The Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety is a unit in the Office of Vice Provost for Research. In consultation with faculty and the administration, EHRS is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the University's biological, chemical, occupational and radiation safety programs as well as the radiation safety programs throughout the University Health System, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Wistar Institute and Monell Chemical Senses Center. EHRS plays an important role in a variety of activities throughout the University and affiliated institutions.
Promote health safety & environmental protection in teaching, research, health care and administrative activities
Provide safety-related support services to the PENN community
Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations to achieve optimal control or reduction of hazards and exposures which are detrimental to people, property, and the environment.
EHRS MISSION STATEMENT:
The University of Pennsylvania's Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) promotes health, safety and environmental protection in teaching, research, health care and administrative activities by providing services, advice and compliance assistance. EHRS provides leadership in developing, implementing and supporting high quality programs that allows students, faculty and staff to protect themselves from hazards they may encounter at the University. EHRS provides the expertise needed to direct efforts towards compliance with health and safety laws and regulations.
EHRS goals are to:
Foster a productive, creative atmosphere founded on respect, trust and forthrightness.
Integrate individual skills and contributions stressing teamwork, open communication and cooperation towards a common goal.
Provide the expertise needed to direct efforts towards compliance with environmental, radiation and occupational health and safety laws and regulations.