Archived News and Safety Tips
FDA Safety Notification: fibrin sealants (Evicel)
Fire Protection System Impairment Form
[2012-08-06] A fire protection system impairment form has been added. Use this to request sprinkler bypasses, hot work, fire alarm tests, or similar fire system impairments.
[2012-02-16] The website has a new look!
Annual Fire Safety Report
[2011-09-27] The annual fire safety report is now available. It gives information on the fire protection systems in residential buildings on campus, and information on past fires and fire drills. The 2011 fire log is also available.
[2011-09-09] You may find the National Library of Medicine's WISER to be a useful tool to download to your computer or smartphone (iPhone/Android/Windows Mobile/Palm OS). It's been described as "what to do if you spill stuff".
[2011-08-15] The Lab Safety Memorial Wall is a sobering reminder of the importance of laboratory safety.
Summer Student Training
[2011-05-23] Due to the large number of summer students needing training, seats for OSHA trainings are filled much faster than normal. Please remember to schedule your trainings at least two weeks in advance to reserve a placement in our OSHA trainings.
[2011-04-26] Revised UV safety training has been released. You may wish to review this training if you use any of the common UV sources in your work:
- Copy machines
- Germicidal lamps
- Photo-therapy lamps
- Lasers, etc.
Check training online
[2011-04-15] You can now check your training online with our new web module. Use your normal Case ID and password—or, if you're already logged in, the system should recognize you.
[2011-04-15] Employee exposure to unguarded or inadequately guarded machines is prevalent in many workplaces. Consequently, workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year. Amputation is one of the most severe and crippling types of injuries in the occupational workplace, and often results in permanent disability. The OSHA website has a page on machine guarding that focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.
New MSDS Program
[2011-04-13] The University has upgraded to ChemGold III. As usual, the program is accessible from our website by clicking the "MSDS" link on the sidebar. The page runs from any campus computer, or elsewhere when using the VPN.
[2011-04-07] The latest newsletter is up, focusing on fume hood safety and including a checklist for chemical safety.
Triad Alcohol Swabs Recall
[2011-04-04] There is a recall of Triad alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs, and alcohol swabsticks due to possible contamination. Do not use them; discard in the trash.
Baxter Safety Alert
[2011-03-02] Baxter Healthcare has issued a safety alert regarding their products using 3-Way Large Bore Stopcocks.
[2010-11-29] The November–December newsletter has been posted.
[2010-11-15] Please welcome Dr. Chuck Hart, our new Executive Director.
[2010-11-01] This department is now known as Environmental Health and Safety. Our website is available at case.edu/ehs. Please change your links!
[2010-10-01] Laser safety training for this month has been moved from October 13th to October 4th at 10:00 AM. The normal schedule will resume November 10th at 2:30 PM.
[2010-08-09] The August–September newsletter is out.
Fume Hood Repair Status
Environmental Release Summaries
[2010-06-30] All radiation labs must submit an environmental release summary by July 10.
[2010-06-21] Portions of the DOES website, including online training, may be unavailable Tuesday, June 29 through Thursday, July 1 due to electrical work.
A Summer Safety Reminder
[2010-06-02] Warmer weather makes this the ideal time to review what is considered proper lab attire. In short, when working in the lab, ideally all skin should be protected from exposure. Most lab workers are aware of the benefits of proper PPE in the form of lab coats, gloves, and safety glasses, but your personal clothing is actually your last line of defense against chemical or biological exposure. Long pants and closed toed shoes cover areas of the body that lab coats do not protect. Shoes should be of leather or other impermeable substance instead of cloth. Skirts also should not be worn in the lab unless long enough that the legs are completely covered (tights and panty hose are not considered adequate leg covering).
Bloodborne training online
[2010-05-14] The Bloodborne Pathogens retraining is now online-only: you can complete the training and submit your quiz online rather than faxing or walking your form to us. If this test works well, we may change other trainings to work similarly.
[2010-04-22] In light of this being Volunteer Week, I thought I'd pass along some DOES stats:
- Since 2008, 157 volunteer applications were received
- 41 volunteers in 2008
- 113 volunteers in 2009
- 3 volunteers in 2010 as of 4/21/2010
- Volunteers have worked in the laboratories for the summer as well as at least one day per week during the school year.
- Volunteers provided service in many departments through University-linked high school and summer programs.
- Volunteers have come from high schools, colleges, corporations
- Volunteer ages range from 14 to 67 years of age
- DOES has provided Safety training for all documented volunteers.
Arrow Product Recall
[2010-03-02] Arrow International has issued a voluntary recall for a number of their medical devices. Some of the pouches in which these sterile products are packaged have been found to have pin holes. Therefore, the sterility of the product cannot be guaranteed. See their full recall statement (and form to fax in) and the list of recalled products.
[2010-02-15] Each year safety specialists from Safety Services enter Case laboratories to identify safety issues and assist laboratory personnel with any questions about safety in their environments.
Inspections are scheduled to begin this March on the Case Quad (Millis, Kent Hale Smith, Bingham, Glennan, etc). Please take some time to review items that inspectors will be checking. This page will provide you with Inspection Criteria as well as a link to a laboratory self-inspection.
[2010-01-27] If you haven't sent one in yet, fill out a Critical Equipment and Research Materials form.
Food and Drink in the Lab
[2010-01-15] A reminder from DOES: No Food or Drink in the Laboratory.
[2009-12-28] Online respirator retraining will be taken offline for server repairs until the next week (Jan 4th).
[2009-11-15] There will be no trainings Thanksgiving week, November 23–27.
Critical Needs Assessment
[2009-10-29] In the event of an emergency (major storm, pandemic, extended power loss) the University will need to know each researcher's needs. See our Critical Needs Assessment page and fill out a Critical Equipment and Research Materials form.
[2009-10-26] See how viruses attack cells. Flu Attack! How A Virus Invades Your Body by Robert Krulwich, NPR.
[2009-09-09] The Safety Fair is Thursday (Sept. 10) at Thwing Center from 10 AM to 2 PM. See you there!
Labor Day Schedule
[2009-09-02] No training classes will take place on September 7th since it is Labor Day. Orientation will take place on Tuesday the 8th. All times remain the same. Physical screenings and safety training will take place on Wednesday the 9th.
Fire Safety Redux
[2009-08-13] Jim Dahle shares fire safety tips.
Safe Ride program
[2009-08-03] The Safe Ride program provides transportation around campus, as well as University Circle. Police and security officers will transport students and staff in a specially marked security van from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. daily. Our current program, Campus Escort Service, which provides a walking escort, is still in operation. Those interested in using the new Safe Ride program or Escort Service should call the police dispatcher at 368-3333. For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.
[2009-06-15] DOES wants you and your family to be safe! See our home safety page for tips from the Home Safety Council.
[2009-05-21] We gave our website a new look! We will be adding material from our new database over the coming months.
The new design should be easier to navigate and provide faster access to the information that matters most.
[2008-10-23] October is national fire prevention month.
Fires can be disorienting and disastrous events. See our fire safety page for information on choosing between fighting and fleeing fires.
RAD and P-Cards
[2008-10-22] Radioactive materials cannot be purchased with a university P-Card.
Purchase requisitions for radioactive material to be ordered or delivered to MetroHealth Medical Center or the VA Medical Center do not require the approval of the Case RSOF. Contact the RSOF at those locations for instruction.
Other contact information
Safety Services: 368-2907
Radiation Safety: 368-2906
Health Center: 368-2450
Unsafe conditions? If you see safety violations or other inappropriate behavior, but want to remain anonymous, call 1-866-483-9367 or go to https://www.caseintegrityhotline.com/.