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7.1.1 Health and Safety Services

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This Memo lists the main offices, departments and groups that provide various health and safety services at Stanford.


Approved by the Vice Provost and Dean of Research.

1. Environmental Health and Safety

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is the principal health and safety office at Stanford. EH&S works closely with the University Safety Partners (the designated safety officers in the laboratory schools, Land, Buildings and Real Estate [LBRE], and in Residential and Dining Enterprises [R&DE]) and the safety coordinators, safety committees, administrators and faculty in the departments. If you need help or information about health and safety, call EH&S at 723-0448.

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2. Administrative Panels

Stanford University's five Administrative Panels on research compliance assure the institution's compliance with federal regulation of research activities by reviewing those research activities which involve the use of human subjects, laboratory animals, biohazardous agents, recombinant DNA or radiological hazards.

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3. Health and Safety Committee

The University Committee on Health and Safety exercises oversight of health and safety programs at Stanford and SLAC, advises the President on the adequacy of Stanford's health and safety programs, policies and organization, recommends priorities and strategies to promote good health and safety on campus, and fosters coordination among those units at Stanford having operational responsibility for health and safety. This committee also reviews and recommends to the President University-wide policies regarding health and safety matters not addressed by the existing administrative panels.

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4. Other Departments

Other departments play important health and safety roles.

  • Department of Public Safety (Campus Police), 723-9633.
    Primary responsibility for traffic safety, earthquake and emergency planning and police services.
  • Department of Risk Management, 723-4554
    - Administers Stanford's property, liability and vehicle insurance, Workers' Compensation, and self-insured programs and claims
    - Evaluates and identifies financial risks in order to protect the University's assets and resources
    - Provides risk consultation to departments
  • Palo Alto Fire Department 9-911
    Fire suppression services.
  • Santa Clara County Fire Marshal's Office, 917-0767
    Fire inspection services.
  • Stanford Fire Marshal at EH&S 723-0609
    Other fire prevention and code consultation services.
  • 24-Hour Emergency Response Team at EH&S 725-9999
    Emergency services for incidents involving hazardous materials.
  • Other University departments such as LBRE (Buildings and Grounds Maintenance and the Department of Project Management) also have important health and safety functions such as preventive maintenance, repairs, and inspections.
  • Stanford University Medical Center (Stanford Health Care, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and School of Medicine) has its own security service and facilities operations group that respond to emergencies through their "286" alarm or by calling Security Services at 723-7222.

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