Environmental, Health, & Safety (EHS)
A Department Essential to Campus Operations
The EHS Department serves as the primary campus resource for EHS policy development and technical consulation; environmental regulatory compliance; training, testing and monitoring of occupational health and safety programs, and for safety training for all employees.
These mission critical items are required by state and federal law, and provide over 1200 full time and up to 3000 part time employees (varies in given year with student employees) on campus locations, a safe, effective and healthy workplace.
To assist employers and employees in developing effective
safety and health programs, OSHA published recommended Safety and Health
Program Management Guidelines (Federal Register 54 (16): 3904-3916, January 26,
1989). These guidelines can be applied to all employees in places of employment
covered by OSHA and in general are applied by all agencies in the State of Wisconsin including the UW System. State of Wisconsin law under Code SPS 232 additionally covers this mandate.
The guidelines identify four general elements critical to
the development of a successful safety and health management system:
leadership and employee involvement
prevention and control
and health training
The Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Department asks each department and all employees and supervisors on campus to proactively join in these actions which make an effective program. EHS is a sub unit of the UW-Stevens Point Risk Management Department, which was established in 1993 and operates with the following mission.
To facilitate University compliance with environmental and occupational health regulations and the continuous improvement of campus environmental, health, and safety activities.
Dr. Kevin Czerwinski, Ph.D., University Chemical Hygiene Officer
Dr. Czerwinski is the University Chemical Hygiene Officer in coordination with his work as Professor, Department of Chemistry. Dr. Czerwinski reports to Walter Clark, Director of Risk Management. Kevin has worked for the department since 2008.
Ceyda Onaran Kartal, M.S, EHS Specialist
Ceyda holds both an undergraduate and
graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and graduated as an honors student
from Pamukkale University, Turkey. After working five years as a Safety
Engineer in Turkey, she moved to Wisconsin and received another graduate degree
(Master of Science in Risk Control) from the University of
Wisconsin-Stout. She has also completed two certificate programs
("Excellence in Management and Supervision," and "Fully Prepared
to Lead”) through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She assists the department with a number of
projects, including providing administrative and project coordination in
many aspects of environmental and occupational safety and risk analysis.
Ceyda reports to Walter Clark, Director of Risk Management. She has been working for the department since January, 2017.