EHS Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Environmental Health And Safety Office's most commonly asked questions.

FAQ Questions


Yes! The EHS Office offers a wide assortment of trainings to keep our College safe, healthy and in compliance. Contact us for details and scheduling.

Please contact the Facilities Operations and Capital Planning Office if your lamps need changing.

Many spent lamps are considered to be hazardous waste under EPA guidelines. TMCC manages spent lamps under the EPA’s Universal Waste Rule. Types of lamps that may be considered hazardous include (but not limited to): incandescent, fluorescent, high intensity discharge, metal halide, high-pressure sodium and neon lamps.

Leave used batteries out in your office area with a note for Facilities custodial staff.

If your department generates a large amount, collect them and contact the EHS Office for pick-up and proper disposal.

Never comingle different types of batteries, and ensure that the negative and positive terminals never come into contact with another battery's terminals as this could cause a fire, explosion or leak.

Used batteries are stored on-site until a waste shipment is scheduled through EHS, and are then recycled under the EPA’s Universal Waste Rule.

Your first action should be to tend to the victim/injured.

If injuries are life threatening, immediately call 911.

If injuries can be tended to with minor first aid, contact your supervisor and the EHS Office at 775-673-7100.

See Also:

Department Hazardous Waste Removal Process: When your department needs waste removed from your area, follow this process:

  1. Ensure that waste is properly segregated.
  2. Accumulate the waste in the proper containers.
  3. Label all waste containers.
  4. Place the waste in the designated pick up area.
  5. Contact us to request waste removal.

Stay calm. You are under no obligation to answer anything you may be asked. It is your right to excuse yourself to contact your supervisor and the EHS Office, and you should do so.

If you choose to answer any questions, be honest and avoid speculation. Use facts. It is your right to have your supervisor, an EHS representative or a translator with you if you do choose to answer any questions.

If you don’t know the answer, or choose not to answer, let the regulator know that you do not know the answer, and you do not want to answer incorrectly.

Incidents involving employee/student injury and/or auto accidents on campus and/or in a state vehicle should be reported to the EHS Office. This does not mean there will be paperwork associated with each report.

If there is an injury involved, Workers’ Compensation paperwork must be completed and submitted to EHS/BCN.

If it is a "near miss" it is recommended that it be reported. Near misses are excellent opportunities for improvement and should be taken seriously. A near miss is one small step away from an injury.

Incident reporting forms are available from NSHE's Business Center North Risk Management/Workers' Compensation website.

The Business Center North (BCN) Risk Management/Workers' Compensation Office can assist if you suffer a work-related injury or disease or if you have any questions about the Nevada System of Higher Education's (NSHE) self-insured workers' compensation program.

In the event of a non-injury or minor injury auto accident on any TMCC site, or off-campus while in a state vehicle, your best recourse is to contact TMCC University Police Services at 775-674-7900.

Also, contact your supervisor as soon as possible.