The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental and all occupational health and safety programs throughout West Chester University's campus. EHS has four areas of responsibility: Occupational Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Environmental Protection, and Laboratory and Research Safety.

Regular inspections are performed in buildings and EHS monitors all adverse environmental exposures. The department is here as a service and support unit within Facilities and also acts as the liaison for the university with regulatory agencies in the fields of occupational and environmental health and safety.

Safety Policy Statement

West Chester University is committed to providing a safe and healthful environment for all faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community. This is achieved through the implementation of comprehensive environmental, health and safety programs and policies focused on reducing risks to people and the environment and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. (Health and Safety Policy)

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Think Safety when Decorating the Office for the Holidays

With the holiday season underway, people are feeling festive – including at work. But whether you're decorating your cubicle or taking part in the office potluck, safety should always remain a top priority. WCU-EHS offers the following tips to help prevent accidents and promote a safe campus.

Don't stand on a chair to hang decorations. Use a stepladder, and make sure to read and follow the instructions and warnings on the label. And never hand decorations from lights, pipes, or fire sprinklers. Make sure decorations do not obstruct exit signs, fire extinguishers, fire alarms, or other office safety features.

Holiday PSA

  • Planning to string decorative lights or other electical items in your workplace?
  • Be sure that all electrical items are certified by a nationally recognized independent testing lab.
  • Inspect all lights, decorations, and extension cords for damage before using.
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations or electrical devices – they can overheat and cause a fire.
  • Never try to make a three-prong plug fit into a two-prong outlet.
  • Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before leaving.

If you need to use an extension cord:

  • Refrain from placing extension cords in high-traffic areas of your workplace, or under rugs, carpets, or furniture.
  • Never attempt to extend the length of an extension cord by connecting it to another extension cord.
  • Never nail or staple extension cords to walls – doing so may damage existing wire insulation.
  • Don't place extension cords in walls or ceilings, as this can cause the cords to overheat.

Live cut Evergreen trees and garland are prohibited. Please use artificial trees and wreaths to show your holiday spirit.

For more information read our Holiday decoration guidelines or visit Fire Safety at WCUPA.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!


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