Mission Statement

Our Mission

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is a resource of highly-trained safety professionals who serve the Yale community. We are dedicated to reducing injuries, accidents and environmental impact and ensuring compliance. We achieve this by providing high-quality training, comprehensive workplace evaluation, emergency response, hazardous materials management from acquisition to disposal and by managing regulatory information.

Our Vision

…is a partnership with students, faculty and staff who are aware of risks and are empowered to learn, discover and work in a manner that protects human health and the environment.

Our Values


  • Exert leadership based on our ethical obligation to protect people and the environment.
  • Strive to be honest, fair and consistent.
  • Be prudent stewards of Yale’s resources.


  • Foster cooperation and collaboration.
  • Encourage and support the professional growth of all Environmental Health and Safety employees.


  • Serve as Yale’s health and safety advisors.
  • Provide high quality and easy-to-use services in a timely manner.
  • Continuously improve our services and processes.
  • Implement innovative safety solutions.


  • Promote safety as everyone’s responsibility.
  • Possess and encourage a positive outlook.
  • Maintain a strong work ethic by keeping our word and taking responsibility for our work and actions.
  • Little things matter to us.


  • Be open to everyone’s ideas and opinions.
  • Understand the needs and situations of others.
  • Treat all individuals equitably, professionally and with courtesy, dignity and respect.
  • Strive to make our policies, procedures and training accessible and understandable.

We proudly support Yale’s mission: To create, preserve and disseminate knowledge.