Environmental Health and Safety

Christopher Newport University is committed to maintaining a safe working, learning and living environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. For more information, view the Environmental Health and Safety Policy.

The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) seeks to foster safe, healthy and sustainable spaces to live, work and learn at CNU. Through campus partnerships and a proactive approach, we strive to facilitate continuous advancement in the areas of sustainability, fire safety, and occupational health and safety.

We provide:

  • information, training and other resources in our fields of expertise
  • objective assessments of our locations, systems and processes
  • guidance in the implementation of best practices which minimize injuries, illnesses, ecological impact and regulatory risks as well as promote well-being and resilience

EHS provides technical assistance and support in these areas:

  • Biological safety in the laboratory
  • Bloodborne pathogens exposure control
  • Building fire safety
  • Chemical hygiene
  • Chemical safety
  • Electrical safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Fall protection
  • First aid
  • Occupational accident and injury investigation
  • Hazardous and regulated waste management and disposal
  • Hearing conservation
  • Indoor air quality investigation
  • Industrial machinery and equipment safety
  • Laboratory and research safety
  • Respiratory protection
  • Personal protective equipment

Christopher Newport requires safety training for laboratory and workshop personnel to ensure that they are adequately informed about physical and health hazards present within the laboratory or the workshop and methods for minimizing the risks of exposure. Required training is determined by job duties and the specific hazards associated with job. Please review our Guide to OSHA compliance.

Safety Training DVD Library - More than 25 safety training DVDs are available to check out from the EHS Department. Email ehs@cnu.edu to request a list of topics available.

Self-paced training is available at the links below. Once training materials have been fully reviewed, quiz answers should be sent to ehs@cnu.edu. Based on your quiz answers, you will receive an email confirming your successful completion of the self-paced training.

Employer: Supports a safe and sustainable campus.

EHS Department: Develops and administers processes and programs that improve health, safety, and sustainability. Facilitates training for employees and students.

Supervisor: Implements processes and programs to meet health, safety, and sustainability goals. Coordinates with EHS to ensure the employees and workplaces under their supervision are current on all training and best practices.

Employee: Supports EHS departmental efforts. Knows and adheres to all requirements and best practices applicable to their work activities.

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