Environmental Health and Public Safety
This web site is your resource for up to date information about preparedness, safety, and security. We are your Police and Fire department on campus, and we are the REM teams that help train you to keep you safe and in compliance with the many rules and regulations that govern a large research campus.
We offer a wide variety of training programs, from fire prevention to alcohol awareness to choosing the proper personal protective equipiment. Click on one of the departments below, or send us a note at EHPS@purdue.edu to request training tailored to your departmental needs.
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Safety, Compliance, and Environmental Health
Enhancements to public safety for the 2015-2016 academic year:
Based on recommendations listed in the final report of the security feedback panel to Pres. Mitch Daniels, several enhancements have been made to public safety on the West Lafayette campus. These enhancements include:
- Emergency Alert Beacons: These bright yellow boxes are part of a pilot program implemented over the summer of 2014. There will be 27 beacons in large classrooms on campus, with plans to install more. These beacons have lights and an alarm, which will activate in the event of an emergency. There is also a screen on these boxes that will display the same Purdue ALERT message that the police department sends via text message to campus subscribers.
- More door locks: Also part of the pilot program mentioned above, these large classrooms with emergency beacons will have door locking mechanisms. These locks will be compliant with ADA requirements and fire codes.
- Twitter: Purdue’s emergency twitter account (@purdueemergency) is now integrated with the Purdue ALERT text message, so parents, as well as the general public, can now view the emergency messages sent to campus subscribers. If you do not have a twitter account, you can still receive these messages from your mobile phone using Twitter’s “Fast Follow” feature.
- Desktop pop-up alerts: University-owned desktop computers in classrooms and computer labs now have the capability to display pop-up windows with the Purdue ALERT message. More university computers will be phased in soon.
- All-hazard awareness training: The Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office will continue to offer training sessions. As of August 2014, more than two thousand people on campus have attended a session. The training sessions are also now online, via Blackboard and WebCert.
- Emergency call center: Purdue now has an emergency call center available 24/7 and 365 days a year on an as-needed basis. This call center has the ability to take inbound calls and to make outbound calls regarding information about an incident on campus. Translation is available for 140 languages and operators are trained mental health professionals.