FAQs

Where do I go for first aid supplies?

The Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) department will refill your kits when they are getting low. You can call 253-535-8935 or email at safety@plu.eduYou can find all you need at the First Aid Kit webpage.

What is meant by ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’?

1. A hazard is anything that has the potential to cause harm (substances, electricity, working at height, machinery, etc)

2. Risk is the chance that harm actually results from a hazard.

Who do I speak with about ergonomic questions I may have?

You can find self-assessment tools here.  Mary Jones, the EHS Manager is available to answer any additional questions you may have, or to perform an ergonomic assessment of your workstation ergonomics. You can reach her at 253-535-7233 or mjones@plu.edu.

Where should I go for any Safety Data Sheet questions I may have?

The EHS department is in charge of any and all SDSs that the university utilizes. You can call 253-535-8935 or email safety@plu.edu with any questions.

What kind of sunscreen should I be buying?

Look for sunscreens that include Zinc, Titanium Dioxide, and Avobenzone or Mexoryl SX as active ingredients.

Avoid sunscreens which that have oxybenzone, or retinyl palmitate, and any which have added insect repellent.

Creams are always more effective than sprays or powders as well as being healthier on your lungs when applying.

Also look for “Broad-spectrum protection” to get protection from all dangerous rays from the sun.

How much water should I be drinking in this hotter weather?

You can measure how much water you should be getting daily by: dividing your body weight in half, then drink that many ounces of water. 8 ounces of water is one glass so for a 130lb woman you should be drinking 8 glasses of water per day.

I have heard I should prepare a disaster kit. What is that, and what is it composed of?

FEMA strongly urges homeowners to maintain an emergency kit with enough supplies to sustain them for up to 72 hours following a disaster. Assemble it well in advance of an emergency and store it in an easily accessible location.

Here are some basics that officials say every disaster kit should contain:

1. First aid kit

2. Water (1 gallon per person per day)

3. Knife

4. Multitool

5. Flashlight and  extra batteries

6. Matches in waterproof container

7. Can opener

8. Local maps

9. Carrying container (unused trashcan, backpack, duffel bag, rubbermaid-style bin)

10. Dust mask

11. Duct tape

12. Whistle

13. Garbage bags, ties and moist towelettes

14. Three-day supply of nonperishable food

15. Wrench or pliers

16. Plastic sheeting

17. Battery-powered or hand-cranked NOAA weather radio

It’s getting Chilly!! Can I bring in a heater to adjust my office temperature?

Similar to appliances, personal heaters in the cooler months can be an electrical
hazard and also interfere with the building’s heating and ventilation systems. If your
office temperature is questionable, your first step is to send call 253-535-8935 or email safety@plu.edu. Too many appliances and electrical heaters lead to improper electrical outlet and electrical cord usage, resulting in circuit overloads.

What should I do if my walkway is slick or icy?

Work orders can be placed with facilities who will try to solve the issue as soon as possible.