Environment Health, Environment Safety, and Sustainability Goals and Values

Reduce injuries, incidents, environmental detriment, property damage and insurance compensation claims.

Overall Dream: To continuously enhance and improve a safe and healthful environment for the university's students, staff, faculty and visitors by ensuring a high level of environment health and safety services as Metropolitan State University through partnership and awareness of potential hazards and viable risks and are empowered to learn, discover and work in a manner that protects themselves and the environment by learning and meeting new challenges through collaborative leadership, teamwork and innovation.


  • To develop and implement comprehensive policies, procedures and training materials designed to improve overall environmental, health and safety compliance for various groups across Metropolitan State System campuses.
  • To develop, improve and maintain a departmental web page that provides access to environment health and environment safety policies, procedures, guidance documents and compliance information.
  • To improve communication with the university community and stress the importance of adhering to environment health, environment safety and sustainability standards university-wide.
  • To build and foster a proactive and preventative safety culture and become an environmental, health and safety resource for the community of Metropolitan State.
  • To achieve and maintain OSHA MNSTAR Protection Program status, which is the highest level voluntary protection program in the United States of America.
  • To be a place where people (our most valuable asset) have the continual opportunity to feel safe from harm against potential hazards (actions, conditions and characteristics that can cause or deem harm.)
  • Achieve the calling through commitment, training, education, support, communication and teamwork that protect the university community, environment and property from potential hazards and viable risks.



  • Exert leadership based on our ethical obligation to protect people, property and the environment.
  • Strive to be honest, fair and trustworthy. Promote accountability through consistent and honest actions.
  • Be prudent stewards of Metropolitan State’s resources.


  • Foster cooperation and collaboration to inspire and motivate one another.
  • Encourage and support the professional growth of all staff, faculty and students.


  • Serve as Metropolitan State’s advisors and mentors for the enhancement of environment health, environment safety and sustainability.
  • Provide high quality and easy-to-use services in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Continuously improve our services, systems, programs and processes.
  • Implement innovative safety solutions by seeking and identifying creative solutions and taking intelligent risks.


  • Promote safety as everyone’s responsibility and maintain accountability.
  • Possess and encourage a positive outlook for increased engagement and a sense of achievement.
  • Maintain a smart work ethic by keeping our word and taking responsibility for our work and actions.
  • Details matter to us.


  • Be open-minded and take action on everyone’s ideas and opinions through implementation or follow up.
  • Understand the needs and situations of others through communication and perspective-taking.
  • Treat all individuals equitably, professionally and with courtesy, dignity and respect.
  • Strive to make our policies, procedures and training accessible and understandable for everyone regardless of class, race, ethnic background and culture.

Safety is the responsibility of every employee, and everyone participates in activities to ensure a safe work environment. The Environment Health and Safety Groups are responsible for leadership of the overall safety effort and for providing all resources which are necessary for an effective program of accident and incident prevention. Supervisors are responsible for maintaining safe work conditions within their areas and for ensuring that all operations are carried out with the utmost regard for safety. The Chemical Hygiene Officer and Laboratory Staff are responsible for the safe operation of their laboratories and for ensuring staff and students under their supervision receive the training needed for the safe use of their facilities. Each employee is responsible for consistently following all established safety procedures, for promptly reporting potential hazards, and for fostering a proactive and preventative culture focused on the safe and responsible use of Metropolitan State facilities.

Maintaining a safe work environment is a top priority of the Environment Health and Safety Department and must be a personal goal of every employee. Each department within the university will work together, and with any other organization to implement an up-to-date Integrated Safety Plan and achieve its lofty goal of achieving and maintaining OSHA MNSTAR Protection Program status.