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Mission of Environmental Health and Safety

Our mission is to assist CUA to:

  1. Maintain a safe and healthy place to learn, work and visit.

  2. Operate in a manner that protects our environment.

  3. Comply with applicable federal and District of Columbia codes and regulations.

EHS News and Announcements

Notice from DC Water

From March 23 through May 4, 2015, the disinfectant in drinking water will temporarily switch from chloramine to chlorine.

The annual switch in water disinfection is part of a routine program to clean and maintain drinking water systems in the District of Columbia. During the temporary switch to chlorine, local water authorities will also conduct system-wide flushing to enhance water quality. This program is a common practice for many U.S. water systems that use chloramine during the majority of the year. 

During this time, you may notice a slight change in the taste and smell of drinking water.  Local water authorities recommend running the cold water tap for approximately two minutes and refrigerating tap water to reduce the chlorine taste and odor.  

Please direct any questions or concerns to the Facilities Service Center or Environmental Health and Safety.


Updated Property Administration Policy

Environmental Health & Safety announces the updated Property Administration policy.  This is the first time this policy has been updated in ten years; it now better reflects the actual administration of the operations, removes procedural steps and looks toward the future related to technological innovation and improvements.  We encourage all staff and assigned asset users to read the updated policy here or on the Asset Management website.


New Waste Strategies Staffing

Environmental Health & Safety is pleased to announce additional support from our chemical hygiene staffing services with Waste Strategies.  Please join us in welcoming Ms. Stephanie Rueger to the EHS and Waste Strategies team.  Stephanie will be on-site in conjunction and collaboration with Patrick Farrell.  Stephanie will add another element and resource for our management of chemical hygiene and regulatory compliance.  She has a background in laboratory settings and possesses a degree in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She also has experience teaching at Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology in China.  Stephanie can be reached at 202-299-2698 or via email at




Upcoming Dates

    • APR
      Academic Safety Committee Meeting