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EHRS Online Training System

  • October 14, 2019 at 1:30 PM: The system is available.
  • New system instructions can be found here.
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New Emergency Contact Phone Number for EHRS

If you need to reach EHRS personnel after regular business hours during the week (after 5 PM) and on days when the University is closed, please call us at 215-783-1899. Please do not dial the EHRS Emergency Pager, as the use of that will soon be discontinued. If you have posted the EHRS Emergency Telephone Contact, please download the new version here.

EHRS Publishes Annual Report

EHRS is proud to unveil its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2018. The report is intended as a way for us to reintroduce ourselves to you, the Temple community. Please take the opportunity to give it a look -- we hope you find it interesting and helpful! If you have any questions about EHRS or the services we provide, please call us at 215-707-2520 (2520) or by using our Contact Us form.

Report Indoor Air Quality Concerns with New Questionnaire

EHRS is now offering a questionnaire that can be filled out by anyone who has a concern about the indoor air quality (IAQ) in their work space. Concerns can range from things like odors that are causing discomfort, dusty conditions, or even illnesses or allergies. If you believe that you are having an indoor air quality issue, please complete the questionnaire available here. EHRS staff will review the questionnaire and contact you to discuss your concerns. Any IAQ concern that poses an immediate danger to life and health should be reported to Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234 (1-1234).

Revised Form 1 for Ordering Radioactive Materials

If you order radioactive materials, please download and use the newly revised Form 1 that can be found here. Please make sure to use the new form (marked Revised 2/2018 in the bottom right hand corner) from now on when ordering radioactive materials.

New Hazardous Waste Tag Information

In November 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized revisions to the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) thereby changing how hazardous waste is handled.  The Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule became effective in Pennsylvania on June 1, 2017.  Three changes in the new rule directly affect faculty, students, and staff at Temple University.  Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) has updated Temple University’s Hazardous Waste Management Program to meet the new requirements.

  • Determine if the material to be disposed is hazardous at the point of generation.  Previously, EHRS made this decision on behalf of laboratory personnel and waste generators after the waste material was picked by EHRS personnel (or designee).  Generators of hazardous waste must now make this decision at the point of generation.  EHRS developed a new hazardous waste tag to include information that will assist generators in making this waste determination at the point of generation. The new hazardous waste tag can be viewed here.
  • Label hazardous waste containers with the words “Hazardous Waste” and an indication of the hazards.  The new hazardous waste tags provide check boxes for generators to identify specific waste streams (where applicable) and to identify the hazardous characteristics of the material.
  • Maintain a spill kit in each location where hazardous waste is created. This change has minimal impact on campus because shops, studios and labs already have material on hand to clean up a minor spill.  The change does encourage personnel to re-evaluate the work area, identify the types of material likely to spill, and maintain a spill kit that is appropriate for the material used.

Other important changes regarding how Temple University manages hazardous waste on its campuses will be implemented by EHRS on behalf of the campus community and will not require any additional actions by the individual waste generator.

Frequently Asked Questions about the new policy can be found here. One frequently asked question is what do if you have a small waste container: based on the new regulation, you still must attach the new version of the waste label to it. You can follow one of the 3 options listed below:

    • Place or tape a competed hazardous waste tag to each container.
    • Place small container(s) into a zip-lock bag and tag the bag or drop the completed tag inside the bag.
    • Place small container(s) that are similar or the same inside a bag or bigger container (such as a sturdy box). The completed tag can then be paced on the bag (as described above) or the bigger container.

EHRS Launches New Fact Sheets

EHRS is proud to announce the launch of a new Fact Sheet initiative, giving the Temple community a lot of important information in an easy-to-digest format. Keep watching this space as more Fact Sheets are released! Our entire library of fact sheets can be found here.

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Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) is committed to achieving and maintaining a safe and healthy environment that advances Temple’s excellence in education, research and health care.