Environmental Health and Safety

8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday thru Friday

Phone: 530-898-5126

After Hours Contact:
UPD 898-5555

Department Zip: 0019

Summer Hours:
7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed Friday

Summer Safety Considerations

Welcome to summer at Chico State! While the Campus is significantly quieter, there are still many of us working, catching up on things, as well as, preparing for next semester’s students. Please review the following information and safety tips to help you make it through the summer months illness and injury free.

Preventing Heat Related Illness

Becoming acclimated to high temperatures, staying hydrated, and knowing how to recognize the symptoms of heat related illness can spare you from the discomfort and potential danger of heat illness.

Knowing your personal risk factors, avoiding dehydration, and taking breaks from outdoor activities when needed are important to your health.  Learn more at  Tips for Preventing Heat Related Illness- Center for Disease Control (CDC) 

Lifting and Back Safety

Summer is often the time when faculty, staff, and entire offices relocate. Musculoskeletal injuries are all too common in the workplace, and are largely avoidable. Please remember to “plan your move” ahead of time by sizing up the object you plan to move or lift, and importantly, always use proper lifting techniques. Using your legs, not your back and ask for help will greatly reduce the risk of a potentially painful injury. Learn more at  Spine Health - Lifting Techniques

Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention

Slips, trips, and falls occur year round on Campus due to a number of factors. While wet and slippery surfaces are not a concern during summer months, inattention to surroundings, rushing, and inappropriate footwear continue to be common causes of trips, slips, and falls. Falls can lead to serious injuries, often with long-term effects. For your safety do not read or text while walking, especially while using stairs. Pay attention to changes on walking surfaces and your surroundings. While many consider flip-flops comfortable, they provide no support for the ankle, and are frequently a contributing factor to trips and falls. Flip flops and other sandals do not provide adequate protection for feet when lifting and moving items, working with chemicals, and in other work environments on Campus.

Portable Heater Use

Portable heater use during the summer months is not appropriate, as this conflicts with Campus energy saving mandates and can cause the air conditioning to actually increase, further contributing to you feeling cold. It may be hot outside, but buildings are not.  Consider bringing extra layers of clothing to keep you comfortable while indoors and consider socks or alternate shoes if your feet get cold. Campus buildings are maintained at temperatures between 68° – 78 °, if you feel your temperatures are not within this range, please contact Facilities Management and Services at 898-6222.

More Summer Safety Tips

Help keep summertime safe for everyone. Please review the following websites for tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while enjoying the outdoors.

BBQ Grilling Safety (NFPA)

Protect Children Around Water - All the Time (NFPA)

Bike Safety: Live to Ride Another Day (NSC)


Drinking Water Quality Testing Information

The University conducted drinking water quality tests on Campus. The purpose of the tests is to ensure the drinking water delivered to the Campus Community meets the California Drinking Water Standards related to lead.


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SDS On-Line

Recently, there was a significant change in OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard.  The updated standard is commonly referred to as GHS HazCom.  This revised standard applies (with some specific exemptions) to every employer and every employee who handles chemicals in the United States. 


Storm Water Management Program

Keep our rivers and creeks clean! A large part of our Campus beauty is due to Big Chico Creek running through the middle of the campus.  We are dedicated to educating the Campus Community about protecting the waters of Butte Creek and the Sacramento River.  For additional information on Storm Water Management

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