Environmental Health and Safety


Our mission is to continue to uphold a safe working environment for students, faculty and staff on all UDM campuses.  We do this by conducting trainings, creating systems of reporting that addresses accidents and near miss incidents and changing the culture around safety.  Safety should always be the #1 priority over productivity for any job, task or experiment. We want to decrease the amounts of preventable accidents and make sure the entire University of Detroit Mercy community is confident about how to respond to emergencies that occur on campus. You can help us by staying committed to our mission and using the tools we provide to continue to create a safe community.   

Chemical Hygiene Plan

Properly Lab Chemicals

A Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) is a document that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) describes as the mandatory requirements to protect laboratory workers from harm due to hazardous chemicals. This plan consists of lab safety and hygiene practices, Engineering controls to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals, as well as trainings and the responsibility of staff and faculty.  The CHP should be read by researchers and faculty that have any potential to be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Click here to begin reading.


'Near Miss' Forms

  According to OSHA, a “Near-Miss” is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness or damage – but had the potential to do so; a good synonym for this is a “close call”

    Reporting a near miss is crucial to maintaining a safe working environment for all students, faculty, and staff.  The point is to control hazards.  That is, to catch a situation possible of causing injury before it has the opportunity to do so.  There is absolutely no penalty for near miss reporting.  All reporting is considered valuable input that can help create and sustain a safer work environment for everyone. Please click the link to fill out the electronic form or print hard copies for your department and fax or email to environmental coordinator. Fax: 313-993-1175 Email: borderbl@udmercy.edu

'Near Miss' Electronic Form

Job Hazard Assessment Form

A Job Hazard Assessment (JHA) is a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur. It analyzes the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment.  It's a way to examine hazards associated with each step of a project so that the proper controls can be put in place to eliminate or reduce any hazardous consequences. This may also be used as a training mechanism or a tool for students and faculty in order to refresh knowledge of the tool.

There are 3 parts to the JHA: task description/work steps, hazard identification, and hazard controls.  The task is to be broken down into steps and each step is then analyzed for specific hazards like fire, electrical shock, slip/fall, burn, or mechanical failure.  Each hazard is then analyzed in an effort to find ways to eliminate or reduce the hazard which could be anything from wearing protective gear to working in a clean/dry work space. Below is the link to this form

JHA Template

Standard Operating Procedure

A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a broad overview of safety procedures for hazardous chemicals and processes.  SOPs have 7 sections that include: approval/ training requirements, chemical properties & hazards, personal protective equipment, engineering controls, storage and handling and finally disposal. Chemicals will be broken up by hazard class unless there are chemicals that have procedures not covered by one of the hazard class procedures.

These forms should be approved by the PI or lab supervisor and sent to the Environmental Coordinator (borderbl@udmercy.edu) for final approval and to be added to the website. Below is a link to template

SOP Template