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  • andrea.vasquez 9:08 am on September 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , flu vaccinations   

    Seasonal Flu Vaccination Program 

    During the 2009 flu pandemic, San Jacinto College responded by providing the flu vaccine as a benefit to its employees, largely due to the difficulty in obtaining and/or the expense of the vaccine.  In recent years, the College has continued to purchase the flu vaccine in order for it to be offered to employees, students, and family members conveniently.

    Over the past few years, there has been limited and declining participation in the program, and the cost and potential risk to the College has increased.  Additionally, since the origination of the program, the medical community has responded with flu shots being made readily available at little or no cost to our insured employees and their dependents.

    Due to the increased availability of the vaccine through third-party providers, the College has decided to cease duplicating this service.  The remainder of this email provides you with details on where to get your flu shot based on the type of health insurance coverage you have.

    NOTE:  Health insurance plans differ regarding where to receive a flu shot.  Here is a summary by plan: (More …)

  • andrea.vasquez 8:16 am on June 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CPR, First Aid, ,   

    CPR/AED/First Aid Training Offerings 

    The Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management office is offering the following CPR/AED/First Aid trainings. See the schedule below for dates, times and locations. Registration is required through Cornerstone.


  • andrea.vasquez 3:34 pm on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    SAFETY NOTE: Portable Heating Device at Work and Home 

    Portable Heating Device at Work

    We know it is cold outside and takes a little time to get warm on the inside, but please remember portable heating devices should NOT be used at WORK.  If the temperature in your work area is too cold, please contact Facilities Services (281-476-1854) and inform them of the temperature problem.    All avenues will be explored by the Facilities Services Energy Management Team to supply the desired room temperature.

    Portable space heaters are small, electrical heating units.  Heat is generated by running an electric current through high resistance wires called heating elements.  Regardless of the shape, size or type of electric heating element, virtually all power is converted into heat.  The inherent hazard associated with heater use is the elements, which can reach extremely high temperatures. The heaters are operated by adjusting the unit’s setting at high or low, or they may come equipped with a thermostat.

    Heating appliances like these temporarily raise the temperature in the area.  The building controls sense this and then attempt to further cool the area, causing the opposite effect of what the intention is. These devices also have a history of overloading the circuitry in the building and causing circuit breakers to trip. This outcome also causes additional problems for the building, as well as the building occupants.


    Portable Safety Heaters at HOME                                                                                          

    As recommended by the National Fire Protection Agency, when using portable safety heaters at HOME make sure to follow these tips and recommendations:

    • Purchase a heater with the seal of an independent testing laboratory.
    • Keep the heater at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from anything that can burn, including people.
    • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
    • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
    • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
    • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
    • Keep children away from the space heater.
    • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
    • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • andrea.vasquez 4:48 pm on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Winter Preparedness   

    2014 Winter Weather Awareness Day in Texas 

    On behalf of Jerusha Kasch

    San Jac Employees:

    Below is a message crafted to all Texans by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.  Please take an hour out of your time before the Thanksgiving Holiday to prepare for Winter Emergencies for yourself and your family!

    Prepare well and be safe!


    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 is Winter Weather Awareness Day in Texas as proclaimed by Governor Perry.

    Winter weather can impact Texas during the months of November through April. While Texas is known for its sunny climate, winter weather shows itself across the state each year.  Just last year, a winter storm arrived in early December with snow and ice, effectively shutting down the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and areas of north Texas for several days.

    Winter weather can affect expected areas of Texas like the Panhandle but also regions much farther south like the Coastal Bend.  No matter where you reside, I encourage everyone to assemble a disaster supply kit of important emergency supplies for homes and vehicles including:

    ·        First aid kit
    ·        NOAA Weather Radio or battery-operated radio
    ·        Flashlight
    ·        Medication
    ·        Non-perishable food items
    ·        Bottled water
    ·        Blankets and warm clothing such as coats, gloves and hats

    More winter storm preparedness planning information can be found at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/threatawareness/winterStormPlanning.htm.

    I invite you to promote awareness, preparedness, and mitigation measures to help prevent and reduce loss of life and property.

    Attached is the Winter Weather Awareness Day proclamation signed by Governor Perry.

    To view the 2014-2015 winter weather outlook and for more information about winter weather awareness, please visit NOAA’s winter weather safety and awareness page at: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/winter/.

    Texans can learn how to prepare and assemble supply kits by visiting the Texas Prepares website: http://www.texasprepares.org/.

    Statewide road conditions from TxDOT can be found by checking http://www.drivetexas.org or by calling 800-452-9292.

    Thank you for all that you do.

    Be informed. Be prepared. Be involved.

    W. Nim Kidd, CEM, TEM
    Texas Division of Emergency Management
    Assistant Director
    Texas Homeland Security
    Texas Department of Public Safety


  • andrea.vasquez 10:25 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Safety Awareness: Health and Hygiene Information 

    Hygiene etiquette involves practices that prevent the spread of illness and disease. A critical time to practice good hygiene etiquette is when you are sick, especially when coughing or sneezing. Serious respiratory illnesses like influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and many other diseases are spread by:

    • Coughing or sneezing
    • Unclean hands
    • Touching your face after touching contaminated objects
    • Touching objects after contaminating your hands

    To help stop the spread of germs:

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Put your used tissue in a waste basket.
    • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
    • Remember to wash your hands after coughing or sneezing:
    • Wash with soap and water, or
    • Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

    Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.

    One final practice that helps prevent the spread of respiratory disease is avoiding close contact with people who are sick. If you are ill, you should try to distance yourself from others so you do not spread your germs. Distancing includes staying home from work or school when possible.

    Below are a few links providing more information on the safeguarding against diseases, such as seasonal flu, Ebola, etc.
    CDC’s Good Health Habits for Preventing Seasonal Flu

  • amanda.fenwick 9:56 am on May 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Countdown begins to hurricane season 

    Please read this timely news release about getting ready for hurricane season.




  • andrea.vasquez 1:22 pm on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    La Porte Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day- Saturday, Apr. 6 

    LaPorte LEPC HHWC Day 2013[1]

  • amanda.fenwick 4:31 pm on January 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Traffic congestion expected at LyondellBasell Bayport Underwood Plant 

    LyondellBasell’s Bayport Underwood Plant at 5761 Underwood Road in Pasadena will conduct planned maintenance work from late January to early March with nearly 900 additional workers on site at the peak. The community will see increased traffic along Red Bluff Road near its intersection with Underwood Road and on the dead-end stretch of Underwood off of Red Bluff. Beginning next Monday, Jan. 28, local off-duty law-enforcement officers will direct traffic at that intersection during shift changes, which have been staggered to minimize impact upon our community (5-7:30 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.).

    The extra traffic may impact travel to and from the San Jacinto College Central Campus.

    Plant management assures the public they will take steps to minimize any inconvenience to those in the area during this extended period.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:53 am on January 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Campus Safety, , , , , , ,   

    Welcome aboard Chief Taylor 

    Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer recently swore in Bill Taylor as the College’s new Police Chief.

    Mr. Taylor comes to San Jacinto College with a wealth of law enforcement experience, particularly in higher education. Most recently, he served as the Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety of the Rice University Police Department. Prior to that, Mr. Taylor served as Director of the Washington University in Saint Louis Police Department at the Hilltop Campus.

    He is a member of the Texas Association of Colleges and University Police Administrators, and served as the organization’s President in 2008.

    Mr. Taylor is certified as a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards & Education Master Peace Officer and Instructor.

    He holds a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice, and a master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:29 am on December 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Meningitis FAQs 

    All new, incoming San Jacinto College students under the age of 30 must receive a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis, which includes dual credit students, and transfer students. The following Frequently Asked Questions list provides important information about the new requirement, which is mandated by state law.


    1. What is the requirement?
      1. The Texas Legislature now requires that all incoming Texas college students under 30 years of age must submit evidence that they have received a vaccination or booster against bacterial meningitis.
    1. What if I am 30 or older?
      1. You are not required to submit evidence of receiving the vaccination against bacterial meningitis if you are 30 years of age or older by the first day of the semester in which you enroll.
    1. I am currently enrolled at San Jacinto College for Fall 2011, must I receive the vaccination?
      1. Although it might be a wise health decision to receive the vaccination, you are not required by the college to receive the vaccination or provide documentation. (More …)
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