated reimbursement date, prescription safety eyewear will only be replaced if it is damaged or broken while the employee was performing College work (more information below).

Additional Terms:

  • Like all personal protective equipment (PPE), employees are responsible for the care and maintenance of his/her prescription safety eyewear.
  • Although not obligated to provide it, the College is offering to fund the cost of prescription safety eyewear as an option to applicable employees to provide a more attractive, comfortable fitting, and functional form of eye protection for some individuals.
  • Prescription safety glasses should not be viewed as expendable or disposable. As such, it will only be under extraordinary circumstances that the College will pay for a second pair of prescription safety glasses within two years of the date of the original purchase.
    • The only time the College will consider buying an employee a new pair of prescription safety glasses is if the glasses are damaged directly as a result of an occupational “incident” in the workplace over which the employee had no control. An example would be a carpenter using a table saw, and a piece of wood kicks back, striking the employee in a manner that damages the lenses or frames.
    • In any other situation, the employee will be individually responsible for repairing or replacing their prescription safety glasses through Empire Vision, or they can ultimately choose not to participate and go back to using goggles or over-the-glass safety glasses. Examples include an employee dropping their glasses on the floor and another employee accidentally stepping on them, or similar situations.
    • EH&S Manager, in consultation with the employee’s supervisor and or the Office of Human Resources, will be responsible for making determinations relevant to replacement/repair through this program.
      • Employees eligible for a replacement pair must obtain another “Vision Service Authorization” form from the EH&S Manager.

Program Contacts:

EH&S Manager (4-3757): Questions on applicability, eye protection, job hazard analyses, and similar matters. Obtain “Vision Service Authorization” forms.

HR Benefits Operations Specialist (4-3245): Questions on reimbursement. Head Protection

Head protection will be furnished to, and used by, all employees engaged in applicable maintenance, construction, and other miscellaneous work involving potential head injury hazards. Head protection is also required to be worn by engineers, inspectors, and visitors at construction sites and other areas where hazards from falling or fixed objects, or electrical shock are present. Additionally, employees must confine their hair if there is a risk of injury from entanglement in moving parts or likelihood of contamination by hazardous substance.

A protective helmet must be worn by any employee working under any of the following circumstances:

  1. Areas where there is a potential for head injury from falling or flying objects or other forms of impact.
  2. Working on or around any heavy equipment, including but not limited to, back hoes, bucket trucks, and front-end loaders.
  3. Areas where employees could potentially be exposed to high voltage electrical shock or burns such as, near power transmission lines.
  4. Construction sites where any of the above conditions (#1-#3) are present.

Each applicable employee will be assigned one hard hat. All purchases of hard hats shall be by the supervisor or a designee. It is the responsibility of the employee to wear his/her hardhat in accordance with this policy.

Employees are responsible for maintaining his/her hard hat in good condition. Employees must inspect all hard hat components daily for signs of dents, cracks, penetration, and other damages. In addition to everyday wear, ultraviolet rays from sunlight may degrade the shell of a hardhat over time. The hat will lose its glossy finish and have a chalky appearance or, the shell may start flaking away. Any damages, defects, or other problems regarding a hard hat should be immediately brought to the attention of the appropriate supervisor. Any hard hat that fails a visual inspection must be removed from service until the problem is corrected or the equipment is replaced.

All hard hats shall meet the specifications of American National Standard Institute (ANSI) Z89.1-1997. Additionally, helmets for the head protection of employees potentially exposed to high voltage shall be nonconductive and meet the specifications of ANSI Z89.2-1971. Foot Protection

Footwear Policy:

All persons who are performing work that has the potential to cause a foot injury must wear appropriate footwear. Footwear must provide adequate foot and ankle support and acceptable traction for commonly encountered situations. This may include safety shoes with impact protection and other personal protective equipment as required to provide protection from hazards normally encountered on the job.

Safety Footwear:

Safety footwear with impact protection is required for employees whose duties involve routine exposure to crushing or impact hazards. Such hazards include: carrying or handling heavy objects, parts or tools, and other activities involving equipment and objects that could crush or be dropped on the feet. All safety footwear must comply with ASTM F 2412-05 and ASTM F 2413-05.

Adequate Footwear:

Employees who may be exposed only on an occasional basis to crushing or impact hazards as part of their job are not required to wear safety footwear, and should avoid such hazards wherever possible. Employees working in areas where safety footwear is not required shall wear adequate footwear. Adequate footwear, as defined in this policy, shall meet the following minimum criteria:

  • The entire foot shall be enclosed.
  • Shoe shall be a minimum of six (6) inches high.
  • Shoe uppers shall be made of leather or a comparable material.
  • The material shall be of a sufficient strength and firmness to minimize potential for injury from falling object.
  • Soles shall be a sufficient thickness to prevent penetration of metal particles, and shall be of leather or oil resistant material, i.e., rubber or neoprene.
  • Height of the heel shall not exceed two inches.
  • Diameter of the heel shall be at least one inch at the tread surface.

Footwear such as sandals, sneakers, open heels, open toes, and platform shoes are considered unsafe and shall not be worn. Anti-Slip Footwear

Although not designed to protect the feet or any specific body part, some jobs/tasks (e.g., Facilities Attendants work) may occur in areas that are continuously wet and slippery. Offices or Departments with employees who regularly work under these conditions may choose to provide slip resistant footwear. Footwear Program

The Office of Facilities, in conjunction with Environmental Health & Safety, is committed to providing a safe work environment and the necessary personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of College employees. Employees should be aware of the role their footwear plays in minimizing and promoting safety at work. In support of this commitment, the following safety program shall be adhered to by all applicable employees.

Subsidy for Footwear:

Ithaca College will offer a footwear subsidy program for applicable employees. Each supervisor, in conjunction with EH&S, shall determine who, by title and/or assignment, shall be included in the footwear program and the type of footwear required.

Regular full time employees shall be eligible for the annual footwear subsidy of $150.00.

If medical conditions necessitate special accommodations the employee must supply the Benefits Department with appropriate medical documentation.


Ithaca Agway & True Value (both locations) and Famous Brands (Watkins Glen), and RT 96 Power and Paddle  will directly bill the College for the cost of one pair of safety or adequate footwear up to $150.00 per employee per year. Any additional cost will be paid for by the employee at the time of sale.


Footwear purchased through this program is intended to be used for Ithaca College business –related work. Employees are responsible for the care and maintenance of his/her footwear. Other than the annual designated date, the only time the College will consider buying an employee a new pair of footwear is if they are damaged directly as a result of an occupational “incident” in the workplace over which the employee had no control. In any other situation the employee will be individually responsible for the replacing their footwear. The employee’s supervisor and or the Office of Facilities will be responsible for making determinations relevant to replacement through this program.

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that their employees have and wear the appropriate footwear in accordance with this policy.

It is the responsibility of the employee to wear his/her footwear in accordance with this policy. Employees failing to adhere to this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Hand Protection

Hand protection is required whenever employees are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical or thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes.

There are gloves available that can protect workers from these individual hazards or combinations thereof. Glove selection shall be based on performance characteristics of the gloves relative to the task, work conditions, duration of use, and potential hazards present.

Skin contact is a potential source of exposure to toxic materials. It is important that the proper steps be taken to prevent such contact. The first step in glove selection for chemical use is to determine, if possible, the exact nature of the substances to be encountered. Read instructions and warnings on chemical container labels and material safety data sheets (MSDSs) before working with any chemical to ensure that compatible gloves are worn. Recommended glove types are often listed in the MSDS section for personal protective equipment.

All glove materials are eventually permeated by chemicals. Gloves can be used safely for limited time periods if specific use and other characteristics (i.e., thickness and permeation rate and time) are known. Gloves should be replaced periodically, depending on design, frequency of use, and permeability to the substance(s) handled. Disposable latex, nitrile, and similar gloves should not be reused. EH&S can assist in determining the specific type of glove material that should be worn for a particular chemical.

Hand protection should generally be worn whenever it is necessary to handle rough or sharp-edged objects, and very hot or very cold materials. The type of glove materials to be used in these situations include leather, welder’s gloves, aluminum-backed gloves, and other types of padded or insulated glove materials.

The following is a guide to the most common types of protective work gloves and the types of hazards they can guard against:

Disposable Gloves - Usually made of light-weight plastic, latex, nitrile, and other similar materials can help guard against mild irritants.

Fabric Gloves - Made of cotton or fabric blends are generally used to improve grip when handling slippery objects. They also help insulate hands from mild heat or cold and protect against minor abrasions or cuts.

Leather Gloves - Used to guard against injuries from sparks, scraping against rough surfaces, cuts, and punctures. They are also used in combination with an insulated liner when working with electricity.

Metal Mesh Gloves - Used to protect hands form accidental cuts and scratches. They are used most commonly by persons working with cutting tools or other sharp instruments.

Aluminized Gloves - Made of aluminized fabric are designed to insulate hands from intense heat. These gloves are most commonly used by persons working with molten materials.

Chemically Resistant Gloves - May be made of rubber, nitrile, neoprene, polyvinyl alcohol or vinyl, etc. The gloves protect hands from a variety of hazardous substances. There is no single glove, however, that is compatible with all chemicals. When selecting chemically resistant gloves, be sure to consult the manufacturers’ recommendations, especially if the gloved hand will be immersed in the chemical. EH&S also has reference sources that identify glove compatibility. Machine Guarding

Careful attention must be given to protecting your hands when working with tools and machinery. Power tools and machinery must have guards installed or incorporated into their design that prevent the hands from contacting the point of operation, power train, or other moving parts. To protect hands from injury due to contact with moving parts, it is important to:

  • Ensure that guards are always in place and used.
  • Always shut-down, lock-out machines or tools, and disconnect the power before making repairs.
  • Treat a machine without a guard as inoperative.
  • Do not wear gloves around moving machinery, such as drill presses, mills, lathes, grinders, and other equipment that could pull the hand into the equipment.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry that could be caught by moving machinery. Body Protection

Certain jobs may have the potential to injure the arms, legs, and torso. PPE must be used whenever employees are performing work that could expose these bodily areas to injurious chemical splashes; sharp or rough surfaces; impacts or cuts from tools, machinery, and materials; extreme heat; potentially infectious materials (e.g., blood); and radiation. PPE that protects the torso, legs, and arms includes (but is not limited to): apron, coveralls, or other specialized clothing; protective suits made of various materials; cut resistant leggings or chaps; and arm-length gloves.

When necessary, employees shall be provided and use appropriate body protection. Depending upon the hazard, PPE may include an apron, coveralls, chaps, or a full-body suit.

Employees working around machinery must ensure that they do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, and other accessories that could be entangled in moving parts.

Welders must wear leather aprons, and shirts with long sleeves and collars, as well as the required head, face, eye, hand, foot, and respiratory protection.

Employees working near vehicular traffic hazards must wear bright orange warning garments (e.g., shirts, vests, jackets, etc.) during the day and reflective warning garments after dark. Cleaning and Maintenance

Employees are responsible for keeping the assigned PPE clean and properly maintained to ensure its effectiveness. Cleaning is particularly important for eye and face protection where dirty or fogged lenses could impair vision. PPE should be inspected, cleaned, and maintained at regular intervals (e.g., as recommended by manufacturer) so that the PPE provides the requisite protection.

PPE will be distributed for individual use whenever possible. Personal protective equipment shall not be shared between employees until it has been properly cleaned and sanitized. PPE that is overtly contaminated should be rinsed and then carefully removed after use. It is also important to ensure that contaminated PPE that cannot be decontaminated is disposed of in a manner that protects employees from exposure to hazards. Training

Any worker required to wear PPE shall receive training in the proper use and care of PPE. Office directors and department chairs have the primary responsibility for ensuring that each applicable employee receives the appropriate training in the PPE required for their areas. At a minimum, each employee shall be trained to know the following:

  1. When PPE is necessary;
  2. What PPE is necessary;
  3. How to properly put on, take off, adjust, and wear PPE;
  4. Limitations of the PPE; and
  5. Proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the PPE.

Each employee who is required to wear PPE must demonstrate an understanding of the training provided, and the ability to use the PPE properly before performing any work that requires PPE. In addition to job-specific training completed by the individual Offices and Departments, EH&S provides instruction in the PPE Program at regular intervals throughout the year to applicable employees.

If an employee who has been trained demonstrates that he/she does not have an understanding and the skill required, the employee will be re-trained. Additional circumstances where an employee must be retrained include, but are not limited to, situations where: a) changes in the workplace render previous training obsolete; b) changes in the types of PPE render previous training obsolete; c) inadequacies in an affected employee’s knowledge or use of the assigned PPE indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite understanding or skill. Availability and Procurement

Commonly used personal protective equipment is available to Ithaca College employees through the General Services Warehouse. The following items are regularly stocked:

  • hearing protection - ear muffs and ear plugs
  • eye protection - safety glasses and goggles
  • hand protection – latex and nitrile gloves (long-life and disposable)

Other personal protective equipment (e.g., hard hats, face shields, work gloves, safety footwear, etc.) applicable to a specific job or work area may be obtained through the supervisor by the normal purchasing procedures. The expense for such equipment is to be borne by the requesting department. EH&S is available for consultation in selecting the proper personal protective equipment for the specific job or hazard(s). EH&S can also provide recommendations for safety equipment vendors. Personally Owned PPE

Employees may choose to provide and use their own PPE. Any personally owned PPE used at the College must first be approved by the supervisor (in consultation with EH&S as necessary) and meet the applicable ANSI standards. The OSHA PPE regulations require employers to provide and pay for personal protective equipment required by the institution for the worker to do his or her job safely and in compliance with OSHA standards. Where equipment is personal in nature and may be used by workers off the job, the matter of who pays for the PPE is left up to the respective Offices and Departments.

Examples of PPE that would not normally be used away from the worksite include, but are not limited to: welding gloves, wire mesh gloves, respirators, hard hats, specialty glasses and gloves (e.g., designated for laser or ultraviolet radiation protection), specialty foot protection (such as metatarsal shoes and linemen's shoes with built in gaffs), face shields and rubber gloves, blankets, cover-ups, hot sticks and other live-line tools used by power generation workers.

Examples of PPE that is personal in nature and often used away from the worksite include, but are not limited to): non-specialty safety glasses, prescription safety glasses, safety shoes, anti-slip footwear, and cold-weather outer wear of the type worn by construction workers. (However, shoes or outwear subject to contamination by carcinogens or other toxic or hazardous substances which cannot be safely worn off-site must be paid for by the employer.) Recordkeeping

Employee receipt of PPE and associated training must be documented through a written certification that contains the name of each employee trained, the date(s) of training, and that identifies the subject of certifications. A blank copy of the Ithaca College “PPE Assignment Form” is available from EH&S or through the Public Safety website. Completed original forms must be maintained by the individual Office or Department, with a copy sent to EH&S. These PPE records must be maintained on file at EH&S for at least 3 years. Respiratory Protection

Ithaca College employs people who are required to wear respirators in the course of their work. Therefore, a written respiratory protection program, annual training, medical surveillance and respirator fit testing are required for these people to meet the OSHA requirements (29 CFR Part 1920.134).

Specific people in the following departments use respirators on campus: Health Center, Facilities HVAC, Facilities Plumbing, Facilities Grounds, EH&S, and certain Facilities utility workers. No other groups on campus are authorized to wear respirators without the required training and testing. The program includes an annual fit-test and training performed by the EH&S. The Health Center provides medical surveillance free of charge to applicable employees. Electrical Safety

Electricity is a serious workplace hazard, exposing employees to such dangers as: shock, electrocution, fires, and explosions. All Ithaca College employees must follow some basic safety procedures to prevent electrically related injuries and property damage. At a minimum, the precautions listed below must be followed:

  • Always use electrical facilities, equipment, tools, and appliances in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do attempt to open, modify, repair, or otherwise work on electrical equipment unless you are authorized and trained to do so.
  • Extension cords are only for temporary use. They shall not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring. Only a powerstrip that meets all of the following criteria can be used as a permanent extension of an electrical outlet:
    • Equipped with a surge suppressor
    • Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL) approved
    • Grounded, 3-prong plug
    • Cords must be 12 or 14 gauge wire (typically indicated on cord)
  • Plugging a powerstrip of any type into another one (“piggy-backing”) is prohibited.
  • Multiplug adapters of any type are prohibited.
  • Visually inspect all electrical equipment prior to use.
  • Report electrical deficiencies to your supervisor immediately. Electrical deficiencies include: frayed power cords, missing or damaged plug prongs, exposed wiring, inoperative controls, excessive heat production, odors, smoke, etc.
    • Frayed cords must be replaced. Taping is not an acceptable repair.
  • Do not use any electrical facilities, equipment, tools, and appliances that are defective or in disrepair. Do not operate equipment if you suspect an electrical problem. Disconnect the power and remove from service until properly repaired by Office of Facilities or a manufacturer’s service representative.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • A minimum of 3 feet clearance must be continuously maintained in front of all electrical circuit breaker panels, switches, and other controls.
  • All electrical outlets, wiring, distribution panels, breakers, disconnects, switches, and junction boxes shall be completely enclosed.
  • Keep all electrical equipment, tools, and appliances away from water and other liquids.
  • Any repairs, maintenance, or other service to electrical facilities, equipment, tools, and appliances must only be performed by authorized and qualified persons (e.g., electrician) in accordance with the Ithaca College Lockout/Tagout Program (section
  • No employee shall attempt to remove a lock or tag that has been placed on any electrical operating controls. These devices indicate that someone is working on the system and has secured it to prevent unexpected startup of the equipment while they are exposed to energy sources. Accidents

All employee accidents should be immediately reported to the employee's supervisor. If an employee or another person is injured on campus, call the Office of Public Safety (X4-3333 campus phone or 274-3333) to seek necessary first aid. If it is an emergency, dial 911 (see section below regarding emergencies). Students should similarly report accidents to the Office of Public Safety or, in an emergency, dial 911.

Employees who have an accident while working for the College are covered by the New York State Workers' Compensation Law (see Volume III of the Ithaca College Policy Manual). If an employee is injured while on the job, a report of such injury must be made to the individual's department supervisor, who should file an accident report with the Office of Human Resources within 24 hours even though the injury may not involve loss of time from work. If the employee seeks treatment after the submission of the accident report, the employee must notify the employee's department supervisor and the Benefits Department immediately.

What may seem like a minor injury or accident could result in later complications. Employees who have been involved in an accident at work must notify their supervisor immediately. The Office of Human Resources has developed an accident reporting system for the College. A "Report of Accident Investigation" form should be completed and sent to the Office of Human Resources within 24 hours of the accident. A copy of the form is available at www.ithaca.edu/safety/pdfs/form_accidentrpt.pdf. The accident report alerts the College to potentially harmful situations on campus and initiates corrective action. Supervisors must impress upon employees that it is their responsibility to promptly inform them of all accidents. Heavy fines may be imposed on the College if this legal reporting requirement is not done on time. If treatment by a doctor is required, inform the doctor that the injury is work-related. Emergencies

If a serious accident occurs or if an employee or student discovers serious damage, theft, or forced entry on College property, the employee, student, or someone else at the scene should immediately dial 911 to reach the Office of Public Safety (x4-3333 campus phone or 274-3333). Callers should identify themselves and give the dispatcher the location and a brief account of the problem. An officer will respond to the location to obtain further information or give whatever assistance is needed. Emergency Building Evacuation Procedures

Each building at Ithaca College has a written emergency evacuation procedure which is kept on file at EH&S. Floor plans indicating exits and fire safety implements accompany each of these procedures. The floor plans are filed in the EH&S office and are posted in each building. EH&S regularly offers fire safety and evacuation training to the occupants of all Ithaca College buildings. Initial training is provided during new employee orientation. Copies of floor plans and building evacuation procedures are provided to employees during the training. A generic written procedure follows: Emergency Evacuation Procedure

*****Dial 911 to report a fire or any other emergency*****

Each building has a floor plan that shows the locations of fire alarm pull stations, exits, assembly areas, and fire extinguishers. Know the locations of these before an emergency occurs.


  1. If there is smoke, stay near the floor where the smoke is less dense.
  2. Pull the nearest pull-station.
    1. Alert others to do the same on your way out
    2. Do not try to use the elevator
    3. Close doors as you leave (do not lock)
    4. Assist people with mobility impairments
  3. Walk or crawl to the nearest EXIT.
    1. Keep clear of emergency vehicle traffic, fire lanes, hydrants, hose connections, and walkways leading to the building
    2. Stay put so people can be accounted for
    3. Supervisors (or designee) must account for his/her personnel
  4. Proceed to the assembly area designated for your building or department.
  5. Do NOT return to the building until told to do so by a Public Safety or Ithaca Fire Department officer.

If you are trapped in a building, call 911 (if possible) to report your exact location.

  • If there is a window available, place an article of clothing, towel, etc. (preferably white), outside the window as a marker for rescue crews
  • Stay low to reduce exposure to smoke
  • Shout at regular intervals to alert rescue crews to your location
  • Stay calm. When a Fire Alarm Sounds
  • If the door is cool, open it cautiously. If the accumulated smoke is not excessive, close your windows, close your door, and exit from the building by the designated or alternate routes. If the smoke is heavy, close the windows, close your room door, and crawl or move in a crouched position to the nearest exit.
  • If the door is hot or if the corridor is too smoke-filled to permit safe exit, stay in your room. Keep your door closed and stuff something in the crack under the door. Open your window, hang a sheet or towel over the ledge to signal for assistance, and crouch on the floor directly beneath the window. When Exiting a Building During a Fire or Fire Alarm
  • Never use an elevator; always use the stairs.
  • Crawl or move in a crouched position in smoke-filled hallways.
  • Do not push others in the stairwells as you exit.
  • Upon exiting the building, stay clear of doorways, parking lots and fire lanes so that emergency vehicles can get through safely.
  • Do not attempt to fight a fire - let the professionals do it.
  • Report to the designated assembly area for the building for accountability. Academic Building Emergency Evacuation Plan Assembly Areas

















HS&HP (Center for Health Sciences)

















HEALTH CENTER SIDEWALK AREA - EAST OF U-LOT Residence Hall Evacuation Assembly Areas

All residents must stay a minimum of 150 feet away from the affected building.


  • Boothroyd: Lawn area - West
  • Rowland: Quad - Northwest
  • Tallcott: Quad - North
  • Eastman: Quad - North
  • Hilliard: Quad - South
  • Holmes: Quad - North
  • Hood: Quad - South
  • Bogart: Quad - South
  • Clarke: Quad - South
  • Landon: Quad - South
  • Lyon: Quad - West


  • Emerson: Z-Lot - East
  • Garden 25: Lawn area West of Garden 26
  • Garden 26: Lawn area West of Garden 26
  • Garden 27: Lawn area South of Garden 27
  • Garden 28: Lawn area South of Garden 27
  • Garden 29: Lawn area South of Garden 27 Loading Dock


  • East Tower
    • ​Floors 2-5: Use the ground floor exit and proceed to WEST end of parking area
    • Floors 6-9: Use the lobby breezeway exit and proceed to the Towers Concourse
    • Floors 10-13: Use the second floor exit and proceed to Towers Dining Loading Dock
  • ​West Tower
    • Floors 2-5: Use the ground floor exit and proceed to EAST end of parking area
    • Floors 6-9: Use the lobby breezeway exit and proceed to the Towers Concourse
    • Floors 10-13: Use the second floor exit and proceed to Towers Dining Loading Dock


  • Terrace 1: Towers Dining - Loading Dock
  • Terrace 2: Proceed west to the parking area behind Terrace 5
  • Terraces 3-12: Terrace Quad Area
  • Terrace 13: North - Parking area along tree line above Butterfield Stadium​


  • Circle Apartments: Circle Community Building
  • Circle Apts Comm Center: Grassy area to the NORTH of the building Mercury Spill Safety Procedure

Mercury contained in items such as, blood-pressure cuffs, thermometers, etc., can be very toxic, when spilled, if it is absorbed through the skin or, if a person inhales its vapors. Therefore, mercury-containing equipment must be handled with the utmost care to prevent accidental spillage.

The following safety actions must be taken whenever a spill of mercury occurs.

  1. Immediately leave the vicinity of the spill. Avoid stepping on or touching mercury droplets and contaminated surfaces/items.
  2. Do not attempt to clean up the spill yourself.
  • Specific procedures, equipment, and training are required for mercury clean-ups.

If Mercury Comes In Contact With:

  • ​​Skin:
    • Wash with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes at the nearest sink or shower.
  • Shoes:
    • Remove contaminated footwear as close as possible to the spill area without jeopardizing your safety or risking further contamination.
    • Be careful not to touch contaminated areas
  • Clothing:
    • Remove contaminated clothing as close as possible to the spill area without jeopardizing your safety or risking further contamination.
      • Be careful not to touch contaminated parts of the clothing while removing it.
    • Wash skin with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes at the nearest sink or shower.
  1. Close all doors and leave the room using the shortest path possible.
  • Do not travel through the spill area unless that is your only option.
  • Be careful not to step on spilled mercury droplets, broken glass, or other contaminated areas.
  • If possible, avoid travel over carpeted surfaces.
  • If it can be done in a prompt, safe manner open windows before leaving the room.
  1. Call Public Safety at 274-3333 or 911 (from campus phone) to report the mercury spill, location, injuries, etc.
  2. Wait outside the room and do not leave the area outside of the room to avoid possible spread of mercury throughout the building. Inform others not to enter the room.
  • Once on-scene, Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) responders will assess whether your clothing, shoes, or body need decontamination before it is safe for you to leave.
  • Contaminated individuals will be referred to the Hammond Health Center or Cayuga Medical Center for medical evaluation.
  1. Leave the area – only after being told to do so by an EH&S responder.

Note: Short-term, low-level exposure to mercury vapors is generally not a reason for concern. Spills must be promptly cleaned up, however, because long-term exposures can cause serious health problems.

Last Updated: January 16, 2019