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Kansas State University


The following Kansas State University rules or guidelines exist:

Occupational safety and health at KSU

Hazard communication program

Hearing conservation program

Procedure for handling asbestos

Respirator program

Workplace precautions for bloodborne pathogens

Confined Spaces policy

First aid kits


Smoking Policy

Smoking is a public health and fire hazard. Locations where smoking is allowed shall be restricted in order to: (A) prevent infringements upon others and (B) create and maintain an environment that is in the best interests of the safety, health, and well being of all the users of university property.

Smoking is not permitted in any university building or vehicle. Research investigating smoking is allowed in laboratories designated for that purpose with authorization granted by the Department of Environmental Health & Safety.

Smoking is prohibited within thirty (30) feet of marked entrances to university buildings.

The Building Authority is responsible for compliance with this policy at each building.

Unlawful smoking is a misdemeanor and is punishable under state or local law.

This policy is effective January 5, 2009, and is in accordance with K.S.A. 21-4009, et seq, and City of Manhattan Ordinance No. 6737. This current policy rescinds the KSU Policy on Smoking in University Buildings, Dated August 15, 2002.

Workstation evaluations for ergonomics

Injuries due to improper use of workstations can occur at Kansas State University. The Department of Environmental Health & Safety has trained personnel who can evaluate workstations for proper ergonomic design. For a fee, the staff will make recommendations to requesting departments to correct workstations.

Respirator fit testing

Respirator Fit Testing is required for all personnel who wear face-fitting respirators. Department of Environmental Health & Safety staff can assist departments with fit testing of personnel for a fee.


The department provides oversight for all asbestos related projects for the University. This includes the Division of Facilities, the Department of Housing and Dining Services, Athletics, the K-State Union, Hale Library, the Foundation Center, and outside contractors working on campus. This service is provided at cost to Facilities with nominal charges added to all other departments. The services that are provided include bulk samples (polarized light microscopy analysis) for each job, inspection for the location of asbestos (visual) and air quality (phase contrast microscopy analysis).

An Asbestos Data-Base has been established using all of the bulk sampling performed at the University. There are well over 4,000 documented asbestos bulk samples taken thus far. Clearance air sampling is performed on all friable asbestos projects to ensure that the area where the asbestos was removed is safe for re-occupancy.

Negative exposure assessments are performed on a regular basis for all types of asbestos related work, friable as well as non-friable work. This also ensures the Department of Environmental Health and Safety that our asbestos personnel as well as the asbestos contractors continue good quality asbestos removal procedures.


Some of the buildings on campus have been painted with lead paint. A lead awareness program is offered for individuals working on campus. The Department of Environmental Health & Safety tests surfaces for lead using a MAP 4 XRF Spectrum Analyzer. The instrument is a portable, in-situ measuring device that uses X-Ray fluorescence to test for lead content in painted surfaces or specific elements in the soil. The use of the XRF Analyzer reduces the need to send samples to the laboratory, reducing the time and cost of the analyses.

Environmental Health and Safety committees

The creation and development of College Environmental Health and Safety Committees was view as a vital ingredient in the overall functioning of Kansas State University. Committee activities ensured that University members work under safe and healthful conditions. This was accomplished by making sure that the University was complying with its legal responsibility - to provide a place of employment which was free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. For complete information go to the following page.

The College EH&S Committee aids and advises the dean or department head and the faculty,staff,and students on matters of safety and health pertaining to Kansas State University operations. It performs essential monitoring,educational,investigative,and evaluative tasks. The College EH&S Committee is responsible for:

  1. actively participating in safety and health instruction programs and evaluating the effectiveness of these programs;
  2. assisting supervisors with enforcement of safety policies by educating fellow employees in proper procedures;
  3. regurly inspecting the facility to detect unsafe conditions and practices and hazardous materials and environmental factors;
  4. assuring safety inspections of operations and facilities including shops,storage and storeroom areas,teaching and research laboratories, and offices,are conducted;
  5. planning improvements to existing safety and health rules,procedures,and regulations;
  6. completing Job Hazard Analyses for all activities with personal protective equipment requirements specified;
  7. periodically reviewing and updating existing work practices and hazard controls;
  8. assessing the implications of changes in work tasks,operations,and processes;
  9. monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of safety and health recommendations and improvements;
  10. compiling and distributing safety,health and hazard communications to the employees;
  11. immediately investigating any workplace incident; and
  12. studying and analyzing incident and injury data.

The College EH&S Committee concept stresses cooperation and a commitment to safety as a shared responsibility between faculty,staff, and students. Individuals can become actively involved in and make positive contributions to Kansas State University's safety and health program. The Committee serves as a forum for discussing changes in regulations, programs, or processes, and potential new hazards. Individuals can communicate problems to the dean or department head openly and face to face, allowing information and suggestions to flow both ways. The knowledge and experience of many persons combine to accomplish the objectives of creating a safe workplace and reducing incidents. The approach can produce effective solutions to safety problems more easily.