The primary function of the Environmental Management and Safety Department is to assist all members of the University community – faculty, staff, students, and visitors – in providing safe and healthy conditions for work, research, and study. The Environmental Management and Safety staff alone cannot make the University a safe place. Safety begins in the workplace: in the labs, shops, offices, and dorms where we work and live. It is the responsibility of every employee and student at the University to use common sense and to look out for his or her safety and the safety of others.

Health and safety programs deal with risk. While there is no such thing as “zero risk,” the University’s health and safety programs are designed to minimize unreasonable risks through sound, common sense practices. There are many federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and standards which have been promulgated to protect the health and safety of workers, students, and the environment. Part of the job of Risk Management is to help departments and individuals comply with these laws.Safety and Environmental Management staff keeps abreast of these laws and translates them into health and safety practices and programs which fit into the unique requirements of the University as a teaching and research institution.

The following policies and guidelines are provided to assist you in providing a safe working environment:


Additional information on University Safety Policies can be found in the Handbook for Faculty and Staff. Other, departmental specific, policies and guidelines are generated and enforced by individual departments. The Risk Management Department will assist any department in the development of necessary policies.