We stress SAFETY because it affects you, your work, and the general well being of all employees as an important part of the University.
Mission Statement: The Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management Department will provide active leadership to enable Stephen F. Austin State University to protect employees, students, the general public, and the University's physical and financial assets by reducing and controlling risk in the most efficient and cost effective manner while adhering to all local, state, and federal regulations.
Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management Values include:
- Excellence - We encourage excellence and strive to go beyond compliance promoting the best EHSRM practices
- Customer Service - We are committed to providing efficient, customer-friendly service to the university community
- Continuous Improvement - We recognize that improvement is a continuous process and we strive to be at the forefront of changes in our field
Housing Fire Safety
FACTS / TIPS
- Fires in dormitories are more common during the evening hours, between 5-11 pm, and on weekends.
- Roughly five out of six fires in dormitories are started by cooking.
- Learn your building's evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
- Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.
- Check your school's rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
For more information visit the National Fire Protection Association.
Ebola/Infectious Disease Information
Due to the increased concern about the Ebola virus, campus communities should be aware of students, faculty, and staff who have either recently traveled to West Africa or who have had direct contact with someone who did.
A person infected with Ebola can't spread the disease until symptoms appear.
- Individuals returning from West Africa should closely monitor their health for 21 days. The time from exposure to when symptoms appear is 2 to 21 days, but the average time is 8 to 10 days.
- Symptoms may include fever higher than 101.5ºF, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood and body fluids.
- Ebola is spread through direct contact through broken or cut skin, your eyes, nose, or mouth with blood or body fluids from a person who is sick.
- Ebola is NOT spread through the air, water, or food.
Protect yourself against infectious diseases.
- DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Do NOT touch blood or body fluids of people who are sick.
- Do NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person's blood or body fluids such as clothing, bedding, or medical equipment.
If someone on campus begins to experience any symptoms AND has a recent travel history to West Africa (or direct contact with someone who did), they should seek medical attention RIGHT AWAY and limit their contact with others.
- Tell your doctor about your recent travel to West Africa or contact with someone who did BEFORE you go to the doctor's office or emergency room.
- Calling before you go will help the staff care for you and protect other people from exposure.
Health and Safety professionals at SFA are monitoring this situation very closely and are making every effort to ensure the safety of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
For the most current information and guidance, see the CDC's Ebola website.
- Safety Training
- Safety Inspections
- Safety Inspections
- University Insurance (Property, General Liability, Automobile, Crime, Boiler and Machinery, Director's and Officers) - see Risk Management Policy 13.19
- Workers Compensation Coverage - see Policy 12.23
- Drug and Alcohol Testing - see Policy 11.6
- Asbestos Removal- see Policy 13.4
- Fire Extinguisher Service / Fire Drills
- Construction, Renovation, Alteration Consultation (local, state, and federal regulations)
- Environmental Protection
- Hazardous Materials Disposal