Facilities Development & Operations

Construction Fencing

Construction continues on campus. To help you get around, we'd like to provide you with a map that shows the current construction fencing, as well as a map of construction fencing for the fall semester.

Lockshop Hours Extended for Key Pick Up

During the first two weeks of the semester, the Lock Shop hours will be extended to 7:00 p.m. to allow more opportunities for new employees to pick up their keys and key cards. The hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from August 25, 2014 to September 4, 2014.

Environmental Health & Safety

The mission of Environmental Health & Safety is to ensure that the University provides a safe and healthful, accessible and sustainable environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We do this through partnering and collaborating with employees throughout the campus community in supervisory roles. All faculty and staff are to ensure that safe and healthful conditions and work practices are provided and followed within the areas under their control.

Please visit Environmental Health & Safety to find out more about us.

Occupational Safety & Health

Our approach to occupational safety and health is contained in the University’s Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). The IIPP contains 8 Key Elements which includes:

    1. Management and employee roles & responsibilities,
    2. Employee compliance to workplace rules and work practices,
    3. Communications and access to safety & health information and resources,
    4. Identifying, evaluating and controlling work place hazards,
    5. Means to investigate safety and health incidents,
    6. Means to correct unsafe or unhealthy conditions, work practices and work procedures in a timely manner based on the severity of the hazard,
    7. Employee training and instruction,
    8. Maintain records of the steps taken to implement the program.

Full details can be found in the San Jose State University Injury & Illness Prevention Program (PDF).

The campus, in many ways, is like an industrial environment with potential employee exposures to hazardous conditions such as operating industrial trucks and lift equipment, working from heights, entering confined spaces, working with energized equipment and potential exposures to excessive noise and airborne contaminants. These exposures require hazard awareness, job specific training and personal protective equipment.

Environmental Health & Safety has placed a significant emphasis this past year in mobile equipment operator training for maintenance employees and in laboratory & chemical safety for faculty and staff employees working in teaching and research laboratories by providing training and guidance.

Environmental Protection

Storm water pollution prevention to the San Francisco Bay, waste water discharges and the protection of the campus drinking water distribution system top the list of priorities for the protection of the environment. Environmental Health & Safety works closely with campus construction managers and department managers from Facilities, Housing and Spartan Shops to ensure regulatory compliance to environmental standards.

Best Management Practices are deployed to prevent pollution to creeks and streams that discharge to the Bay by ensuring good housekeeping of our grounds and parking lots, spill prevention measures at our process water systems, inspection of processes, and reporting spill incidents to the appropriate regulatory agencies. Discharges that cause storm water pollution include fuels, oil and grease, solvents, pesticides, fertilizers and detergents. Rainwater runoff from construction sites can also transport mud and silt and can enter storm water sewers and creeks and streams that discharge to the Bay.

It is unlawful to discharge any sewage, industrial waste, or other polluted waters into any storm drain, natural outlet, or channel. The University provides safeguards from accidental discharge of prohibited materials or other regulated wastes from entering into either the storm sewer or sanitary sewer systems.

Drinking Water Quality

The main campus has operated its own drinking water system with water drawn from a well, located near the Aquatics Center. We have just recently connected to the San Jose Municipal Water System in June 2014 as we relocate the existing well to another location on campus to make way for the New Campus Village Housing Project.

Drinking water quality is monitored and tested weekly at 21 locations throughout the main campus distribution system to ensure its safety and compliance with state and federal drinking water standards.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires community water system operators to report drinking water quality to their customers as part of the public’s right – to – know about local environmental information. The report is known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) and it provides customers with water quality information from the previous calendar year.

You may review the 2013 Drinking Water Consumer Confidence Reports for more information.

Contact David Krack, Director of Environmental Health & Safety, if you have questions or comments regarding occupational safety & health and environmental compliance.