Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health and Safety assists the campus in providing a safe and healthful workplace through the development and implementation of programs which minimize the risk of occupationally related injury or illness. Also, EH&S develops and implements programs to ensure the safe use, handling and storage of hazardous materials and appropriate and compliant disposal of hazardous wastes. These are accomplished through employee training programs, procedures and policies, and compliance surveys.

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EHS News and Information

Driver's Safety Program Update

Starting November 23rd, 2022, Cal Poly’s Driver Safety Program will be managed by the Risk Management office.

All new applicants should go through Risk Management. HERE

Safety Jam

Thank you to all who attended the first of our quarterly safety forums called "Safety Jams". The purpose is to bring together those on campus who have an active role in health and safety, to build a network of support across departments, enhance our collective body of knowledge, and have a forum for communicating safety-related issues, news, and events. Safety Jams are open to anyone who would like to attend.

The next Safety Jam will be Friday, January 20th, 2023. Location TBD. We hope to see you there!

Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS)

EHS has begun a multi-part training series to support the relaunch of the campus RSS program . Each training will focus on a different requirement or module, and each training builds upon the last. All responsible persons, new and seasoned, are encourraged to attend every session. Meetings will be recorded and posted.

Click HERE for a recording of the "Relaunch Summary" training conducted on October 7th, 2022.

Click HERE for a recording of the "RSS Setup" training conducted on November 4th, 2022.

The next session will be January 27th, 2023 and will focus on the NEW "WASTe" module that allows campus generators to print compliant labels locally, track all the containers in thier areas of responsibility and to request a hazardous waste pick-up with just a click.

Please note that this is a schedule change from what was previously published in October.

Click HERE for the full schedule of sessions.

EHS Webpage Refresh

EHS recently updated our webpage to reflect our current processes and provide answers to frequently asked questions. There are new pages for Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS) and Hazardous Waste. Go to the EHS Programs page for a full list of health & safety program topics, tools, and applicable guidance - or click HERE.

We will continue to update programs and resources throughout the year. Please check back often.

If you have any suggestions for improvement, please don't hesitate to share them with us. environmental-health-safety@calpoly.edu

What's new with Cal Poly's Hazardous Waste Program?

Beginning Fall 2022, Cal Poly campus generators have access to a new waste labeling and management tool called WASTe (Waste Accumulation Storage Tracking electronically). This tool is within Cal Poly’s Risk and Safety Solutions (RSS) program. RSS is already being used on the campus for inspections and chemical inventories. Using this application, Principal Investigators (PIs), lab staff, and other generators of regulated wastes have the ability to create, edit, and print hazardous waste labels (“Tags”) directly from the system. Users can also create waste templates for routinely generated wastes, and requesting a pick-up of full waste containers for disposal is done with just a click! More information can be found HERE

Need to Report an Injury?

If you experience a work-related injury or illness, you must notify your supervisor immediately. Your supervisor will complete the Work Related Injury/Illness Form and provide to you the Claim Form DWC 1 within 24 hours of their knowledge of your injury/illness. Late reporting could delay or jeopardize Worker's Compensation benefits.