FAQs

To request an indoor air quality assessment, please fill out the Indoor Air Quality Investigation Request form. This form provides useful information to EHS staff who conduct these investigations. The Indoor Air Quality Investigation Request form should be submitted by email (safety@gmu.edu), fax (703-993-8996), phone (703-993-8448) or intercampus mail (MS 5E2).

Please contact EHS for more information.

The Hearing Conservation Program is a comprehensive set of documents and training developed to comply with the OSHA standard for Occupational Noise Exposure. Employees working around loud noise must be enrolled in the George Mason University Hearing Conservation Program. Enrollees are required to participate in annual audiometric testing and training, as well as wear hearing protection devices during tasks where noise levels are excessive.

As a rule of thumb, if you have to raise your voice to be heard when speaking with someone three feet away, hearing protection should be worn. If you are concerned about potential noise exposure, please fill out a Supervisor Request for Occupational Noise Evaluation form and submit the completed form to EHS (location and contact details).

If you believe a respirator is required to conduct your work, contact EHS for an assessment. All personnel using respiratory protection must be enrolled in the Respiratory Protection Program and receive required medical evaluations, annual training, and annual fit testing. Respiratory protection must be provided at no cost to the employee.

Seek medical attention at the nearest medical facility and follow up with Workers’ Compensation at 703-993-7756. Please contact EHS to request an assessment of a space or task where a chemical exposure may occur.

Once an employee attends Bloodborne Pathogens training offered by EHS, they will receive an eligibility email from EHS instructing them how to either receive the vaccination or sign a declination form. If you have additional questions regarding how to receive a hepatitis B vaccination, please contact EHS.

Employees who work in areas where they may come in contact with human materials are required to attend Bloodborne Pathogens training provided by EHS. These employees are eligible to receive the hepatitis B or Twinrix (hepatitis A and B) vaccine at no cost to the employee. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please email safety@gmu.edu.

If a tick is still attached it is important to remove the entire tick to avoid infection. A tool, such as tweezers, should be used to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Place the tick in a closable bag or container and keep it for testing, if necessary. After removing the tick the area should be cleaned with soap and water or rubbing alcohol.

Infected ticks can transmit various diseases to humans. If you believe you have contracted a disease from a tick bite it is recommended that you seek medical attention and contact the Workers’ Compensation department within Human Resources at 703-993-2600. Individuals should avoid tick bites by using repellent and wearing clothes that cover the skin when working outdoors. Additionally, it is important to check skin and clothes for ticks after working outdoors. More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/.

If you notice a water leak, contact Facilities Management at 703-993-2525. If George Mason University property was damaged as a result of the water leak the Office of Risk Management should also be contacted at 703-993-2599.

To request an indoor air quality assessment, please fill out the Indoor Air Quality Investigation Request form. This form provides useful information to EHS staff who conduct these investigations. The Indoor Air Quality Investigation Request form should be submitted by email (safety@gmu.edu), fax (703-993-8996), phone (703-993-8448) or intercampus mail (MS 5E2).

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