Health and Safety News For The Princeton Community • Vol. IV No. II, April 2020
Staying Safe and Well in the Home Office
With no commute and everything under one’s own control, working from home can feel safer than a typical day at the office. Yet the home office presents its own set of safety concerns that are easily overlooked in familiar surroundings.

Here are six common health and safety issues associated with working from home and the best ways to handle them.
Information on COVID-19 For the Princeton Community
The University’s coronavirus website is a comprehensive resource for up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic.
What's Your COVID-19 IQ?
Find out how much you know about COVID-19 by taking our quiz! This quiz contains useful information on the illness as well as how to assess your own risk.
COVID-19: Guidance For Staff Who Must Be On Campus
Staff who must come in to work face special challenges in staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Here are a few tips from the CDC and Princeton University EHS.
EHS Service Portal Announced

Starting on April 6, EHS staff will begin fulfilling and tracking services via the Princeton Service Portal, the same platform currently used by OIT for their SNAP service. The EHS website will continue to be a source of health and safety information, while requests for services such as safety supplies and waste pickups will move to the portal..

PPE Donations

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Environmental Health & Safety and the University’s Emergency Management Group are asking Departments, Labs and Centers to inventory PPE for donations.

Learn more about what is needed and fill out the form on the EHS website.

Kelly States is Safety Professional of the Year
Kelly States, Associate Director of Campus Safety and EHS Operations, has received the Safety Professional of the Year Award from the Penn-Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

States was presented with the award at the ASSP Penn-Jersey Chapter meeting in Bordentown, N.J. on Jan. 21, 2020.

Members receiving the award demonstrate outstanding achievement in the occupational safety and health (OSH) field while also advancing the OSH profession overall.

States is secretary of the Penn-Jersey Chapter of the ASSP.
Lab Closeout Procedures
The EHS website has information on procedures to follow for thos e needing to close out labs due to graduation, research completion or COVID-19 protocols. If you are the emergency coordinator, notify EHS of who will fill that role when you leave.
If you are looking to dispose of an entire stock of chemicals, EHS may be able to arrange for help from our waste contractor. Please give advanced notice for scheduling.

For waste pickup requests, use our online waste removal request form .
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Upcoming Trainings April-June 2020
In-person trainings are suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.


New researchers to Princeton University should complete the following steps as part of the online Laboratory Safety Training Sequence.

  1. Complete the online components of the laboratory safety training: Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety 1-5 and Final Test, available at: https://putrain.learn.com.
  2. Review and complete the What You Should Know About Safety at Princeton University Brochure.
  3. When the campus resumes regular operations, additional in-person Laboratory Safety Training sessions will be available. Researchers are expected to enroll in the first available session that can be accommodated.

To sign up for any EHS online training session, go to: https://putrain.learn.com

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