Environmental Health & Safety Office

Reminders for Faculty and Staff

It is the mission of the University of Hawai ʻi at Hilo's Environmental Health and Safety Office to ensure a safe campus environment through the development and administration of health and safety programs critical to the University experience.

The following are just some of the many programs and activities which may require special oversight or training:

  • Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials
  • Storage and Disposal of Hazardous Wastes
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Use of Air Purifying Respirators
  • Bloodborne Pathogen training (if potential exposure to blood or human bodily fluids exists)
  • Biosafety training (if working with certain regulated biological commodities, including micro-organisms, plants, animals, biological toxins, cell or tissue samples, recombinant DNA, etc.)
  • Shipping and Receiving of Hazardous Materials
  • Shipping and Receiving of Biological Materials
  • Working with Lasers
  • Use of Radioactive Materials or Sources of Ionizing Radiation
  • Compressed gas (SCUBA) diving
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Lock Out/Tag Out
  • Fall Protection
  • Ladder Safety
  • Field Work or Work in Remote Locations

Please realize that these are just some of the many areas that are regulated at the Federal, State, and/or Local level. If you or your program conducts any of the aforementioned activities, you may be subject to these regulations. Unfortunately, failure to comply with these regulations may result in citations and fines from regulatory agencies. More importantly, failure to comply may expose employees and students to unnecessary risks. The primary concern is, and will always be, providing a safe environment for Faculty, Staff, Students, and the public.

To achieve this goal, the UH Hilo Environmental Health & Safety Office can offer, or coordinate, training in the aforementioned areas.

If you are unsure of whether or not your activities or program are have specific compliance requirements, please feel free to contact Ken Ikeda at 932-7638, or email keni@hawaii.edu.