Health & Safety

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:

Accident/Injury Investigation

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 for questions related to Accident/Injury Investigation procedures.

AED Program

Public access to defribillation (PAD) is the access to automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in public and/or private places of high occupancy and where people are at high risk for heart attacks.

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 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.

Camps and Conferences

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

Confined Space

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.

Contractor Safety

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 for questions related to Lockout/Tagout.


Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker. EHS has implemented an ergonomics program to focus on the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders associated with repetitive job duties.

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.

Hot Work

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 for questions related to Hot Work.

Ladder Safety

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 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 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.

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.

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:


Need to report an unsafe condition or incident?

Phone: 336.758.EHAS (3427)
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.