Stanford University

About Us

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is the principal health and safety office at Stanford University. EH&S reports to the Vice Provost and Dean of Research David Studdert, and is directed by Associate Vice Provost Russell Furr. EH&S works closely with the University Safety Partners, the faculty and managers in the research community and operational units, safety coordinators and safety committees, and departmental and central administrators. The University Committee on Health and Safety, a faculty committee that reports to the President of the University, provides institutional oversight and recommendations for program development and improvements.

Our Mission

We support and advance the teaching, learning and research activities at Stanford by promoting a safe and healthy campus environment. We provide and coordinate programs and services that minimize safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship.

Our Values

We are committed to applying the highest professional practices and standards. On a day-to-day basis, we:

  • treat each other and members of the Stanford University’s diverse and multi-cultural community with professionalism, sensitivity and respect;
  • promote a trusting and honest workplace environment through teamwork and mutual support; and
  • create a workplace environment that encourages the development of professional and personal growth and integrity.

We will provide quality services to our customers by

  • understanding their individual needs
  • recognizing and defining our roles and responsibilities
  • empowering and requiring accountability of our staff, and
  • by measuring our effectiveness.

Our Vision

Responsibility for health, safety and environmental protection will be an integral performance requirement of all employees and students of Stanford University. Our services will be seamless and respected throughout all areas of EH&S responsibility, particularly within the research community, and will be nationally recognized as a model of health and safety partnership. We will create and maintain a flexible and supportive work environment where we can achieve our full potential, freely express ourselves, participate in team-based decisions, recognize and celebrate our achievements, acknowledge, our shortcomings, and welcome change as means for continual improvement.

You can download our most recent Annual Report or go to our our News section for recent alerts and updates.

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EH&S 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Released

As a global leader in education, research, and program development, Stanford University has embraced its role in not only mastering current technologies and bodies of knowledge, but in seeking better solutions, expanding what is possible, and training the next generation of thought leaders, whatever the field may be. As a service department supporting this mission, Environmental Health & Safety has adopted the same intellectual curiosity and commitment to excellence for which our academic departments are so renowned.

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Laboratory Safety

The Laboratory Safety Program provides targeted health and safety services in support of research. The Laboratory Safety Staff provide specialized laboratory safety consultations on chemical and physical hazards, as well as compliance support.

Occupational Health Center

The Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC) was established in 2007 to care for the occupational health needs of Stanford University faculty and staff. The SUOHC is dedicated to providing outstanding clinical care to improve the health and safety of university employees.

Biosafety & Biosecurity

The Biosafety & Biosecurity group is composed of a Biosafety & Biosecurity Manager and Biosafety & Biosecurity Specialists, all with years of research experience.

Training & Communications

The EH&S Training & Communications group plays a critical role as a main interface between Environmental Health & Safety and campus organizations needing consultative assistance and training from EH&S professionals.

Occupational Safety & Health

The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Group develops and manages institutional programs designed to promote health and safety covering a broad spectrum of occupational, research, learning and living environments.

Health Physics

The Health Physics (HP) group develops and administers the institutional radiation safety, laser safety, and electromagnetic safety programs.

Fire Safety

Stanford University Fire Marshal’s Office (SUFMO) provides comprehensive services to the Stanford community encompassing all aspects of Fire Safety. We at SUFMO are dedicated to supporting the academic, research and the good life at Stanford.

Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection Programs includes services related to chemical, radioactive and biological waste management, disposal of legacy controlled substances, hazardous material spill prevention and response, air emission permits, surplus chemical exchange, and shipping of hazardous materials.

Emergency Management

The Stanford University Office of Emergency Management (OEM) serves as the administrative function charged with creating the framework within which the University can reduce vulnerability and sensitivity to hazards and cope with crisis and disasters.

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