Environmental Health and Safety


As part of Risk Management, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides services to assist the campus community in complying with applicable federal, state and local EHS regulations, college policies and programs, and best practices and guidelines. Our goal is to improve safety, prevent injury, and promote environmental responsibility through the recognition, evaluation, and control of potential hazards arising from college activities.

Our services include regulatory compliance assistance, consultation, and safety training for college personnel and students in environmental health and safety programs. General areas of focus include:

  • Fire and life safety
  • Occupational safety
  • Environmental health
  • Emergency management

Please call 801.832.2529 with questions or to request services.

Safety Topic Spotlight

Make sure that you include safety planning in all of your Fall adventures!

Flu Season

Fall is the beginning of flu season. Here are some actions you can take to prevent catching or spreading the flu virus:

  1. If you can, get this season’s flu vaccination. Contact your healthcare provider or Student Health Services with any questions or concerns you may have about the flu vaccine, and make an appointment to receive it early on.
  2. Take action to prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands before and after preparing food, after using the restroom, and after blowing your nose/coughing/sneezing. Use proper hand-washing technique, wetting your hands, lathering them with soap, scrubbing for 20 seconds, rinsing well, and drying hands thoroughly.
  3. Stay home if you get the flu. Consult your healthcare provider to learn when you may be contagious. Take flu antiviral medicine if prescribed by your healthcare provider.

Be aware of Weather

  • Check the weather when getting ready for the day – wear clothing that is appropriate and carry an umbrella if rain or snow is predicted.
  • Use caution when walking on wet surfaces. Wipe your feet when entering buildings to minimize the amount of water in entrance areas.
  • Avoid traveling during periods of severe weather. Make sure you have an emergency supply kit in the car, and keep your cell phone with you.
  • Remember that space heaters are not allowed in any residence halls – use other means to stay warm indoors, such as layers of clothing and blankets.

Driving at Night

Fall means fewer hours of daylight, and potentially more driving at night. Keep these tips in mind when driving in low light conditions:

  • Make sure your car is ready for night driving by ensuring that the headlights are functioning and clean.
  • Dim your dashboard.
  • Look away from oncoming bright lights.
  • Keep your windshield clean and free of streaks that might reflect light.
  • Pay attention to weather and road conditions.
  • Slow down to compensate for reduced visibility and stopping time – keep an eye out for pedestrians and small vehicles such as motorcycles, scooters, and bicycles.

When weather conditions are favorable, riding a scooter or bicycle is a great environmentally-friendly way to get around. Keep these tips in mind to stay safe while enjoying the ride:

  • Remember that electrically-powered scooters and bicycles are not allowed for on-campus transportation.
  • Electrically-powered scooters and bicycles may not be taken inside any campus building.
  • Always yield to pedestrians, especially on sidewalks and bridges.
  • Park bicycles and scooters away from building entrances and exits. Use available bike racks and keep scooters off of walkways.
  • Obey all traffic laws, and be aware of road conditions and obstructions.
  • Pay attention to weather and road conditions.
  • Practice distraction-free riding—use both hands, and keep your phone safely stowed away.
  • While Salt Lake City does not require the use of helmets while riding scooters or bicycles, wearing a helmet is strongly recommended, and could help to prevent serious head injury or death in the event of an accident.
  • Remember that pedestrians, scooter riders, and bicycle riders become less visible to vehicle drivers after dark. Plan your trips to occur during daylight hours as much as possible, and wear high-visibility clothing if you have to ride at night.

1300 East is undergoing a much-needed construction and improvement project, scheduled to be completed in October 2019. While we look forward to how much better it will be when it’s finished, it is important for our campus community members to use caution when walking or driving through and around the construction zone.

  • Traffic patterns and routes may change unexpectedly from day to day. Pay attention to road signs and maintain speeds at or below the posted speed limit.
  • Be aware of crosswalks and pedestrian crossings. If you are a pedestrian, always use a crosswalk when you need to cross the street, and stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Be vigilant about regularly checking your email as the college will try to provide as much notice as possible to construction activities which may impact access to campus or normal campus activities.
  • Stay up-to-date on the status of the construction project.

Reporting

Westminster College provides up-to-date reports on crime, personal safety, security, and fire safety on campus.

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