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 programs for all campus buildings including Occupational Health and Safety (employee safety, fire safety, ergonomics, risk assessments) and Environmental Health (indoor air quality, mold, asbestos, tank management, hazardous waste disposal).

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 which is accomplished through 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. For more information, visit the Environmental Health and Safety website.