Service & Programs

Asbestos Management - Asbestos in building materials is managed according to EPA and local regulations. If asbestos containing material is in good condition it can remain in place safely. During renovations some asbestos containing building materials may need to be removed. The project managers will contact EHS to have certified asbestos abatement contractors remove the material. If you have any questions or if you suspect there is damaged asbestos containing building materials on campus please contact: 610-519-6895 or

Bloodborne Pathogen Information and Training - Villanova University provides annual training to all employees with potential exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens.  For more information, contact Robert Bratcher

Chemical Hygiene Plan -The purpose of the Chemical Hygiene Plan is to provide guidelines for the use of the chemicals in the laboratory setting. For a copy of the plan go to Chemical Hygiene Plan 2013.doc. –  For more information, please contact

Chemical Inventory -
On-line Chemical Inventory Management System (Chem-Tracker)

Welcome to Villanova’s On-line Chemical Inventory Management System. Authorized users will access their chemical inventory to make changes, corrections and updates, prepare inventory reports and obtain safety information on their chemicals, all from this system.

Regular use and updating of your chemical inventory is an essential part of the university's efforts to comply with various regulations as well as to provide critical information to emergency responders entering an area where hazardous chemicals are present.

For questions or information on how to gain access to the system, please contact your departmental supervisor or one of the Chem-Tracker administrators listed below.   

    Eric Welsh X8989  EHS Dept.
    Eydiejo Kurchan  X7481  Chemistry Dept.
    Elisa Wiley X4026  A & S IT Dept.

    or fill out a ChemTracker User Request Form

Ergonomic Assessments - The simplest definition of ergonomics is fitting the job to the worker. The goal of ergonomics is to enhance the worker's comfort, health and productivity. If ergonomics is not considered when designing a job or workstation, injuries can occur. Ergonomic-related injuries are observed in the office environment, laboratories and material handling jobs. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety offers ergonomic consultation services and training for all Villanova University employees. Contact Pat Haley at for more information.

Indoor Air Quality - It is important that Villanova University provide healthy, comfortable, and productive indoor environments. The awareness and demand for good indoor air quality (IAQ) increases. This demand has resulted in IAQ emerging as a major concern in academic and residential buildings. An Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) hazard is a building condition that has the potential to adversely affect the health of building occupants. It includes exposures to chemicals, biological agents, and physical conditions that may cause irritation, illness or exacerbate existing health conditions. IAQ does not include thermal comfort unless conditions place occupants at risk from heat or cold stress. IAQ also does not include the presence of occasional odors. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Response Events are situations that can result in the development of an IAQ hazard and require the prompt correction by Facilities and notification of EHS. IAQ response events include large (>15 gallons) water releases from any source (potable, sewage, roof leak, equipment release); water retention outside the drain pan in air handlers; retention of water, leaves or other debris at outside air intakes; the use of volatile or hazardous materials in the renovation or maintenance of a building. To report an IAQ hazard, please contact Pat Haley at 610-519-6895 or

Infectious Waste Management

Hazardous Waste Management- To Order University Hazardous Waste Labels: email John Gebhart ( )in Graphic Services and included your choice of label.

* Half Page Size Label.pdf
(5 1/2 x 8 1/2)

Laboratory Safety-Villanova University is committed to the safety of every student, faculty and staff member working in our laboratories, as well as the protection of our environment through safe handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

Lead Management - Lead-Based Paint is found in virtually every building constructed before 1978, when it was banned in the US. To control both occupational and environmental exposure to lead dust or contamination, lead-containing materials must be identified and properly managed. If you have any questions, please contact EHS, Pat Haley at For more information on Lead hazards, please check out the EPA's website.

Occupational Safety - General safety issues encountered while working at Villanova University. Each department is responsible for making sure their employees have the proper safety training and PPE.

Training: EHS Office conducts required OSHA training for FMO employees as well as other departments. If you would like to scheduled training for your employees please contact Pat Haley at 610-519-6895 or

PPE: If you would like a PPE evaluation, please contact Robert Bratcher at 610-519-7192 or

Hearing Conservation Program: Exposure to loud noises can permanently affect employee's hearing. All employees exposed to sound levels above the OSHA action level, should be included in the hearing conservation program. If you need sound level testing of your work area, please contact Pat Haley at 610-519-6895 or

Pest Control - Villanova University uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to control pests on campus while reducing exposure to pesticides. IPM is a process for achieving long term, environmentally sound pest suppression using a wide variety of technological and management practices. Control strategies in an IPM program extend beyond the application of pesticides to include structural and procedural modifications that reduce the food, water, harborage, and access used by pests.

Four Points of IPM Prevention of pest populations Application of pesticides only "as needed" Selecting the least hazardous pesticides effective for control of targeted pests.

Precision targeting of pesticides to areas not contacted or accessible to the students, faculty, or staff. Building occupant's cooperation can greatly affect the success of the IPM plan by doing the following:

IPM requires a lot of monitoring of pest populations to be effective. Monitoring identifies problem areas which can then be targeted for treatment. Please report all pest sightings using the Facilities Management service requests or to your supervisors. A licensed Pest Control contractor is on campus a few times each week to respond to the service requests.

  • Keep all food or drink in pest proof containers.
  • Keep the dorm rooms, offices, and classrooms as clean as possible.
  • Report all pest sightings on the work order service request system.
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