Environmental Health and Safety

Welcome to the Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) department website. Saint Mary's College of California is committed to protecting the environment and to providing a safe workplace for faculty, staff, and contractors through education, training, and consultation.

COVID-19 Prevention Plan

In response to the emergency temporary Cal/OSHA standard on COVID-19 infection prevention, the College established, implemented, and maintains an effective written COVID-19 Prevention Plan that includes:

  • Identifying and evaluating employee exposures to COVID-19 health hazards.
  • Implementing effective policies and procedures to correct unsafe and unhealthy conditions (such as safe physical distancing, modifying the workplace and staggering work schedules).
  • Providing and ensuring workers wear face coverings to prevent exposure in the workplace.
  • Provide effective training and instruction to employees on how COVID-19 is spread, infection prevention techniques, and information regarding COVID-19-related benefits that affected employees may be entitled to under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan Mar 2020

Our Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan can help guide protective actions against the flu, SARS-CoV-2 virus (causes Coronavirus respiratory disease 2019, known as COVID-19), or other infectious agents.  The Plan helps Saint Mary’s College of California (College or employer) stay abreast of guidance from federal, state and/or local health agencies, and consider how to incorporate those recommendations and resources into workplace-specific plans.


The ergonomics program is now managed by EH&S.  If you have ergonomic needs, please contact Safa Toma, Director of EH&S at x8287.


The Asbestos Awareness Program is managed by EH&S.  Please contact Safa Toma, Director of EH&S at x8287 for more information.

Sanitary Sewer Best Management Practices (BMPs):

The College maintains a sanitary sewer permit that regulates the discharges into sinks, toilets, floor drains, floor sinks in janitors' closets and other locations that contribute to the sanitary sewer. 

Storm Water Best Management Practices (BMPs):

Please stop and report all stormwater pollution activities. If you observe someone discharging material into the storm drain, please ask them to stop and then notify Public Safety at x4282 and EH&S at x8287 or by e-mail to sat5@stmarys-ca.edu  Remember - only rain down the storm drain.

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan:

This Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan establishes procedures, methods, equipment, and other requirements to prevent the discharge of oil into or upon the navigable waters of the United States (U.S.) or adjoining shorelines for the Saint Mary’s College of California facility located at 1928 Saint Mary’s Road in Moraga, California (hereafter referred to as the Facility).

This SPCC Plan was prepared in accordance with the regulations of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 112 (40 CFR 112).

Chemical Hygiene Plan:

Saint Mary’s College of California(College or SMC) has developed the Chemical Hygiene Plan to:

  • Assure that relevant health and safety considerations are included in laboratory work involving hazardous chemicals.
  • Describe procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and work practices for protecting employees from the potential health and safety hazards associated with these chemicals.
  • Describe how health and safety information about hazardous chemicals and chemical mixtures will be provided to Saint Mary’s College laboratory employees, including Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

Comply with Cal/OSHA 8 CCR §5191, Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories.

Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP):

Saint Mary’s College of California will provide a safe and healthy work environment for employees. In order to prevent accidents and injuries in the workplace, SMC has developed and implemented this IIPP, which applies to employees working at the College campuses.  Employees are expected to follow safety rules and established safe work practices, and to exercise caution in their work activities. If an unsafe condition arises, employees are to report the condition to their Supervisor immediately for correction.