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Environmental Health

Administering environmental, health, and safety programs to protect the American University community.

What We Do

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety administers environmental, health, and safety needs for American University and assists the campus in monitoring compliance with federal and local laws and regulations.

This office oversees the use of chemical and hazardous materials. More information can be found on the Chemical and Hazardous Materials.

The Chemical Hygiene Plan establishes policy, responsibilities, and procedures to ensure the safe use of hazardous chemicals within the laboratories on campus.

The office also monitors the use of radioactive and biological materials. More information can be found on the Radioactive and Biological Materials page.

Featured Programs

Workstation Design and Configuration

Need help setting up a new workstation or want to make improvements to your current office space? We have online and in-person resources available to help you fit your workspace to you.

Click here for more information on ergonomics resources available to the AU community.

Program Topics

Safety training is available to university faculty, staff and students. Online topics include:

  • Laboratory Safety
  • Radiation Safety
  • X-Ray Safety
  • Laser Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Aerial and Scissor Lifts
  • Hazard Communication
  • Art Safety
  • Spill Prevention and Hazardous Waste Recognition
  • Bloodborne Pathogens

For more information, please contact: 

Leanne Wright, MPH, CSP
Assistant Director
Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2007

Investigations & Assessments

Environmental Health and Safety, in conjunction with Facilities Management, is responsible for investigating indoor air quality concerns on campus. To report an indoor air quality concern, please submit a 2Fix through the myAU portal.

For more information, please contact:

Phillip J. Brown
Assistant Director
Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2367

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