New Environmental Health & Safety facility offers expanded services

The new Environmental Health & Safety building on Oak Road. (Amanda Litty)

Stanford Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) has moved to a new facility featuring an expanded Occupational Health Center (OHC) that offers Stanford employees immediate medical attention for work-related injuries and access to preventative services.

The new 15,125-square-foot building, supported by a gift from the Arrillaga family, was completed at 484 Oak Road in March of 2019. A campus open house was held in June.

EH&S is the primary health and safety office at Stanford and provides critical safety programs in support of campus research. The department also provides life-safety services through the emergency management office and the Stanford Fire Marshal’s office and workplace hazards, building assessments and ergonomic evaluations through Occupational Safety and Health.

“The completion of the new EH&S facility highlights the commitment that Stanford has made to the health and well-being of the campus community,” said RUSSELL FURR, associate vice provost and director of environmental health & safety.

“One of Stanford’s guiding principles is to ‘anchor our efforts in integrity, ethics, inclusion and human welfare.’ Ensuring the safety and health of faculty, staff and students as they work to expand the frontiers of knowledge and solve real-world problems is central to that guiding principle and something we at EH&S are proud to be a part of,” Furr added.

The new facility specifically allows for an expansion of the OHC clinic that cares for more than 21,000 members of the campus community, including university and SLAC employees, student researchers and Stanford-affiliated visiting scholars.

The clinic offers, for instance, preventive medicine, medical surveillance for occupational hazards, vaccinations, acute treatment and care, workers’ compensation medical care, return-to-work programs and healthy living in collaboration with the BeWell employee wellness program.

The OHC clinic now consists of three examination rooms, a procedure room, a testing and evaluation room, a therapy room and office space. Physical therapy is now on-site, which allows employees to easily access rehabilitation services. The OHC, led by RICHARD WITTMAN, clinical assistant professor, has a 12-person staff, including two occupational medicine physicians.

“We are certainly excited to have just opened our new Occupational Health Center to the Stanford community, as we have grown from a small medical clinic into a comprehensive health center, nearly doubling in size,” said Wittman. “The new facility affords our Stanford employee patient population improved ease of access, modern and spacious exam rooms and overall a brighter patient experience.”