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Environmental Health and Safety


ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 Standards

We have developed and implemented an overall Environmental and Occupational Safety Management System (EMS) utilizing guidelines contained within the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards.

ISO 14001

This standard helps organizations minimize their environmental impact and comply with applicable laws, regulations and other environmentally-oriented requirements. The standard also ensures continuous improvement of the university’s overall environmental program.

In August 2002, EH&S became certified to the ISO 14001 standard and was the second academic health and safety program in the US to achieve this distinction. In 2015, the standard was completely revised and EH&S was certified to the new standards.

OHSAS 18001

OHSAS 18001 is an occupational health and safety assessment series for health and safety management systems. It is intended to help organizations control occupational health and safety risks and was developed in response to widespread demand for a recognized standard against which to be certified and assessed.

In April 2007, EHS became one of the first US colleges to attain certification to OHSAS 18001 for its occupational health and safety program.

ISO 45001

In 2018, the International Standards Organization (ISO) established a new standard for Occupational Health and Safety. EH&S adopted the new standard in 2018 and is currently going through the certification process. This standard replaces the OHSAS 18001. 

For additional information about our Environmental and Occupational Safety Management System, please contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at 803-777-5269. 

Policies for the Environmental Managment System (EMS) and the Occupational Health & Safety Management System (OHS) [docx]