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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



Due to the rising number of safety concerns due to falls and spontaneous combustion of hoverboards, a temporary ban of these devices will be in place until such time as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has completed a thorough study.


The CPSC has issued a formal statement on the safety of hoverboards with advice to reduce the potential for injury.


The use, possession or storage of hoverboards on University property is prohibited given the potential risk to members of our community.


Hoverboards include self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters, and hands-free segways. If you own one, please make sure that the device is not brought to campus when returning for the Spring semester.  Please be mindful of others by not introducing these potential hazards into our community. 



Staffing Update

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department announces the following staffing changes:

   Ms. Stephanie Rueger has accepted the position of EHS Program Manager. Stephanie will be working with the University community to enhance our mission relating to academic and general safety, compliance, risk management, and insurance matters. Stephanie can be reached at X5865, email

   Mr. Terry Hurley is the new CUA Chemical Hygiene Officer. Terry will be working with the University community to enhance our mission relating to the safe use, handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials. Terry is a vendor member of our team as part of a service contract with his parent company, Waste Strategies. Terry can be reached at X2698, email

Please join us in welcoming these staff members to their new positions.


First Report of Injury Reminder

All employees are reminded to report any injuries to the Human Resources Office as soon as they are able to by completing the first report of injury form.  Our office has posted a custom presentation by United Educators to assist the employees and their supervisors in understanding the importance of the reporting.


New Eyewash Guidance

EHS reminds all users of laboratory and machine shop facilities on-campus of an updated resource from OSHA on the necessary maintenance of eye-wash stations.  Proper maintenance of these stations can minimize the risk of contaminated water and potential infection.




Upcoming Dates

    • FEB
      Insurance Renewal Application Questionnaire Due February 4
  • FEB
    Chemical Inventory         Due February 5