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October 7, 2008, Volume 55, No. 7

Environmental Protection Policy

Policy Statement

The University of Pennsylvania is committed to health, safety and environmental protection in all teaching, research and clinical activities.

Deans, vice presidents, department chairs, principal investigators, directors, managers and other supervisors are expected to support this policy. The Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety coordinates the policy under the direction of the Vice Provost for Research, with the consent of senior level management and the advice of the Radiation Safety Committee and the University Environmental Health and Safety Committee. Other University divisions and offices such as Facilities and Real Estate Services, General Counsel, Public Safety, Risk Management and Insurance, and University of Pennsylvania Health System Safety Management collaborate on the implementation of this policy.

Maintaining our status as a premier research and educational institution and an exemplary environmental steward requires that members of the Penn community be environmentally sensitive. Each member of the University of Pennsylvania community has a role in ensuring that the University maintains a healthy, safe, and protected environment.

Members of the University of Pennsylvania community are accountable to:

• Consider possible environmental and safety impacts when making decisions, including those concerning facilities management and construction projects.

• Emphasize safety education and safe work practices to minimize injuries and illnesses.

• Recognize and respond to any legitimate community concerns about potential environmental health and radiation safety impacts.

• Provide appropriate and timely information to questions raised about environmental health and radiation safety issues.

• Use energy efficiently.

• Reuse and recycle materials when it makes environmental sense to do so.

• Comply with all environmental health and radiation safety laws and regulations, and the University of Pennsylvania Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) Program.

Purpose of the EHRS Program is to:

• Provide a summary of the essential elements of each EHRS program.

• Serve as a practical guide to the Penn community on how EHRS programs are managed and how to follow procedures.

• Clarify the roles and responsibilities of Schools, departments and individuals with respect to EHRS activities.

• Serve as an easy-to-use reference tool that lists additional resources, including EHRS procedures, regulations, guidelines, and plans.

• Facilitate a process of continually improving and updating the University's EHRS programs through regular revisions to the Plan.

Scope of EHRS Program

The Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) Program applies to all schools, departments and divisions of the University of Pennsylvania.

EHRS Program elements include, but are not limited to:

Biological Safety
Environmental Programs
Laboratory Safety
Laser Safety
Occupational Safety
Radiation Safety

—Amy Gutmann, President

—Ronald Daniels, Provost

—Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President



Almanac - October 7, 2008, Volume 55, No. 7