Welcome to Environmental Health and Safety at East Stroudsburg University!
This site will provide you with access to information, links to policies and procedures, safety forms, emergency procedures, and Material Safety Data sheet (MSDS).
WINTER SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS SAFETY TIPS
Walking to and from parking lots or between buildings at work during the winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries that occur during the winter months.
No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from parking lots and sidewalks, pedestrians will still encounter some slippery surfaces when walking outdoors in the winter. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers and to learn to walk safely on ice and slippery surfaces.
It is important to keep these important safety tips in mind:
CHOOSING APPROPRIATE CLOTHING
- Wear proper foot gear. During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles and heels, such as plastic or leather soles. Instead, wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best.
- Wear a heavy, bulky coat that will cushion you if you should fall.
- Wear a bright scarf or hat or reflective gear so drivers can see you.
- Keep warm, but make sure you can hear what’s going on around you.
- During the day, wear sunglasses to help you see better and avoid hazards.
- Whatever you wear, make sure it doesn’t block your vision or make it hard for you to hear traffic.
WALKING OVER ICE
- In cold temperatures, approach with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavements are slippery and icy. Dew or water vapor can freeze on cold surfaces, forming an extra-thin, nearly invisible layer of ice that can look like a wet spot on the pavement. Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them.
- Plan ahead; give yourself sufficient time and plan your route.
- Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous. Look ahead when you walk; a snow-or ice-covered sidewalk or driveway, especially if on a hill, may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.
- Taking shortcuts through areas where snow and ice removal is not feasible can be hazardous.
- Bend slightly and walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible.
- Extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance. Beware if you are carrying a heavy backpack or other load, your sense of balance will be off. If you must carry a load, try not to carry too much; leave your hands and arms free to balance yourself.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets. Hands out of your pockets while walking lowers your center of gravity and increases balance. You can help break your fall with your hands free if you do start to slip.
- Never run on icy ground. Watch where you are stepping and GO S-L-O-W-L-Y!! This will help your reaction time to changes in traction.
- When walking on steps always use the hand railings and plant your feel firmly on each step.
- Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support.
- Take short steps or shuffle for stability. It also helps to stop occasionally to break momentum.
- When entering buildings, remove snow and water from footwear to prevent wet slippery conditions indoors.
The East Stroudsburg University Safety Committee includes members from academic, administrative and student divisions on campus. It is the committee's responsibility to guide and support the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, through proactive assessment of potential health and safety issues, and by responding to safety concerns raised by members of the campus community.
Safety Committee members contact information:
Christopher Marozzi, Chair; EHS (570) 422-3235; email@example.com
William Parrish Chief of Police (570) 422-3064; firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Keiper Facilities Management (570) 422-3548; email@example.com
Lauren Worrell Human Resources (570) 422-3147; firstname.lastname@example.org
Maryann Lugo AFSCME (570) 422-2817; email@example.com
Colleen Shotwell Dudzinski Athletics (570) 422-3165; firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Akob Student Activities Assoc (570) 422-3394; email@example.com
Joanne Eagleson Academic Affairs (570) 422-3197; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Perrine AFSCME (570) 422-3355; email@example.com
Judaha Amoroso Student Senate (201) 844-3661; Jamoroso2@live.esu.edu
Larry Beck Chemistry (570) 422-3243; firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Vanic APSCUF (570) 422-3314; email@example.com
Scott Heinrich Facilities Management (570) 422-3668; firstname.lastname@example.org
Material Safety Data Sheets
The Material Safety Data sheet (MSDS) is a detailed information document designed to provide both workers and emergency personnel with the proper procedures for handling or working with chemical substances. The MSDS provides information such as physical and chemical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point, reactivity etc.), toxicity, health effects, emergency and first aid procedures, storage, disposal, protective equipment, routes of exposure, control measures, precautions for safe handling and use, and spill/leak procedures. Information on the MSDS aides in the selection of safe products. The MSDS is of major importance if a spill or other accident occurs.
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