What Is Environmental Health Safety?

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Environmental health and safety programs protect human health and the environment from hazards.
Environmental health and safety programs protect human health and the environment from hazards. (Image: Steam Power Plant image by dvest from Fotolia.com)

Environmental health and safety programs provide protection of human health and the environment from chemical, radiological, biological and physical hazards. Hazards result from exposure to spills and releases, proximity to industrial processes or general occupational activities.

Worker Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety Act standards provide the impetus and requirements for worker safety programs. Environmental health and safety programs prevent exposure to workers at hazardous waste sites and industrial operations using hazardous chemicals.

Environmental health and safety programs address spills and industrial operations.
Environmental health and safety programs address spills and industrial operations. (Image: diesel storage tank image by Jim Parkin from Fotolia.com)

Engineering Controls

Environmental health and safety programs use engineering controls to minimize or eliminate exposure to workplace hazards.

Workplace hazards can be minimized by engineering controls and protective equipment.
Workplace hazards can be minimized by engineering controls and protective equipment. (Image: Toxic hazard flag image by Stasys Eidiejus from Fotolia.com)

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment protects a worker from exposure if industrial hazards cannot be removed or controlled. Personal protective equipment, selected to match the workplace hazard, can include a hardhat, steel-toed boots, a respirator or simply gloves.

Gloves can prevent exposure as part of an environmental health and safety program.
Gloves can prevent exposure as part of an environmental health and safety program. (Image: rubber gloves image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

Environmental Audits

Companies audit their operations to assess compliance with environmental health and safety regulations. Environmental audits often consider compliance with occupational safety rules as well as compliance with environmental processes such as waste water discharge or waste disposal.

Audits can reveal problems with environmental safety in facilities.
Audits can reveal problems with environmental safety in facilities. (Image: chemical waste image by Antonio Oquias from Fotolia.com)

Community Safety

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, requires local governments to facilitate disclosure of potential industrial hazards to reduce risks to nearby populations. Furthermore, governments plan for their responses during emergencies.

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