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 healthcare 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.
The West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center has greater than 1 million square feet. The area includes buildings of Health Sciences North, and South, The Cancer Center, Health Sciences Addition, the Chiller Plant and the Health Sciences Trailers. Within this facility are Administration, four major schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Clinics such as: Dental, Cancer, Medical Family Practice, Student Health, and various support units such as shops and equipment rooms of Maintenance Engineering are also housed within the Health Sciences Center. The Facility includes a WVU Bookstore, two cafeterias, and a print shop. There are approximately three hundred laboratories located in the Health Sciences Center.
The new Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Center is connected to the east side of the existing Health Sciences Building at WVU, includes 120,000 square feet of laboratory and support space on four floors. Additionally, the new $30 million Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute (BRNI) located on the campus on West Virginia University Health Science Center Campus. The 84,000 square-foot, three-story research building provides state-of-the-art laboratory space and supports research activities of up to 150 scientists.
The Health Sciences Center is equipped with a twenty-four hour manned radio dispatcher for emergency and maintenance (293-4394); also security is maintained on around the clock basis. The facility can be considered a multi-employer unit. Working within the facility, are employees from various entities such as UHA, WVUH, and WVU.
The HSC Safety Office is charged with the responsibility of providing the necessary support and guidance for the implementation of the various federal, state and locally required safety programs. Individual departments within the HSC have the responsibility for management and compliance of specific safety programs within their unit. The West Virginia University safety program is founded on the following objectives:
- To ensure compliance with all provisions and standards of environmental and occupational health and safety laws.
- To ensure compliance with the safety requirements of state and local departments of public health, Fire Marshall, Department of Environmental Protection, and other agencies having safety and health requirements which affect the campus environment.
- To ensure compliance with other legal requirements set forth by applicable local, state, or federal regulatory bodies concerned with reporting injuries/illnesses on campus.
- To ensure that the health and safety needs of people with disabilities are met by compliance with the provisions set forth in governmental codes that require accessible facilities to be safe.
- To ensure that the human factors of accident prevention, health, and loss control are applied.
- To recognize that emergency situations may arise causing activities to be taken outside the guidelines of these policies.
In the absence of appropriate local, state, or federal regulations in any given subject area, publications by nationally recognized safety organizations have been used as guides in determining the applicable standards for West Virginia University’s safety program.