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Environmental Health & Safety



The mission of the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is to coordinate a comprehensive and continuing accident prevention and health maintenance effort compatible with the functions of the University. The program is designed to create a healthful and safe atmosphere for study, research, service and employment, and to promote good health and safety practices by the student body, faculty, staff and visitors. The program is intended as a guide in planning, organizing and controlling related programs in each college and administrative unit. The objective of the program is the protection of life and property by prevention of accidents and environmental related diseases.

Safety Corner

June is National Safety Month 2016

Did you know that every seven seconds, a worker is injured on the job? According to the National Safety Council (NSC), three times as many employees are injured off the job than while at work. NSC also noted that unintentional injuries and deaths in the United States remain at "unacceptable levels" – an estimated 126,100 unintentional deaths occurred in 2010, compared with approximately122, 700 the previous year. Furthermore, the cost of unintentional injuries to Americans and their employers exceeds $730 billion nationally, or $6,200 per household, Each June, the National Safety Council (NSC) and thousands of organizations across the country work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe.  The focus of the annual campaign is to reduce the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.  This year’s slogan is “Safe for Life”.  The National Safety Counsil offers tips and advise on how to stay healthy in all stages of life, both at work and at home. Each week there is a different theme. This year’s themes are:


Additional Resources

NSC has a lot of great safety resources on their web-site.  Check out NSC’s Lifetime of Risk Safety Infographic on or on, which maps out top risks based on age group.  Take NSC’s Checkup to get your personal Safety Snapshot. Know your risks and learn how you can prevent injuries to yourself and your family:  Workplace fatalities are on the rise. According to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data for 2014, the U.S. workplace fatality rate increased for the first time since 2010, and the total number of on-the-job deaths was the highest since 2008.   Safety is everyone's responsibility, and you can show your commitment by taking NSC’s SafeAtWork pledge, which is found at





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