HSC Safety Office

Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
P.O. Box 9004
1 Medical Center Drive
Room: G 140
Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: (304) 293-0952
Fax Number: (304) 293-3597

Health Sciences Center Safety Office


It is the mission of the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Safety Office to advocate and promote a safe and healthful place in which to work, learn, visit and receive by coordinating programs and services in a manner consistent with responsible fiscal and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to protect the Health Sciences Centers resources through guidance and support relating to federal and state regulatory compliance requirements.

Hazardous Waste Policy

All employees are charged with providing full support to this policy. It is the responsibility of the Dean or Director to implement and maintain this policy within their college, department, or unit. The Environmental Health and Safety Office, at 293-3792 or PO Box 6551, is available to answer questions or provide additional information regarding this policy.

Mandatory DEP Hazardous Waste Training

This training is for ALL WVU lab personnel in research and using chemicals.  Personnel includes: Faculty, Staff, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Interns, Researchers, Technicians, Lab Managers, Principal Investigators, Chemical Hygiene Officers, and Student Lab Workers (paid or receiving stipend). (This training excludes students from academic labs.) The training is available on-line. To have the training added to your SOLE page, contact the hscsafetyoffice@hsc.wvu.edu. The training must be completed annually.

Request a hazardous waste pick up:



New Active Shooter Response Information

Then when they click on Active Shooter Response Information, it takes them to our Emergency Response Information page, with the following added information:
Active Shooter Training & Information
Remember, these steps:
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life.
• Have an escape route and plan in mind
• Leave your belongings behind
• Keep your hands visible
• Hide in an area out of the active shooter's view
• Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
• As a last resort and only when your life is in danger
• Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
• Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.
Call 911 when it is safe to do so

  • The Active Shooter Awareness - Options for Consideration video was created to support training and exercise programs conducted by the Department of Homeland Security to raise awareness for the actions individuals should take in the case of an active shooter incident.
    View Video
  • WVU UPD Responding to an Active Shooter in your Vicinity Poster (http://police.wvu.edu/r/download/85873)
  • WVU UPD Active Threat Template (http://police.wvu.edu/r/download/12084)
  • The HSC Safety Office has partnered with the University Police Department to bring a 45 minute training session to the Health Sciences Center titled "Shots Fired" – Guidance for Surviving an Active Shooter Situation.

NEW: Aerosol Can Disposal Policy

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) will no longer allow aerosol cans to go into the regular trash at WVU HSC Campus buildings (this does not apply to home disposal). This includes cleaning products, disinfectants, furniture polish, canned air etc. When an aerosol can used at work becomes empty, the aerosol can will need to be dropped off at the HSC Surplus room located in G278-HSC-South for recycling.
Lecture bottles and MAPP gases are not to be taken to Surplus. They remain in the lab or shop where they are used until empty.  When empty, a hazardous waste pick up can be requested at this link:  http://fisehs.wvu.edu/haswastdisp.cfm and pick up will occur shortly thereafter.
Your cooperation with this mandate is required and appreciated.  Failure to do so could result in your department being fined by the WVDEP.  If you have questions, please contact the HSC Safety Office at 304-293-0952.

NEW: Earthquake Safety Guidelines  -  Know what to do in the event of another earthquake

WVU HSC's New Recycling Program

West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in conjunction with the WVU Recycling Service has initiated a building wide recycling program.
Participation in the program is easy! 
  • Pick up a cardboard recycling bin from Surplus on the ground floor of HSC (G-278) between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 
  • Use the bin to collect recyclables; when the bin is full, carry it to the recycling station nearest you and sort the recyclables into the appropriate opening in the recycling bin.
  • Recycling bins will be located near the service elevators on HSC South, and near the elevators on HSC North. Existing recycling bins located near the food service areas will remain in their current location. 
Learn more

Basic Health and Safety Training for New Employees:

Date                         Time                                Location
April 10                    9:00-11:00AM                John Jones C
June 18                    9:00-11:00AM                John Jones A
August 5                  9:00-11:00AM                John Jones A
September 23         9:00-11:00AM                 TBA
November 6            9:00-11:00AM                 TBA


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