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Ohio University Southern Director of Environmental Engineering Technology Craig Bowe demonstrates proper use of a fire extinguisher to “Chemical Hygiene” session participants.

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Professional development session at Southern Campus spotlights chemical safety

IRONTON, Ohio – On Monday, Ohio University Southern staff participated in a new professional development training session, “Chemical Hygiene,” developed and led by the campus’ director of environmental engineering technology, Craig Bowe.

The session included a high-level overview of federal safety standards, university protocol, personal protective equipment and uses – items such as gloves, masks, special clothing, etc. – emergency procedures and more. 

As director of Facilities Management, Adam Riehl must always have the safety and security of the campus as a top priority. “This training was an outstanding refresher and learning opportunity for the Facilities staff on best practices for work place and laboratory safety,” said Riehl. “We all walked away better informed and prepared to improve upon our current procedures.”

"It’s easy to see the application [of the session] in the laboratory, but many of us don’t see the day-to-day interactions we have with chemicals in various situations throughout campus,” said Hayley Haugen, academic division coordinator. “This was an important step for us to learn the best way to keep our students and staff safe,” Haugen concluded.