Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Campus Health & Safety Resource – In addition to the specific services listed here, EHS is proud to serve as an informational resource for members of the university community with health or safety concerns or questions.

Safety Challenge – EHS encourages faculty, staff, and students to participate in the EHS Safety Challenge reward program. All members of the Mason community are invited to submit a safety improvement that has been identified and implemented or an idea for a safety improvement. You may submit ideas that impact your personal safety or the safety of the greater community. Your participation will help raise safety awareness and engage our community in an effort to increase safe practices at Mason. Please submit your safety ideas to EHS and contributors will receive a gift of appreciation!

Emergency Preparedness

Mason Alerts – Mason Alert is George Mason University’s emergency notification system that is used to send emergency notifications and timely warnings to the university community via text, email, telephone call, and digital signage. All Mason employees and students will automatically receive alerts via email, but may also opt to sign-up to receive alerts via text message or automated phone call.

In Case of Crisis Mobile App for iOS and Android – EHS offers a mobile app that contains basic information, phone numbers, and resources for responding to potential emergencies on campus. Users can also report suspicious activity and other non-emergencies to the University Police directly from the app, with the option to remain anonymous.

Occupational Health

Ergonomic Assessments – In an effort to reduce discomfort and risk of injury in the workplace, EHS provides George Mason University employees ergonomic self-assessment tools and professional ergonomic assessments. These services are provided at no cost to the employee.

Indoor Air Quality Investigations – George Mason University is committed to providing a work environment that is free of recognized hazards and investigating complaints that may be related to poor indoor air quality (IAQ). EHS conducts IAQ investigations upon request.

Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety, Laboratory Safety, Occupational Health & Safety

Training – The Environmental Health and Safety Office provides a wide range of safety training options to help promote your safety and health in the workplace. These training courses are offered not only to meet numerous regulations, but also toward an effort to encourage health and safety throughout the entire university community. Classes are free and open to all students and employees in the George Mason community.

Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Life Safety Fair – Every fall semester the Environmental Health and Safety Office co-hosts the Annual Life Safety Fair with the Office of Housing and Residence Life and University Life.  This event is open to all students, employees, and the public.  The fair features presentations by a variety of university  and community groups focusing on student well being, safety, emergency preparedness, and personal security. This event features entertainment, activities, and food in addition to demonstrations by regional emergency response agencies. The event culminates in a mock dorm burn that is used emphasize the importance of fire safety, preparedness, and building evacuation during a fire alarm.

RA Safety Academy – Every fall semester the Environmental Health and Safety Office provides training to Resident Assistants on a variety of health and safety topics. The curriculum consists of a series of workshops that focus on preparing for emergencies, emergency response procedures, and common health and safety hazards. The objective of the Resident Advisor Safety Academy is to teach Resident Advisors the importance of responding appropriately to health and safety issues during and prior to emergency situations.

Office of Risk Management (ORM)

Campus Safety, Accident Prevention, Golf Cart Safety, Driver Safety

Training – Training is available from the Office of Risk Management to help employees gain knowledge of safety guidelines for properly operating state-owned vehicles and golf carts to minimize incidents and accidents.