Environmental Health & Life Safety

Environmental Health & Life Safety supports higher education and research in conjunction with the University community by promoting healthy and safe operations and strives to achieve a university culture in which health and safety are core values.

The Department consists of Biological Safety, Fire Marshal, Chemical Safety, Environmental Protection, Food Safety, Occupational Safety, and Radiation Safety sections all here to help you.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Developments

National Biosafety Stewardship MonthBiohazard symbol

Recently, the National Institute of Health has instituted National Biosafety Stewardship Month to promote renewed commitment to strong biosafety practices and rigorous biosafety oversight at Federal laboratories and all NIH Grantee Institutions throughout the US. NIH has asked all research institutions to do the following:

  1. Review institutional policies and procedures for biosafety practices, training, and oversight.
  2. Conduct inventories of all biosafety materials in research laboratories. 

The Environmental Health & Life Safety Biosafety Office is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy working and learning environment for our campus community and the community at large. Therefore, we encourage you to take a moment to review your existing lab safety programs and procedures with all of your students and staff, and to review inventories of infectious agents and toxins in your laboratory(ies) - regardless of whether they involve recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids - stored in freezers, cold rooms, and/or other locations to ensure that all unknown or unneeded materials are disposed of properly. If any assistance is needed with disposal, please do not hesitate to contact EHLS.