Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) is an administrative unit that assists University units in meeting their responsibility to protect the environment and to provide a safe and healthful place for employment and learning.

EH&S employs about 100 people who are spread across the UW Seattle campus in multiple locations.

We have six sections organized around the services we provide. Read the descriptions below and view our organization chart.

Strategy and annual report

The EH&S Strategy Map describes the strategic goals and objectives that guide our work.

Our work is reflected in the EH&S Annual Report. View the Annual Report for the previous fiscal year in the Reference Files section of this page.

Executive Order 55

The University of Washington is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for faculty, staff, students, visitors, and volunteers in all sites owned, operated, or controlled by the University. This commitment includes supporting a culture of health and safety across the University.

Collectively, the University president, faculty, staff, students, visitors, volunteers, University health and safety committees, the Environmental Health and Safety Advisory Board, and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) all have responsibilities to support a culture of health and safety.

Read UW Executive Order 55 to learn more.


In 1968, EH&S was created by combining several health and safety functions from various departments. In the early days, program emphasis was on radiation safety, environmental safety, environmental sanitation and industrial hygiene.

Federal, state and local regulations created the need to expand environmental health and safety resources provided to University units to remain in compliance. 


Environmental Health & Safety Contact

(206) 543-7262
Reference Files 
EH&S Strategy Map
240.71KB (.pdf)
EH&S Annual Report FY23
428.83KB (.pdf)