It is the policy of the university to promote good health, wellbeing, and occupational safety for its faculty, employees, students, and visitors. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety develops and executes comprehensive health and safety programs for the university. These programs comply with all federal, state, and municipal laws, codes, acts, regulations and standards relating to health, safety and the environment. These environmental health and safety rules and procedures, along with current details of responsibility and accountability for various issues, can be found on the Office of Environmental Health and Safety web page NMSU: Environmental Health and Safety.
These administrative rules and procedures endorse programs which:
- Provide safe and healthful conditions and reduce injuries and illnesses to the lowest possible level. No task is so important and no service so urgent that it cannot be done safely.
- Assure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations providing for environmental health and occupational safety.
- Provide information, training, and safeguards to faculty, staff, and students regarding health and safety hazards, and to the surrounding community regarding environmental health hazards arising from operations and events at the university.
- Install and maintain facilities and equipment in accordance with recognized and accepted standards essential to reduce or prevent exposure to hazards by faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
- Provide appropriate personal protective equipment to all employees at university expense when engineering controls are not adequate to minimize exposure.
- Provide medical services as required by law and as may be dictated by existing circumstances or programs.