Environmental Health and Safety


As part of the Risk Management department, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) provides services to assist the campus community in complying with applicable federal, state and local EHS regulations, College policies and programs, and best practices and guidelines. Our goal is to improve safety, prevent injury, and promote environmental responsibility through the recognition, evaluation and control of potential hazards arising from College activities.

Our services include regulatory compliance assistance, consultation, and safety training for College personnel and students in environmental health and safety programs. General areas of focus include:

  • Fire and life safety
  • Occupational safety
  • Environmental health
  • Emergency management

Please call 801-832-2529 with questions or to request services.

Safety Topics

Make sure that you include safety planning in all of your summer adventures.

Hiking and Camping

  • Make sure that you let others know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Pack enough food and water for every participant.
  • Pay attention to the weather—be ready to cancel your activities when necessary.
  • Understand the skill levels of everyone in your group.  Don’t attempt hiking trails or activities that are too advanced for the participants.
  • Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn.
  • Protect yourself form insect bites by using bug spray.

Water Safety

  • Be aware of underwater hazards, such as rocks, broken glass, and currents.
  • Do not get in the water unless you know how to swim.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Do not engage in water activities like swimming or boating while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while boating.

Fireworks

  • Fireworks are prohibited on the Westminster College campus.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
  • Instead of lighting fireworks yourself, enjoy professional fireworks shows during summer holidays!

Summer is the season for fun outdoor activities, but it is important to be alert to signs of heat illness and take steps to take care of yourself and others. When heat illness progresses to heat stroke, it can be deadly!

Heat Cramps

If you experience muscle spasms during or after physical activity, take a few hours to rest and cool down.

  • Sit or lie down in a shaded area.
  • Re-hydrate with water or a sports drink—avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and soda.
  • Stretch your muscles.
  • If you do not feel better after an hour, seek medical attention.

Heat Exhaustion

If you experience flu-like symptoms during or after physical activity, especially if you have also had muscle spasms, stop what you are doing and take a break immediately.  Heat exhaustion can evolve into heat stroke.

  • Rest in a shaded area or go inside an air-conditioned building. Consider resting for the remainder of the day instead of resuming your activity.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Apply cool wet towels to your skin, or take a cold shower.
  • If you do not feel better after an hour, seek medical attention.

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke can be fatal if not treated immediately. If you have stopped sweating, experience lighth-eadedness or a change in mental state, or experience a seizure, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

  • Move to a shaded area or go inside an air-conditioned building.
  • Call 911 or Campus Patrol at 801.832.2525.
  • Do not drink or eat anything.
  • Use any means at hand to cool down (wet towels, cold packs, water spray, immersion, etc.).

The period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day are knows as Utah's 100 deadliest days when it comes to traffic fatalities. Before you hit the road this summer, make sure you keep these tips in mind:

  • Make sure your car is up to the trip. Have your vehicle inspected and ensure that it is working properly.
  • Know your route—make sure you have access to a GPS or road map.
  • Never text or check your phone while driving. If you must respond to a text, safely pull your vehicle off the road and respond when the vehicle is safely stopped and parked.
  • Do not drive impaired, and do not drive fatigued. Make sure you get plenty of rest before long trips, and take breaks every few hours.
  • Do not drive aggressively. Stay under posted speed limits.
  • Pay attention to weather and road conditions.

Reporting

To view information on crime reporting and personal safety, please visit Campus Patrol.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports