Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance
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    2014 RA Fire Academy

    Photo of participants at the 2014 RA Fire Academy Training where more than 200 residence hall assistants from WVU Main Campus and Potomac State are trained on fire safety techniques. Training include: mobile burn rooms that will be set ablaze to demonstrate how quickly fire can spread; a residence hall room filled with fire safety hazards for RAs to identify dangerous situations (overloaded power strip, candles, etc.); smoke filled hallway for RAs to navigate that will stress the importance of knowing floor layouts, bucket brigade to understand teamwork in managing a fire, along with basic fire extinguisher training; lectures and videos.

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    Hazmat Training

    Joyce, Paul and Jonathan working with a leaking gas cylinder. They are using an A Kit to stop a leaking valve.

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    Chemical Fume Hood Testing

    A laboratory fume hood is a ventilated enclosure where toxic fumes can be handled safely. EHS inspects these to ensure that the exhaust blowers are operating at the proper velocity for moving fumes into the exhaust system.

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    Commercial Chemicals

    Hazardous Materials Technologist, Jonathan Middlemas, determines hazardous constituents of commercial chemical products during a laboratory closure waste pick-up.

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    Stormwater Management

    Brian Lemme is tasked with implementing WVU's new MS4 stormwater management program. This requires ensuring compliance at construction projects, providing education about stormwater runoff, mapping/ inspecting the storm sewer system, and developing Best Management Practices (BMPs) for WVU facilities.

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    Fire Safety

    EHS is instrumental in assuring that WVU buildings are adequately protected for Students, WVU personnel ,and Visitor safety. EHS reviews requirements and directs the needs for fire protection systems and related life safety codes for existing buildings and new construction. Max Humphreys a Program Administrator Senior and Fire Safety Specialist checks the condition of valves on a fire pump test connection at the WVU Mountainlair during a routine inspection. EHS works collaboratively with WVU Facilities Management, Fire Control, and the West Virginia State Fire Marshal.

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    Hazardous Materials

    Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist, Paul Porter, removing flammable compressed gas cylinders from a mobile rack in preparation of an off-site hazardous waste shipment.

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    Control Hazardous Energy Program Training

    Participants at the Control Hazardous Energy Program Training held on April 9th. Presenters included representatives from: Brickstreet, Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Brady Corporation and WVU Safety & Health Extension.

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    Water Safety

    WVU has over 14 pools and spas on campus for recreation, research, Athletic competition, and therapy. Environmental Health and Safety conducts swimming pool audits, assists with planning, renovating, and construction of new facilities. Mike Trantham, Registered Sanitarian, provides consultation and training for WVU's pool and spa operators so to assure the best and safest experience for WVU's customers.

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    Asbestos Management

    EHS ensures that students, faculty, staff, and visitors are protected from contact with asbestos. In preparation for renovations and demolitions, the unit inspects the area for suspect asbestos-containing building materials. Above, an EHS specialist takes samples from pipes in a crawlspace.

WVU EHS Mission
Environmental Health and Safety at West Virginia University will promote and advance a culture of commitment to protecting people, property and the environment through innovation, leadership and customer service.

WVU EHS Vision
West Virginia University, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will achieve a vital safe and healthful environment for students, staff, and faculty throughout West Virginia. Environmental Health and Safety will be integrated into sustainable partnerships and continuous improvement within facilities, academia, and student organizations of the university. This will be accomplished by providing diligent leadership, and expert professional services.