Environmental Health and Safety

The tragic loss of life in the high-rise apartment building in New York City earlier this month is a reminder of fire and life safety challenges that tall buildings present to emergency responders and occupants. Because of the inherent challenges of high-rise buildings and historic fires,…

What should you do with things like spent batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury-containing equipment, cathode-ray tubes (CRT’s), pesticides and spent aerosol cans? At Western, these are considered Universal Waste. Often these are looked at as “household waste” but, since WWU is a large…

Winter here in the Pacific Northwest is a time you may want to cozy up on those windy cold days. Heating-related mishaps are the second leading cause of fires in the U.S. Put the freeze on winter fires!

Remember to keep candles at least 12” from combustibles and put them out when you…

Earthquakes can happen at any time. Bellingham is in a region that has a history of having earthquakes. Most injuries are caused by falling or flying objects during an earthquake.

The Great Washington ShakeOut is Thursday, Oct. 21. Plan to join us by practicing:

The Environmental Health and Safety office is pleased to announce that Grant Whitman has joined our team in the position of Laboratory Safety Consultant.

Grant earned his bachelor's degree  in Environmental Science and his Masters of Public Health, with a focus in Environmental and…

Wildfire Smoke and Heat Stress are expected to be of concern throughout this summer. The Washington Department of Labor and Industries has responded with new emergency rules for Wildfire Smoke and Heat Stress.

Training on these subjects is required for certain jobs at…

After nearly 20 years of exemplary work at Western, Director of Environmental Health & Safety Sue Sullivan is moving on from the university to serve the community in a new role as the Whatcom County Health Department’s Environmental Health Manager.

Sullivan began her work at Western…

One area of concern that was brought out in the recent state safety survey was the number of employees who are not aware of how to get ergonomic assistance for their work. Western's Environmental Health and Safety office would like to remind everyone that this assistance is definitely…

On March 5, Western's Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Department will launch Vector EHS, formerly known as IndustrySafe. This is an easy-to-use portal for employees, students, and visitors to report incidents, accidents, and general concerns. …

On March 5, Western's Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Department will launch Vector EHS, formerly known as IndustrySafe. This is an easy-to-use portal for employees, students, and visitors to report incidents, accidents, and general concerns. …

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