Environmental Health and Safety


As part of Risk Management, 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 Topic Spotlight

Make sure that you include safety planning in all of your summer adventures!

Hiking and Camping

  • Make sure that you let others know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Pack enough food and water for every participant.
  • Pay attention to the weather—be ready to cancel your activities when necessary.
  • Understand the skill levels of everyone in your group—don’t attempt hiking trails or activities that are too advanced for the participants.
  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn.
  • Protect yourself from insect bites by using bug spray.

Water Safety

  • Be aware of underwater hazards, such as rocks, broken glass, and currents.
  • Don’t get in the water unless you know how to swim.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Don’t engage in water activities like swimming or boating while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Always wear a life jacket while boating.

Fireworks

  • Fireworks are prohibited on the Westminster College campus.
  • Never use fireworks when impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Instead of lighting fireworks yourself, enjoy professional fireworks shows during summer holidays!

When weather conditions are favorable, riding a scooter or bicycle is a great environmentally-friendly way to get around. Keep these tips in mind to stay safe while enjoying the ride:

  • Remember that electrically-powered scooters and bicycles are not allowed for on-campus transportation.
  • Electrically-powered scooters and bicycles may not be taken inside any campus building.
  • Always yield to pedestrians, especially on sidewalks and bridges.
  • Park bicycles in racks and scooters off of walkways and away from building entrances and exits.
  • Obey all traffic laws, and be aware of road conditions and obstructions.
  • Pay attention to weather and road conditions.
  • Practice distraction-free riding—use both hands, and keep your phone safely stowed away.
  • While Salt Lake City does not require the use of helmets while riding scooters or bicycles, wearing a helmet is strongly recommended, and could help to prevent serious head injury or death in the event of an accident.
  • Remember that pedestrians, scooter riders and bicycle riders become less visible to vehicle drivers after dark. Plan your trips to occur during daylight hours as much as possible, and wear high-visibility clothing if you have to ride at night.

1300 East is undergoing a much-needed construction and improvement project, scheduled to be completed in October 2019. While we look forward to how much better it will be when it’s finished, it is important for our campus community members to use caution when walking or driving through and around the construction zone.

  • Traffic patterns and routes may change unexpectedly from day to day. Pay attention to road signs and maintain speeds at or below the posted speed limit.
  • Be aware of crosswalks and pedestrian crossings. If you are a pedestrian, always use a crosswalk when you need to cross the street, and stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Be vigilant about regularly checking your email, as the college will try to provide as much notice as possible to construction activities which may impact access to campus or normal campus activities.
  • Stay up-to-date on the status of the construction project.

Reporting

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

Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports