| NC State Environmental Health and Safety programs encompass seven major elements:
- The most important element is you. You are responsible for ensuring that all your activities result in an acceptable level of risk to yourself, to the others present, to the general population, and to the environment.
- Your immediate supervisor is responsible for keeping you apprised of the approved procedures and information related to health and safety of your activities.
- Your principal investigator holds the authority for work with hazardous substances, radioactive materials or radiation producing devices and is therefore responsible to ensure that all work is conducted with full regard for personnel safety and health and in accordance with the laboratory safety plan and other hazardous material approvals, including radiation, biological and other hazardous materials and/or processes.
- Your department head is responsible for establishing and maintaining a work environment which fosters the appropriate health and safety procedures in all activities of the department.
- Your unit safety committee, the group which audits the general physical conditions and operations of the department, seeks resolution of recognizable safety and health problems and acts as the liaison to Environmental Health and Safety.
- The Environmental Health and Safety Center administers the health and safety programs of the University. EHS provides professional assistance and expertise to members of the University community in matters of occupational health and safety.
- Environmental Health and Safety Committees provide appropriate input to Environmental Health and Safety and its component sections. The voting members of these committees are drawn from the faculty and staff and are recognized scientific experts in areas related to the respective committee's activity. Safety Committees include the Occupational Safety and Health Council, Hazardous Materials Committe, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee and Unit Safety Committees.
The success of the University's safety and health effort depends on all of us working together and accepting personal responsibility for our safety and the safety of those with whom we work. No job is so important and no service is so urgent that we cannot take time to perform our work safely.