Environmental Health and Safety

As part of the Risk Management department, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides services to assist the campus community in complying with applicable federal, state and local EHS regulations, College policies and programs, and best practices and guidelines. Our goal is to improve safety, prevent injury, and promote environmental responsibility through the recognition, evaluation and control of potential hazards arising from College activities.

Our services include regulatory compliance assistance, consultation, and safety training for College personnel and students in environmental health and safety programs. General areas of focus include:

  • Fire and life safety
  • Occupational safety
  • Environmental health
  • Emergency management

Please call 801-832-2529 with questions or to request services.

Safety Topics

Winter is coming, and with it comes cold temperatures! Space heaters can be a good way to stay comfortable when it gets chilly, but they can also pose a fire hazard.

  • Space heaters used in campus buildings must be in good working order, and must be electrically powered (not fuel-burning). Check the equipment label to make sure the heater has been tested by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or Intertek (ETL). Space heaters are NOT permitted in residence halls.
  • Check to make sure the electrical cord is also in good condition, and that there are no cracks or exposed wires.
  • Use space heaters equipped with an automatic shut-off when the heater is tipped over or when the desired temperature is reached.
  • Keep space heaters separated from combustible or flammable materials (paper, cloth, etc.) and placed in a location where the heater and its cord will not cause a trip hazard.
  • Space heaters must be plugged directly into a wall outlet, not into a power strip or extension cord, as these items could overheat and potentially cause a fire.
  • Turn off your space heater when you leave the area, especially if you are leaving for the day or weekend.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy. Stop germs and stay healthy by washing your hands!


  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap – be sure to get the backs of your hands, under your fingernails, and between your fingers!
  • Scrub your hands for 20 seconds.
  • Turn on the tap and rinse your hands under clean running water.
  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel or air dryer.


  • Before, during, and after preparing food.
  • Before eating food.
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick.
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound.
  • After using the restroom.
  • After changing a diaper or cleaning up a child after using the restroom.
  • After blowing your nose, sneezing, or coughing.
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste.
  • After handling pet food or pet treats.
  • After handling garbage.
For more information on how hand-washing helps to prevent the spread of disease, visit the CDC’s Hand-washing website

Ice and slippery surfaces are some of the most common winter hazards – check out these tips for having a safe winter season!

Driving in Winter

  • Check the weather before you go.
  • Try to schedule travel around winter storms, and let people know when you expect to arrive.
  • Prepare your car winter.
  • Tire tread and air pressure
  • Brakes
  • Battery
  • Fluid levels
  • Take it slow – stopping and turning will be different in icy conditions.
  • Be prepared for when things don’t go to plan.
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Jumper cables
  • Shovel and road salt or cat litter
  • Reflective triangles
  • Food and water
  • Blankets and/or warm clothing

Walking in Winter

  • Look before you step – check the conditions of the walking surface.
  • Wear shoes with good traction when walking outside.
  • Use handrails when available.
  • Walk like a penguin.
    • Take short steps or shuffle your feet
    • Keep your weight centered over your feet
    • Use your arms to maintain balance
  • If you start to fall, relax. If you start to fall forward, try to roll with it. If you start to fall backward, try to sit down.
  • Watch out for slippery floors! When snow and ice is tracked indoors, it can cause wet floors.
If winter storms or other inclement weather causes campus to be closed, you’ll find out through the College’s Emergency Notification System. Keep your contact information up to date!


To view information on crime reporting and personal safety, please visit Campus Patrol.

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