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Environmental Health

Administering environmental, health, and safety programs to protect the American University community.

What We Do

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety administers environmental, health, and safety needs for American University and assists the campus in monitoring compliance with federal and local laws and regulations.

This office oversees the use of chemical and hazardous materials. More information can be found on the Chemical and Hazardous Materials.

The Chemical Hygiene Plan establishes policy, responsibilities, and procedures to ensure the safe use of hazardous chemicals within the laboratories on campus.

The office also monitors the use of radioactive and biological materials. More information can be found on the Radioactive and Biological Materials page.

Aerial Lift Program

Aerial lifts can present a number of different hazards depending on the environment in which they are used and their application of use. Training is a key element in American University's Aerial Lift Program. Each operator of aerial lifts at American University must be trained by a certified aerial lift trainer. 

For detailed information on fall prevention programs at American University, see the programs listed below: 

Program Topics

OSHA and safety training are available to university faculty and staff. Topics include bloodborne pathogens, hazard communication, lockout tagout, and many more.

A selection of recent presentations provided by the Environmental Health and Safety office can be found below:

For more information, please contact: 

Leanne Wright, MPH, CSP
Assistant Director
Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2007
Email: pina@american.edu

Investigations & Assessments

Environmental Health and Safety, in conjunction with Facilities Management, is responsible for investigating indoor air quality concerns on campus. To report an indoor air quality concern, please submit a 2Fix through the myAU portal.

For more information, please contact:


Phillip J. Brown
Assistant Director
Environmental Health and Safety
Phone: 202-885-2367
Email: phil@american.edu