Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) develops and implements programs aimed at protecting the safety and well-being of the campus community. EHS helps ensure compliance with local, state and federal statutes, as well as regulations pertaining to occupational health, safety and environmental protection.

Reopening After COVID-19 Training 

View Training Completion Records on the EHS Training Site on Bridges (requires RWU e-mail address to access)

RWU recently updated its Emergency Closing Policy, changes to which were adopted Jan. 28, 2021. 

Operating Levels Defined:

All Operations Normal: All University operations functioning as planned; no known impending events that could impact the University’s operations.

All Operations Normal; Emergency Planning in Process: All University operations functioning as planned; however, there exists the possibility of an emergency event in the near future and efforts are underway to prepare for that event (e.g. hurricane or substantial snowstorm).

All Campus Classes & Significant Events Cancelled; Classes will shift to remote delivery whenever possible; other operations open as usual: Conditions exist that warrant the cancellation of in person classes and other significant in person events on campus (e.g. sporting events, theatre productions, etc.). Classes that can be held remotely may proceed at the discretion of the instructor. If class is not held, or where it is impractical or impossible to deliver a class remotely (e.g. lab, performance), instructors will make alternative arrangements for class meetings. All other operations remain open and functioning; all employees scheduled to work should report as usual.

All Campus Operations Cancelled; Essential Services Personnel Only. Classes will shift to remote delivery whenever possible; all other staff shift to remote work whenever possible: Conditions exist that warrant the suspension/closure of all campus operations; Essential Services Personnel are required to report for duty. Employees working remotely should continue to work remotely. Employees who typically work on-site but are not critical during a weather-related emergency reduction in operations should also work remotely, if they are able to do so. Employees who are not critical during a weather-related emergency reduction in operations and who cannot perform their jobs from home should not report to work. They will not lose pay if they cannot work remotely during a short-term emergency reduction in operations. Classes that can be held remotely may proceed at the discretion of the instructor. If class is not held, or where it is impractical or impossible to deliver a class remotely (e.g. lab, performance), instructors will make alternative arrangements for class meetings.

All University Operations Cancelled; Essential Services Personnel Only: Conditions exist that warrant the suspension/closure of all University operations; Essential Services Personnel are required to report for duty.

University Evacuated: All University operations are suspended/closed and the University is evacuated; a sub-set of the Essential Services Personnel may be required to remain.