Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral also known as hydrated magnesium silicate. It is mined from the earth similar to iron and copper. Asbestos has been used in thousands of products for years. It was widely used for its outstanding insulating, acoustical and fire protective properties. Building materials, household appliances and automotive parts are just a few of the products that can contain asbestos.
SHERM is dedicated to providing a safe and environmentally friendly campus for students, faculty, staff and the community. SHERM is committed to reducing Ferris State University’s operational footprint by maintaining compliance with local, state and federal environmental regulations. This is achieved through implementation of sustainable policies and procedures, increasing campus knowledge through education and engagement to prevent releases to the environment and by assisting college and departments with compliance responsibilities and environmental protection.
- Medical Waste
Medical Waste Regulation Act (MWRA) Part 138: Regulates the generation, storage, treatment and disposal of medical waste.
Medical Waste includes:
- Cultures and stocks of infectious agents (lab waste, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, culture dishes and related devices, biological production wastes)
- Blood and body fluids (contaminated items such as band aids/gauze that can release blood or body fluids when compressed or when dried blood or body fluids can be flaked off)
- Sharps (needles, syringes, scalpels and IV tubing with needles attached)
- Pathological waste (organs, tissues, etc.)
- Contaminated animal waste infectious to humans
Medical waste is transported and disposed of by a contracted and licensed medical waste disposal company that has been approved by FSU.
Sharps and syringes may NOT be thrown in the regular trash at FSU.
- Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
Chemical manufacturers, distributors or importers must provide a SDS for each hazardous chemical they provide to their users in order to communicate the hazardous associated with the chemical. The SDS must be compliant with the Hazard Communication Standard containing the required 16 section format.
Employers must maintain SDS’s and ensure that they are readily accessible to employees for all hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
If you receive an SDS:
- Review the SDS to understand how to properly store and safely use the chemical.
- Fill out the Site Specific Information for the SDS.
- Send the SDS to the SHERM office.