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The Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS) is responsible for coordinating all aspects of environmental management, occupational health, safety on campus, and implementing safety regulations for the University. We are committed to preventing fatalities, injuries, illness, and disabilities on the job and in the total campus community. The protection of our assets and maintainence of a safe and healthy campus environment is essential for productivity and excellence. The EHS staff is comprised of a group of technical experts, qualified and experienced applied scientists, and administrators. Their job is to ensure that the University maintains a safe and healthful living and working environment. We also lead the compliance effort on campus in order to make sure that environmental, health, and safety regulations are complied with. We provide many direct services to our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. We offer an array of training courses and related technical consultation.

Please read below for useful information that you, as a new Ohio University Employee will need to know about our department and the services we offer. Welcome to Ohio University!

Director & Occupational Safety Officer

Contact: Jeff Campbell, Occupational Safety Officer
593-1664 or campbell@ohio.edu

If you should become injured or ill due to a work-related incident, you must complete an Incident Report Form. This should be completed immediately after the incident or illness and submitted to your supervisor. The supervisor will conduct an investigation of the incident or illness and then submit the paperwork to the Workers Compensation Department.

Please click the link below to go to our "On-line Forms" page on which you should click "Incident Report Form", or "Instructions & Codes" for assistance with completing the form.


Worker's Compensation Information

Fire Safety

Contact: Environmental Health & Safety
593-1666 or ehs@ohio.edu

If the fire alarm sounds in your building, close your room door, and evacuate the building. Once outside and in a safe location, call 593-1911 or 911. You should become familiar with at least two exit paths out of your building. Please be aware that candles are prohibited in all university buidings. Ohio University's Life Safety Shop and the Environmental Health & Safety Office conduct fire alarm device testing twice a year, usually in June and December. Fire alarm testing is scheduled on a particular day and time to minimize disruptions. Announcements are sent to building contacts prior to testing.

Fire Protection

Pest Control In Your Office Or Building

Contact: Chad Keller
593-0022 or kellerc@ohio.edu

Rarely, pests may be a concern on campus. Call the Department of Environmental Health & Safety at 593-1666. Specify the building, room number, your name and phone number, and the type of pest. Requests for pest control in common areas (bathrooms, hallways, lounges, etc.) may be requested by anyone. You do not need to be present during the pest control service. You may also complete the online Pest Report Form.

Sanitation & Pest Control

Temporary Food Permits

Contact: Chad Keller
593-0022 or kellerc@ohio.edu

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety ensures that basic food sanitation requirements and practices are incorporated into temporary food service locations on campus whether the food be for sale or gratis. When foods are prepared and/or served by organized University groups for special meals or events of a temporary nature, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety must be notified at least 48 hours in advance. Click below for more information:

Food Safety

General Health & Safety Concerns

Contact: David Schleter - Laboratory Safety Coordinator
593-1662 or schleted@ohio.edu

Industrial Hygiene

Contact: Nathan Rath, Environmental Safety Coordinator
593-1686 or rathn@ohiou.edu

Ohio University is concerned about maintaining safe and healthful working conditions. Contact EHS if you encounter issues in your office, lab, or work area that need attention or correction. EHS has the ability to conduct evaluations where appropriate, and works closely with Facilities Management to solve any problems that may be found.

Indoor Air Quality
Lab Safety

The safe storage, treatment, and disposal of infectious waste at Ohio University is regulated by Ohio Infectious Waste Regulations, and coordinated through Environmental Health & Safety.

Hazardous Materials Management

Contact: Cliff Hamilton, Hazardous Materials Coordinator
593-1663, hamiltoc@ohio.edu

The handling and disposal of Hazardous Chemical Waste are coordinated through Environmental Health & Safety.

Environmental Programs & Hazardous Material Management
Chemical Waste

Laboratory & Radiation Safety

Contact: Alan Watts, Director Laboratory & Radiation Safety
Radiation Safety Officer
593-4176 or wattsa@ohio.edu

issues surrounding radiation and research at Ohio University are also coordinated through Environmental Health & Safety.

Radioactive Waste

Research Information

Please contact our office, and click on the links below, if you are engaging in scientific research on campus and have questions about regulatory issues.

Laboratory & Radiation Safety (Alan Watts, Laboratory & Radiation Safety Officer)

Laboratory Safety (David Schleter, Lab Safety Coordinator)
Infectious Waste
Research Compliance

Ohio University Policies and Procedures Related to EHS


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