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Frequently Asked Questions

What does EH&S do?
Responsibilities of the EH&S Department:

The EH&S Department stays up-to-date on regulations and standards which apply to the University and provides advice and counsel on best practices. EH&S is NOT the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nor any other national, state, or local regulatory agency which enforces standards and regulations. The role of EH&S on Campus is to minimize health, safety, and environmental risks, including physical and fiscal harm to the University.

Where are you located on Campus?

EH&S is located at 616 Brodhead Avenue. The office is across the street from the Alumni Memorial Building parking lot.

How do I make sure my lab is in compliance?
Laboratory Compliance:

Your laboratory should have the EH&S information poster hung in a prominent location. Everyone in your laboratory must have access to and be familiar with the reference information (Material Data Sheets (MSDSs) for the chemicals used in your laboratory. Your laboratory must store chemicals correctly. Everyone in your laboratory must have access to an be familiar with the Chemical Hygiene Plan and Lehigh University Waste Disposal Guidelines.

What is the Hazard Communication Program?
Hazard Communication Program:

The Hazard Communication Program requires employees be informed of any hazardous chemicals in their workplace. The objective of the HazCom Program is employee safety and health in their work area where chemicals are present. Your supervisor or Principle Investigator is the University's representative and is responsible for informing you of hazards in your workplace.

What do I do if there is an emergency on Campus?
Accident or Emergency:

Immediately call University Police X84200 and describe the incident.

Is there an Emergency Plan for the Campus?
Emergency Plan:

An Emergency Preparedness Prevention Contingency Plan (EPPC) has been developed to promote the safety and effective handling of a hazardous material incident. The purpose of the plan is to minimize hazards to human health or the environment from fires, explosions, or any unplanned, sudden, or non-sudden release of hazardous waste, hazardous materials, or radioactive materials to the air, soil, or water. Copies of this plan can be obtained by contacting EH&S at X84251.


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