Environmental Health & Safety

Safety & Health Programs and Services

EH&S at Work

Programs and Procedures

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

To report a facility related ADA concern, please email David Todd

EH&S Information

AED Locations (Automated External Defibrillators)
Aerial Lift Program (PDF)

Confined Space
Electrical Safety
Fire Safety
Forklift and Industrial Truck Program
Golf & Utility Cart Policy 
Indoor Environmental Quality
Occupational Safety
Pandemic Planning / Public Health
Research & Laboratory Safety
Residence Hall Safety
Respiratory Protection Program


The Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) ensures that the hazards of chemicals in use in laboratories at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) are communicated to all UNCW personnel and affiliates. Safety precautions necessary to prevent exposure shall be ensured by this plan. A chemical hygiene plan has the following components:

  • It shall be site-specific
  • It shall contain written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that include each activity in which chemicals are used in the lab.
  • It shall be immediately available to staff, Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), and regulatory officials.
  • It shall be reviewed annually and updated as necessary.

Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of all safety and environmental programs, including the Chemical Hygiene Plan (PDF). EH&S will assist with and monitor compliance with the CHP.

  • EH&S will review the CHP annually, update if necessary, and notify departments of any changes.
  • In addition, EH&S will inspect fume hoods, drench showers and eyewashes, perform exposure and hazard assessments, provide general laboratory training and chemical specific user awareness training.
  • Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO): A Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) is required under this program. The CHO is an individual who can provide technical guidance in the implementation of the CHP. The EH&S Laboratory and Environmental Safety Manager acts as the CHO for the Center for Marine Science (CMS) and the UNCW campus. The CHO will provide the general laboratory training and the chemical specific user awareness training.
Department Chairs: Department chairs are responsible for supporting the Principal Investigators and laboratory staff with the resources necessary to ensure compliance with this program. This includes providing training, time away from work to attend training sessions, safety equipment, and the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment Checklist (PPE) (PDF) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Policy (PDF).

To report unsafe conditions anywhere on campus, call the EH&S office at 910.962.3057 or contact any EH&S staff member, After hours and weekends, call 962.2222.

Always call 911 for emergencies!