Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety, provides services and support for efficient, effective, and compliant work practices while promoting a culture of shared responsibility by students, faculty, staff, and visitors for a healthy, safe, and environmentally sound educational and research community at the University of Chicago.


In the achievement of our mission, the staff within Environmental Health and Safety is committed to the transparency of operations, development of collaborative partnerships, and establishment of lasting credibility among our customers. These performance values represent our dedication to responsiveness, service excellence, and alignment with the strategic goals of the University.


Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for the development and coordination of the University’s safety and environmental programs including radiation safety. These programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Laboratory Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • Laser Safety
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Environmental Protection

The purpose of these programs is to alleviate or reduce the severity of exposure to conditions or actions that can cause injury or damage to University assets. This goal is accomplished by the identification, analysis, and development of corrective action plans to alleviate or reduce the severity of risk to students, faculty, and staff to injurious conditions or actions. All buildings and laboratories comprising the University of Chicago are inspected on an annual basis to identify and locate infractions of fire, laboratory, radiation, or general safety concerns.

Visit the Environmental Health and Safety website for more information.