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Environmental Health and Safety


The health and safety of our university community and campuses, as well as the protection of our environment, are of the utmost importance within the university.  Our safety-focused actions and values help ensure a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to learn, grow, and provide support throughout our educational pursuits.  Doing so provides numerous benefits both in personal and financial security for our institution.  Although many aspects of environmental health and safety activities are highly regulated by numerous local, state, and federal regulations, in the end, it is about our people and our world around us.  With the integration of safety, health, and environmental actions into our everyday practices, all within our community benefit through the success of our efforts.


This policy applies to all university students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) working and/or visiting any of our campuses. Final responsibility for environmental health and safety policy and programs rests with the President of the university.

ContactResponsible Items
Senior Leadership (Cabinet, Provost, and Deans)
Senior Leadership has the authority and responsibility for funding and overseeing the provisions of this policy for the university.
Environmental Health and Safety Department

The Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) Department has the authority and responsibility for directing and implementing provisions of this policy for the university. Responsibilities include:

  • Advising Senior Leadership on safety, health, and environmental issues.
  • Working with university departments to develop and implement safety, health, and environmental programs, training, and workplace evaluations.
  • Reviewing, updating, and evaluating the overall effectiveness of the safety and environmental programs.
  • Receiving support from subject matter experts within the university and outside consultants as needed
  • Maintaining current information on local, state and federal safety, health, and environmental regulations; serving as the liaison with governmental agencies.
Faculty, Principal Investigators, Managers and Supervisors

Faculty, Principal Investigators, Managers and Supervisors are responsible the safety of those individuals under their direction. Responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring safe working space, equipment, and environment for student learning and education.
  • Complying with all university environmental health and safety (EH&S) requirements.
  • Communicating applicable EH&S programs, practices, and procedures to students, employees, visitors, and contractors under their supervision.
  • Maintaining appropriate documentation to verify compliance (e.g. training records, inspection records, etc.).
  • Enforcing health and safety rules fairly and uniformly for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors).
  • Taking appropriate actions to address students and/or employees who fail to follow safe work practices (see Violations section).
  • Conducting periodic inspections of workspaces that are under their authority to support a safe work environment.
  • Reporting incidents and initiating the investigation process; cooperating with ongoing investigations for workplace incidents (injuries, exposures, or illnesses); ensuring corrective action is taken promptly.
Students and Employees

Students and employees are responsible for the safety of their own actions and for safety awareness of the activities around them. This includes:

  • Following safety instructions/procedures provided by Faculty, Student Life and Housing, Supervisors and Leads, EH&S personnel, Public Safety, and other members of leadership for the university.
  • Being familiar with emergency and evacuation procedures.
  • Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when required.
  • Participating in applicable EH&S training programs.
  • Requesting safety information and/or procedures when needed.
  • Promptly reporting any incidents, unsafe conditions or unsafe actions to Public Safety, a faculty member, residential director (RD), supervisor, the Compliance Helpline, or directly to the EH&S Department.
  • Cooperating with incident investigations.

Policy Statement
The university is committed to maintaining a safe workplace environment for all who visit our campuses.  Therefore, it is university policy to conduct operations in conformance with all applicable laws, regulations, relevant published standards and practices for environmental health and safety protection.

Compliance standards include, but are not limited to, the following as related to environmental health & safety (EH&S):

    • California OSHA (Cal-OSHA) safety standards, including the Injury and Illness Prevention Program and all other applicable safety programs
    • Federal and State environmental protection requirements, including regulated waste management and other applicable environmental protection programs (EPA, DTSC, Cal-OES, SJV-APCD, etc.)
    • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and California Radiologic Health Branch requirements
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security requirements
    • U.S. Department of Transportation requirements
    • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration requirements
    • U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives requirements
    • State and County Public Health Department requirements
    • County Environmental Health Department requirements
    • City Fire Marshall and Fire Protection requirements
    • Building Code and Life Safety requirements

Building a strong safety culture is an expectation of all employees of the university.  The following are examples of behaviors that the university encourages as part of building our safety culture:

  • Taking action to prevent an injury before it can happen
  • Suggesting solutions to improve safety
  • Encouraging students and employees to report health and safety issues, without fear of reprisal
  • Acknowledging students and/or employees who make a significant contribution to a safe working environment
  • Seeking to identify root causes of safety/environmental issues and correct them
  • Incorporating safety conversations into departmental meetings
  • Making safety inherent in everything we do

Failure to adhere to this policy and its associated procedures by university personnel will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Disciplinary Action Policy.  Any fines or penalties associated with the violation(s) may, at the university's discretion, be the responsibility of the department responsible for incurring the violation(s).

Student actions contrary to the Environmental Health and Safety Policy shall be referred to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards to address the violation(s).

Contact Information

SubjectDepartment Phone/Email/WebpagePhone/Email/Webpage
Environmental Health and Safety PolicyEnterprise Risk Management(209)

Related Information


University Links


Risk Management Email
Injury and Incident Reporting
Reporting a Safety Concern

Compliance Helpline




Related Links


Pacific EH&S SharePoint


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Enterprise Risk Management