Washington State University

Infectious Diseases

Commonly, diseases are defined as communicable are contagious and infectious, so it is important to know how to protect yourself from attracting diseases that can be prevented.  EH&S works with Whitman County Public Health and Cougar Health Services on communicable disease prevention.


WSU has established parameters around what materials can be disposed of as wastewater via sanitary sewer and septic systems.  Ensure to manage materials appropriately so WSU can remain in compliance with state and local requirements.

Outdoor Air Quality

EH&S monitors emissions from stationary sources to ensure air quality standards are met.  Additionally, EH&S monitors air quality effected by sources beyond WSU’s control such as wildfire smoke and harvest.

Pest Control

EH&S helps to ensure that pests are controlled in a safe and sanitary manner.  EH&S may investigate and identify pest problems, and recommend pest treatments and chemicals.

Food Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is responsible for enforcing Food Service Safety and sanitation regulations on 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.

Drinking Water

WSU Pullman, WSU Tula Young Hastings Farm, and IAREC Prosser operate their own drinking water systems.  EH&S monitors the operations, maintenance, and drinking water quality of the systems.

Swimming Pools and Spas

EH&S monitors the operations, maintenance and water quality of the water recreation facilities at the Pullman campus to ensure they comply with all state and University requirements.

Stormwater Management

Stormwater is generated when precipitation falls on surfaces such as roads, parking lots, and buildings where it does not infiltrate into soil.  WSU is response for protecting the stormwater systems on our campuses.

Solid Waste Disposal

Solid waste much be managed a manner preventing contamination of soil and water.  WSU has different programs in place to minimize the risk in an effective, cost efficient manner.