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EHS is always available to provide assistance. If you need to contact us for any reason, please refer to our staff directory. In addition, we can be reached by using the information below.

Environmental Health and Safety Weill Cornell Medicine

402 East 67th Street
Room LA-0020
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (646) 962-7233
Fax: (646) 962-0288
ehs@med.cornell.edu

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EHS Town Hall Video Now Available

March 23, 2022

Thank you to all who attended the EHS Laboratory Safety Town Hall on March 7. If you'd like to view a recording of the session, please click here (login required).

Laboratory Safety Town Hall: March 7

March 1, 2022

EHS is pleased to announce our upcoming Town Hall, where we will share updates on new and ongoing laboratory safety programs.  

Monday, March 7, 2022 

4:00 – 5:00 PM 

Location: Zoom. Please RSVP to receive Zoom link.

Click here to RSVP 

Important topics that we will cover in this meeting include: 

  • 2022 Laboratory Safety Trends 
  • New Weill Research Gateway Features: Lab Roster with Training Assessments 
  • New Training Programs Available for Lab Managers 
  • Chemical Safety Updates 
  • Biological Safety Updates 
  • Upcoming Regulatory Inspections 
  • Sustainability and How to Minimize Waste in Your Lab 
  • Future Initiatives in Lab Safety Management 
  • And more 

RSVP online now

All Laboratory Safety Coordinators should plan to attend this meeting, and additional lab employees are welcome to join as well. If you are unable to attend, please invite another member of your lab by sharing the registration link. 

Please feel free to contact EHS with any questions at 646-962-7233 or ehs@med.cornell.edu.  

 

Annual Chemical Inventory Due January 7, 2022

November 18, 2021

Who this message is for:

Laboratory Supervisors, Designated Laboratory Safety Coordinators, Chemical Owners 

What is happening:

Weill Cornell Medicine is required to submit Annual Chemical Inventory Reporting of all hazardous chemicals on campus, in order to comply with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, NYC Fire Department, and US Environmental Protection Agency Community-Right-to-Know requirements, as well as US Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism regulations.

Supervisors of all locations storing and/or using hazardous chemicals must maintain a chemical inventory in Salute. 

What you need to do:

Review and update your chemical inventory in Salute by January 7, 2022. To update your Chemical Inventory:

  1. Sign-in to Salute using your WCM email, and then your CWID and password.
  2. Select Chemical Safety from the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
  3. Choose the inventory to view based on the Chemical Owner.
  4. Make any changes needed to your inventory. Please visit the EHS website for step-by-step instructions. Please note: some line items in the inventory may appear with a chemical name of “N/A”. These are legacy entries from the migration of ChemTracker data into the new Salute inventory system. Please do not delete these items from your inventory. EHS is working with Salute to reconcile these data entries.
  5. When you are finished, use the Status drop-down menu to change the Inventory Status to Complete.

For further guidance on utilizing Salute for chemical inventory management, please view a short self-paced training video on the EHS website (login required).

Contact us:

If you need access to Salute, need assistance in managing your inventory, or have any questions, please contact EHS at 646-962-7233 or ehs@med.cornell.edu.

We appreciate your cooperation in our efforts to inform regulatory agencies of chemical hazards present in our facilities.

EHS Newsletter: July 2021

July 20, 2021

2020 Hazardous Waste Report

The EHS Hazardous Waste Program is responsible for managing and disposing of all chemical and biological wastes generated at Weill Cornell Medicine. Our Hazardous Waste Report is designed to provide WCM’s research and clinical communities with an overview of chemical and biological waste generation on campus during the 2020 calendar year, as well as waste management and minimization strategies. View Report...

Decontamination vs. Disinfection vs. Sterilization: Selecting the Right Cleaning Process

In a biological and biomedical laboratory setting, cleaning practices have always been the top priority to prevent the spread of harmful pathogens. Whether the goal is decontamination, disinfection, or sterilization, choosing the correct process and cleaning agent for the task is critical. Learn about common laboratory disinfectants, how to select the best one based on your needs, and additional resources available to you through EHS. Read more...

Safety Tips for Your Summer Barbeque

Fire up the grill! It’s summertime, and there’s nothing better than a barbeque. Before you press the ignition button or light the charcoal, Weill Cornell Medicine Fire Safety would like to remind you to keep these simple, essential BBQ safety tips in mind and not make your BBQ memorable for all the wrong reasons. Read more...

Respiratory Protection Program

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of the proper use of respiratory protection and dramatically increased the need for respiratory protection and education for Weill Cornell Medicine faculty, staff, and students. EHS has always maintained a robust respiratory protection program, but this year was the biggest test for that program that we’ve seen so far. Read more...

Webinar: Volatile Chemicals & BSCs: How Much is Safe?

In a biological safety cabinet (BSC), what chemical concentration is safe? Can it vent to the room? And what is the explosion or chemical exposure limit? While no universal volume of any volatile chemical should be deemed safe to work within a Type A2 BSC, there is a tool to find the safe working concentration of each specific chemical that can be used to aid an accurate risk assessment. Read more...

Now Available: Print-And-Go Sheets

March 18, 2021

EHS has developed Print-And-Go Sheets with detailed information on what to do in case of exposure to chemical, biological, or radioactive materials. If you or someone in your lab is exposed, seek medical assistance and provide a Print-And-Go Sheet to the healthcare staff providing treatment. To view all Print-And-Go sheets available, click here

 

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Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for developing, maintaining and promoting policies, procedures, training and educational programs necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff and visiting public. We are committed to developing a culture where safety and health are core values, and provide high-quality services that facilitate Weill Cornell Medicine's education, research and clinical missions.

EHS serves as the WCM biological, chemical and radiation safety office, coordinating comprehensive hazardous material and workplace safety programs. EHS takes appropriate steps to ensure that problems are identified and resolved in a timely manner. We coordinate reviews and responses to external agencies, many of which have the authority to cite, impose civil penalties, restrict or rescind operations, and remove or disapprove accreditation. EHS provides an emergency response for college situations that may include exposure to or the release of hazardous materials, and fire scenarios. We implement programs and services to minimize injuries or illnesses, and reduce safety, health and environmental risks in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship. Read More

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