Health & Safety

  • Accident/Injury Investigation

    In the event of an incident, complete any immediate first aid/medical care measures and report the incident to your supervisor.

    Faculty and Staff: Supervisors must complete the First Report of Incident form as soon as possible.

    Student Injuries: complete the First Report of Student Injury form.


    Notify EHS immediately (after first aid/medical care) at 336-758-EHAS if the work-related incident involves in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or fatality. 

    Outside of EHS business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, call the Utility Operations Center (24 hrs) at 336-758-4255. They will contact EHS.

    Supervisors have a responsibility to review their workplace incidents with their personnel and meet with EHS to perform an Accident/Incident investigation and develop a corrective action plan to prevent future incidents. 


    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.  Supervisors must complete the First Report of Incident form as soon as possible. Instructions can be found here.

    Complete the Needle Stick/Bodily Fluid Exposure form with your supervisor and return completed form to EHS.


    Work-related incidents are tracked and investigated to help prevent future incidents and to maintain safe and healthy workplaces. Reporting is also required by federal and state agencies to help the University meet its compliance responsibilities.

    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 Plans are offered the Hepatitis B Vaccination free of charge.  Participants must complete this form and return it to EHS.

    Blood and Bodily Fluid Spills

    Only trained personnel should clean up spills of blood or bodily fluids.  Call F&CS Customer Service at 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 the 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 the 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

    Download and submit an ErgoProfile Employee Survey to the EHS office via campus mail or email to wfuehs@wfu.edu.

    Got neck and back pain? Sometimes called exercise “snacks”, these quick hits of movement may help!

  • Fall Protection

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

  • First Aid

    First aid kits are intended to allow persons to treat themselves and/or their co-workers for minor medical incidents and are not intended to replace professional Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Any medical emergency which involves loss of consciousness, profuse bleeding, possible broken bones, head or neck injuries, serious burns, cardiovascular distress, or any other serious injury or illness should immediately be referred to the University EMS system by dialing 911.

    As emergency medical care exists in close proximity to the institution, Wake Forest University has a non-mandatory First Aid Kit Program for employees working in low-risk areas such as office, academic, and administrative areas. Departments are welcome to purchase their own first aid kits for the convenience of employees. Departments are also encouraged to develop their own departmental procedures on the use of the items within the first aid kit, including regular inspection of kits and restocking of first aid supplies.  

    Departments or administrative units MAY NOT provide, fund, or maintain any form of oral or inhaled medication (prescription or non-prescription) in first aid kits for use by the general population of University employees or students (this includes pain relievers and allergy medications). 

    Any injury at work should be reported to a supervisor immediately.  Supervisors must complete the First Report of Incident form as soon as possible. Instructions can be found here. Information on the workers’ compensation process and contact information for approved clinics can be found on HR’s website

    EHS provides First Aid, CPR/AED training at no cost to members of the University community. Contact Bridget Marrs at marrsbs@wfu.edu for more information or to schedule a class. 

    Office, Academic and Administrative First Aid Kit Inventory

    F&CS, Athletics, Campus Rec First Aid Kit Inventory

  • 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.

  • 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.