EHSRM provides technical environmental health, regulatory and related safety, and operational risk management services to the colleges and departments of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). EHS&RM helps the faculty, staff, and students develop and implement programs, including training, emergency response, analysis of specific environmental problems and operational risk assessment.

In matters of actual or potential regulatory enforcement action, investigations, or employee complaints, EHSRM coordinates the University's response to external regulatory agencies concerned with workplace health, safety, and environmental compliance. EHSRM works closely with the colleges and departments and the Office of General Counsel to ensure that a unified and consistent University position is provided in response to a governmental inquiry, complaint, or lawsuit.

Mission Statement

To support the mission of the University of Alaska Fairbanks by anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and managing occupational safety and environmental matters through guidance, assistance, and education.


  • Our ethical obligation is to protect all members of the University, their families, our visitors and the environment in which they work, study, and recreate.
  • We strive to be prudent stewards of the University’s land and resources including its students, faculty, and staff.
  • We strive to be honest, impartial, and consistent with all those we serve.
  • We maintain a strong work ethic by keeping our word and taking responsibility for our work and actions.
  • The little things matter. They define our character, they shape our future, and they are the determining factors that unify or fracture an organization or cause a mission to succeed.
  • We strive for open communication with our customers to ensure the safety of personnel, the environment, and our facilities.
  • Doing what is right, every time, all the time… even when no one is looking.
  • We search for creative and relevant ways to solve solutions to problems that align with our customers’ needs for faculty, staff, and students as they pursue their intellectual and creative pathways.
  • We learn from the campus community and beyond to adapt innovative ideas to meet the needs of UAF.
  • We work on creating an environment/culture that embraces positive change, creativity and continuous improvement
  • We question current thinking and try new ideas while honoring time tested principles.
  • a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way
  • We strive to treat our customers in a positive manner that acknowledges them for who they are and what they are doing and demonstrates we care about their concerns, health and well-being, projects, research and work.
  • Everything we do, say, and provide to others makes a statement about our regard for them.
  • We strive to truly listen to our customers
  • Demonstrating concern and support for individual difference sets the stage for communicating our respect for others.
  • Ideals fundamental to self-respect
    • Be an honest person
    • Value academics and other forms of education
    • Understanding the impact of proper nutrition and exercise
    • Understanding financial responsibility
    • Learning to listen
    • Understanding the value of good manners and proper conducts
    • Learning to accept personal responsibility for your conduct
    • Learn when and how to apologize
    • Learning to determine which of you friends/acquaintances are good influences and which ones are bad
    • Having important goals and plans for reaching them
  • We respect the different viewpoints and philosophies held by those we serve in the UAF community, as well as their physical abilities and personalities.
  • We are open to each other’s ideas, opinions, and input.
  • We understand the needs and situations of others.
  • We treat all of the students, faculty and staff equitably, professionally, courteously, with dignity and respect.
  • We facilitate collaboration between University departments to accomplish their goals.
  • We promote safety as being everyone’s responsibility - all must work cooperatively to support each other in improvements.
  • We strive on working together instead of policing compliance. 
  • We foster solid relationships with university personnel.