FAQ

  • Where are fire extinguishers located on campus?
    • In the corridors of academic and office buildings and inside very large rooms
    • In or immediately outside of all laboratories where chemicals are stored or used.
    • In or immediately outside mechanical spaces where equipment is present that might cause a fire.
    • In storage buildings and mounted inside certain University vehicles.
    • If you cannot find the fire extinguisher in your area, contact Environmental & Occupational Safety.

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  • If I use just a little, do I have to report the extinguisher as used?
    • Yes! We want full extinguishers at all campus locations. Most extinguishers will not hold a charge after partial use. While the gauge may hold steady in the green immediately after a slight use, check it the next day and you’ll find the gauge on EMPTY! This is because upon use the dry powder gets inside the seals and allows the nitrogen carrier to escape over a period of time. After ANY use, a fire extinguisher must be serviced and recharged. This is very important for home extinguishers also; YOU MUST HAVE THE EXTINGUISHER REFILLED AFTER ANY USE.

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  • There is an elevator in our building that is not operating correctly, who do we call?
    • Call Physical Plant Work Management at (229) 333-4860 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (229) 333-4860 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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  • If I have trouble with any kind of pests or animals, who do I contact?
    • Place a work order on the Environmental & Occupational Safety website or call us at (229) 293-6171 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (229) 293-6171 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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  • Where can I get a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for a chemical in my department?
    • Each department maintains copies of Material Safety Data Sheets for chemicals used in and/or purchased by that department. To obtain a copy of an MSDS you can contact your supervisor.
    • If you prefer, you can obtain a copy from our department:
      Environmental & Occupational Safety
      (229) 293-6171 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (229) 293-6171 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting or e-mail: jbwade@valdosta.edu

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  • If I request a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), how quickly should I expect to receive it?
    • The Georgia Right to Know Act requires that the MSDS be provided within 5 working days (using the employees work schedule to determine working days), but can often be provided within 24 – 48 hours of the request.

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  • There is a hurricane in the Atlantic that is heading towards us, where can I find out if my classes have been canceled?
    • Communication regarding the status of VSU operations will primarily be through Campus Alert (an automated phone notification system), the main university web site and e-mail. News media outlets will also be utilized if there is any change in campus operations. Every effort will be made to publicize changes to VSU schedules as soon as a change is determined to be necessary. Campus operations are normal unless an official announcement from VSU has been made to indicate otherwise.

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  • My car was broken into last night. I was parked in the Oak St. Parking lot, who can help me?
    • University Police is the department you need to contact. In case of any emergency, call (229) 259-5555 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (229) 259-5555 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting immediately!
    • For more information regarding what situations and incidents University Police handles, please visit their website and especially their Crime Prevention page.

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  • Are there any safety videos on campus that I can have my staff watch?
    • Yes! Our office has plenty of safety videos available for you to check out and share with your staff members. We also have a listing online of the videos that we keep in our office.

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  • What is the Right To Know Program?
    • The Right To Know Program is designed to communicate information about hazardous chemicals in the workplace to all employees. A full description of the Program can be found at our Right To Know web page. All new faculty and staff are required to take Right To Know training. Faculty and staff who are required to work with hazardous chemicals must have annual training. Training is offered at Orientation sessions for faculty and staff and is also available online at our Training web page.

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  • Who is Valdosta State's Right To Know Coordinator?
    • Michael Fontaine in Environmental & Occupational Safety is the Right To Know Coordinator for the University. If you have questions about the Right To Know program, you can reach him at (229) 293-6171 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (229) 293-6171 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting or by e-mail at mafontai@valdosta.edu.

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