General EHS Programs


EHS provides programs to protect our employees, the environment, and to comply with regulatory requirements.


Bloodborne Pathogens

SCU has established this program to prevent and/or minimize employee’s occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials. OSHA states that the hepatitis B Virus vaccination shall be offered to all employees who may be occupationally exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials, unless the employee has a previous HBV vaccination or unless antibody testing has revealed the employee is immune. OSHA recommends those at risk be immunized against HBV.  

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Program »Info 
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination Status/Declination Form »Info

Universal Precautions

SCU has adopted a Universal Precautions approach to infection control - all human blood and certain human body fluids are treated as if known to be infectious for HIV, HBV, and other bloodborne pathogens. If an exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials (such as needle-sticks or sharp instrument injuries, splashes of blood to the skin, eyes, nose or mouth area, cuts with blood-contaminated objects, human bites or other direct physical contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials) should occur, immediately contact Campus Safety.

Confined Space

SCU employees are not allowed to enter permit required confined spaces. Only those employees who have been trained can enter non-permit confined spaces.

  • Confined Space Program »Info
  • SCU Confined Space Permit »Info

Contractor Safety

SCU has established minimum safety, security, and environmental management expectations for contractors performing work at SCU.

Contractors must:

  • Abide by SCU's Contractor Work Rules —> SCU Contractor Agreement to Abide 
  • Provide Contractor Safety-related information —> Contractor Employer Safety Information 
  • Indemnify SCU —> SCU Contractor Indemnity Agreement 

Heat Illness Prevention Program

The SCU Heat Illness Prevention program is designed to prevent heat illness by establishing training, controls and work practices to protect workers who work outdoors. This program outlines the requirements for employees and supervisors to comply with this program.

EHS has created an online Heat Illness Prevention training course for those employees working outdoors to inform them of the potential issues associated with exposure to heat. Please contact Sean Collins to be enrolled into the course. »Info 

Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP)

The purpose of this program is to establish a procedure that will help to ensure the health and safety of SCU employees by preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace.

  • Injury and Illness Prevention Plan »Info 
  • Employee Incident Report Form »Info
  • Injury and Incident Report and Review Process»Info

Pest Control Protocol

To provide prevention information and define the process to address nuisance pest issues in Santa Clara University buildings.

  • Pest Control Protocol »Info

Hazardous Waste Management

SCU follows the principles of minimize, reuse, and recycle. However some wastes are such that there is no choice but to manage as hazardous waste.

Requirements for storage including proper containers, satellite storage, labeling and inspections.

  • Hazardous Waste Storage Inspection Form »Info
  • Hazardous Waste Contingency Plan (kept on file with EHS)
  • Laboratory Waste »Info

Every quarter, hazardous and universal waste is collected and shipped off campus.  To request a waste pick-up, please complete the form and email to Sean Collins. »Email 

  • Waste Collection Request Form (PDF) »Info
  • Online Waste Collection Request Form »Info