Environmental Health & Safety

What are the responsibilities of the Environmental Health & Safety Department?

The Environmental Health and Safety Department oversees the following programs and operations:

  • Indoor Air Quality Investigation
  • Chemical Waste disposal & hazardous materials recycling management
  • Site contamination clean-up
  • Asbestos, lead & mold monitoring and removal (abatement)
  • Chemical Hygiene and Respiratory Protection
  • Environmental Program development and training (i.e. PCB and mercury management)
  • Safety Program development and training (i.e. how to avoid or handle workplace injuries)

Facilities Services follows the safety procedures and guidelines as directed by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. More information on these procedures and guidelines is available here

If you have observed something on campus you feel is hazardous, please contact Security at x3311. 

What is the Environmental Health & Safety Department's mission as a part of the campus?

The Environmental Health and Safety Department, and Facilities Services as a whole, is committed to the safety and well-being of the campus community. It aims to provide a safe working and learning environment for all on campus. Facilities Services' policies and practices are developed and adopted to protect our students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors.

What projects has the Environmental Health & Safety Department been a part of recently?

The Environmental Health and Safety Department is constantly working on improving air quality on campus. The department is also responsible for removing lead, asbestos, and mold, and disposing of hazardous materials and substances when necessary. There are often special projects that the Environmental Health and Safety Department carries out to test the functionality of equipment, make sure that safety procedures are up-to-date, and improve training techniques.

The Environmental Health and Safety Department is also responsible for the development of emergency management procedures in case of natural disasters. This project is aimed not only at creating drills, but also at understanding and predicting how the campus community will be able to function during and after times of stress.  

Please contact the Director of Environmental Health & Safety, if you are interested in learning more about the Environmental Health & Safety Department, its responsibilities, its current or future projects, or how to get involved.