The Environmental Compliance Program provides guidance on issues relating to personnel safety, environmental exposure incidents and other safety best practices.
Clean air is essential to a healthy population, a healthy environment and a healthy economy. Weber State is required to maintain air permitting through the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) and we are compliant with State and Local Emissions Inventory Standards. EHS works closely with other university departments to enhance our air quality.
OSHA guidance concerning useful, up-to-date information to identify, correct, and prevent IAQ problems for workers and employers.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used for centuries and by the 1930’s, asbestos was known as the “miracle mineral” and was used in everything from insulation and fire walls to Christmas tree ornamentation. During the late 1960’s and 1970’s, studies indicated that asbestos presented a health risk, prompting the government to regulate asbestos by the mid 1970’s. The three diseases associated with asbestos are: asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Asbestos becomes a health hazard when asbestos containing material becomes friable and releases the asbestos fibers which can be inhaled into the lungs.
Occupants of buildings should presume that some building materials (i.e. ceiling tile, floor tile, wall materials, pipe insulation) may contain some degree of asbestos and they should exercise caution to assure that potential asbestos-containing materials are not damaged or disturbed.
Best practices for asbestos inspection, maintenance, labeling, repair, emergency response and removal of asbestos-containing materials in university buildings.
OSHA guidance for recognizing and reducing the harms of asbestos.
Hazardous Materials Management
Weber State is committed to the safe disposal of hazardous wastes to preserve public health and the environment. Hazardous waste cannot be disposed of down a drain or in the regular trash. Various types of wastes are regulated differently according to State and Federal regulations. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding specific types of waste.
Types of Waste
Hazardous Waste is waste with dangerous properties capable of harming human health or the environment. Hazardous waste may come in many forms, including liquids, chemicals, solids, gases and sludges.
Biohazardous Waste is waste that may be contaminated by blood, body fluids or other potentially infectious materials and is often referred to as regulated medical waste. For more information, consult WSU's Biohazardous Waste Guide.
Universal Waste is a subset of hazardous waste with reduced regulatory requirements. Universal waste includes batteries, light bulbs, mercury-containing devices and pesticides.
- Batteries are collected and recycled by Sustainability. See their website for their contact information.
- FluorescentLight bulbs and tubes:
- Light bulbs are collected if they are labeled with CFL. All other bulbs can be thrown in the regular trash.
- Fluorescent tubes are collected if they have silver caps.
- All green-capped tubes are to be thrown away.
- White-capped tubes are the most desirable as they are LEDs.
- LED bulbs and tubes can be thrown in the regular trash.
- e-Waste is collected by Property Control. See their website for their contact information
We do not provide this service to the general public. If this is not university-generated waste, you may visit the Weber-Morgan Health solid and hazardous waste site for additional resources. In the case of an emergency, call 911.
Environmental Health & Safety provides a biohazardous waste pickup service to the campus community. To request this service, please complete the form below and we will contact you to schedule a time for waste pickup.
Environmental Health & Safety provides a hazardous waste pickup service to the campus community. To request this service, please complete the form below and we will contact you to schedule a time for waste pickup.
OSHA’s comprehensive guide to information regarding hazardous waste operations.
Guidelines for proper handling of hazardous materials to ensure protection of all university faculty, staff and students.
Environmental Health & Safety provides Universal Waste Disposal for CFL lightbulbs, silver-tipped fluorescent tubes and mercury-containing lightbulbs. If you need assistance in taking these to our waste disposal site, complete the form below and we will contact you to schedule a time for waste pickup.
Heat & Cold Stress
Working in extreme temperatures, hot or cold, can inundate the body’s temperature control system. When the body is unable to warm or cool itself properly, illness can result. Heat and cold stress can contribute to adverse health effects that range in severity from discomfort to death.
OSHA quick reference guide on protecting employees and employers from the stressors of cold.
OSHA quick reference guide on protecting employees and employers from the stressors of heat.
OSHA overview on avoiding employee and employer illness, injury and fatalities in relation to the cold.
OSHA overview on avoiding employee and employer illness, injury and fatalities in relation to the heat.
Mold Prevention & Management
Mold spores are naturally occurring and are found both indoors and outdoors. Mold is typically not a problem until undiscovered or unaddressed areas with excessive moisture allows it to grow. People with allergies are typically more sensitive to molds as the symptoms include nasal stuffiness, eye irritation or wheezing.