Health & Safety

  • Accident/Injury Investigation

    The Accident Reporting & Investigation Procedure explains the steps taken if an accident occurs involving a Wake Forest University employee.

    First Report of Injury

    If you are injured on the job as a result of a work-related compensable accident, have your supervisor complete the First Report of Incident form (user name = 0807297 and password = newclaim) as soon as possible (instructions here).

    Needle Sticks

    If you come in contact with blood or other bodily fluids, IMMEDIATELY wash with soap and warm water. Contact your supervisor and the EHS office at 336.758.3427.  Complete the Needle Stick/Bodily Fluid Exposure form with your supervisor and return completed form to EHS.

    Please contact the Office of Environmental Health & Safety at wfuehs@wfu.edu for questions related to Accident/Injury Investigation procedures.

  • AED Program

    Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are available in public places of high occupancy and where people are at high risk for heart attacks.  A location guide is available on the AED Program page.

  • Asbestos Management

    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 for monitoring compliance with State and Federal asbestos regulations.

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control

    The Bloodborne Pathogen 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.  Hepatitis B Vaccination Program For employees participating in the University Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan are offered the Hepatitis B Vaccination free of charge.  Participants must complete this form and return to EHS.SpillsOnly trained personnel should clean up spills of blood or bodily fluids.  Call x4255 for assistance. Needle Sticks

    If you come in contact with blood or other bodily fluids, IMMEDIATELY wash with soap and warm water. Contact your supervisor and the EHS office at 336.758.3427.  Complete the Needle Stick/Bodily Fluid Exposure form with your supervisor and return completed form to EHS.

  • Camps and Conferences

    Camps and Conferences participating in science labs must review and submit the Conferences and Summer Camps Safety Guidelines Agreement prior to arrival on campus.  All information will be reviewed by the EHS Department to ensure University standards are followed.

  • Confined Space

    A comprehensive Permit Required 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.  No one may enter a confined space on campus prior to receiving a permit,

    Permits for entry are issued through Utility Operations.  Call 336.758.4747.

  • Contractor Safety

    Contractors are responsible for conducting their work in a safe and compliant manner that ultimately minimizes environmental and safety risk to the University and surrounding community.  See the Contractor Safety page for the Safety Guide, Agreement, Safety Video and Contractor Incident Form.

  • 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.

    Only trained maintenance personnel or contractors may service equipment or devices that the potential for stored energy.

  • Electrical Safety

    The Electrical Safety program provides work procedures and precautions that are required when working with energized circuits and sources of electricity.

  • Ergonomics

    Ergonomics program to focus on the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders associated with repetitive job duties.

    Ergonomic Assessment

    To request an ergonomic assessment of your work area, contact Bridget Marrs at 336.758.3427 or marrsbs@wfu.edu. In addition, please download and submit an ErgoProfile Employee Survey to the EHS office via campus mail or email to wfuehs@wfu.edu.

  • Fall Protection

    The University requires fall protection when working at heights over 4 feet.  Information is available in the Fall Protection policy.

  • Hazard Communication

    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.

  • Hearing Conservation

    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.

    Hearing Conservation Training (video)

  • Hot Work

    The Welding, Cutting, Brazing Policy has been developed to ensure the safety of WFU employees during welding and cutting operations to prevent fires or explosions.

    The Hot Work Permit is required for welding.

  • Ladder Safety

    The Ladder Procedure is applicable to all persons who are employed by Wake Forest University and may use a ladder during the course of work (including portable ladders, extension ladders and fixed or permanent ladders).

  • Lead

    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 wfuehs@wfu.edu for questions related to Lead.

  • Machine Guarding

    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.

  • Mold Management

    The Mold Management Plan provides guidance and direction in the recognition and remediation of mold growth within indoor environments and to identify and remediate the causes and conditions that permit mold growth.

  • 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.

  • Respiratory Protection

    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.

    All respirator users must first enroll in the WFU Respiratory Protection Program and receive medical clearance and training. This includes individuals requesting to use N-95 mask.

    Medical Clearance

    Required medical clearance to wear a respirator is handled through the EHS Department.  Call Bridget Marrs at x3427 for information.  Remember, you may not wear a respirator until medically cleared.

    If you decide to wear a respirator that is not required for your work environment, you must first complete the Voluntary Use Form and return to the EHS Department.

    The following documents describe proper technique to don the respirator you have been assigned.

  • Scissor Lift Safety

    The Scissor Lift Standard Operating Procedure provides WFU employees guidance for working safely in, on and around scissor lifts.

     

  • Severe Weather Guidelines

    University guidelines for dealing with extreme weather events.

  • Silica Exposure Control Plan

    Silica Policy for minimizing workplace exposure to silica.

     

  • Steam Safety

    The Steam Safety Policy provide guidance for working safely with steam lines on campus.

  • Trenching and Excavating

    The Trenching and Excavating Policy was developed to provide guidance for trenching and excavating safety precautions.

Questions?

Need to report an unsafe condition or incident?

Phone: 336.758.EHAS (3427)
Email: wfuehs@wfu.edu
Office Location: The EHS building is in the Facilities Compound on Wingate Road. It is the last building on the left up from Fleet Services, next door to Landscaping.