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Fall 2016

EHS News

Emergency Preparedness

If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water or electricity for some time. You should have emergency kits for your home, office, school and car. Here are some steps you can take to help your family stay safer and healthier during and after a disaster.

Pack an emergency supply kit. Here’s what you will need:

Food and Water

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—easy-to-make and won’t spoil
  • Manual can opener


  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered, solar, or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Extra batteries

Health and Safety Supplies

  • First aid kit
  • Medicine (7-day supply), other medical supplies, and paperwork about any serious or on-going medical condition
  • Emergency blanket
  • Soap, toothbrush, and other personal care items

You Should Also Keep

  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Copies of important documents such as insurance cards, immunization records, etc.
  • Extra cash
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys

If you have babies, children, pets, or someone with special medical needs in your family, you should add:

  • Medical supplies (e.g., hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, or a cane)
  • Baby supplies (e.g., bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies

Keep It Fresh and Ready to Use

  • Once you’ve gathered your supplies, pack the items in easy-to-carry containers.
  • Clearly label the containers, and store them where you can reach them easily. In a disaster situation, you may need to get your emergency supply kit quickly - whether you are sheltering at home or evacuating.
  • Make sure to check expiration dates on food, water, medicine, and batteries throughout the year.

Involve Children

  • Involving children in getting ready is the first step in helping them know what to do in an emergency. There are many ways children can help.
  • Ask them to think of items that they would like to include in an emergency supply kit, such as books or games and food that won’t spoil.
  • Children can help mark the dates on a calendar for checking emergency supplies and remind you to check the supplies. Remember to rotate or replace emergency food, water, medicine, and batteries as necessary.
  • Children can also help prepare plans and disaster kits for family pets.

Disaster Supply Checklist for Pets

  • Food and water for at least 3 days for each pet; bowls or bottles, and a manual can opener. Depending on the pet, you may need a litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, grooming items, and/or household bleach.
  • Medicines and medical records stored in a waterproof container.
  • First aid kit with a pet first aid book. Sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pet safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours
  • Pet toys and the pet’s bed, if you can easily take it, to reduce stress.
  • Current photos and descriptions of your pets to help others identify them in case you and your pets become separated, and to prove that they are yours.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.

For more information:

An Emergency Preparedness and Disaster training course is available free of charge to all campus employees through the online CSU Skillport website: (

For more information regarding Emergency Preparedness, please contact the Environmental, Health and Safety office at ext. 5-2283.

Hear the Beep when you sleep. Evey bedroom needs a working smoke alarm. Fire Prevention Week October 9-15, 2015

Fire Prevention in the Workplace

If the fire is inside your space:

  • Call 911 from a safe location.
  • Use an extinguisher only if the fire is small and it is safe to do so.
  • Warn others in the immediate area and on your entire floor.
  • Evacuate using stairwells - do NOT use elevators.
  • Close all doors behind you.

If the fire is outside your space:

  • Feel the door before evacuating - do NOT open hot doors.
  • If trapped, seal the bottom of the door to help prevent smoke from entering.
  • Call 911 to report your exact location in the building.
  • If the door is cool, open it carefully and evacuate if safe to do so.

Fire Prevention & Safety

  • Know the locations and evacuation routes to all building stairwells.
  • Never use the elevator if there is fire or smoke in the building. If you are stuck in an elevator, use the elevator phone to call for assistance.
  • All-purpose (‘ABC’ dry chemical) fire extinguishers should be located throughout buildings in hallways, offices, break rooms and lobbies.
  • Automatic fire sprinklers should be located throughout the building ceilings.

Fire Prevention in the Workplace (continued)

Fire Prevention Tips

  • To ensure ease of evacuation in an emergency, keep all hallways and stairwell exits free of boxes and trash.
  • Blocking fire doors open is a direct violation of the Fire Code and will allow smoke and fire to spread throughout the floor. Do not block open fire doors at any time.
  • Use care when operating microwave ovens to prevent burning food or contents.
  • Make sure all electrical equipment is turned off before you leave at the end of the day. This includes coffee pots, copiers, typewriters, computers and printers.
  • Make sure electrical cords are in good condition. Inspect them periodically and replace them, or report frayed cords. Do not bypass grounded plugs.
  • Replace extension cords with surge-protected power strips. Do not daisy-chain surge protectors.
  • Do not let paper accumulate in your office or in storage areas. Pay special attention to housekeeping in areas where discarded paper accumulates, such as storage areas, copy rooms or break rooms.
  • Space heaters are not allowed.
  • Store all flammable liquids in a cool, safe location. Do not store large quantities of flammable solvents

How & When to Use Fire Extinguishers

Remember the PASS word

PASS Systen Graphic

Extinguishers should only be used on small fires (wastebasket-sized). If the fire is discovered while it is still small enough to be contained, take the extinguisher, stand back 8-10 feet from the fire and follow the PASS System:

  • Pull the retaining pin.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames
  • Squeeze the handle completely to discharge the dry chemical on the fire.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side to side. Go slightly beyond the fire area with each pass.

Once the fire is out, wait before leaving the area. If the fire re-ignites, you may need to make another application. Fire extinguishers can generate a great amount of smoke when used, so be careful - smoke contains noxious fumes. Since smoke inhalation is the major cause of fire deaths, cover your mouth and nose with a wet cloth whenever possible.

If it is not feasible to use an extinguisher, begin evacuation procedures at once. Close doors behind you to contain the fire. Warn others in the area.

Slips, Trips & Falls

We all routinely take hundreds of steps every day at work and home. By taking a few minutes to understand how slips, trips and falls happen, you can prevent future needless and painful injuries.

Human Error

A 2014 survey of 1,294 safety professionals (Safety Daily Advisor’s December 2014 survey “Understanding How Human Factors Affect Slips, Trips, and Falls) revealed the most frequent factors in slip, trip and fall incidents at their workplaces. 95% of respondents cited one of three causes of human error: Distraction, moving too fast, fatigued or just plain complacent.


Building better habits will reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls. This is a continual process of examination and reinforcement. Supervisors and safety professionals need to positively motivate, support and reinforce safe habits in employees to increase awareness. This includes analyzing mistakes to avoid them in the future.

Supervisory Tips

  • Make it easy to report spills and tripping hazards immediately
  • Regularly inspect work areas
  • Provide employees with training on proper housekeeping. Hoses and cords strung across walkways in production areas are a continual hazard. Cords are also a problem in offices and conference rooms. Most tripping hazards are housekeeping items. Simply using cord protectors and running hoses overhead can reduce these dangers dramatically.

tripping hazards

Important habits to reduce slips, trips and falls:

  • Avoid distractions
  • Be alert for slip/trip hazards- Watch where you are walking.
  • Walk at appropriate speeds
  • Test footing before committing weight
  • Use railings on stairs and mirrors at corners
  • Maintain three-point contact on ladders and equipment
  • Reduce over-striding when walking
  • Look before moving
  • Wear appropriate footwear
  • Avoid sudden pivoting/turns

The “EHS News” is a quarterly newsletter published by Physical Planning/Facilities Management. Suggestions and comments are encouraged!

Environmental, Health & Safety is staffed by:

Peer Gerber, Director Environmental, Health & Safety
Phone: (562) 985-8893

George Alfaro , Environmental Compliance Manager
Phone: (562) 985-2378

Michael Kitahara, Occupational Safety & Environmental Specialist
Phone: (562) 985-1761

Dylan Wood , Hazardous Materials Technician
Email: dylan.
Phone: (562) 985-1761

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