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Occupational Safety

The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services Occupational Safety Specialist is Brian Deitch.  To contact Brian, please email him at deitchb@tcnj.edu or call him at extension 2881. Among other duties, the Occupational Safety Specialist is responsible for the following programs and services:

Biosafety

The Occupational Safety Specialist serves as The College’s Biosafety Officer for the Biosafety Program. The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services is responsible for ensuring that users and the overall program operates in accordance with all applicable regulations.  For any campus request to use materials with a biosafety level 1 rating or higher, please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist at extension 2861.

Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan

As required, the Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services offers specialized training, vaccination, and protective measures to attempt to eliminate employee contact with potentially infectious materials.  In addition to assisting in exposure prevention, the Occupational Safety Specialist, as TCNJ’s Exposure Control Officer is responsible for follow-up investigations of all reported exposures to potential bloodborne pathogens.

Unwanted contact with another person’s bodily fluids through needlestick, blood or body fluid splatter or splash to the mucous membranes on campus should be reported immediately as follows:

  • Medical Emergencies: Please contact the Office of Campus Police Services in emergencies at extension 2345 on a campus phone or 609-771-2345 on a cellular phone.
  • Employees: Employees are required to report to their supervisor as well as the Office of Human Resources.

Except for cases of rape and other sexual assault, all attempts should be made to immediately rinse, clean, and disinfect the site of exposure.

If you ever encounter blood or suspected bodily fluids on campus, please use Universal Precautions, which requires employees to assume that all human blood and specified human body fluids are known to be infectious for HBV, HIV, and other bloodborne pathogens and must be treated accordingly.  Please contact Building Services for cleaning at extension 2665.  After hours, please contact Campus Police Services at extension 2345. For more information on how to properly dispose of all blood saturated products, please visit the section for Regulated Medical Waste.

Needlesticks/Sharps Injury Prevention:

Individuals with occupational or personal exposure to bloodborne pathogens must consider and where appropriate, use effective engineering controls, work practice controls, personal protective equipment, and general housekeeping in order to reduce the risk of injuries including, but not limited to needlesticks and other sharps related injuries.

ENGINEERING CONTROLS

The use of Engineering Controls will be employed to eliminate or minimize exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharp instruments. Examples of engineering controls include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-sheathing needles. (OSHA requires sharps with built-in safety devices.)
  • Containers for contaminated sharps that are:
    • Puncture resistant
    • Color-coded or labeled with a biohazard warning label.
    • Leak proof on the sides and bottom.

WORK PRACTICE CONTROLS

The use of Work Practice Controls will be employed to eliminate or minimize exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharp instruments. Examples of work practice controls include, but are not limited to:

  • Use Universal Precautions, treat all human blood and certain human body fluids as if they were known to be infectious for HIV, HBV and other bloodborne pathogens, when handling needles and sharps.
  • Do not bend, shear, recap or remove needles and sharps.
    • Sharps include but are not limited to scalpels, sutures, hypodermic needles, blood collection devices, broken glass or phlebotomy devices.
  • Always place contaminated reusable sharps in appropriate containers immediately, or as soon as possible after use.
  • Do not use alternative containers including, but not limited to, household plastic containers, coffee cans and glass containers.
  • Always keep all sharps containers stored in an upright position.
  • Do not place hands in sharps containers.
  • Do not handle broken glassware with bare hands. Use mechanical means.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Personal Protective Equipment is the “last line of defense” against bloodborne pathogens. Therefore, personal protective equipment must also be used if occupational exposure remains after instituting engineering and work practice controls, or if controls are not feasible. The use of Personal Protective Equipment will be employed to eliminate or minimize exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharp instruments. Examples of personal protective equipment include, but are not limited to:

  • Gloves
  • Eye protection (splash-proof goggles, safety glasses with side shields)
  • Appropriate clothing (i.e. laboratory coats)
  • Safety/Clean-up kits

For more information on how to properly handle and dispose of all needles and sharps for personal and occupational use, please visit the section on Regulated Medical Waste.
If you are stuck by a needle or sharp, immediately cleanse the wound or site of exposure with soap and water or a skin disinfectant if available. Seek medical assistance by calling Campus Police at extension 2345 on a campus phone or 609-771-2345 on a cellular phone.

Confined Space Entry

Certain employees at The College are required to enter Permit Required Confined Spaces (PRCS). These spaces are identified as spaces that:

  1. Contain or have the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere;
  2. Contain a material that has the potential for engulfing/trapping an entrant;
  3. Can be hazardous due to how they are configured.
  4. Contain any other recognized serious safety or health hazard.

All College employees who perform Permit Required Confined Space entries are required to attend training through the Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services.  All entrants are required to obtain an air monitor and to submit a Confined Space Entry Permit along with a Campus Map identifying the location(s) to the Occupational Safety Specialist prior to performing any entry. The Confined Space Entry Permit must include:

  • A campus map showing the confined space location(s).
  • Names of Employer(s) who are assigned for entry and employee(s) who are assigned as Standby.
  • Location of confined space with the adjacent building(s) name.
  • Detailed job description.
  • Expected Hazards (i.e. inert gas, flammable, electrical, etc.)

CONTRACTOR GUIDELINES FOR PERMIT REQUIRED CONFINED SPACES:

  1. All contractors are to have their own entry (OSHA) procedures and permits.
  2. TCNJ does not supply any equipment for contractor entries.
  3. Contractors should be notified that a space is a permit required confined space and told of anticipated hazards and previous TCNJ experience in the space.
  4. After the entry, debriefing should be conducted with TCNJ staff to determine any hazards confronted or created during the entry.
  5. Work efforts should be coordinated when TCNJ and contractor are entering space at the same time.
Ergonomics

The Ergonomics program is intended to prevent the occurrence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, such as tendonitis, low back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome, by controlling employee exposure to the workplace risk factors that can cause or aggravate them. The Occupational Safety Specialist is capable of performing assessments of workstations in an attempt to adjust the workstation to the user. Additional ergonomic assistance can be provided as necessary.  To request an Ergonomic Assessment, contact the Occupational Safety Specialist at extension 2861 for an appointment.

Persons with disabilities or who are seeking reasonable accommodation for medical reasons are encouraged to contact Disability Services to identify suitable accommodations and services. Any requests, questions, difficulties, or concerns should be referred to Disability Services at extension 3199.

Fire Safety

Building Evacuation

The College of New Jersey maintains a mandatory evacuation policy. In accordance with the mandatory evacuation policy, in the event of a fire or upon activation of any fire alarm, all building occupants are required to evacuate the building. Building occupants are required to exit the building via the nearest exit doors and are required to move at least 50 feet from the building. Please be careful not to obstruct the pathway of emergency responders.

Individuals that are not able to evacuate the building for mobility reasons should seek shelter in an area of refuge such as a protected stairwell.  Contact should be made to Campus Police at 609-771-2345 or by calling 9-1-1 from any campus phone, notifying them of your situation and location within the building.

Fire Extinguisher Inspection & Maintenance

The Office of Facilities Operations is responsible for replacing all extinguishers that require servicing.

Please report all missing/empty/defective fire extinguishers to Facilities Operations by submitting an online work order request or by calling extension 2353.  Please note that the inspection tag on the fire extinguisher is valid for a year following the date stamped.

The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services manages the contract with The College’s fire extinguisher maintenance contractor. The contractor is responsible for annual inspections and servicing of all fire extinguishers on campus. Monthly inspections of all fire extinguishers are conducted by the Office of Building Services. Certain fire extinguishers, such as those within the Facilities Maintenance Building and the Central Utilities Plant are inspected monthly by the Office of Facilities Operations. All monthly inspections are documented on the rear of the fire extinguisher’s inspection tags, as noted by authorized initials.

Vendors and individuals are responsible for obtaining and maintaining their own fire extinguishers.

Fire Safety Permits/Approvals

  • Fireworks:
    • Approval from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (NJDFS) through inspection and the issuance of a fire permit are required for a fireworks display on campus.
    • Organizations that are planning a fireworks display on campus must coordinate their planning with the Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services and fill out an online application for permit. The permit application information includes:
        • The location of the fireworks display as well as the fallout zone.
        • Contact information, including telephone number for the individual responsible for the event.  This individual must be present during the inspection performed by the NJDFS on the day of the event.
        • The number and size of shells that will be used.
        • The date and time that the fireworks display will be setup for inspection.
        • A permit application fee of a $331.00 (amount subject to change) to the Division of Fire Safety.  This can be paid online through the online permit application system.
    • Application including fees must be submitted to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety at least two weeks prior to the proposed event.  Please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist at extension 2861 to help with the logistics of the fireworks event well in advance from the proposed event date.  Please click here for Municipal/Sponsor Requirements and Display Company Requirements.
    • A copy of the permit application is to be sent to the Occupational Safety Specialist.
  • Barbecues/Cooking:
    • The College currently has an annual barbeque permit issued by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (NJDFS) that allows College employees and Sodexo to use grills on campus.  This permit does not apply to student organizations or college employees that are not acting at the direction of the College or within the scope of their employment with the College.
    • Student organizations or outside parties that are planning barbeques (or cooking with grills, fryers, or open flame) on campus must submit an online application for permit to the NJ Division of Fire Safety.  Applicants will need to set up a RIMS account at: https://portal01.state.nj.us/http://portal20.sa.state.nj.us:8080/signup/NJLoginNewUser .
    • Application  including fees must be submitted to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety at least two weeks prior to the proposed event.
    • Please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist at extension 2881 to help with the logistics of the barbeque event well in advance from the proposed event date. A copy of the permit application is to be sent to the Occupational Safety Specialist.
    • The NJ Division of Fire Safety will inspect on the day of the event.  The NJ Division of Fire Safety has the authority to deny approving the permit.
    • Please note that fire safety approval does not include approvals from the health department.  OSES is not responsible for Ewing Township Health Department Inspections or permitting.

Propane Grill Guidelines:

    • Prior to use, the propane tank must be properly secured to the grill, and the tank and gas line connection should be checked for leaks.
    • At least one current fire extinguisher must be available per grill for the duration of the event.
    • No grills may be used to cook inside tents or buildings.
    • Grills must be at least ten (10) feet from a building or other structure.
    • If there are multiple grills being used, the grills must be at least fifteen (15) feet apart.
    • Spare propane tanks must be kept upright and secured in a location at least ten (10) feet away from buildings, and at least fifteen (15) feet from any grills.
  • Charcoal Grill Guidelines:
    • At least one current fire extinguisher must be available per grill for the duration of the event.
    • No grills may be used to cook inside tents or buildings.
    • Grills must be at least ten (10) feet from a building or other structure.
    • Lighter fluid and charcoal must be kept in a location at least ten (10) feet away from buildings, and at least fifteen (15) feet from any grills.
    • The group using the charcoal grill is responsible for fully extinguishing the hot coals after use, and for disposing of the remnants in a proper receptacle.  Hot coals are not to be placed in any outdoor trash containers.

Vendors:

    • The permit obtained by The College of New Jersey does not apply to them.
    • The vendor must have and prominently display a permit from the Division of Fire Safety, as well as provide their own Class K fire extinguisher(s) and equipment.
  • Candle waivers:
    • All departments and student organizations that are requesting a candle waiver must be fully aware that only glass covered (globe) candles and votives that do not exceed the height of the glassware are permissible in non-residential buildings. Portable fire extinguishers must be readily accessible, and the location’s means of egress and/or evacuation plan must be known. To request a candle waiver, please completely fill out the candle waiver application found here and submit it to the Occupational Safety Specialist at for review.
  • Open Burning
    • Approval from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (NJDFS) through inspection and the issuance of a fire permit are required for the use of any open flame or flame-producing device, in connection with any public gathering, for the purpose of entertaining, amusement, recreation, or education.
    • Any open burning must be coordinated with the Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services and an online application for permit must be completed. The permit application information includes:
      • The location of the open burning.
      • Contact information, including telephone number for the individual responsible for the event.  This individual must be present during the inspection performed by the NJDFS on the day of the event.
      • The date and time that the open burning will be set up for inspection.
      • All information regarding the opening burning process, including what is getting burned, how you are fueling the process, how far you will away from any building, etc.
      • A permit application fee of a $42.00 (amount subject to change) to the Division of Fire Safety.  This can be paid online through the online permit application system.
    • Application package including fees must be submitted to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety at least two weeks prior to the proposed event.  Please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist at extension 2861 to help with the logistics of the event well in advance from the proposed event date.
    • In addition to the application packet being sent directly to the NJDFS, a copy of the permit application is to be sent to the Occupational Safety Specialist.
  • Tents
    • Approval from the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety (NJDFS) through inspection and the issuance of a fire permit are required for tents larger than 30×30 to be installed on campus. Tents must be installed at least 5 feet from any building or other tents.  If tents smaller than 30×30 are placed adjacent to one another and the combined size is greater than 30×30, a permit is required. Tents installed on campus must be coordinated with the Office of Occupational and Environmental Services and and an application for permit, listed below, must be completed.  The permit application information includes:
      • The location of the tent(s).
      • Contact information, including telephone number for the individual responsible for the event. This individual must be present during the inspection performed by the NJDFS on the day of the event.
      • The date and time that the tents will be setup for inspection.
      • Flame Resistance Certificate(s) for each tent, which can be retrieved by the tent company that is being used for that event.
      • Diagrams showing the seating and whether sides to the tent are being used so the need of exit signs are determined.
      • A permit application fee of a $42.00 (amount subject to change) to the Division of Fire Safety.
    • Please complete the TCNJ Tent Permit Application Form and submit to the Occupational Safety Specialist at least 3 weeks before the event.
    • Application package including fees must be submitted to the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety by the Occupational Safety Specialist at least two weeks prior to the proposed event.  Please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist to help with the logistics of the event well in advance from the proposed event date.

  TENT GUIDELINES

  • Two portable fire extinguishers shall be installed under each tent that is larger than 30×30 in size. Please submit an online work order request or by calling extension 2353 to Facilities Operations to request fire extinguishers and installation for the tent(s).
  • Exposed flames: gasoline, gas, charcoal or other cooking device or any other unapproved open flame shall not be permitted inside or located within 20 feet of the tent(s).
  • NO cooking under tents
  • NO deep fryers shall be under tents.
  • NO cooking with grease laden vapors under tents.
  • Means of egress, width of exits, aisles, and passageways shall be maintained at all times.
  • Exit signs are required when the exit serves an occupant load of 50 or more.
  • Combustible materials and excessive trash shall not be located within any tent.
Fire Safety Education

The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services is responsible for providing fire safety education training to college staff, for scheduling and conducting residential mandatory planned drills twice a semester, for tracking all fire alarm reports generated by Campus Police Services and Residential Education and Housing, and for evaluating fire safety in campus buildings on a regular basis. If you are a new employee or a staff member who needs annual fire safety education training, please refer to the Employee Training section.

To access A Guide to Residence Living sections regarding fire safety please refer to: http://housing.pages.tcnj.edu/living-on-campus/policies-and-regulations/health-safety-and-security-regulations/.

Fire Safety Inspections

The Occupational Safety Specialist serves as The College’s liaison with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Division of Fire Safety. Annual inspection of the entire campus and quarterly inspections of certain buildings on campus (Kendall Theater, T/W Link and Kitchen, Brower Student Center Food Court, and Eickhoff Hall Cafeteria) are conducted by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety with the assistance of the Occupational Safety Specialist. Inspections attempt to identify all applicable fire safety violations based upon the International Fire Code, NJ edition. The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services is responsible for ensuring that all fire code violations are abated as mandated by the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.

To report a concern for fire safety, please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist.

In the event of a fire emergency on campus, please contact the Office of Campus Police Services by dialing 9-1-1 from any campus phone. Please note that dialing 9-1-1 from a cell phone will put you in contact with Ewing, not with the campus. Directly dial 609-771-2345 from a cell phone.

Campus Fire Safety Reporting

The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services assist Campus Police in gathering statistics for the Campus Police Clery/Fire Report on campus.  This report lists all reportable statistics as mandated by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, as well as The College’s policy regarding crime prevention. For more information on all reportable statistics, please refer to:

http://campuspolice.pages.tcnj.edu/communitystudentresources/stats/

Kitchen Suppression Systems

The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services currently manages the contract with The College’s Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems Contractor, currently City Fire. The contractor is responsible for bi-annual maintenance and inspection of all kitchen hood suppression systems on campus. Visual monthly inspections of all suppression systems are conducted by the Occupational Safety Specialist. Reports of all deficiencies and violations are communicated to the Life Safety Specialist for resolution. In the event of accidental or intentional activation of any kitchen hood suppression system, the Occupational Safety Specialist serves as the emergency contact and will ensure that system is recharged and restored by vendor. For information on any unplanned/emergency impairment, please see the Impairment Management section.

Hearing Conservation

Certain employees at The College are required to work in designated hazardous noise areas as part of their normal work duties. The areas of the campus facilities where noise levels equal or exceed an 8-hour time weighted average (TWA) sound level of 85 decibels or more, or where there is a dose of 50 percent, shall be designated hazardous noise areas and appropriate hearing protection shall be required. The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services is responsible for providing hearing conservation training to all affected college staff and is responsible for scheduling hearing tests for employees who are enrolled in the medical monitoring program currently offered at Corporate Health in Trenton, NJ. For more information, please visit the section for Medical Monitoring.

Hot Work

The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services is responsible for approving, coordinating and communicating all hot work (welding, brazing, etc.) on campus.  Please contact the Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services at extension 2861 for any projects that require hot work.

Laser Safety

The Occupational Safety Specialist serves as The College’s Laser Safety Officer (LSO) for the Laser Safety Program. The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services is responsible for ensuring the safe use of lasers through the development and implementation of written procedures, training programs, and recommendation of appropriate safety equipment and facility modifications.  For any campus request for laser usage, please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist.

Lockout/Tagout

Certain College employees are required to de-energize electrical equipment on campus. All College Employees who de-energize electrical equipment are required to attend training through the Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services to comply with the control of Hazardous Energy Sources Lockout/Tagout Program.

Medical Monitoring

Certain employees of The College require medical evaluation in order to address current or previous exposure to asbestos, exposure to loud noises above certain levels, prior to using a respirator, or before performing any animal research.

To request an appointment for medical monitoring (currently offered at the Corporate Health Center in Trenton, NJ), please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist. Employees are not to schedule appointments directly with the Corporate Health Center unless directed.

Employees enrolled in the medical monitoring program for asbestos, respiratory protection, and hearing conservation are offered these services annually or as required.

For additional information on full-time and part-time faculty and staff working with animals, including student workers who are employed by The College and whose job descriptions include working with animals, as well as students who are not employed by The College, please visit: http://www.tcnj.edu/~iacuc/

Passenger Van Safety Training

Certain employees at The College are required to drive The College’s 12 and 15 passenger vans on and/or off campus. All employees who drive The College’s 12 and 15 passenger vans are required to attend a Van Driver Training Course provided by the Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services regardless of experience or prior training. Successful completion of the training is required prior to employees being permitted to operate The College’s 15 passenger vans. The class is based upon the National Safety Council’s Van Driver Training Program, and incorporates video, interactive tabletop exercises, general instruction, and a comprehensive test. Training classes are typically offered at the beginning of each semester based upon identified need. Advanced notification is required for all classes and successful scheduling is based upon identification of need and availability of the Occupational Safety Specialist. Training is not offered to individuals.  To request group training, please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist.

For additional information regarding who can operate college vehicles as well as information about the Driver’s License Verification process, please visit: http://facilities.pages.tcnj.edu/fleet/. Questions regarding auto liability or who is permitted to drive The College’s vehicles should be directed to Brian Webb, Director of Risk Management, Occupational Safety and Environmental Services at bwebb@tcnj.edu.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective devices alone should not be relied upon to provide protection against hazards but should be used in conjunction with guards, engineering controls, and sound manufacturing practices. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes all clothing and accessories designed to create a barrier against workplace hazards. All College employees responsible for the use and maintenance of assigned personal protective equipment are required to comply with all the provisions in The College’s Personal Protective Equipment Program. The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services is responsible for providing personal protective equipment training to all affected college staff and periodic training when circumstances dictate it necessary and appropriate. If you need personal protective equipment assistance, please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist.

Right to Know
Respiratory Protection

Certain employees at The College are required to wear respiratory protection in the course of their normal work duties where there is a potential exposure to airborne contaminants. The Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services is responsible for providing respiratory  protection training to all affected college staff and is responsible for scheduling a physical examination, including a pulmonary function test,  for employees who are enrolled in the medical monitoring program currently offered at Corporate Health in Trenton, NJ. For more information, please visit the section for Medical Monitoring.

Trenching/Excavation

Certain employees at The College are required to work in trenches and excavations. These spaces are identified as spaces that are less than or equal to 16 feet in depth. Spaces that are greater than 16 feet in depth require an outside contractor. Spaces greater than 20 feet in depth require a registered professional engineer. As part of the requirements for excavation inspections, before work is started all College employees should submit an online work order request or by calling extension 2353 to Facilities Operations two weeks prior of any excavation work to identify all underground utility lines. This includes sewer, telephone, fuel, electric, water lines, or any other underground installation. All College employees that work in trenches and excavations are required to attend training through the Office of Occupational Safety and Environmental Services.

Reporting a Safety Compliance (non-security) Concern

If you have any questions or concerns regarding safety compliance, please contact the Occupational Safety Specialist.

Emergencies or security issues are to be reported immediately to Campus Police Services at 609-771-2345.  Emergencies can also be reported by dialing 911 from any campus phone.

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