Occupational Safety and Health Consultant

The occupational safety and health consultant is housed within the Environmental Services Program. The consultant oversees safety issues primarily within the Division of Environmental Quality, and provides recommendations to the remaining divisions on an as needed or as requested basis.

Staying safe at work

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There are some simple things you can do to stay safe at work:

  • Keep your wallet, keys, purse, and other valuables with you at all times or locked in a drawer.
  • Don’t stay late if you’ll be alone in the office. Create a buddy system for walking to parking lots after hours.
  • Report broken or flickering lights and doors that do not secure properly so they can be quickly repaired..
  • If you notice signs of potential violence in a fellow employee, report this to your supervisor.
  • Immediately report all incidents of sexual harassment.
  • Know your department’s emergency plan for fire and severe weather evacuations.

Here are a few tips for blackouts from FEMA:

  1. Follow energy conservation measures to keep the use of electricity as low as possible, which can help power companies avoid imposing rolling blackouts.
  2. Fill plastic containers with water and place them in the refrigerator and freezer if there's room. Leave about an inch of space inside each one, because water expands as it freezes. Chilled or frozen water will help keep food cold during a temporary power outage, by displacing air that can warm up quickly with water or ice that keeps cold for several hours without additional refrigeration.
  3. Be aware that most medication that requires refrigeration can be kept in a closed refrigerator for several hours without a problem. If unsure, check with your physician or pharmacist.
  4. Keep your car tank at least half full because gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps.
  5. Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. Garage doors can be heavy, so know that you may need help in lifting it.
  6. Keep a key to your house with you if you regularly use the garage as the primary means of entering your home, in case the garage door will not open.