It is important to learn from accidents and near misses. This “Lessons Learned” section of the EHS website has been created to document accidents that have occurred on our campus or at other similar institutions. The documents provide a brief description of the incident, the root cause(s), and what has been learned.
A Contractor Safety Manual that replaces the previous WCMC Construction Safety Manual has been posted to the EHS website. This manual was developed to outline the minimum EHS requirements for all contractors working on campus and the responsibilities of both WCMC Project Managers and other departments that supervise or oversee activities performed by contractors. This manual also provides guidance for performing an Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) before certain types of activities begin.
EHS introduces a new Incident Tracking System! This system is designed to track EHS-related service requests and incidents for Weill Cornell Medical College. This new system offers a number of enhancements: emailing users with updates, allowing them to view the current status of their tickets, and providing general, improved departmental oversight. Learn about our new way of recording incidents including ergonomic assessments, waste management issues, fire safety training and more. Start using the system today.
EHS has posted a Fall Protection Manual, intended to prevent exposure to fall hazards and ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. It is designed to provide guidance to protect the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) community from fall hazards and ensure that any work performed at heights is done so in a safe manner by workers who are appropriately trained and provided with safe work procedures, personal protective equipment, and other safety controls and should be reviewed by all personnel whose work may expose them to a risk of falling from a height of 4 feet or higher.
EHS has posted an Electrical Safety Manual, intended to prevent exposure to hazardous electrical conditions and ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements applicable to electrical systems. This program is designed to provide guidance protect the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) community from electrical hazards and ensure that any energized electrical work is performed in a safe manner by qualified electrical workers , who are appropriately trained and provided with safe work procedures, personal protective equipment, and other safety controls.
This one-page informational document, which can be used as a poster, provides an overview of safe work, handling, containment, and disposal practices for biological materials in Weill Cornell Medical College laboratories. Utilize it in conjunction with the more detailed information provided in the EHS Program Manuals and Updates.
EHS has created Weill Cornell Medical College Safety Resources for Researchers to provide researchers with information required for most grant applications regarding the comprehensive biological, chemical, radiation, industrial hygiene, construction, fire, emergency and general safety programs provided by Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) to the WCMC community. The document is available for download as a PDF or Word document.
EHS developed the Exposure and Spill Response Sign for personnel exposure and spills of hazardous materials in the laboratory. The sign provides information on what to do in the event of personnel exposure and/ or a spill involving hazardous chemicals, biological or radiologicals and the key emergency contacts. The guide supplements the-more detailed information found in Chemical Spill Planning and Response, Biological Spill Planning and Response and Emergency Procedures for Radioactive Materials. Feel free to print this sign in color and post as needed or contact EHS to have an EHS staff member bring signs and post them. Please note that a sign has also been developed for the Burke Medical Research Institute laboratories
Laboratory coats are a critical component to worker protection in both laboratory and clinical/patient-care areas. WCMC Purchasing has established a service agreement with Unitex Textile Services to provide and launder laboratory coats. Laboratory coats are tagged and bar-coded to identify ownership, increase auditing efficiencies, and reduce lost or missing garments.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment produces a strong magnetic field that will pull ferromagnetic objects to the machine with great force. Additionally, MRI equipment uses cryogens for cooling the magnet and other internal components. These cryogens have the potential to be released from the system and may displace oxygen from the MRI procedure room. These risks associated with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, if not controlled, have the potential to cause serious harm to anyone in the MRI procedure room. Due to these risks, employees must follow safety and operational procedures to protect the safety and health of all personnel and patients who enter the MRI rooms.
All tools, equipment, and machinery must be inspected regularly in accordance with manufacturer guidelines and all applicable regulations to protect users from physical hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employees be protected against accidental injury by hazardous or potentially hazardous equipment by using accident prevention tags to communicate hazards until they can be eliminated.
As part of the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Program Manual, this Hot Work Program has been established. The Hot Work Program has been created to promote a safe work atmosphere. This Program is in compliance with the New York City Fire Code and applies to all employees and contractors who perform or supervise hot work activities in any building or structure, on building roofs, or on buildings setback.
As part of the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Program Manual, a Building Design Guidelines program has been established. All new construction and renovation projects must follow the design guidelines in this document. These guidelines will be updated on regular basis; the newest version may be found on the EHS website or by requesting a copy from EHS. Project Managers must ensure the newest version of the program is used at the beginning of every project.
The 2008 New York City Fire Code requires that all curtains, draperies and hanging fabric in any laboratory, place of public assembly, educational, or common area in any business or residential occupancy be flame resistant as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 701 Standard. Compliance with the requirement must be certified by a holder of a current and valid Certificate of Fitness for Flameproofing issued by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for developing, maintaining, and promoting policies, procedures and programs necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and the visiting public; to work with other Medical Center entities to protect the College against losses; and to ensure that College operations are in compliance with Federal, New York State and New York City environmental health and safety codes and regulations.
In addition EHS provides services in support of the College's teaching, research and clinical mission. It coordinates the provision programs and services to reduce safety, health and environmental risks to the Weill Cornell Medical College in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship.
It takes appropriate steps to ensure that problems that are identified are timely resolved. It coordinates reviews by and responses to external agencies many of which have the authority to cite, impose civil penalties, restrict or rescind operations, or remove or disapprove accreditation. It serves as Biological and Chemical Safety Office by coordinating a comprehensive College biosafety and chemical safety program. It provides an emergency response for the College to situations that may include the handling of hazardous materials and/or exposure to fire scenes.