It is the policy of Florida A&M University to provide a safe and healthy workplace that is free from recognizable occupational and environmental hazards. The Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) administers numerous programs to support and advance the teaching, learning and research activities of the University through promotion of a safe and healthy campus environment. The Comprehensive Safety and Risk Management Plan provides additional information on the programs and services that have been implemented to minimize safety, health, environmental and regulatory risks and maintain compliance with federal, state and local laws, standards and regulations. The programs managed by EH&S include:
The FAMU Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) and Laboratory Safety Manual are the guiding documents for laboratory personnel. Hazardous Waste Awareness and Hazard Communication training are provided to raise awareness of best practices for laboratory safety and proper disposal of hazardous substances. Lab safety surveys are conducted annually to ensure compliance with safety policies and procedures.
This program ensures that through coordination with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Leon County Storage Tank Section of the Division of Environmental Compliance inspects all university fuel storage tanks 500 gallon capacity or greater, above and below the ground, annually and ensures compliance with the applicable Florida Statutes (F.S 376), and Florida Administrative Code (FAC 62-761).
EH&S ensures that Florida A&M University remains compliant with the requirements of chapter 62-624, Florida Administrative Code (FAC); (DEP) document 62-621.300 (7)(a)); and section 403.0885 Florida Statues (F.S.) as they relate to the permitting and management of the municipal separate storm sewer systems on the university’s campus.
In accordance with the 663.202 Fire Prevention Code and Life Safety Code NFPA101, the university shall maintain a fire prevention program. The fire prevention program is maintained in corporation with the State Fire Marshal’s office. Facility inspections are conducted annually to ensure compliance with fire codes. Routine facility inspections are performed to identify potential fire hazards such as the accumulation of flammable materials, incompatible storage of flammables, poor housekeeping, improper use of open flame equipment and electrical hazards. Fire drills and fire safety awareness training is provided and coordinated by the University Fire Safety Coordinator.
In accordance with Florida Statutes 553, 489, 468, and 440, along with their associated rules, Florida A&M University has established a Building Code compliance program. The mission is to help provide for the health, safety and welfare of our students, employees, and the public in the built environment. New construction, renovations, as well as major repairs are reviewed, permitted, and inspected for compliance with the Florida Building Codes, as well as the Florida Fire Prevention codes in a joint effort with the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
In addition, permit applications are reviewed to insure that the work is completed by properly licensed contractors, and that plans submitted are prepared by properly licensed design professionals, where required by statute.
Collaboration between offices and departments across campus is essential to the success of the recycling efforts. The Environmental Health & Safety Department is the lead office for campus recycling. EHS is responsible for providing the infrastructure and administrative staff to implement recycling efforts on campus. Recyclables including paper, cardboard, aluminum, plastic bottles and printer cartridges will be collected, managed and sold to recyclers to support and sustain the recycling program.
The primary objective of the University Safety Committee is to help reduce the risk of injuries and illnesses and ensure compliance with federal and state health and safety regulations by providing the support needed to enhance the university’s safety program. In addition to this primary mission, the Safety Committee encourages employees to participate in the overall safety process for the betterment of all concerned. Safety committee meetings are held on a routine basis. Those interested in attending committee meetings or presenting a topic for consideration should contact the office of Environmental Health and Safety.
A job hazard analysis must be performed for all new, complex or high risk tasks. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that a hazard analysis has been completed, training has been provided and controls are in place to reduce the risk of accident or injury.
Contact us at:
Environmental Health & Safety Department
Florida A&M University
Plant Operations Building A
2400 Wahnish Way, Suite 120
Phone: (850) 599-3442
Fax: (850) 599-8024