Influenza Vaccine Availability Plan your Escape at Home at Work by bigbubbamust


									      2007/2008 Influenza                                 2007/2008 Influenza Vaccine Availability
   Vaccine Availability
                                    The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. The flu shot is
      Plan your Escape at Home,     approved for use in people older than 6 months, including people with chronic medical
   at Work                          conditions. The vaccine contains three different inactivated influenza viruses; the viruses in
                                    the vaccine change each year based on international surveillance and scientists' estimations
      What’s the mix up with
   mixed waste?                     about which types and strains of viruses will circulate in a given year

      EH&RS/EH&S Renews             The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that these simple actions can
   Relationship with FDNY
   Regulators; Rule Clarification   also help stop the spread of influenza and the ‘common cold’.
   Results                           Washing hands often will help protect you.
                                     Stay home when you are sick; you will feel better sooner and help prevent others from
       For the Best Service: Use
   the Online Pickup Request
                                        catching your illness.
   Form for Hazardous Waste          Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may protect
                                        those around you from getting sick.
      Clear Corridors                Avoid close contact with those who are sick. When you are sick keep your distance from
                                        others to protect them from getting sick too.
      Columbia University
   Facilities Safety Training
                                    How to get vaccinated?
      Columbia’s Cyclotron          Medical Center Faculty & Staff may visit the Occupational Health Service, Harkness Pavilion
   Passing into History
                                    1 South. Flu Shots are available Monday – Wednesday and on Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm;
      Recycling Program to          Thursday from 8 am – 2 pm. Bring your Hospital or University ID badge with you.
   Expand                           Medical Center Students, enrolled in the Student Health Services Program, can go to SHS at
      Customized Training           60 Haven, Monday-Thursday, 8AM-7PM.
                                    Morningside Students, Faculty and Staff, can receive vaccine at no cost through Student
                                    Health Services. The vaccine will be provided at a number of different sites, for the schedule,

                                                               Plan your Escape at Home, at Work
     Environmental Health
       & Radiation Safety

                                    Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, is not only in NYC but across the country. This year the
    /Environmental Health
            & Safety
                                    theme is “Practice your Escape Plan”. Most people are aware of their escape plan at home but

                                    seldom practice it. Take time to review your escape plan with all members of your household.

       Medical Center               Have any renovations taken place that may have changed your avenues of escape? Will any
                                    members of your household be hearing about the plan for the first time? Please review your
    630 West 168th Street,
          Mailbox #8
     New York, NY 10032
    Phone: (212) 305-6780           plan and practice it.

                                    At work, do you know how to escape your floor in case of a fire or emergency? Do you know

                                    where the exits stairs are located and where they terminate? Practice your escape plan not just
     Morningside Campus

                                    at home but also at work. For valuable fire safety information see the FDNY’s website:
     S.W. Mudd Building,
          Suite 350

                           In addition, if you have any question
     New York, NY 10027
    Phone: (212) 854-8749

                                    about fire safety, in the home or workplace, you can call the Fire Safety Officer at CUMC
                                    EH&RS/EH&S 212.305-6780, and at Morningside Public Safety 212.854-8749. CUMC’s
                                    annual Fire Drills began in October to coincide with Fire Prevention Week. At the
                                    Morningside campus, fire drills have been completed in residence halls and are underway in
                                    academic buildings.

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                       Safety Matters
                                              What’s the mix up with mixed waste?
          What exactly is Mixed Waste? It can be a flammable, toxic, corrosive, or reactive. It can be a “Hazardous Waste” that
          also contains a radioactive isotope such as 32P, 35S, 125I, 3H or 14C. Examples include: methanol solutions containing
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            H, tritiated benzopyrene in ethyl acetate, and 32P labeled GTP in chloroform. It can also be a radioactive material,
          that by itself, exhibits any of the four Hazardous Waste characteristics cited above (eg, a reactive like thorium nitrate
          or uranyl nitrate).

          Laboratories are encouraged to substitute non-hazardous materials into their protocols to minimize the generation of
          mixed waste. Laboratories should use minimal volumes of hazardous materials in protocols to minimize the
          production of mixed waste. Additionally, do not add aqueous waste into the mixed waste as it increases the overall
          volume of mixed waste.

          Some helpful tips for managing mixed wastes include:
              Use separate containers for short half-life and long half-life. Short half-lives is any radioactive waste with a
                 half-life <60 day at CUMC and <90 days at MS.
              Store mixed wastes in secondary containment in the event of a leak.
              Mixed waste containers require both a "Caution Radioactive Materials" label (record the isotope, activity and
                 date) and a “Hazardous Waste” label (list all hazardous chemical components, written out-no abbreviations or
                 formulas-and the percentage of each).
              Segregate and store mixed waste in the laboratory near the point where it was generated according to isotope
                 and chemical compatibility.
              When containers are 75% full, complete a radioactive waste service request and waste tracking form. Submit
                 a pickup request to the MS Radiation Safety Office or email
                 the CUMC RSO at
              CUMC Radiation Safety Office:
              Morningside Radiation Safety Office radioactive waste policy is available at

                               EH&RS/EH&S Renews Relationship with FDNY Regulators;
                                           Rule Clarification Results
          EH&RS/EH&S has a long history of taking a proactive approach in a demanding regulatory environment. This
          philosophy led to an invitation extended to the FDNY Deputy Chief Inspector to speak with Faculty and staff at the
          Morningside Campus. In an open and frank discussion, he clarified the FDNY’s application of certain regulations
          that have been vexing researchers. Of particular interest was the question: “Can I store a single milliliter of a
          flammable liquid, e.g. as part of a test kit, in a freezer not designed and designated for flammable material storage?”

          The Deputy Chief responded that the regulations prohibited the storage of “any amount of flammable materials” in
          regular refrigerators, and that are “no exceptions for small volumes in reagent kits”. This rule clarification reinforces
          that “kits containing flammable materials” may not be stored in an ordinary refrigerator or freezer, and otherwise
          pose a risk of receiving an FDNY Violation Order or Notice of Violation (NOV). What’s in your freezer?

          For more Lab Fire Safety Prevention tips, check out FDN(wh)Y Me
                           This fall when you change your clocks back an hour, also change the batteries
                                          in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!

                                                   Customized Training Sessions
          EH&RS/EH&S recently completed Department-specific training for the Biology and Biomedical Engineering
          Departments on the Morningside campus. The sessions were preceded by discussions with laboratory staff on their
          activities and safety concerns, enabling the presentations to be highly focussed on peoples’ actual activities, with a
          minimum of generic or off-topic material. Please contact us if there are any specific training or educational programs
          that we can provide for your laboratory or department.
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      Safety Matters
                       For the Best Service: Use the Online Pickup Request Form
                                          for Hazardous Waste
Help us serve you better. EH&RS/EH&S has implemented an online pickup request system that provides
advantages to both you and us in picking up Hazardous Waste from your laboratory. Submitting online, as opposed
to phoning or faxing, provides a time-stamped document that serves as a record of your request. This document is
used to set internal schedules as well as assure EH&RS/EH&S knows what your lab is requesting. Not only are
online pickup forms used to let us know what you want removed but you can also use the "ADDITIONAL
DESCRIPTION" area for special instructions or requesting supplies such as labels or containers.

Please phone if you have any questions, but for pick up requests, the online request form is the way to go for optimal
service. To access the online request, visit our website:; select the appropriate
campus; then, click on the FORMS link and choose the Hazardous Waste Request Form.
                                                    Clear Corridors
Fire Department and Building Code requirements state all corridors shall be kept accessible and unobstructed at all times;
and shall also be kept free of combustible contents. Fire Department inspectors have been issuing violations for failure to
comply with this rule, and failure to correct such conditions can carry an initial fine of up to $1000. ALL
obstructions- combustibles (cardboard storage boxes), desks, chairs, bookcases, and computer equipment be removed
from the corridors-they are not storage areas! If something needs to be removed please tag it and call Facilities for

                              Columbia University Facilities Safety Training
In the ongoing effort to provide all members of the Columbia community a safe and healthy working environment,
this past summer Columbia University Facilities (CUF) Morningside conducted safety training for all its Operations
TWU employees. This comprehensive training program included a wide range of environmental and occupational
safety topics. All shifts took part in the program, which included about 400 employees. Specific safety training classes
were taught by personnel from CUF, EH&RS/EH&S, and Fire & Life Safety. Topics included:

      Accident Prevention & Reporting
      Trips, Slips, and Falls Prevention
      Asbestos Awareness
      Fire Safety Awareness
      Back Injury Prevention
      Chemical Safety & MSDS Review
      Hand Safety
      Ladder Safety
      Personal Protection Equipment
      Bloodborne Pathogens
      Universal & Hazardous Waste Safety
      Safe Electrical Work Practices
      Machine Guarding Safety
      Hazard Communication/Right-To-Know
      Lockout/Tagout
      Confined Space
Employees responded positively to the training, finding it “very useful” and “very informative”. Others noted that the
training “created awareness” and that they will now be “more prepared to identify hazards.” To build on this
awareness and positive safety attitude, additional training will continue throughout the year. Note that CUMC
Facilities personnel receive safety training annually each Spring.

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    Safety Matters
                                       Columbia’s Cyclotron Passing into History
The cyclotron that has resided in Pupin for the last seventy years (the first one built in the United States) is about to
breath its last breath. Space is needed to house equipment for the new Northwest Science Building next to Pupin.
The cyclotron was constructed by John Ray Dunning in 1936 and in 1940, Dunning’s team verified the claim by
German physicists (two years earlier) of achieving nuclear fission in uranium. They further showed that it was the
comparatively rare uranium-235 that was fissile, not the abundant uranium-238. Dunning’s team also developed the
gaseous diffusion method for separating the two isotopes, which was critical to the Manhattan project to develop the
atomic bomb.

After a very long and useful life, the cyclotron was retired in 1965; some pieces were sent to the Smithsonian
Institute, but most of the carbon-steel electromagnet weighing over 30 tons remains in Pupin. During the operation
of the cyclotron the magnets became radioactive by activation but now any remaining radioactivity is very small.

Left: Recent photo of the Cyclotron in Pupin (2007).
Right: Joe Ray Dunning, Enrico Fermi, and Dana P. Mitchell next to the Cyclotron (late 1930’s).

                                                 Recycling Program to Expand
Look for a new recycling station in the lobby of Lerner Hall later this Fall. The recycling station will enable diversion
of additional waste from dumpsters and landfills: materials intended for re-use in the community and household
items containing materials that are potentially environmentally hazardous.

Item selected for reuse include:
    1. books, and intact, functioning electronics.
Items containing hazardous materials and selected for collection and recycling are:
    1. compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) containing mercury,
    2. small used electronics containing lead and potentially other hazardous metals, and
    3. batteries containing a wide variety of hazardous metals and corrosive chemicals.

Batteries, in particular, should be collected for recycling due to their widespread use and potential hazards to the
environment. Since 2002, CUMC has been successful in recycling batteries in 45 receptacles located throughout
campus. Following this model, EH&RS/EH&S will be launching additional battery collection containers at the
Morningside campus. Locations for the new battery collection include:

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       B-230 near the Service Center
       CEPSER lobby
       Fairchild 7th floor
       Havemeyer 3rd floor
       Mudd 4th floor
       Public Safety Office in Low Library
       Pupin lobby

Please help us protect the environment by properly handling these items at the end of their useful life. For more
information on reuse, recycling or environmental issues, please visit: or

If you have additional ideas for reuse or recycling, please send your suggestions to:

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