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Asbestos

The purposes of the Asbestos Abatement Program are:
  • To protect public health & the environment
  • To administer the program in compliance with the Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Reauthorization Act (ASHARA [MAP]), 40 CFR Part 763
  • To establish standards for demolitions, renovations, and disposal of friable asbestos containing materials in order to reduce visible emission of asbestos-containing materials as provided by the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), 40 CFR, Part 61
  • To establish standards for response actions provided by the Asbestos Model Accreditation Plan, 40 CFR, Part 763. Subpart E, ASHARA.
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Bio-Spill Kit Instructions

Always use appropriate personal protective equipment when using this kit. This kit is for small manageable laboratory Spills. Refer to MSDS (included with kit) for spill agents.

Universal Biosafety Instructions

Assume all blood and body fluid spills are contaminated and potentially hazardous to your health.

This kit contains protective clothing necessary for use when providing care to patients with infectious diseases, performing laboratory tests, handling specimens and/or cleaning up spills potentially infectious agents. A disposal bag with the "Biohazard" symbol is also provided for use when clothing becomes contaminated. All items in the kit must be discarded after use.

General Precautions from OSHA Publication Number 3127,1992

  • Wear appropriate protective body coverings (such as gowns, shoe covers, gloves, masks and appropriate eye protection) when occupational exposure to a potentially infectious material is anticipated.
  • Take extreme caution to avoid accidental wounds from sharp instruments contaminated with potential infectious materials. Place used sharp instruments in a liquid-proof, puncture-resistant container.
  • Always use mechanical means such as tongs, forceps or a brush and a dust pan to pick u contaminated broken glassware; never pick up with hands even if gloves are worn.
  • Wear gloves when handling blood specimens, blood-soiled items, body fluids, excretions and secretion as well as surfaces, materials and objects exposed to them. Replace gloves if torn, puncture contaminated or their ability to function as a barrier is compromised.
  • Wear appropriate eye protection when splashes, sprays, spatters or droplets of blood or other potential infectious materials pose a hazard to the eyes.
  • Wash hands after removing gown and gloves and before leaving the rooms of infected patients. Hands should also be washed thoroughly and immediately if they become contaminated with potential infectious materials. Use an antiseptic hand cleanser or towelette when soap and water are not immediately available. Wash hands with soap and water as soon as feasible.
  • Promptly clean up spills of blood and other potentially infectious materials. The type and characteristic of the appropriate cleaning solution will depend upon the task and degree of exposure anticipated.
  • Clean and decontaminate all equipment and work surfaces that have been contaminated with blood other potentially infectious materials.
  • Place articles soiled with blood and/or body fluids in the provided disposal bag.
  • An accident or spill that results in an exposure should be immediately reported to a supervisor.

WARNING: All items contained in this kit are for one-time use only. Once used, they should be placed in the disposal bag provided and disposed of properly. These items should not be worn outside the contaminated area.

DISPOSAL: All contaminated clothing, materials and gloves should be disposed of properly. Materials that are saturated or contaminated with infectious materials are governed by local, state and federal laws. The compliance with such regulations is responsibility of the buyer. If you have any questions, call the Safety Tech Line at 1-800-356-2501. Our safety professionals are on hand from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. CT, Monday-Friday to answer your call.

CAUTION: Spills of Infectious Agents Should Be Cleaned up by trained professionals only.

Bloodborne Pathogens

Who does this apply to?

This standard applies in cases where employees are exposed to blood and body fluids as a course of their normal employment.

Who is at risk for exposure?

  • Custodial Staff
  • Nursing & Health Professionals
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Health Physical Education Center Employees
  • University Police Officers
  • First Responders
  • Environmental Health Employees
  • Occupational Safety Employees

What are blood borne pathogens?

Bloodborne Pathogens are microorganisms that are carried in blood and body fluids and cause diseases, such as Hepatitis and the HIV virus.

How can I be exposed?

Occupational Exposure means the anticipated skin, eye, or mucous membrane contact with blood or other body fluids while an employee is performing his or her job. Examples: Blood Products, Semen, Vaginal Secretions, Fluid in the uterus of a pregnant woman, Fluid around the heart, Fluid surrounding the brain, Other body fluids with visible blood.

Routes of Exposure

Exposure Incident refers to an incident where an employee comes into contact with a person's blood or other bodily fluids. Contact in this sense means that the employee was exposed to blood or body fluids in his/her: eyes, nose, or mouth.

Other Routes of Exposure

Other ways an employee could be exposed include things such as: Needle sticks, Human Bites, Cuts, and Abrasions.

How do I protect myself?

Universal Precautions means that you treat everyone's blood and body fluids as infectious. Since you cannot look at a person and tell whether or not they are infected, you assume that the person's blood/body fluids is infected and protect yourself accordingly. Remember, it only takes just one exposure to become infected. THINK BEFORE YOU ACT.

  • USE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Gloves, Goggles, Masks, Aprons
  • USE ENGINEERING CONTROLS: Sharps Containers, Blood Spill Kits
  • USE WORK PRACTICE CONTROLS: Wash Hands,Use Biohazard bags to identify infectious waste, Do Not eat, drink, or apply cosmetics in areas where there is a risk of exposure

Symptoms of Exposure

Hepatitis B

Symptoms of Hepatitis B include: Fatigue, Nausea, Loss of Appetite, Stomach Pain, Jaundice, Darkened Urine

HIV

Symptoms of HIV include: Weakness, Fever, Sore Throat, Nausea, Headaches, Diarrhea

What if I'm exposed?

Contact your supervisor and Environmental Health & Safety (2862) immediately. Initial treatment within the first 24 hours is crucial.

For more information about bloodborne pathogens or to receive training about blood borne pathogens, call EH&S (2862). For more information about AIDS, see the official AIDS website.

Lead Based Paint

This program is to ensure compliance with Arkansas Regulation 25 - Arkansas Lead-Based Paint Hazard (Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality).

Arkansas State University has a certified Lead Inspector and a certified Lead Risk Inspector.

The EH&C department will assess lead-based paint concerns in all properties owned by the University that fall into the criteria for assessment. Risk assessment will be performed in housing units as needed.

State Environmental Permitting

Arkansas State University has an Air Permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for the pathological incinerator located on the ASU Farm. This incinerator is for the destruction of biological waste from teaching and research laboratories.

The incinerator also is used to destroy sensitive documents. More information about secure document disposal can be found with other waste disposal.

The University must operate the incinerator under the parameters of the Air Permit.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Remember: All parking lots drain to storm drains! Cigarette butts and trash end up in Arkansas streams and rivers!

Document Downloads
Storm Water Management Plan 
 
External Resources
EPA Stormwater Program 
 

Waste Disposal

Biological (Medical) Waste Disposal

The Environmental Health & Safety Department arranges for the disposal of all biological (medical) waste at ASU.

Students utilizing residence facilities may receive a bio-waste container for disposal of bio-hazard sharps. The containers are located at the RA Desks in the residence facilities. Contact the RA Desk, Residence Life or EH&S for more information.

For more information about biological (medical) waste disposal and bloodborne pathogens, or to schedule a pick-up, call EH&S (2862).

Pathological Waste Program

Arkansas State University has a Pathological Waste Incinerator. This incinerator is to properly dispose of pathological waste from Biological laboratories. The pathological incinerator is permitted through the Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology.

Secure Documents

Those documents that contain secure information such as identification or financial information may be incinerated in the pathological incinerator. EH&S will make every effort to pick up and destroy your secure documents. EH&S has limited storage so please contact EH&S (2862) with 10 boxes or less at a time.

Access the waste disposal/pick up request form >>