THE JOB with Environmental Health and Safety
Bulletin sat down with Steve Leland, the industrial
hygienist in the Sacramento State Office of Environmental
Health and Safety.
do people think you do?
assume that I deal mostly with ergonomic issues and with indoor
and outdoor pathogens.
do you really do?
in charge of monitoring and testing the indoor air quality
on campus, dealing with hazardous waste, ergonomic adjustments
and with training the faculty and staff about the risks of
these elements on campus. When the Occupational Safety Hazard
Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency come to campus
I assist them in evaluating the safety status of the campus.
are five of us here in the office and we all have our areas
of expertise. Kirtland Stout is our occupation safety specialist
and he handles fire safety and the electric systems. Tom Custer
is responsible for radiation safety and laser safety on campus.
Stacie Louie is our administrative assistant who coordinates
the classes and programs for the campus community. Mike Christiansen
is our director and he also handles a variety of responsibilities.
on campus are surprised that Sacramento State has a department
that is looking out for their safety. We’re an important
service to have and people are shocked to hear about the services
that we offer.
is your biggest challenge?
biggest challenge is getting faculty and staff to complete
the required safety training course. It’s a very quick
course on some basic safety necessities that is required by
California OSHA. It’s difficult because many people
on campus are not full-time employees so they don’t
always have the opportunity to complete the training. But
we are offering easier ways to complete it. Now there is an
online course that people can take to fulfill the requirement.
do you get asked the most?
on what season it is. The spring and fall are the busiest
time of the year because school is in session and that’s
when there are the most people on campus. Mainly people are
asking for ergonomic and workstation evaluations. But we also
get many requests to test indoor air quality.