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 provides safety training to student, staff, faculty, and administrative employees. Training on a variety of environmental and safety topics are offered throughout the year. Much of the training is mandated by government regulations. Custom classes are offered by request. See the Brochures section for numerous safety topics that employees, students and visitors may encounter while on campus.
Some employees of maintenance shops and various departments that have the potential for exposure to hazardous conditions are required by law to participate in the medical monitoring program. Please contact EH&S or your supervisor for more information.
The purpose of this program is to ensure that the hazards of chemicals used or produced on campus are evaluated and the information concerning the hazards associated with that chemical, and appropriate protective measures is communicated to University employees. This communication is accomplished by means of training; container labeling, area warning signs and material safety data sheets (MSDSs).
What is a MSDS?
A MSDS is a document that contains information on the potential health effects of exposure to chemicals or other potentially dangerous substances, and safe working procedures when handling chemical products. It contains hazard evaluations for the use, storage, handling and emergency procedures related to that material. The MSDS is prepared by the manufacturer or supplier. It is the responsibility of the department, laboratory or shop to maintain copies of the MSDSs for the products they store or use. Paper or electronic copies are acceptable. Normally when a product is purchased, an MSDS is sent along with the product. If the supplier does not provide you with an MSDS, you can contact them or search online. Below are a few MSDS search engines that can aid your search.
- How to Read an MSDS
- MSDS Online
- MSDS Search
- The MSDS
- Canadian Center of Occupational Health and Safety Resource
EH&S will train directors and residential advisors (RA) responsible for their assigned dorm or apartment complex in the areas of asbestos awareness, electrical safety, fire extinguisher use, on the job injury procedures, incident reporting and emergency evacuations. Initial training is usually scheduled early in the fall at the begining of fall quarter, however periodic training can be scheduled as needed for new directors and residential advisors throughout the year. Please contact EH&S for more information and scheduling.
EH&S will train food service workers in the areas of kitchen safety practices, food processing equipment safety, fire extinguisher training, electrical safety, slip trip and fall hazards in the workplace and many other food service safety topics. Please refer to the navigation panel on the left for more dining services information.
Additional Training Resources
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