Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) strives to ensure a safe campus environment. EHS has provided the following procedures to guide our community in safety best practices. Review the pages below and contact us with any questions.

  • Aerial Work Platforms - Guidelines for using aerial work platforms.
  • Automated External Defibrillator - This program provides guidance for the selection, placement, use, and maintenance of AEDs.
  • Campus Buildings & Offices - Employee safety handbook and evacuation plans for campus buildings and offices.
  • Confined Space Program - Guidelines and procedures for safe entry into confined spaces.
  • Contractor Safety Program - Contractor guidelines for working at Northwestern.
  • Employee Exposure Records - Description of employee exposure and medical records and how to obtain them.
  • Fire Prevention and Protection - Fire drills, fire extinguisher training, evacuation warden training, fire safety report, student residential facility fire log.
  • Ergonomics - The study of people at work – helps reduce injuries associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repetitive tasks.
  • Hazard Communication – Program informing employees of potential hazards associated with chemicals.
  • Hazardous Waste – Guidelines on how to safely handle, store, and dispose of hazardous waste materials.
  • Hearing Conservation Program - Guidance on reducing occupational hearing loss.
  • Indoor Air Quality - Procedures for reporting and investigating indoor air quality concerns in Northwestern facilities.
  • Labs - Guidelines for volunteers and visitors using University labs.
  • OSHA Poster Informs NU employees of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Contact Risk Management and Safety for questions.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Program and training requirements for the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective equipment.
  • Powered Industrial Trucks – Guidelines for using forklifts and other powered industrial trucks.
  • Shop Safety - Guidelines for safety in the sciences, theater and Facilities Management shops.
  • Spotlight on Safety / Safety Briefs - Environmental health and safety topics encountered at work and at home.
  • Student Housing - Fire drills, emergency information and safety guidelines for students living in residence halls and Greek housing.
  • Water Intrusion - Guidelines to identify, respond, and mitigate water intrusion events.

For additional information, please contact Gwen Butler, Director, Environmental Health and Safety, at 847.491.4936 or gwen.butler@northwestern.edu.