Environmental Health & Safety

Public Health

Communicable Disease Prevention

A communicable disease is a disease that can be spread between humans, or can be spread from animal to human. These diseases are often spread by airborne, blood, or bodily fluid bacteria and viruses. Commonly, diseases defined as communicable are contagious and infectious, so it is important to know how to protect yourself from attracting diseases that can be prevented. For more information, visit our website discussing Communicable Disease Prevention.

Drinking Water Quality

Drinking water at Washington State University comes from a confined aquifer, called the Grand Ronde Aquifer. This aquifer is protected by a think layer of impermeable rock that keeps the aquifer clean from contaminants, so when the water is retrieved from the aquifer it is very clean and safe for drinking and domestic uses. For information on drinking water, visit our website discussing WSU Drinking Water (Coming soon).

Food Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is responsible for enforcing Food Service Safety and sanitation regulations per Washington Administrative Code 246-215 on WSU property in Whitman County to prevent foodborne illnesses from occurring.  Outside of Whitman County, local health departments are responsible for enforcing food safety and sanitation regulations.

Pest Control

It is necessary for the comfort of students and faculty on campus to not need to encounter unwanted pests, like yellowjackets, wasps, and mosquitoes. It is in the best interest of the campus to maintain Pest Control.

Sewage Spills

It is important for the safety of WSU campus and its residence to report any sewage spills over a couple gallons to Environmental Health & Safety. This would cause issues for many surface water systems and have potential to contaminate many other systems. 

Swimming Pools, Spas

EH&S monitors the operations, maintenance and water quality of the swimming pools at the Pullman campus to ensure they comply with all state and University requirements. For more information on the other services EH&S provides to swimming pools and spas, check out our website discussing Pools and Spas.

WSU Pullman is now a Tobacco and Nicotine-Free Campus

Beginning August 22, 2016, WSU Pullman is Tobacco and Nicotine-Free

For the Pullman campus, the following forms of tobacco and nicotine products will be prohibited:

  • Tobacco Products: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, all forms of smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, clove cigarettes, chewing/dipping tobacco, and any other alternative products made primarily with tobacco. 
  • Nicotine Products: patches, gum, nasal spray, inhalers, lozenges, and any other nicotine products containing nicotine. 

Environmental Health & Safety, PO Box 641172, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1172, 509-335-3041, Contact Us