Environmental Safety & Sustainability
The Office of Environmental Safety & Sustainability (ESS) develops, establishes and administers the University's policies and procedures for campus environmental management, occupational safety and health practices, ensuring the University's compliance with all federal, state and local laws, regulatory guidelines and industry standards. This office provides environmental management, occupational safety and health services to the University community through technical support, information and training programs, consulting services, and the periodic auditing of campus environmental, safety and health practices.
Environmental Safety & Sustainability Mission:
The mission of the office is to support MSU's long-term contribution and commitment to its environmental and social responsibilities. Our vision is to establish and maintain a healthy and safe environment at MSU. Our approach in achieving this vision will be to involve the MSU faculty, staff, students and the university community-at-large in training programs, lectures and initiatives designed to develop a cadre of committed individuals who will be our eyes and ears in the identification of potentially hazardous conditions.
The Office of Environmental Safety & Sustainability develops, establishes and administers the University's policies and procedures for campus environmental compliance, health and safety. This ensures the University's compliance with all federal, state and local laws, regulatory guidelines and industry standards relating to the environment, health and safety. This office administers the Environmental Health and Safety Management System (EHS-MS) including the Hazard Communication, Community Right to Know and Hazardous Materials Management programs. It coordinates the Chemical Hygiene and Radiation Safety Programs with the School of Mathematics and Sciences.
General Planning Assumptions
The following assumptions guide the strategic plan for areas within the EHS Department:
New infrastructure initiatives will be needed to repair and maintain aging buildings.
New land and buildings will be purchased for future growth and will exceed the current 220 acres on the main campus as well as those of the New Jersey School of Conservation.
New faculty and staff will be hired to meet the new growth.
Major Strategic Initiatives
The Office of Environmental Safety & Sustainability, guided by these planning assumptions, will implement the following major strategic programs and initiatives to accomplish its mission:
Environmental, Health and Safety Management System (EHS-MS) Programs
- Asbestos Control Program
- Bloodborne Pathogens Program
- Chemical Hygiene Program
- Emergency Response Program
- Fire Safety Training Program
- Hazard Communication Program
- Hazardous Materials Spill Incident & Emergency Response Program
- Hazardous Waste Storage to Disposal Program
- Indoor Air Quality Program
- Permit Compliance Program
- Permitted Confined Space Program
- Personal Protective Equipment Program - Respirator Protection Program
- Pollution Prevention Program
- Radiation Safety Program
- Recycling Program
- Spill Prevention Program
- Storm Water Discharge Program