The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for the development and implementation of environmental and all occupational health and safety programs throughout West Chester University's campus. EHS has four areas of responsibility: Occupational Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Environmental Protection, and Laboratory and Research Safety.

Regular inspections are performed in buildings and EHS monitors all adverse environmental exposures. The department is here as a service and support unit within Facilities and also acts as the liaison for the university with regulatory agencies in the fields of occupational and environmental health and safety.


Safety Policy Statement

West Chester University is committed to providing a safe and healthful environment for all faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community. This is achieved through the implementation of comprehensive environmental, health and safety programs and policies focused on reducing risks to people and the environment and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. (Health and Safety Policy)


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West Chester University Public Notice

In accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements, West Chester University (WCU) prepared a MS4 Report and Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP). The PRP was originally adopted in 2018 and is proposed to be revised. The revisions include Best Management Practices (BMPs) constructed and installed by WCU since 2018 and changes to the locations and types of BMPs proposed to be installed to meet the remaining permit requirements.  

Notice is hereby given that beginning February 1, 2024, the plan will be available on WCU’s website and a hardcopy may be reviewed in person at the Environmental Health & Safety Department at 823 S. High Street, West Chester, PA during business hours.  The community is also invited to a public meeting on Tuesday April 23, 2024 from 1:30pm - 3:30pm at West Chester University's Sciences & Engineering Center and the Commons (SECC) Room 101A.

This Public Comment Period is an opportunity for members of the public to read and comment on the draft revised MS4 Report and PRP. Written comments may be submitted to Gary Ludwig, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, 823 S. High Street West, Chester, PA, 19383 or through May 1, 2024.  


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