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What We Do

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Based on national standards such as those promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPH&E), the Colorado Department of Emergency Management (CDEM) and others, EH&S provides services in the following disciplines:

Industrial Hygiene:  defined by the American Industrial Hygiene Association as the “science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community”.

There are eight content areas within the field of industrial hygiene: 

  • Basic Sciences
  • Occupational Disease, Illness, Injury and surveillance (biostatistics, epidemiology, toxicology)
  • Health Hazards (ergonomics/human factors and physical, biological or chemical stressors
  • Work Environments (indoor air, industrial processes)
  • Program Management Principles (investigation methods, ethics, risk communications, guidelines, and standards, data management and interpretation, emergency response)
  • Evaluation Practices (instrumentation, sampling methods/techniques, analytical chemistry)
  • Hazard Controls (engineering, PPE, administrative)
  • Community Stressors (air pollution, hazardous waste)

Industrial hygiene programs/procedures/applications available for faculty, staff and students at Fort Lewis College include:

  • monitoring for airborne dusts, vapors, fumes and gases
  • indoor air quality evaluations
  • ergonomic assessments
  • noise monitoring/hearing conservation
  • respiratory fit testing
  • complaint investigation
  • biosafety
  • lab safety
  • lab hood ventilation measurements

Safety:  as defined by the National Safety Council, strategic priorities are based on scientific research that allows us to better define and understand issues and trends in unintentional injuries and injury-deaths, and develop programs to address these trends and ultimately save lives.

The classic safety goal for any proactive organization is zero accidents and zero injuries.  Behavior based safety research has demonstrated that an organization’ safety culture and systematic approach to safety is responsible for the number of accidents or injuries.  Organizations that identify, teach and positively reinforce safe behavior have the lowest accident/injury rates in the country.  Setting goals, sharing results and celebrating milestones are all recognized techniques practiced in safe organizations.

Safe organizations can be recognized as those that promote and champion peer safety, where employees address unsafe behaviors by their fellow employees, and not fear retaliation.

Slogans such as “Safety is #1” and “Safety is a priority” usually result in an increase in unsafe behaviors which ultimately defeat the initial intent of the organization.  It is only when safety is part of daily operating procedures and that all employees believe that no job is too important to perform in an unsafe manner, that safety becomes a critical part of the culture and accident/injury rates are reduced and can eventually approach zero.

Safety services available at Fort Lewis College include:

  • Accident investigation and reporting
  • Asbestos – housekeeping
  • Basic and advanced safety training
  • Biosafety
  • Bloodborne pathogen
  • Chemical hygiene evaluations and training
  • Confined space entry
  • Fall prevention
  • Fire safety & fire extinguisher safety
  • Flammable and combustible materials
  • Forklift safety
  • Hazard communication and material safety data sheets
  • HMIS rating system
  • Inspections, consultation and report
  • Ladder safety
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Lifting safety
  • MRSA
  • NFPA rating system
  • Personal protective equipment

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