Office of Research Assurances

President's Committment to Safety

February 10, 2015

Dear Washington State University community:

WSU is a high-activity research university that prides itself on providing transformational teaching and research experiences in a culture that maintains the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

In all areas of campus life, from the workplace and our research laboratories to commuting to and from our campuses, the number one priority must be safety. There is nothing of higher importance.

In the coming weeks, WSU will be undertaking efforts to emphasize the importance of safe behavior in our daily activities throughout our University.

An executive leadership team led by the vice president for research and the vice president for finance and administration will develop a comprehensive program to build and support a safety mindset and culture. This program will make use of recommendations from a task force on campus laboratory safety created by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU). We will be integrating the efforts of existing WSU safety committees into this program.

Success begins with a strong commitment. The document located here reaffirms WSU’s commitment to strengthening a culture of safety for all academic research, scholarship, and teaching.

Warm Regards,

Dan Bernardo
Interim President

Office of Research Assurances, P.O. Box 643143, Neil Room 432, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-3143
Phone: 509-335-7183, Fax: 509-335-6410 mkluzik@wsu.edu