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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

Chemical Hygiene Staffing Update

Environmental Health & Safety is pleased to announce chemical hygiene staffing support from Old Colony Group, LLC. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Patrick Farrell and the Old Colony Group team. 

Please send all chemical and hazardous material related requests and inquiries to The phone number 202-299-2698 remains unchanged.

Thank you for your patience in this time of transition!


Protective Glove Update

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have banned the use of powdered gloves.  This is for all exam and safety gloves that use a powder lubricant on the inside.

For more info, please visit this Federal Register website.


Updated Hot Works Program

Updates to the Hot Works Program and permits are now posted in the EHS Manual.

Short videos detail how to get a permit and a step-by-step guide to Hot Works on campus

Defibrillator Program

Locations for Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) can be found in the new Defibrillator Program


Office Ergonomics

New information is now available for office employees.




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, do not bring the device on campus.  Please be mindful of others by not introducing these potential hazards into our community. 



 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.


Upcoming Dates

    • SEPT


      Fall Emergency Drills Begin