Health and Safety Practices in the
Otto H. York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science
The major job in the York Center is to plan and conduct
research that is related to addressing and solving environmental challenges.
In doing so, we must all be aware of and responsive to the environment
around us. A large concern in environmental research is the identification
and reduction of risk to human health and the environment. We should
have no less concern about risk reduction related to the actual day-to-day
operations within the Center.
An effective Health and Safety program is an important
contributor to a low-risk workplace. Health and Safety requires knowledge
of any risks that may result from particular research activities,
a plan for protection from such risks and a plan for responding to
any dangerous outcomes that might result. In addition, it depends
on have available appropriate safety apparatus and response tools
that may be necessary. Above all, it requires vigilance and a sense
of community within the Center. The health and safety of all of us
depends on cooperation and a commitment to speak up about safety issues
and concerns. The administrators of the Center will listen to and
respond as quickly as possible to safety questions and suggestions.
State regulations and good sense require the preparation
of a SAFETY REVIEW AND APPROVAL CHECKLIST for each research activity.
For the York Center each ongoing and new research program should have
either on file or should prepare the Checklist form. A blank form
appears on this site.
In addition, a copy of the NJIT Chemical Hygiene
Guide is linked to this page. The Chemical Hygiene Guide provides
important information about the appropriate use of chemicals and approaches
for risk reduction and response to problems that may arise.
Links to other important health and safety resources
are also provided. If there are any questions, concerns, or suggestions
for improvement please contact me or Dr. Larisa Krishtopa, Director
of the Materials Characterization Laboratory.
Daniel J. Watts
October 14, 2002