OEHS - Forms, Policies & Plans

Suffolk University strives to provide a safe and healthy workplace, with adequate protection from exposure to hazardous chemicals and biological or physical agents. Suffolk uses these forms and policies to promote this goal.


Incident Report [PDF]

Fill out and submit this form within 24 hours after an incident has occurred or is first reported according to University policy and send a copy to your supervisor/chairperson and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS). Please note: All emergencies, accidents, injuries, or criminal activity must be reported to Suffolk University Police first by calling 617-573-8111.

Hazardous Waste Management Policies

Biohazardous Waste

We promote the safe handling and disposal of all biohazardous waste in an environmentally sound manner consistent with all applicable regulations. Biohazardous waste can be defined as blood, any bodily fluid, or other potentially infectious material (OPIM) that would create a concern for public health, including blood-borne pathogens.

Chemical Hazardous Waste

We promote the safe handling and disposal of all hazardous waste in an environmentally sound manner consistent with all applicable regulations. Hazardous waste is defined as: any material having the characteristics of flammability, corrosivity, toxicity, or reactivity. Generators are required to coordinate management of all hazardous and biological wastes at Suffolk University with the Office of Environmental Health & Safety. OEHS will ensure that hazardous and biohazardous waste management is performed by properly trained personnel.

Universal Waste

Universal wastes are generated by various departments at Suffolk University. They contain metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and copper, and other substances hazardous to human health and the environment. Examples include computer monitors, ballasts, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and some electronic devices. These materials cannot be thrown out with the regular trash and must be disposed of in accordance with all applicable regulations.

Please contact OEHS regarding any waste information and/or disposal at: 617-570-4849 or 617-573-8628.


Chemical Hygiene Plan [PDF]

This document defines the basic policies, procedures, and practices for employees, students, visitors, or any other persons working in Suffolk University laboratories. These policies, practices, and procedures constitute the core standard operating procedures for the handling of hazardous chemicals, biological agents, and physical agents.

Exposure Control Plan: Bloodborne Pathogens [PDF]

This plan explains the components of a campus-wide program designed to minimize risk of employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens. This exposure control plan applies to all persons with occupational exposure to human blood, body fluids, tissues or other potentially infectious materials.

Occupational exposure is any reasonably anticipated skin, eye, mucous membrane or
parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that may result from the performance of an employee’s duties.

Biosafety Manual [PDF]