What is Environmental Health and Safety?

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is simply assessing hazards that pose a risk to people, property, and the environment.

What is Risk?

Risk is the possibility of something going wrong, potentially resulting in loss.

Strategic, Requtational, Hazard, Compliance, Operational, Financial


A systematic process in which hazard exposures are identified, analyzed and mitigation programs are administered to ensure compliance and reduce losses.

How does the EHS office administer the systematic process?

The EHS office process includes a combination of principles, management standards and policies.  For a complete list click here.

Principle 1: Commitment

Leadership, policy management, and personnel participation are essential elements of an effective EHS management system.  The Chancellor's Cabinet has confirmed their commitment by establishing Policy 703, Chancellor's Statement and allocation of resources.

Principle 2: Cooperation

Working together to safely achieve the university's mission of teaching, research and service is a primary objective.  Each manager and supervisor must integrate EHS into strategic, financial and operational planning.

Principle 3: Collaboration

Regulatory program administration is the campus community as a whole demonstrating a commitment to safety awareness and regulatory compliance to promote a safe learning, teaching, working and living environment.  The EHS office conducts assessments to identify safety hazards, analyze data, and assist departments with the selection of appropriate safety management technique (Engineering, Personnel Health Assessment, Property Safety Assessments, Emergency Preparedness, Training, Accident Investigations, and Department Safety Management Plans). 

Principle 4: Compliance

To manage safety risk and ensure compliance requires EHS being a top priority.  EHS cooperates with external regulatory agencies and provides these agencies with various program records.  EHS also conducts audits to monitor regulatory compliance efforts and recommend corrective actions. 

Principle 5: Communication

The exchange of information is a vital aspect of measuring and improving performance.  The continuous cycle of sharing information with regulators, management, supervisors, and personnel continues to improve our performance.

For a complete list of principles, management standards, and policies click here.