Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) provides compliance guidance, training and technical support to the WFU community necessary to address safety and health regulatory compliance and related risks.
Through a variety of programs, EHS oversees and participates in:
- Coordination of training and managing associated records,
- Conducting inspections of laboratories, shops, and maintenance facilities for OSHA and related regulatory compliance,
- Ensuring corrective action is implemented to address findings,
- Addressing employee safety and health complaints,
- Concerns related to indoor air quality and work station set up (ergonomics),
- Supporting the WFU community through developing and communicating EHS awareness training.
All employees at Wake Forest University complete new employee orientation training, required annual training, and ongoing health & safety awareness training. Employees are encouraged to report unsafe acts/conditions and near misses to supervisors and EHS staff. Some of the health and safety programs administered by the Environmental Health and Safety Department are as follows:
The Accident Reporting & Investigation Procedure explains the steps taken if an accident occurs involving a Wake Forest University employee.
Please contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety at email@example.com for questions related to Accident/Injury Investigation procedures.
Wake Forest University is responsible for ensuring that any work that might disturb asbestos, and work with ACMs, is safely managed. The Office of Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for administering the University’s asbestos management and educational awareness program, and for monitoring compliance with State and Federal asbestos regulations
Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control
The Exposure Control Plan is designed to provide regulatory compliance and a means by which university employees will be informed about and protected from exposures to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
A comprehensive Confined Space Entry Procedure has been developed to protect Wake Forest University employees and provide guidance to contractors who may be required to enter confined spaces during the course of their work.
Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout)
The Wake Forest University Control of Hazardous Energy Procedure establishes the minimum requirements for the lockout and tagout of energy-isolating devices to prevent an unwanted release of hazardous energy during any servicing, maintenance, or modification activity.
Please contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions related to Lockout/Tagout.
This comprehensive Hazard Communication Procedure has been developed to protect employees from the dangers associated with chemical substances used during the course of their work.
Wake Forest University has implemented a Hearing Conservation Program to ensure that all employees who are exposed to hazardous noise levels are adequately protected to prevent hearing loss.
All Wake Forest University employees shall be in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standards for Hotwork, 29 CFR 1910 Subpart Q.
Please contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety at email@example.com for questions related to Hot Work.
The Ladder Procedure is applicable to all persons who are employed by Wake Forest University and may use any ladder during the course of work (including portable ladders, extension ladders and fixed or permanent ladders) and had been developed to assist all university personnel with identification and mitigation of hazards and to promote a safe, efficient work place environment.
The Wake Forest University Lead Program establishes the minimum requirements for the control of lead exposures to University employees, students and dependents living in university housing.
Please contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions related to Lead.
Wake Forest University machine operators are responsible for operating the machines with all safeguards in place. Supervisors must ensure that safeguards cannot be defeated and that all machines are operated per the manufacturer’s specification.
Please refer to the Machine Guarding policy for further information.
The Mold Management Plan is to inform employees and students of their respective roles and responsibilities in recognition, prevention, remediation, and documentation of mold and moisture incidents.
Personal Protective Equipment
Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is designed to protect us from serious workplace injuries or illnesses resulting from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards.
Power Industrialized Equipment/Vehicles
Industrial trucks include fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines.
Please refer to the Heavy Equipment policy for further information.
Based on potentials for respiratory hazards, this comprehensive standard was developed to protect Wake Forest University employees who may be required to wear respirators during the course of their work.
Severe Weather Guidelines
University guidelines for dealing with extreme weather events.
Space Hazard Assessment
Please choose the Space Hazard Assessment that corresponds to your area: