Safety and Risk Management

Safety and Risk Management


Our Mission:

The Safety and Risk Management Office is committed to supporting the University’s mission by promoting a safe and environmentally sound culture shared by all persons of our campus community. The office is responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining environmental, occupational safety and health, insurance liability, and workers’ compensation programs.


Environmental Affairs and Hazardous Waste Management

The Safety Office has responsibility for oversight of environmental permitting and compliance activities, such as underground/above ground storage tank management, storm water management, environmental assessments and hazardous waste disposal programs.

Fire and Emergency Response

The Safety Office is responsible for enforcing the North Carolina Building and Fire Codes, investigating fire incidents, developing evacuation procedures and maintaining fire alarm and extinguishing systems and coordinating the Emergency Response Team.

Indoor Air Quality

The Safety and Risk Management Office considers recommendations from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and is committed to providing a work environment that is free of recognized hazards and investigates complaints that may be related to poor IAQ.

Occupational and Environmental Hygiene


The Safety Office inspects University work environments to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control personnel exposures to chemical and physical hazards, including (but not limited to) asbestos and lead based paint, and manages personnel monitoring programs.

Workplace Safety

The Safety Office offers expertise in maintenance, construction projects, ergonomics, respiratory protection, safety training, and workers compensation.

Risk Management and Insurance

The Safety & Risk Management Office handles 25 different types of property and liability insurance policies for Western Carolina University. These include coverage for buildings, state vehicles, study abroad, medical malpractice, Student Internship Liability and others.

Hazard Hero Program

North Carolina's Injury Prevention Program helps employees to identify and eliminate work place hazards. Employees play a crucial role in promoting a safe working environment while stopping unsafe working conditions.To participate in the Hazard Hero Program and report an incident, complete this form. If you have any questions, Contact the Office of Safety and Risk Management at (828) 227-7443.



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