Evergreen has a dedicated team focused on the environmental health and safety of students, staff, faculty and visitors to our campuses.
Accident Prevention Program
An accident prevention plan is a plan to identify, assess, and prevent hazards in our organization.
To view our complete accident prevention plan, click here.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that occurs in rock and soil and was used in many building products for its heat and chemical resistance as well as fiber strength.
As negative health effects associated with asbestos exposure emerged, asbestos was prohibited/eliminated from many building materials.
Asbestos fibers become hazardous when they are inhaled. Exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing a lung disease, such as asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma. Since exposure to asbestos requires it to be airborne, undisturbed asbestos does not pose a health risk. However, damage to asbestos containing materials (ACM) can release asbestos fibers into the air which can become an inhalation hazard.
What you need to know
In order to comply with federal and state regulations and keep the campus community safe, all employees have a role to play in asbestos safety by understanding and following current policies and procedures.
Is there asbestos in my building?
While some areas on campus have been tested to see if they contain asbestos, many have not. Without any testing information, it should be assumed to be in any building material that is not wood, metal, or glass.
Common asbestos-containing building materials on-campus include floor tiles, sheet vinyl flooring, mastics, wallboard joint compound, plaster, pipe insulation, ceiling tiles, textured walls and ceilings, and laboratory countertops and equipment. Any possible ACM needs to be sampled by certified asbestos sampling staff before the material is disturbed.
All employees are required to complete an online Asbestos Awareness training. Please contact EH&S if you need help with training access.
Employees that take samples for asbestos analysis are required to have AHERA training. If you need a sample taken to determine if asbestos is present, a member of the asbestos sampling team will be able to help you.
Evergreen requires only certified asbestos contractors may repair, remove, or encapsulate ASM.
Asbestos Exposure Prevention
Intact asbestos material does not pose a health hazard, but if the material becomes disturbed or damaged, asbestos fibers can be released into the air and inhaled. To protect yourself and the community, observe the following safety measures.
- Complete the required online asbestos awareness training.
- Be aware that asbestos is present in many buildings on campus.
- Immediately report damaged suspect asbestos building materials to your supervisor or fill out a work request form.
- Do not try to repair or renovate any building space yourself, no matter what size of the project.
- Do not install equipment yourself that requires access above the ceiling, inside walls, in attics, or in crawlspaces.
- Do not fasten items to walls with screws, pins, nails, or hangars.
- Be careful not to damage walls, ceilings, or floors when moving furniture or equipment.
- Do not brush, sweep, or vacuum damaged building materials.
- Do not enter demarcated asbestos removal areas for any reason.
If you have any questions about asbestos in your work area or need to have an space evaluated for possible ACM, please contact EHS@evergreen.edu.
Reporting a Hazard or Incident
Have you spotted a hazard on our campuses? Reporting unsafe conditions helps us identify areas where accidents are likely to occur and will be used to prevent future incidents. Unsafe conditions can be reported anonymously using the Report a Hazard or Incident form.
What to Do if Injury Occurs
Employees must promptly report all accidents, occupational injuries or illnesses and near misses to their supervisor and Environmental Health and Safety.
Send all information including date, time, what equipment was in use (if any) and other pertinent details to email@example.com.
The employee and/or their supervisor will complete an OSHA's 301: Injury and Illness Incident Report for all accidents resulting in occupational injuries and illnesses.
Supervisors and/or employees must report any major injury/accident resulting in a hospital visit, amputation or death within eight hours of the incident.
Accidents resulting in equipment damage must also be reported through the Hazard or Incident form.
Ensure that the injured employee gets appropriate medical treatment right away. Your work area should have a first aid kit for treating minor injuries. Call 911 for serious injuries.
The injured employee can be treated by an off-campus healthcare provider for more serious injuries.
- Check to make sure the provider is authorized by Washington State Labor and Industries.
- Employees cannot use the on-campus Wellness Center.
Filling Out and Submitting OSHA's 301: Injury and Illness Incident Report
If possible, the injured employee should fill out the OSHA's 301: Injury and Illness Incident Report. If the employee is unable to fill out the form, their supervisor will fill out the form to the best of their ability.
Once the form is completed, copies need to be distributed to the following within five days:
- Environmental Health and Safety: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Human Resources: HumanResources@evergreen.edu
- Business Services: BusinessServices@evergreen.edu
- The injured employee
Accident Scene Preservation
The scene of the accident may need to be secured and preserved in some instances. Review full protocols for how to deal with a workplace injury.
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and plants, buildings, and other material. The primary concern with exposure to wildfire smoke is that it contains fine solid particles (also known as particulate matter) that are 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) in size or smaller. These tiny particles are harmful because they can reach deep into the lungs.
Breathing in wildfire smoke can produce harmful health effects, and can impact individuals with certain preexisting health conditions and those who are sensitive to air pollution. Breathing wildfire smoke can cause.
- Itchy throat or eyes
- Coughing or phlegm
- Runny nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Reduced lung function
- Aggravated asthma
- Heart failure
- Early death
Air quality information is reported primarily in two ways:
- Fine particulate matter called PM2.5.
- Air Quality Index, or AQI for PM2.5. AQI factors five major air pollutants including PM2.5 into its measurement.
When the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches 69
When the AQI is at 69 or higher, the college is responsible for:
- Having a written wildfire smoke safety plan.
- Determine employee smoke exposure levels before work and periodically during each shift when smoke is present.
- Training employees on wildfire smoke hazards, as well as training supervisors on how to respond to health issues caused by wildfire smoke.
- Informing employees of available protective measures against wildfire smoke.
When the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches 101
When the AQI is at 101 or higher, the college is responsible for:
- Alerting employees of the smoke levels.
- Providing respirators and encouraging their use.
- When feasible, limiting employee exposures to wildfire smoke.
When PM 2.5 reaches 555 µg/m3 (Beyond AQI)
When the airborne concentration of PM2.5 is 555 µg/m3 or more, N95s are no longer sufficient and employees must be enrolled in the respiratory protection program. Please contact EH&S if working in smoke conditions at or above 555 µg/m3 is necessary for your job.
Personnel must be trained on information regarding wildfire smoke before work that exposes the individual to AQI of 69 (PM2.5 levels of 20.5 µg/m3) or higher, and at least annually thereafter.
The Wildfire Smoke Safety Training course is available as a module through HSI. If you need access to HSI or have this or another module added to your safety training requirements please contact EH&S.
During wildfire smoke events that impacts the college campuses and facilities, EH&S is available for consultation.
Visit the AirNow.gov website for updated outdoor air quality information.
To request assistance from EH&S please contact us at EHS@evergreen.edu or (360) 867-6111.