College Health and Safety Professionals from Across New York State Convene at Genesee

Genesee Community College played host to the 2003 annual spring conference for the SUNY Environmental Health and Safety Association (SEHSA), on Monday, March 31, and Tuesday, April 1. SEHSA is an organization of Health and Safety professionals from state, community and private colleges in New York State. Nearly 100 Health and Safety Officers attended, representing colleges from across the state. Participants shared information and learned about the latest strategies, techniques, and regulations in areas such as emergency preparedness, laboratory security, New York State campus safety codes, the Clean Air Act, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

The mission of the SUNY Environmental Health and Safety Association is to develop, collect and disseminate accurate and timely information about Environmental Health and Safety for the benefit of the University community. SEHSA's mission is achieved through professional conferences, committees, and information and resource exchange among its members.

"Genesee is proud to host such an important conference," said Anne M. Podolak, Environmental Safety Officer and the event coordinator for Genesee Community College. "This year, more than ever, public health and safety is on the minds of college officials everywhere." Ms. Podolak and other event organizers suggested that the ongoing work of SEHSA and its members is mostly behind the scenes, but plays a vital role in campus safety and security. The many government safety regulations are constantly changing; SEHSA conferences such as this allow members to regularly share information and experiences, and to collaborate on the planning and response strategies that ensure campus safety.