Safety

Worker Protection Standards

We strive to keep a healthy and enjoyable environment for those working and learning at Horticulture Teaching and Research Center (HTRC) all the time, making safety for employees and visitors a constant priority.

Our Basic responsibilities in accomplishing this task are:

  • To inform employees about pesticide exposure through safety training, access to labels and MSDS, and information posted at our central location,
  • To protect against pesticide exposures with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and restricted entry intervals (REI), and
  • To provide decontamination sites and emergency assistance should the need arise.

The Central Location for HTRC is located in the main garage of building 407 B, beneath the stairs leading to the storage loft. Here you will find several items including:

  • A map of the HTRC with two types of magnetic tags. Please refer to this map frequently, as changes often take place daily.  1) Red tags placed on the map indicate that pesticide spraying is in progress for that plot on the farm.  Speak with the applicator before entering these areas.  2) Yellow tags placed on the map indicate that the plot has been recently sprayed.  You should not enter these areas of the farm until the date and time displayed on the tag have expired, indicating that the Re-entry Interval has passed and it is now safe to enter.
  • A log of treatments recently applied to specific areas of the farm
  • MSDS information pertaining to pesticides used and stored at HTRC
  • Emergency assistance information including phone numbers and maps to area hospitals and treatment facilities.

In addition to posting application information at the Central Location, signs like the one to the left, are posted in each plot that has recently been sprayed. If you see one of these signs in an area you wish to enter or are unsure if the posting is still active, do not enter the plot and instead, go to the Central Location to determine when the Re-entry Interval for the plot will expire.

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Emergency Information

Emergency Response Phone Numbers

911 Fire & Ambulance
355-2222 MSU Police Department
355-0153 Office of Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Safety

 

Medical Treatment Centers

Emergency Facility

Sparrow Hospital ER
1215 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48909
(517)483-2222

Use this facility for critical emergencies. Go directly to Emergency department for: severe burns, fractures, shock, seizure, shortness of breath, severe bleeding, chest pain, head injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and bloodborne pathogen exposures, chemical exposures, or smoke inhalation. Follow up visits must be scheduled at Olin Health Center.

Primary Medical Facility

Olin Health Center
East Circle Drive
(517)432-9537

Monday-Friday 8 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 1 pm
Closed Sunday
Summer Hours & Semester Breaks Monday-Friday 8 am - 5 pm

Secondary Facility

EAST LANSING URGENT CARE
2682 E Grand River Ave.
East Lansing, MI 48823
517-333-6562
8 am - 8 pm 7 days a week/365 days a year

  • Use this facility when Olin Health Center is closed (except for bloodborne pathogen exposures and emergencies).
  • Follow-up visits must be scheduled at Olin Health Center.
  • Open Holidays

Safety Equipment Information

First Aid Kits are located in the Hort Farm Garage (407B) near the sink and in the Pesticide Storage and Handling Building (407H) just inside the overhead door.

Spill Kits are located in the Hort Farm Garage (407B) near the chalkboard, At the Fuel Bay, and in the Pesticide Storage and Handling Building (407H) in the equipment storage area. It is important to provide containment to prevent spills from entering the farm's tile lines. Please familiarize yourself with the location and usage procedures for the spill kits.

Fire Extinguishers can be found in various places around the facility.

  • 407A they are located in rooms 6, 13, and the tenant apartment.
  • 407B fire extinguishers can be found near the chalkboard, in the mechanical room, and in the shop. There are also 2 spare fire extinguishers stored in the gray cabinet in the tool room.
  • 407C is located on the wall just inside the center door.
  • 407F is located in the Conference room.
  • 407H, there are fire extinguishers in the bulk chemical storage room, as well as room 101, 104, and the Equipment Storage area.
  • 407I (Greenhouses)
  • Fuel Bay.

Eyewash stations and a Safety Shower are located inside the Pesticide Storage and Handling building (407H). There is an eyewash area attached to the sink in all the labs, and a separate eyewash station located in the equipment storage area. Also in the equipment storage area is one of our 2 safety showers. The other is located in the men's bathroom in building 407A.

Employee Training & Forms

The following is a list of safety forms commonly used by our facility and the university. Please click the appropriate link to access the forms for printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view most of them.

Authorization to Invoice MSU
Supervisor should complete this form

Injured party takes this form when obtaining medical treatment

Send a copy to the Horticulture Main Office

Michigan State University
Department of Horticulture
A288 Plant & Soil Sciences Building
East Lansing MI 48824

Employee Driver Certification
This form must be completed before driving any university vehicle

It must be updated every July 1 in the Horticulture Main Office for driving privileges

Equipment Safety Training Checklist

Medical Questionnaire for Power Industrial Trucks and Tractors
Return this form directly to:

Occupational Health

347 Olin Health Center

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824

Performance Evaluation for Tractor Operators
This form only applies to tractors operated at the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center

Please speak with the appropriate manager or supervisor to receive training for tractor usage at other facilities

Employee Safety Training Checklist

IMPORTANT REQUIRED

This form must be completed within 30 days of hire and reviewed annually

Request for the Long-Term Lease or Ownership of a Univeristy Owned Vehicle

Report of Claimed Occupational Injury or Illness
This form must be completed and turned into the Horticulture Main Office within 24 hours after a work related injury or illness has occurred

Right to Know Worksheet
This worksheet accompanies the MSU Right to Know video (1996) distributed by the Office of Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Safety

Turn form into the Horticulture Main Office

Michigan State University
Department of Horticulture
A288 Plant & Soil Sciences Building
East Lansing MI 48824

Worker Protection Standards Worksheet
This worksheet accompanies the Pesticide Safety: Worker Protection (1997) video, distributed by ORCBS that can be viewed at the Hort Farm or the Horticulture Department Greenhouses

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