Laboratory Safety Manual
Environmental Health and Safety Statement
Iowa State University strives to be a model for environmental, health and safety excellence in
teaching, research, extension, and the management of its facilities. In pursuit of this goal,
appropriate policies and procedures must be developed and followed to ensure this community
operates in an environment free from recognized hazards. Faculty, staff, and students are
responsible for compliance with established policies and are encouraged to enculturate practices
that ensure safety, protect health, and minimize the institution's impact on the environment.
As an institution of higher learning, Iowa State University
fosters an understanding of and a responsibility for the environment,
encourages individuals to be knowledgeable about environmental, health and safety
issues that affect their discipline, and
shares examples of superior environmental health and safety performance with peer
institutions, the State of Iowa and the local community.
As a responsible steward of facilities and the environment, Iowa State University
strives to provide and maintain safe working environments that minimize the risk of
injury or illness to employees, students and the public,
continuously improves operations, with the goal of meeting or exceeding required and
applicable environmental, health and safety regulations, rules, policies, or voluntary
employs innovative strategies of waste minimization and pollution prevention to reduce
the use of toxic substances, promote reuse, and encourage the purchase of renewable,
recyclable and recycled materials.
The intent of this statement is to promote environmental stewardship, protect health, and
encourage safe work practices within the Iowa State University community. The cooperative
efforts of the campus community to remain mindful of these goals will ensure that Iowa State
University continues to be a great place to live, work, and learn.