University of Washington Policy Directory

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*Formerly part of the University Handbook
Administrative Policy Statement

Contacting Governmental Agencies Regarding Health, Safety, and Environmental Matters

(Approved by the Executive Director of Health Sciences Administration by authority of Executive Order No. 1)

1.  Seattle Campus Oversight Capacity

The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S), in fulfilling its assigned responsibilities, will act as the University's prime point of contact with the following government agencies on matters that relate to environmental and occupational health, safety, and environmental regulations which apply to the University of Washington, including required emergency notifications and discharge permits.

A.   Local (City and County)

  • Seattle Fire Department

  • Seattle Public Utilities, Solid Waste Division

  • Seattle Water Department

  • Public Health—Seattle/King County

  • King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Wastewater Treatment Division

  • Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

B.   State

  • Department of Health
  • Department of Ecology
  • Department of Labor and Industries (L&I)
  • Department of Agriculture

C.   Federal

  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)

2.  Other Campuses Advisory Capacity

For facilities located in jurisdictions away from the Seattle campus, EH&S will act in an advisory capacity to the on-site designees for health, safety and environmental matters; serve as liaison in dealing with regulatory agencies having responsibility for occupational health and safety, buildings, fire prevention, utilities, and public health; and assist with required notifications and permits.

3.  All University Units

This policy does not preclude direct relationships between University organizational units and regulatory agencies on other matters. In such instances, however, EH&S will function in an advisory capacity on items dealing with health, safety, and pollution legislation, the preparation of environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, utility planning, and land use planning.

4.  Additional Information

For further information, contact the Environmental Health and Safety Department.

May 1994; December 23, 2002.