The purpose of ABAC at Bainbridge’s Environmental, Health & Safety Department is to help guard the health and safety of the entire campus community while also guarding its environment. Our office deals with all areas of safety that are not related to law enforcement. Our primary goal is to minimize, hopefully, prevent, injuries so that students, faculty, and staff have a safe and healthy working environment. The department focuses on announcements and personal interaction on providing pertinent information concerning best practices used in the University System of Georgia and elsewhere and concerning laws, regulations, and rules. While much is done on a basis of dialogue and interaction, the department also conducts audits on occasion to monitor and ensure compliance. Areas in which we deal include but are not limited to
- Hazardous Chemical Communication Plan
- Chemical Hygiene Plan
- ABAC-Bainbridge Safety Manual
- Right to Know Act requirements
- Hazardous Chemical Inventory List
- Proper disposal of hazardous waste
- Fire Alarm Systems and Fire Extinguishers
- Liaison with University System of Georgia (USG) in all EHS matters
- Voluntary recycling
A brief description of a few of the listed items in which you might have an interest follows below.
Right to Know – The Public Employee Hazardous Chemical Protection and Right to Know Act of 1988 was enacted by the State of Georgia to ensure worker protection from hazardous chemicals that may be encountered in the workplace. Employees were provided with information and training for handling, storing, and disposing of hazardous chemicals in their work areas. All ABAC-Bainbridge employees are required to take an online Right to Know training program through their employee orientation process. The online training program is designed to educate USG employees on the importance and benefits of properly recognizing and safely working with hazardous materials.
Hazardous Chemical Inventory Lists – As a part of the Employee Right to Know Act of 1988, the maintenance of Safety Data Sheets (SDS) is required to ensure that basic chemical hazard information, initial first aid treatment and storage requirements for hazardous materials are immediately available. Binders of safety data sheets are maintained in each Department for immediate access by all employees upon request. Georgia law requires chemical inventories to be physically reconciled twice each year and submitted on July 1 and January 1 to the Board of Regents. Each department head will provide Environmental and Safety Coordinator an inventory of chemicals present in their work areas. The inventory will include a list denoting the name, manufacturer, quantity and location of the chemical. The Environmental and Safety Coordinator will provide an inventory of all hazardous chemicals present on the ABAC at Bainbridge site to the University System (USG) Right to Know Coordinator in January and July of each year. The Environmental and Safety Coordinator will make this list available to all employees of ABAC at Bainbridge upon request. Availability of this list is required as part of this written Hazardous Chemical Protection Communication Plan.
Recycling – NOTE: ABAC at Bainbridge is committed to being an environmentally conscious community by properly disposing of hazardous materials and recycling reusable waste.
- Aluminum, Cardboard, Paper, and Plastics – ABAC at Bainbridge supplies paper, aluminum and plastic recycling bins throughout the campus and currently employs the services of Georgia Pine Annex. We often evaluate waste streams more efficient and effective ways of disposal, always considering environmental ramifications.
- Toner Cartridges – ABAC at Bainbridge recycles toner cartridges by shipping the used cartridges back to the vendor of purchase.
- Batteries – Facilities Management stores batteries in an approved container. When the container is full, a certified hazardous waste management company removes the container.
- Tires – Delta Tire currently handles the recycling of all tires for ABAC at Bainbridge.
- Automotive Oil – Facilities Management stores used oil in a 250-gallon approved container. When the container is full, a certified hazardous waste management company removes the container.
- Kitchen Grease – Dining Services stores used grease in a 250-gallon approved container. Auxiliary Services contracts with an outside source to recycle the used grease.
- Pallets – ABAC at Bainbridge recycles wooden pallets through a local contractor.
- Fluorescent Lamps/Ballasts – Facilities Management stores fluorescent lamps and ballasts in an approved container. When the container is full, a certified hazardous waste management company removes the container.
- Computers/Monitors – ABAC at Bainbridge recycles monitors, CPUs and components through the State surplus process.
- Cell Phones – ABAC at Bainbridge recycles old cell phones through a program sponsored by Verizon Wireless. Phones can be dropped off at Building 100 to the Purchasing Coordinator.
Questions or Concerns – If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of our areas of operations, I encourage you to contact me or any of our department staff. Assistance after-hours is also available through the campus Department of Public Safety if the need should arise. Thank you for visiting our web page. Remember: Stop! Think! Then act! Safety is no accident!