Environmental Health & Safety
The Eastern Washington University Environmental Health and Safety Office strives to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, and to protect the environmental integrity of the campus and surroundings.
Eastern Washington University
Cheney, WA 99004
EH&S conducts building inspections and safety audits looking for unsafe conditions and/or work procedures. Frayed electrical cords, blocked exits, dangerous storage and improper procedures are among our findings.
Building Safety Representative Program
Each building and/or designated department should have volunteers to act as Safety Representatives. The Building Safety Representative Program is comprised of Building Captains and Floor Managers. This program is developed with the primary goal being safety education, awareness, and training. It is focused on the safety of building occupants through the timely dissemination of information and improved identification of safety hazards. EH&S will be responsible for administration of the program with the University Safety Committee providing advisory oversight.
The safety program representatives will only provide education and disseminate information that is intended to increase safety awareness and facilitate evacuations during training and in times of emergencies. This will improve everyone's initial response and quickly account for building occupants when real emergencies do occur. If you would like to become a safety representative, please fill out the Building Captain/Floor Manager Application.
During actual emergencies (fire evacuations), the Cheney Fire Department will always assume on-scene incident command as trained first responders. Other emergencies, such as bomb threats, shootings and health emergencies, the University Police will assume on-scene incident command. Refer to the University Police Emergency Response Procedures or EH&S Emergency Evacuations & Fire Drills brochure for more information.
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EH&S Emergency Response
Emergencies involving health issues, chemical releases, fuel spills or explosive chemical disposal requires EH&S to provide guidance, emergency cleanup or contractor coordination to ensure a proper and safe response. It is not uncommon for EH&S to be called upon several times per year to handle emergency environmental situations.
In an effort to provide information to our Building Captains/Floor Managers, Environmental Health and Safety has developed a safety newsletter. This newsletter will serve to provide safety information, training and highlights to the program. Once a month EH&S distributes this safety newsletter for the most current safety issues encountered on the campus and local and regional issues that could apply to campus activities. See the Newsletter Section for the Monthly editions.
Safety Bulletin Boards
Safety Bulletin Boards are located in every building on campus. The safety board contains information regarding current Workplace Posters.The required Federal Postings are:
· Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law
· Federal Minimum Wage
· Employee Polygraph Protection Notice
· Family and Medical Leave Act
· USERRA - Your Rights Under USERRAThe required Washington State Postings are:
· WISHA - Job Safety and Health Protection
· Your Rights as a Worker
· Notice to Employees - If A Job Injury Occurs
· Unemployment Benefits
The boards also contain other seasonal or topical safety information. The safety boards are updated once a quarter so check them out. If you would like us to post something specific about a health issue or safety topic in your building, please contact email@example.com .