Environmental Health and Safety

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) aims to facilitate safe practices into the working environment and learning curriculum. The EHS Policy demonstrates the commitment that the College assigns to matters of EHS. The President recognizes the importance of maintaining the health and safety of the College’s employees, students and visitors and has delegated duties to specific employees to facilitate the day-to-day operation of particular areas and activities. The College has also adopted environmental protection procedures. The EHS Policy is available for download and/or viewing from the EHS website. Visit the “Offices and Departments” channel of the Ringling College campus portal.

The EHS Policy provides information on the Policy’s aims, principles and general arrangements. The roles and responsibilities of key personnel are explained with regard to EHS. The Department Heads maintain the environmental health and safety for their academic areas. Faculty members must be familiar with the EHS practices that affect their processes and instruct students in their classes on safe working practices.

EHS orientation training is provided to faculty, staff and students. Further training on specific processes and materials is provided to employees or students. All employees working with hazardous chemicals or equipment receive training in accordance with EHS procedures.

The College’s EHS Committee reviews and/or recommends the adoption of policies and procedures. The Committee also considers campus-wide issues relating to industrial health and hygiene, security, and the campus facilities. The Environmental Health and Safety Sub-Committee reports to the EHS Committee. The purpose of this committees is to assist the College in achieving the objectives set by the EHS Policy.

It is the responsibility of faculty, staff, and students to follow safe working procedures and to report unsafe conditions, equipment, or practices to their supervisor or to the EHS department.