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Communicable Disease Preparedness Flyer

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Communicable Disease Preparedness Flyer


In the interest of minimizing the spread of communicable diseases the Communicable Disease Preparedness Committee provides the attached flyer. (more…)

Snow warning for southern NM desert tonight through Saturday (Feb 15 2008)



Safety Board: faulty valve caused 2007 WV convenience store explosion (release Jan 30, 2008)

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Propane explosion levels store, Ghent WV 2007

On the first anniversary of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) indicated on Jan. 30, 2008 that a faulty propane valve was at the heart of the deadly explosion that destroyed a West Virginia convenience store (see photo on left). CSB noted that the propane system was not in compliance with OSHA requirements or NFPA codes which would have prevented or at least minimized the damage, and that better training for the gas installers and emergency operators could have reduced the injuries and deaths. (more…)

Wind Advisory (Feb 4): Southern Desert, in effect until 8 pm (NWS issued 6:50 am)




NMSU 2007 OSHA 300 Log posted (posting Feb 1 to April 30, 2008)


The NMSU 2007 Injury Summary (the 2007 OSHA 300 log) is hereby posted on the NMSU Safety website for viewing (click link for post). Under New Mexico law this annual summary log must be posted from February 1 to April 30. This web posting completes NMSU obligations, however the log should be printed and posted in the workplace for employee information.  The log can be printed from the PDF file or the html/gif image (change the printer setting to landscape to print the html/gif image).

Requests for additional information on the log, for division summaries, or for access after April 30, should be directed to Chuck Ryder at 575-646-3327. (PDF format)

Policy: Controlled Access Areas & Cart Safety Program (Approved Dec. 12, 2007)

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Controlled Access Area

At the initial request of the campus community, in the interest of safe use of campus areas, and as provided by state and federal legal statues, the Controlled Access Areas Policy and Cart Safety Program were approved by NMSU Administration Council on December 12, 2007 for Las Cruces Campus. (more…)

Employee Fitness Programs: Free Yoga Classes Cancelled (Jan 25, 2008)

There will be no more Free Yoga classes for the remainder of this fiscal year. Details are provided in the email from department of Physical Education and Dance (LINK)

Email: New Controlled Access and Utility Cart Program (Jan 25, 2008)

Email from: Katrina Doolittle, Envir. Health & Safety

NMSU has established controlled access areas on the Las Cruces campus to restrict the operation of motorized vehicles on sidewalks and turf areas (approved policy attached). (NMSU-abcd email distribution) (more…)

FDA: Botulism Risk in Canned Green Beans & Garbanzo Beans (issued Jan 18,2008)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced January 18, 2008, that New Era Canning Company, New Era, Mich., is expanding its product recall because of potential Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) contamination to all canned green beans and garbanzo beans distributed by the company nationwide over the last five years.

Chemical pickup suspension (Jan 18, 2008) for quarterly shipment preparation

To: NMSU Lab Supervisors
From: Drew Kaczmarek, Env. Health & Safety
Subject: Pick Up of Chemicals for Disposal (more…)

Memo: Jan 2008 CDPC meeting canceled

The regular meeting of Communicable Disease Preparedness Committee for January is canceled. Please note on your schedule the next meeting February 12 at 3:00 pm in Academic Research Building C Training room. Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 3 pm. (more…)

Communicable Disease Preparedness Committee, Synopsis of Dec. 11, 2007 Meeting

Members Present: John Balog, Manuela Quezada-Aragon, Angela Arvizo, Nancy Baptiste, Lorin Gobble, Mary Jaspers, Larry Olsen, Stephanie Roybal, Mike O’Larey, Hugo Vilchis, Lori McKee, R. Yoder

New Members: Anne Hubbell

The meeting began at 3:00 PM. (Complete meeting summary )

1. Report on “Community Pandemic Preparedness, Phase III” meeting/workshop held on November 19 in Branigan Library. (more…)

Traffic Safety: Speed Limit Reduced on Sam Steele Way (abcd email Jan 2, 2008)

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has completed an engineering study of Sam Steele Way (west side of campus, along Interstate 10) and has made the determination that the speed limit should be reduced to 35 mph (previously 45 mph). (more…)

Chemical inventory needed for new DHS Security chemical rule (email Dec. 19, 2007)

To: Department Heads, Directors and Deans with areas using or storing chemicals
Please distribute to all individuals responsible for chemical use/storage

From: Katrina Doolittle, Director for Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S)

We require your help to ensure that NMSU complies with the new Department of Homeland Security Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. It requires all facilities with chemicals (including Colleges, Universities, Utility Companies, Heating/Cooling Plants, Farms, etc) to review their chemicals and report any location that has any chemicals of interest (COI) in excess of its screening threshold quantity (STQ). (more…)

NMSU Police: Public safety alert and guidelines (email Dec. 13, 2007)

TO: NMSU Campus Community
FROM: Jaime Chavez, Chief of Police

RE: Campus Safety Alert
NMSU is encouraging all members of the community to continue to be vigilant about personal safety. A multi-agency task force comprised of local, state, and federal officers is still investigating the October 31 attack of a female in her on-campus residence. In addition, security patrols are continuing in the evenings in the area. (more…)

Communicable Disease Preparedness Committee, Synopsis of October 9, 2007 Meeting

The meeting began at 3:06 PM in Academic Research Unit C ( Full Report)

Members Present: Michael Abernethy, Angela Arvizo, Nancy Baptiste, Katrina Doolittle, Jose Gamon, Mary Jaspers, Larry Olsen, Stephanie Roybal, Darrell Smith, Mike O’Larey, David Pearse, Hugo Vilchis, Jeff Witte, Lori McKee

New Members: Wanda Eastman (replacing Larry Creider), Donna Alder (for Carmen Gonzales), Lorin Gobble (replacing Susan Grotevant), Rene Yoder (replacing Agustin Diaz)

Guest: Larry Dominguez, NMDA

Meeting Topics (more…)

OSHA fines two NM construction contractors ($157,000) for asbestos exposure violations

OSHA New release (Dec. 6, 2007): The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Maloy Construction Inc., a general construction company, and Deerfield Corp., a plumbing and construction company, both based in Albuquerque, N.M., with 17 safety violations for asbestos exposure at a hospital construction site in Mescalero, NM.

OSHA final PPE: Employers must pay for most ppe equipment (issued Nov 14, 2007)

On Nov. 14, OSHA issued a final rule that employers must pay the full cost for almost all personal safety equipment used by their workers. The requirement for employers to provide PPE has been in place for years, but was unclear about employee-owned PPE and replacement PPE. (more…)

Weather Statement: Southern Desert, NM (Nov 29, 2007)

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, as of 240 PM MST THU NOV 29 2007. FORCAST: a major storm will bring areas of heavy rains (up to 2″) to southern NM and west TX, on Friday and into weekend.

Webcast: The new DHS Chemical Security Rule (11am Thursday Nov 29, 2007)

A webcast titled “Completing the Top Screen: Compliance Advice for Universities on the New Chemical Security Rules” will be presented 11am, Thursday 11/29/2007 at the EH&S training facility, rm 110, Academic Research C, 1620 Standley Drive (map and directions to building).

The two hour webcast is directed at those having supervisory, management & administrative responsibility for NMSU labs, shops, warehouse and farm areas, but it is open to all the university community. In view of the short 60 day requirement for compliance with the new law, NMSU Colleges, Institutes, and Divisions with these areas need to be informed and hopefully well-represented at this presentation. We will have a sign in sheet and will note the session as safety training. (more…)

Health alert Wisconson firm recalling ~95,000 lb of ground beef (issued Nov 24, 2007)

American Foods Group, LLC, a Green Bay, Wisc., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 95,927 pounds of various coarse and fine ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Nov 24, 2007.

The ground beef products subject to recall were produced on Oct. 10, 2007, and were distributed to retail establishments and distributors in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Virginia.

Additional details are provided on the USDA web page at

DHS Chemical Security Rule (CFATS) finalized, implications for NMSU

Some of you may have heard of the new chemical security rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). The initial (preliminary) standards were published in April (see Chemical Rule: regulatory framework) but the scope of the law (as determined by Appendix A, the chemical list), was delayed and revised due to numerous comments. Appendix A and several modifications were finalized on November 20. EH&S is the lead department for NMSU on this matter and as institutional representative to DHS will determine the reporting for all NMSU facilities. The following is a review of the rule and its initial implication for those in charge of affected NMSU facilities. (more…)

Health News on MRSA skin infections, concerns, and precautions (Nov. 19, 2007)

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MRSA bacteria
CDC MRSA images

In view of recent news reports on MRSA at a New Mexico school (copy) and on schools and colleges campuses (NMSU Roundup) around the country, the following information was compiled from published reports by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), NIOSH, Yale Health Services, Connecticut Dept of Public Health, Connecticut Employment Law Blog, Mass. Dept. of Public Health, Tacoma Pierce County (Washington State) Health Dept) and other organizations.

Health alert: Texas firm issues nationwide recall for sausage roll products (Nov. 15, 2007)

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Recalled Products

Nationwide food recall, class I recall, Health risk: HIGH
Double B Foods, a Texas, firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 98,000 pounds of frozen sausage roll products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced November 15, 2007

Reminder: Updating (personal) emergency contact information (NMSU Police 11/12/2007)

To: All faculty, staff, and students (all campuses) email via
From: Jaime Chavez, NMSU Police Chief

The recent time change is often used as a reminder for a lot of important things, like changing batteries in smoke detectors. At NMSU, we are also taking advantage of this time to ask all students, faculty, and staff members to take a couple of minutes to go into their “” accounts and update their emergency contact information.

Health Alert: California company recalls frozen beef tamales (issued Nov. 8, 2007)

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Tamales Recall

Circle Foods, LLC., a Chula Vista, Calif., company, is voluntarily recalling approximately 3,750 pounds of frozen beef tamales that may contain pieces of metal. This was reported on November 8, 2007 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Product recall: Tektronix Oscilloscope Battery Recall Notice (Oct 30, 2007)

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Battery Recall

Tektronix have issued a product safety notice (dated October 5, 2007) notifying owners of the Tektronic TDS3000 or TDS3000B Series oscilloscope of the risk of a fire when using the TDS3BATB battery.

They indicated that they have identified the source of the failure and redesign the battery pack with 3 new safety features to prevent any such failure from occurring in the future.

They note the following

  • A full recall and replacement is in effect for all TDS3BATB battery packs.
  • The recall does not include the TDS3BAT battery or any TDS3000 or TDS3000B Series oscilloscope.
  • Affected owners should remove the TDS3BATB battery and not used the oscilloscope with the TDS3BATB battery
  • The TDS3000 or TDS3000B oscilloscope can be operated without the battery when connected to AC power.
  • Full details on the recall and the Return Material Authorization for the TDS3BATB battery are on their website at

NM OSHA talk (Nov. 16) on law and methods for underground utilities

The following from Howard Gentry, NM Occupational Health & Safety Bureau, describes the meeting and presentation slated for November 16, at the EH&S Training Facility, rm 110, Academic Research C, rm 110, 1620 Standley Dr., NMSU Campus. The presentation is open to affected University employees and underground utility contractors in southern New Mexico. Maps to the EH&S facility are available at Additional information is available from the contacts listed.

2007 Homecoming Parade Photos (October 20, 2007)


7:00 am Parade Float Set up and Inspection

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2007 Homecoming Photos
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DHS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulatory framework [interim rule 04/09/07]

The following text provides information on the Regulatory Framework for the Homeland Security (DHS) interim rule: Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) issued April 9, 2007. (Additional information on the interim rule is posted on this website at

Health Alert: Illinois firm recalls frozen beef products due possible E.coli contamination (USDA Oct 13, 2007)

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Sams Backyard Beef Burgers
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Topps 8lb. Beef Burgers

Topps 8lb. Beef Burgers
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that J & B Meats Corporation Inc., an Illinois establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 173,554 pounds of frozen ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 (announcement LINK). This is a Class I recall HEALTH RISK: HIGH. (more…)

Health Alert: Missouri preparer recalls varieties of frozen pot pies (USDA Oct 11, 2007)

ConAgra Foods, a Marshall, Mo., firm, is voluntarily recalling an undetermined amount of all varieties of frozen pot pie products in commerce that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis. Per USDA News release, this is a CLASS I RECALL with a HIGH HEALTH RISK ( LINK)

NMSU Emergency Plans Policy (NMSU Policy Manual Sept 18, 2007)

NMSU Emergency Plans Policy (final draft)

All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan (AHEOP)

Each component of the New Mexico State University System shall maintain an “All Hazards Emergency Operations Plan” to guide responders, administration, and the community during emergency situations. (more…)

Health Alert: “Do not eat” advised for frozen chicken and turkey pot pies (USDA Oct 9, 2007)

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Banquet Chicken Pot Pie

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is investigating a Missouri establishment that on October 9 voluntarily ceased operations due to reported illnesses linked to their products. (LINK) (more…)

NMSU Guthrie Hall Bomb Threat (October 9, 2007)

Email to all NMSU administrative offices:
A bomb threat led to the temporary evacuation of Guthrie Hall, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces campus (October 9, 2007).

NMSU Safety Fair Event, 9am-2pm, Friday October 12, 2007

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Safety Fair2006

This is a announcement on the Facilities Safety Fair on Friday, October 12, from 9 am to 2 pm. The event is located on the Intramural Activity Field, across from the Physical Plant and the Greek Complex at the corner of Wells and Locust Streets (campus map). (more…)

Meeting Reminder: Communicable Disease Preparation Committee, Oct. 9, 2007

There is a meeting of the CDPC scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 9 at 3:00pm in Academic Research Building C Safety Training room. If you cannot attend please identify who will be attending to represent your area. Summary of last meeting have been posted on safety website (LINK).

Health Alert: Wisconsin meat packer announces ground beef recall (USDA Oct 6, 2007)

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today (Oct 6) that Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation is voluntarily recalling approximately 845,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties produced at its Butler, Wis., location because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. (NEWS RELEASE DETAILS)

The following are some of the labels of the potentially contaminated meats.

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Restaurant products


Homecoming Events (Oct. 17-20): Information and Parade Float Safety

The following includes links to information on the NMSU Homecoming, October 20. Also included for parade participants are links to information/guides on float building and to a slideshow training on Float Safety.

Homecoming Events (October 17-20, 2007
Links to information on Homecoming events and activities.

  • Homecoming Game Schedule - 6pm, Oct. 20 ( LINK)
  • Homecoming Events: October 17-20 ( LINK)
  • ASNMSU Webpage (Events LINK) (Program LINK)
  • Alumni Association October Calendar ( LINK )
  • College of Agriculture Events (LINK)
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    Homecoming Bonfire 2005
  • Physical Science Lab Events (LINK) (FLYER) (PHOTOS)
  • College of Engineering (LINK)
  • College of Health and Social Services (LINK)
  • Student Activities: Summary Listing
    Homecoming Events Information & Entry Packet (LINK )


Health Notes: Company recalls limited quantity of soup due contamination (FDA Oct 4, 2007)

Campbell's Chunky Soup

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Chunky Soup

Campbell Soup Company is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of 18.8 ounce cans of “Campbell’s Chunky” Baked Potato with Cheddar & Bacon Bits because they may contain pieces of hard plastic that present a choking hazard and may cause injury if swallowed. Three consumers have reported minor injuries in and around the mouth. Please see details at US Food and Drug Administration (LINK)

Health Alert: NJ company expands nationwide ground beef recall (issued Sept 29, 2007)

Topps Meat Company, LLC, an Elizabeth, N J, company, has expanded its Sept. 25 recall to a total of approximately 21.7 million pounds of frozen ground beef products. The recall is being expanded due to

  • additional positive products contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 per New York Health Department,
  • reported illnesses (Currently there are 25 illnesses under investigation) and
  • findings from a food safety assessment conducted at the packing firm

The following are some of the labels of the potentially contaminated meats.

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Minutes: Safety Committee Meeting on August 15, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Katrina Doolittle, David Shearer, Jaime Marrujo, Jose Gamon, Linda Perez, Jaime Chavez, Chris Pennise, Michael Abernethy and Richard Long

The regular Safety Committee Meeting met in Academic Research Center Bldg C and was called to order at 3:35 P.M. by Katrina Doolittle, Chair.

Keep your guard up against West Nile Virus and mosquitoes (Sept 28, 2007)

 Protection against West Nile Disease

Since the August 10 memo on this topic, confirmed cases of this disease in the US have increased dramatically (link). As of 9/25/07 there were 44 confirmed cases in New Mexico and 13 in Dona Ana county (the highest in the state) (link). So far this year, there have been two fatalities in New Mexico attributed to severe cases of West Nile disease. These include an 80-year-old Dona Ana County man and a 76-year-old man from McKinley County (9/21/07 Las Cruces SUN-NEWS local copy). As this is a mosquito-borne disease, the CDC and NMDOH are also trapping and counting the mosquitoes carrying the virus. Dona Ana currently has 36 of the 72 mosquito pools in NM that have tested positive for the virus.

DHS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards [Interim April 9, 2007]

On April 9, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Interim Final Rule that imposes comprehensive federal security regulations on high-risk chemical facilities.

Guidelines, using a risk-based approach, were developed after reviewing comments from state and local partners, the U.S. Congress, private industry and the public. (More on the development of this rule)

Communicable Disease Preparedness Committee, Synopsis of Sept 11, 2007 Meeting

    The meeting began at 3:06 PM in Academic Research Unit C on September 11, 2007

    Members Present: Katrina Doolittle, Leigh DeRoos, Julie Weber, John Balog, Joe Palmer, Ruben Torrez, Stephen Lopez, Teresa Burgin, Mary Jaspers, Teresa Keller for , Esperanza Villanueva Joyce, Nancy Baptiste and Stephanie Roybal, Mike O’Larey, Nellie Quezada-Aragon, David Pearse, Hugo Vilchis, Jeff Witte, Ruben Torrez for Lori McKee.


Emergency Action Plan Update Reminder (Sept. 4, 2007)

   Department heads, it is once again time to update your departmental Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and to review departmental safety procedures. (more…)

Lab Safety: Waste generators must leave head space to prevent explosions (Aug 31, 2007)

Exploded container at waste facility


BBHT meeting:”Fall into Fitness: A Time for Change”, Sept. 5, noon

    Faculty/Staff/Student Wellness/Fitness Programs offered 2007


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