University Environmental Health and Safety
Indiana University is committed to 1) supporting sustainability and minimizing the impact of its operations on the environment and 2) complying with all applicable regulatory environmental, health, and safety requirements. In order to ensure that a minimal level of protection is maintained, all operations must satisfy all federal, state, and local regulations as well as any guidance developed by Indiana University organizational units designated with the authority to do so.
This policy and associated procedures set Indiana University’s expectations in the area of environmental compliance, toward the goal of protecting the environment, ensuring effective operations, and satisfying federal, state, and local regulations, such as regulations from Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and other federal, state and local agencies. Indiana University’s Principles of Ethical Conduct specifically mention a culture of compliance with laws, regulations and policies; ethically conducting teaching and research; and promoting health and safety in the workplace.
Requirements for Specific Types of Work
Indiana University faculty and staff perform many different tasks in different settings. Although the general requirements referenced above apply to all work, the following briefly describe specific types of work and any related guidelines, manuals, plans, and programs are enforceable by this policy. Compliance with other applicable federal, state, and local regulations may also be required.
Clean Air Act
Indiana University operations on all campuses are subject to the requirements of the Clean Air Act. The Clean Air Act governs all air emissions from all sources, including, but not limited to: boilers, generators, water heaters, and process heaters. Please consult your campus IUEHS office well before installing any of these devices, as the approval and permit process may take several months, depending on the device, its intended use, and the campus.
Hazardous Materials, Spill Prevention, and Hazardous Waste Management
There are many types of hazardous materials utilized in university units and also a variety of hazardous wastes are generated. The safe, environmentally sound management of these materials is essential for compliance with local, state and federal standards/regulations. The programs below meet or exceed these standards/regulations by preventing the release of contaminants through sound, best management practices for waste generation, hazardous material handling, and disposal.
Prompt reporting of all spills of hazardous materials is essential to ensure that the spills are cleaned up in a safe and timely manner, and also to ensure that any necessary reporting and recordkeeping obligations are fulfilled. The following programs, reflecting laws and regulations, must be adhered to, as appropriate to the particular situation:
Hazardous Materials Transportation
Mercury Reduction/Elimination Program
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan
Spill Reporting Requirements and Response Program
Underground Storage Tanks
Waste Management Program
Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention Program
EPA - Environmental Protection Agency.
Hazardous Material – any substance that presents a potential hazard to the user from a biological, chemical, radiological, or other perspective.
IDEM – Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
IUEHS - University Environmental Health and Safety.
SOP- Standard Operating Procedure.
Failure to follow the requirements of this policy may subject employees to progressive disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, in accordance with University policies. IUEHS has the authority to immediately halt non-compliant activities.
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