Environmental Health and Safety

Effective Date: 11/03/00

Introduction Statement: Environmental Health and Safety


General Information

The University Environmental Health and Safety Office is responsible for developing a comprehensive program to comply with the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina (OSHANC).


Policy

It is the goal of the University to provide a safe and healthful environment for all persons associated with the institution, including faculty, staff, students, visitors, and the community.


Voluntary Compliance

The University endorses the concept of "voluntary compliance" which emphasizes safety education and training rather than enforcement as the means of achieving this goal. Each department is responsible for the training of its employees and students in safe practices and for compliance with State and Federal regulations for maintaining a safe and healthful work environment.


Assistance

The Environmental Health and Safety Office performs periodic inspections of University facilities to identify problem areas and assist departments in identifying needs. The Environmental Health and Safety Office staff is available for consultation on recognized or suspected hazardous conditions for assistance in developing safety training programs.

The Environmental Health and Safety Office is located on the ground floor of the Ragsdale Building. Any questions which are not answered within this section of the Business Manual may be referred to the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.


Organizational Structure

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is organized within the Division of Administration and Finance with the Director of EHS reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance.


Policy Advisory Committees

Two committees, appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, provide guidance, recommendations and endorsement of policies and procedures pertaining to health and safety matters. These committees are the ECU Chemical Safety Committee and the ECU Environmental Health Committee. Committee charges and current memberships may be obtained by contacting EHS or the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance.