Health and Safety News For The Princeton Community • Vol. IV No. III,October 2020
COVID-19 Information and Resources
The EHS website has available a number of resources for the campus community as we work together to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. 
FAQs For COVID-19 Health and Safety
FAQs on important topics in campus safety related to COVID-19 including face coverings, disinfection, ventilation and much more. GO TO FAQs »

This playbook provides a comprehensive set of policies and guidelines that members of our University community must follow in any University workplace. GO TO PLAYBOOK »
Wearing a Mask Improperly is Scary!
Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth with minimal gapping.
Image: Princeton EHS
Face coverings must be worn on campus at all times, unless you are:
  • alone in a room, cubicle or vehicle;
  • outdoors and further than 6 feet (2 meters) from others;
  • a resident of University student housing in your own living space (masks must be worn in common spaces);
  • approved for special accommodation through the Office of Disability Services.
If wearing a face covering impedes the ability to complete a job or task, or your job makes social distancing difficult, contact Environmental Health and Safety for a risk assessment and evaluation of alternative solutions.
COVID-19 Building Signage
Facilities staff are installing signs in campus buildings in a phased approach as they reopen. If you need signage, send a request through Facilties Customer Service using the Renovation/Capital Project form.
EHS Welcomes Three New Staffers
We can't say enough about the newest members of our EHS team, who have performed spectacularly despite diving into a new job in the midst of a pandemic, playing critical roles in preparing for, and ensuring, the safe resumption of operations on campus.
Ryan Carney
Senior Safety Specialist
Ryan joined Princeton EHS in April. A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University (BS, Public Health), he has an industrial hygiene and safety engineering background. Since arriving, Ryan's primary role has been helping to manage and deliver PPE and supplies to members of the campus community. 

Going forward, his primary responsibilities will include conducting workplace incident investigations and serving as the health and safety liaison for various departments on campus. 
Ryan Carney
"The thing that I like most about my work is the opportunity to help ensure that people are working in a safe and healthy environment that allows them to return home to their family and friends and live the highest possible quality of life outside of work."
Meagan Fitzpatrick
Senior Laboratory Safety Specialist
Meagan arrived at the University in May after a stint as an EHS officer in the pharmaceutical industry. Before this, she was the Biosafety Officer at Georgia Tech. Meagan earned a BS in Biology and Chemistry with a Concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology at Loyola University, Maryland, and an MPH in Environmental Health at Emory University.
Meagan Fitzpatrick
Meagan works out of our office but sits in both EHS and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, ensuring SEAS faculty, staff and students have a direct point of contact for their safety needs. She conducts lab surveys and incident investigations, ships dangerous goods and assists labs with risk assessments.
"I love working and connecting with people on campus, learning about the incredible research and work that they do, and applying my EHS skills to ensure that they can accomplish their missions safely."
Chris Niles
Senior Laboratory Safety Specialist
Chris came to us in May from the University of Delaware, where he played a similar role in their EHS office. He earned a bachelors degree in environmental science at Elizabethtown College.

Chris works in laboratory and chemical safety, handling waste orders and other duties related to hazardous materials and consulting in best practices for laboratory safety.
Chris Niles
"Even though I haven’t gotten to experience the full extent of our office and the interactions between departments and groups on campus, I have been able to meet a number of great individuals who show what a great community Princeton is."
Fitzpatrick Elected CSHEMA Vice President
Meagan Fitzpatrick, senior laboratory safety specialist with Princeton EHS and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been elected to serve as vice president of CSHEMA, the national association for the EHS community in higher education. Congratulations, Meagan!
Thinking of Old Nassau
Miss your time on campus over the summer? Experience a little bit of Princeton with this time-lapse video of daybreak over Nassau Hall, shot by our Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Kevin Pisciella.
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Upcoming Trainings October-November 2020
The following trainings are conducted virtually. Course registrants will receive a Zoom invite via email prior to training.

Portable Fire Extinguisher Training (Virtual)
Oct. 19 2 p.m. 
Oct. 26 10 a.m.

Intro to Biosafety (Virtual)
Oct. 14 4-5 p.m.
Nov. 11 4-5 p.m.

Laboratory Safety at Princeton University (Online)

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:
  2. After completing the online components, sign up for and attend an instructor-led Laboratory Safety Training session.

Note: Instructor-led sessions will be conducted via Zoom. Meeting information for the Zoom session will be sent out shortly before the class. Additional information for the Zoom-based training sessions are available in the Guide for Virtual Lab Safety Training.

Upcoming dates for virtual sessions:

Laboratory Safety at Princeton University (Virtual)
Oct. 20 Nov. 6, 17

To sign up for any EHS online training session, go to:

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