Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for developing, maintaining, and promoting policies, procedures, training and educational programs necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff and the visiting public. We are committed to developing a culture where safety and health are core values and provide high quality services that facilitate WCM's education, research and clinical mission.
EHS serves as the WCM biological and chemical safety office by coordinating comprehensive hazardous material and workplace safety programs. EHS takes appropriate steps to ensure that problems are identified and resolved in a timely manner. It coordinates reviews and responses to external agencies, many of which have the authority to cite, impose civil penalties, restrict or rescind operations, and/or remove or disapprove accreditation. EHS provides an emergency response for the College to situations that may include exposure to or the release of hazardous materials and/ or fire scenarios. We implement programs and services to minimize injuries or illnesses and reduce safety, health and environmental risks to Weill Cornell Medicine in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship.
- Promote a culture of safety and service that facilitates Weill Cornell Medicine's education, health care delivery and biomedical research mission.
- Act as ambassadors of safety, health and environmental responsibility.
- Practice good stewardship of Weill Cornell Medicine fiscal and environmental resources.
- Find creative ways to solve problems.
- Learn from our campus community and beyond; adapt innovative ideas to meet the needs of the college.
- Strive to be recognized as leaders within the institution and our field.
- Continuously support and encourage professional development of EHS staff to expand technical expertise and knowledge.
- Serve as WCM's health and safety advisors.
- Be approachable and responsive, professional and courteous.
- Provide high quality services in a timely manner.
- Exert leadership based on our ethical obligation to protect people and the environment.
- Treat everyone in the community equitably and with dignity, courtesy and respect.
- Tailor safety programs to meet the specific needs of our student education, patient care and research communities as well as our fellow support service departments.
- Make training, consultations and services accessible and understandable.
- Focus on partnering rather than policing health, safety and compliance.
- Foster robust relationships with our stakeholders and customers.