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.