About EHS

Protecting Life, Property and the Environment

The Environmental Health and Safety Department protects life, property and the environment on all properties of the University. 

  • We monitor the local, state, and federal laws and regulations as well as professional standards and codes in these areas.
  • We manage how the University maintains its facilities and equipment, assist in managing those risks.
  • We track developments in environmental health and safety laws and regulations, and determine which of those requirements apply to campus activities.

EHS will help the University meet these requirements by developing programs to be implemented by campus personnel and or by direct services. EH&S abides by the University Environmental Health and Safety Policy.

Safety Leadership at Duquesne
Workplace safety leadership at Duquesne strives to include staff at all levels with representation reflecting the diversity of University functions.

Labor Management Safety Committee
This committee consists of representatives from EHS, Faculty, Grounds, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Parking, Public Safety and Residence Life. It meets monthly and its mission is to identify and address environmental and procedural safety concerns, campus-wide.

EHS/Radiation Safety Committee
This committee consists of representatives from Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Instrumentation, Research, EHS and Facilities Management. It meets quarterly and its mission is to review lab safety items related to chemical, biological, and radioactive use, including accidents, training, upcoming events and new policies.

University Safety Committee
This committee consists of representation by management from EHS, Public Safety, Emergency Planning and Risk Management. It meets biannually and its mission is to direct, oversee and coordinate all safety efforts on campus and to develop, maintain and disseminate University-wide educational EHS programs with an aim of continuously improving all aspects of environmental health and safety performance on campus.